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Word On Testosterone Deficiency

Our grateful thanks to Diabetes UK & the Centre For Men's Health for their assistance with this week's report which, you can hear again, via the audio player below.

Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome relates to the slow but steady reduction in the production of the hormone, testosterone, in middle-aged men (and younger), and the consequences of that reduction.

Unlike women, middle-aged men do not experience a complete and permanent physiological shutting down of the reproductive system as a normal event. A very gradual decline in testosterone occurs from age 30 onwards at a a rate of 1% per year. Factors can increase that decline such as drinking too much, poor lifestyle and a whole series of stress inducing life events. It's not a mid life crisis

Symptoms Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome is characterised by depression, weight gain, brain fog, memory loss, irritability, night sweats decreased sex drive, erection problems, loss of energy and it is associated with heart failure, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis.

Prevalence according to research by the Centre for Men's HealthTestosterone Deficiency Syndrome is estimated to affect 2 million men over 50 and an undetermined number of younger males.  According to Diabetes UK 50% of men living with type 2 diabetes live with Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome.  Research shows only 1% of all sufferers have been diagnosed and treated. (Treatment is available via the NHS.)

Premature Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome can occur in males who experience excessive female hormone stimulation through workplace exposure to oestrogen. Men who work in the pharmaceutical industry, plastics factories, near incinerators, and on farms that use pesticides are high-risk.

Listen to this weeks radio report

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