Men’s Health USA – April 2023
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SO THERE’S NOT really a question here so much as a few assertions that could use a little context—starting, naturally, with the curious case of your unexpected horniness. “Libido can be very subjective,” Seth D. Cohen, M.D., a urologist who specializes in sexual and reproductive health at NYU Langone, tells Men’s Health. “But we do know from longitudinal studies that as men age, their testosterone declines and their libido declines along with it.” In terms of your sex drive surging in the opposite direction just as you’re losing weight, Dr. Cohen says one explanation may be found on your bathroom scale. “When overweight patients lose a
tremendous amount of weight, testosterone levels start to rise again and libido goes back up.”
Or maybe you didn’t lose a tremendous amount of weight—maybe you’ve only toned up a little. There are still lots of things that could explain your new mood: eating better, exercising more, stressing less, realizing that there are worse things in life than being 50-something and DTF. You might just be taking better care of your body and mind, and all that #selfcare may be offsetting the natural declines in vitality-enhancing hormones.
Now, about this business with cardigans and pipes: What 50-somethings have you been hanging out with? ’Cause I look around and see guys in their 50s (and 60s and 70s) crushing it in pretty much every area of their life, and the only thing that’s old is the idea that we’re supposed to slow down and take it easy, or give up enjoying a rich and full life.
One of my favorite takeaways from our fourth annual Fit at Any Age package (starting on page 52) comes from Becca Levy, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the Yale School of Public Health, who found that people with the most positive perceptions of aging live an average of seven and a half years longer than those with negative perceptions. Biological age may be just a number, but how we think about that number could make a huge difference in the quality and quantity of the years we’ve got in front of us.
This is a great issue—usually one of my favorites of the year—brimming with actionable advice, inspiring stories, and surprising, illuminating insights into how we can all get better at getting older. Which leads me to my final point: Let’s not with the leering. You and your libido (and, ahem, the ladies) will be a lot better off.
Richard Dorment, Editor-in-Chief