Suffering from Andropause, Male Menopause?

Between 40 years of age and 55 years of age, some men experience a decrease in hormones. This is often referred to as male menopause. When a man’s hormone levels begin to decline, he will experience both mental and physical changes. Luckily, researchers have developed hormone replacement therapy for men to minimize the symptoms of andropause.

Andropause, or low testosterone levels, affect more than 25 million Americans and more than 408 million men around the world. By the year 2020, this number is projected to increase to 57 million Americans and 690 million men worldwide. Because of these staggering numbers, researchers are realizing that low testosterone levels need to be addressed.

What Are the Symptoms of Andropause?

During their 40s and 50s, men may begin to notice changes in their mood and attitude. They will re-evaluate their lives, question their values and accomplishments. This is often referred to as a mid-life crisis. Many men during this phase of their lives decide to make big changes. Unfortunately, these life-altering changes can be done too quickly and disrupt their lives. If you are careful, this period of your life can be a time of growth. It is important to realize that these changes are normal and you can control them.

Psychological Symptoms

Loss of confidence, Anxiety, Depression, Feelings of loneliness, Forgetfulness, Irritability, Loss of purpose, Feeling unattractive

Urinary and Sexual Symptoms

Low libido, Erectile dysfunction, Difficulty getting or maintaining an erection, Ejaculatory problems, Reduced fertility, Urinary frequency, Urinary hesitancy, Weak urine stream

Physical Symptoms

Lowered physical endurance, Weight gain in the midsection, Decreased eyesight, Thinning hair, Alopecia, Sleep disturbances, Longer recovery times following and injury or illness

In addition to these symptoms, the risk of several health issues, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease increase when testosterone levels begin to decline. In addition to these physical symptoms, low testosterone levels can increase the risk of depression, weight gain and insomnia. Researchers believe that this increase is caused by lower hormone levels and the stress associated with andropause.

Finally, low testosterone levels can lead to sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where breathing patterns are altered. During sleep, a man can quit breathing for several seconds or longer. This can cause low oxygen levels, resulting in unrefreshing sleep. Additionally, sleep apnea can increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (heart attack, cardiac arrhythmias, hypertension and heart failure), stroke, depression, diabetes and obesity.

Hormone Imbalances in Men

When a man goes through andropause, the production of a variety of hormones can decrease, including testosterone, thyroid hormones, pregnenolone, DHEA, melatonin, dopamine and growth hormones. Researchers have found that replacing these hormones can help improve health and vitality in men into their 60s, 70s, 80s and even 90s.

Men’s hormone levels can fluctuate throughout the day, affecting their mood, sexuality and more. Typically, these hormone fluctuations can vary several times a day. Testosterone levels are typically higher in the morning and lower in the evening. Furthermore, hormone levels are higher in the fall of the year and lower in the spring of the year.

Finally, low testosterone levels are often caused by elevated estrogen levels. Estrogen is produced from testosterone that is circulating in the body using an enzyme called aromatase. As a man ages, his body may begin increasing estrogen production instead of testosterone. Estrogen can be produced by the fat cells in the body as well as by the brain, liver and muscles. This means that if a man is overweight, he is more apt to having low testosterone levels and high estrogen levels.

When hormone levels begin to decline, men may experience a number of physical, psychological and sexual symptoms. The most important thing to do is to have your hormone levels checked since hormone levels will begin to decline after the age of 40.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy For Men

Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) offers numerous benefits. First, it helps improve testosterone levels, which can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Hormone replacement therapy is used to help improve the symptoms of low testosterone due to pituitary gland disorders, testicle disorder and brain disorders that are causing decreased hormone levels.

Suffering from symptoms of Andropause? Looking for Testosterone Replacement Therapy? Call today and setup a consultation with Dr. Alex Leon, our integrative physician specializing in Men's Health.

References and Recommended books on Natural Hormones

Read about Oprah Winfrey's experience with Bioidentical Hormones

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause, by John R, Lee, MD, Virginia Hopkins

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