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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle

Healthy eating

Eating a balanced diet is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for anyone. However, as testosterone deficiency is linked with obesity, heart conditions and type 2 diabetes, it is especially important for you to have healthy eating habits.1

The Eatwell Guide has been developed by Public Health England to help advise on healthy eating habits, by breaking our diet into 5 food groups.2

NHS Eat Well Chart

Food groups

There are 5 main groups which all foods fall into:

  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Starchy carbohydrates
  • Dairy (or dairy alternatives such as soya)
  • Proteins
  • Fats
Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables

You should aim to eat 5 portions of different fruits and vegetables every day. These can be fresh, frozen, tinned, dried or juiced, just choose the fruits and vegetables that you enjoy eating most.2

Starchy carbohydrates

Starchy carbohydrates

Carbohydrates include foods such as bread, rice, potatoes and pasta. These will often form the bulk of the meals that you eat, to help fill you up and give you energy. Try to choose wholegrain varieties where you can, as these contain more fibre than white bread, pasta, etc.2

Dairy

Dairy

Milk, cheese and yoghurt are all examples of dairy products, which should make up part of a healthy diet. Dairy products help to keep teeth and bones strong, as they are a good source of calcium. If you are lactose intolerant or have dietary restrictions, this is still an important food group, but you should look for alternatives such as products containing soya.2

Protein

Protein

Many foods such as meat, fish, eggs, beans, pulses and nuts are good sources of protein. When selecting proteins, try to opt for lean cuts of white meat such as chicken and turkey, and eat less red or processed meats, such as beef, sausages, bacon and ham.2

Fats

Fats

Fats should only make up a small portion of your diet. Unsaturated fats (fats from vegetable sources) are generally considered healthier than saturated fats (fats from animal sources). Vegetable, rapeseed, olive and sunflower oils/spreads are all examples of unsaturated fats.2

Water

Water

In addition to a healthy diet, Public Health England recommends that you should be drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Water, low fat milks and low-sugar or sugar-free drinks (including tea and coffee) all count.2

For more information about the Eatwell Guide, visit the NHS website

Track your progress using the T Track app

Manage your testosterone deficiency, track your symptoms and find out everything you need to know about Testogel® 16.2mg/g gel all in the app.

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References

  1. Hackett G, Kirby M, Edwards D, et al. British Society for Sexual Medicine Guidelines on Adult Testosterone Deficiency, With Statements for UK Practice. J Sex Med.2017;14(12):1504–1523.
  2. Public Health England. The Eatwell Guide. Published March 2016. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-eatwell-guide. Accessed April 2021.


BHUK/2020/025. April 2021.

Adverse event reporting

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this packaged leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.