Recession To Attack Testosterone

Other than financial conditions, recession can also hit the male reproductive health. Working long hours or redundancy could cause hormonal levels to drop, as suggested by Dr Richard Petty said, who works at a private clinic for men.

The main male hormone, testosterone is associated with sexual function, circulation and muscle mass, as well as mood, memory and concentration. "When a man becomes grumpy or irritable, it's easy to blame work or simply the effects of ageing," the Telegraph quoted Petty, as saying.

"In the short-term, stress can increase levels of testosterone and this is useful to help people respond quickly to pressures and new situations."

"But chronic stress, which is ongoing, is a major factor in the decline of testosterone. "Chronic stress occurs all too frequently due to our modern lifestyles, when everything from high-pressured jobs to unemployment keeps the body in a state of perceived threat," he added.

Lowered levels of hormones causes irritability, lethargy, low drive and a lack of concentration. The solution to this is reducing stress, eating healthy and plenty of exercise.AGENCIES

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Story first published: Monday, February 16, 2009, 17:58 [IST]

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