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I thoroughly enjoyed my interview with Jennifer Graham, and am glad that she is shining a light on a problem that is still stigmatized to a certain extent.

Testosterone may seem like a male issue, but every woman who has a husband or son she loves … or a brother or father, for that matter … needs to know about testosterone and its impact on the men in her life.

Testosterone is one of the primary drivers of a man’s health. Men with low T are twice as likely to have cardiovascular problems, and four times as likely to be diagnosed with depression.

When a man’s testosterone is in the lowest levels, he is four times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes with all its attendant complications. The correlation is so strong that when a man is diagnosed with Type 2, The American Diabetes Association recommends that he get his testosterone levels checked.

Men with low testosterone have a higher risk of getting prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, there are some studies currently underway where they are treating men in the early stages of Alzheimer’s with testosterone therapy and actually slowing down the advance of the disease.

When a man’s T levels are low, he has less energy and less motivation; he gains weight and he loses muscle. As my husband says, “Your arms are getting smaller while your gut is getting bigger.”

Men with low testosterone levels actually die earlier than men with optimal levels. Why isn’t anyone telling us this? You would think that this is pretty vital information for any wife or mom to have.

If you want your husband to be a strong leader in your family, he needs to have optimal testosterone levels. Leadership takes a crap-ton of energy and it’s almost impossible for a guy with low T to step up his leadership.

Testosterone matters. Ask your husband to check his level at his next physical. It’s a simple add-on to the normal blood work the doctor orders. If you have sons in their late teens and early 20’s, encourage them to get a baseline level drawn so they have something to compare to as they get older.

As a nation, we spend a ton of time, attention, and money on women’s health issues. We tell our daughters about the importance of doing self-exams for breast cancer, and getting Pap smears. However, we are in the Dark Ages when it comes to men’s health.

Every concerned wife and mother needs to know about testosterone and its impact on the men in her life. It’s time to draw the curtain back on the issue of testosterone because our men matter.