Andropause ~ Acknowledging Male Menopause

AndropauseMen are not immune!

We’re all familiar with the hormonal struggles endured by the female half of the population. What is termed “menopause” for them is reflected in the male experience known as “andropause.” Just as with women, men also see a substantial decline in hormone production as they age. In their case, it’s known as “Male Androgen Deficiency Syndrome,” and the symptoms are remarkably similar to those of their female counterparts.

Andropause is most simply described as a decrease in testosterone levels within the body. Testosterone is produced in the ovaries, the adrenal glands, and the testes. It is the primary hormone in regard to male sexuality and is paramount for maintaining normal energy levels. Testosterone is also directly related to erectile dysfunction, libido, mood, and a whole host of physiological functions.

As a general rule, once a man reaches thirty years of age, some level of change can be expected. This is not a terminal condition, nor is it beyond repair (regardless of age). Without some assistance, however, a man’s free testosterone level can be reduced by as much as 80% by the time he reaches 80 years of age. Through advances in modern medicine we are living longer, fuller lives; Is it any surprise that our abilities to maintain our wellness has also increased accordingly?

There are multiple things that can contribute to a reduction in a man’s hormones:

  • Aging
  • Stress
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Increased Estrogen (Which may occur as an effect of excessive alcohol consumption, obesity or low Levels of serum zinc.)

In the United States alone, there are more than five million men suffering from symptoms of low testosterone (hypogonadism). Just as with women, men’s hormone levels do decrease with age. This experience of “MAN-o-pause” is less intense than the female equivalent of menopause primarily because it is a more gradual process of reduction; however, the effects are no less frustrating and they can have a greater impact.

“Free Testosterone” — the term given to the biologically active form of the hormone is crucial for endurance, and a deficiency can be easily diagnosed by the following symptomologies:

  • Thinning Bones
  • Muscle Atrophy
  • Increased Fat
  • Reduced Energy Levels
  • Impaired Sexuality
  • Hypertension

Low Testosterone is a common trait in men found to be suffering from heart failure. In fact, an assessment of free testosterone levels has proven to be an effective means of predicting the degree of coronary artery disease in men. In fact, Testosterone Replacement Therapy has been shown to improve the cardiac functions in men diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

There are ways to increase your testosterone levels simply by altering your lifestyle. To start, drop those unwanted pounds. Not only does this make it easier for your body to maintain healthy levels, it could actually produce an increase in the level of free testosterone. Weight training has proven effective for both men, and women. This self-sustaining approach can be further enabled by managing your stress, improving your diet, and easing back on the libations.

Once you’re in a good groove, new opportunities for advancing your level of daily satisfaction will likely become appealing. Consider incorporating more soy into your diet. Avoid over-the-counter agents that promise improved testosterone (i.e. Androstenedione), and stay away from any medications that could impair your liver function. A therapeutic approach to hormone replacement, as prescribed by a qualified physician, can also significantly add to the benefits available from these techniques.

Just as with our female clients, men also have the potential to prolong their life, and the quality of their experiences, simply by decreasing their susceptibility to disease. What benefits should you expect from naturally replenishing your testosterone levels? Here are just a few:

  • Reduced Risk of Cardiac Distress
  • An increase in HDL Cholesterol (that’s the good one)
  • A Reduction in LDL Cholesterol (that’s the bad one)
  • More Stable Blood Pressure (Lower, Safer, Better)
  • Reduced Fat
  • Fewer Arthritic Symptoms

In addition to those rewards (as if they weren’t enough) testosterone replacement therapy has also been proven to stimulate regeneration in the cardiovascular system, the neurologic system, muscle tissue and bone density. It has also been shown to offset the symptoms such as those associated with:

  • Alzheimer’s Syndrome
  • Dementia
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Lost Libido
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Inflammatory Symptoms
  • Cardiovascular Distress

Low testosterone is actually linked with HIGHER mortality rates!

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of Andropause and would like to regain the vitality of your younger years, schedule a No Obligation, Complimentary Consultation with us today.