Ladies, does that sound like the man in your life?  Or fellas, does that sound like something that has ever come out of your mouth?  I bet the answer to both of those questions is yes.  They say confession is good for the soul, so I’ll be honest and include myself in the “yes” group.  For those of you who think of me as someone who has at least a little bit of common sense, I think it’s best for me to conveniently leave out the specifics of the dumb stunts I’ve pulled in my day.  However, there is a picture of me in the 1970 edition of the Razorback yearbook hanging on to the bumper of a car sliding down an ice-covered Dixon Street in Fayetteville, but that was just for fun, right?

Did you know that there is even an annual award for the dumbest stunts attempted?  Yep.  They are called the Darwin Awards, named for Charles Darwin, whose controversial publication, The Origin of the Species, presented so-called “evidence” that species evolve over time to fit their environment better.  The official website, www.darwinawards.com, asks the question, “Do the Darwin Awards really represent examples of human evolution in action?”  At the very least, the “winners” of these awards – the vast majority of whom are males – seem to “significantly improve the gene pool by eliminating themselves from the human race in an obviously stupid way,” according to the website.  You really should read some of the dumb stunts people pull.  It actually might make you feel a little bit better about yourself.

Statistics confirm that males are more likely to be admitted to an emergency department after accidental injuries, including sports injuries, and are more likely to be involved in a fatal traffic accident.  Why is that?  According to www.bmj.com, some of these differences may be due to cultural and socioeconomic factors.  Males may be more likely to engage in contact and high-risk sports and may be more likely to be employed in higher risk occupations.  However, even from an early age, risk-seeking behavior is higher in boys than in girls.

There is a class of risk – the “idiotic” risk – that is totally different from risks associated with contact sports or adventure pursuits.  Idiotic risks are defined as senseless risks, where the apparent payoff is negligible or non-existent, and the outcome will likely be extremely negative and often fatal.  

Mind you, I’m not picking on us guys just to entertain a predominantly female readership, but that is what guys do – try to entertain or impress the ladies – isn’t it?  Why is that?  For better or worse, we men must now face up to our own fluctuating chemistry.  We may not routinely bloat and bleed, but a new study makes it clear that we too are at the mercy of our hormones!  To put it bluntly, and to answer the “why” question, testosterone makes men stupid, and we have the audacity to make jokes about you ladies and your hormones!  You can read about that study on www.theguardian.com.

Testosterone is the primary male hormone, of course, but it is not the only one produced in men’s’ bodies.  We make several more including estrogen.  When males reach puberty, the testosterone “factory” goes into hyperdrive and continues to produce testosterone at a steady rate until about the age of 30, at which time levels begin to decline.  Adult men need adequate testosterone production in order to maintain muscle and bones.  And, of course, testosterone also affects men’s sex drive.  (Reference the preceding paragraph for testosterone makes men stupid).  

Here’s the good news, ladies.  As testosterone levels naturally decline, the man in your life should become less aggressive, more rational, and generally nicer.  Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

Seriously though fellas, in addition to a decreased sex drive and erectile dysfunction, low testosterone levels can lead to weight gain, low energy levels, increased body fat, reduced muscle mass, and can even lead to osteoporosis.  Low-T, as it is commonly known, has also been associated with depression and difficulty in concentrating.  So, guys, if some of these symptoms describe you, do yourself a favor and get a checkup.  There could be more at stake than your sex life.