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Does Your Guy Have PMS?
Surprising new scientific research
By Denise Mann
Woman's World Sept 24, 2002

We women know we can get grumpy and "bluesy," and we know it's more likely to happen at a certain point in our cycles, when our hormones are in overdrive. New research suggests that your husband could suffer from the same thing!

Turns out, men experience hormone fluctuations too, and researchers have even named the condition: IMS (irritable male syndrome). Depression, fatigue, irritability, loss of sex drive and even hot flashes are symptoms, but the real trouble, experts say, is that the drop in testosterone and rise in estradiol (the "female" hormone men make too) that produce the symptoms can also trigger weight gain, loss of muscle tone, even gallbladder and gastrointestinal problems and high cholesterol. About 80% of men will experience symptoms of IMS, says Jed Diamond. But you can help by nudging your man to:

POUND THE PAVEMENT
Testosterone production plummets during times of stress, and experts say it's the number-one trigger of IMS. The antidote: exercise. "It's one of the most effective ways to keep testosterone on an even keel," says Larrian Gillespie MD, author of The Gladiator Diet. Men should aim for 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, on most days of the week.

SWITCH TO DIET SODA
"Men tend to gain weight around their waists, and studies have shown that fat cells in the abdomen not only release estradiol, they can lower testosterone levels," says Gillespie. But belly fat is often the first to go when men diet, and one way to slim down is to offer calorie-free diet sodas instead of the full-sugar kind. If your man makes the switch just once a day, he could drop at least 10 pounds this year.

EAT LEANER MEATS
Men need protein and fat to manufacture testosterone, but studies have indicated that too much fatty meat raises estradiol levels in men, which can crowd out testosterone and lead to IMS. Your best bet: buy the leanest cuts of red meat, such as round.