Grumpy Old Man Syndrome Is Real

(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

We all have known at least one in our lives. The Scrooge-like scowl, the pants pulled up way up high, demands for “whippersnappers” to get off their grass, and the constant grumble of displeasure at something. It’s Grumpy Old Man Syndrome, and science is proving that it’s real.

The Mayo Clinic reports that men grow more curmudgeonly with age due to a drop in testosterone. Testosterone is the hormone that is responsible for the developement of muscles, reducing fat in the body, energy, and improving sexual desire. According to Dr. Ridwan Shabsigh, head of the International Society of Men’s Health and a urologist in New York City, testosterone “also has neural-psycho effects. And in some men we encounter in our practice, those affects can be mostly visible: low mood and irritability.”

Testosterone levels in men don’t start decreasing until after the age of 60, but a visit to the doctor can help combat your guy turning into Oscar the Grouch, Mr Wilson, or Ebeneezer Scrooge.


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