I have a question for you men out there: Are your erections less strong? "Than what?" you may ask. To which I reply: Don't ask me! I'm not the one who designed the "Low T Quiz."
The Low T Quiz is a ten-question online survey designed to tell whether you suffer from low testosterone. It was put together by Abbott Laboratories--a company that, coincidentally, sells a prescription testosterone supplement called Androgel.
There's a good piece in Slate today by a doctor, Craig Bowron, who asks whether Abbott isn't overselling this "Low T" thing. He writes, "Are falling testosterone levels a 'mistake' of aging, like arthritis--a complication that should be treated? Or are they a natural, wholesome change, and one not to be tampered with?"
It's an interesting question, but I wonder about its implied premise--that we should be equating "natural" and "wholesome" to begin with.
High testosterone is "natural" in young males and is part of the chemical formula that contributes to some familiar young-male features. Those features include wholesome things (joie de vivre!) and unwholesome things (aggression!). By the same token, being an aging male, with a naturally declining testosterone level, can involve wholesome things (less aggression!) and unwholesome things (less joie de vivre!).