If you thought only women experienced awful symptoms as they age due to their menopause, you better think twice. Men also get their fair share of awful symptoms and unpleasant physical and psychological changes as their hormones decline with age.
Unfortunately, not many men nowadays know much about the way their own physiology is affected by hormonal decline, let alone how to fix it. This article will shed some light on the topic, hoping to educate the many gentlemen out there who are either currently experiencing unpleasant symptoms that seriously affect their quality of life, or who will experience them sooner or later at some point in time. Gents, there is hope! Don’t despair! The solution starts first with getting educated about the problem and about the options you’ve got available! So do carry on reading…
You may have witnessed in silence your wife’s or partner’s painful experience with menopause, feeling helpless about it, and not knowing how to provide her with some comfort or relief to her suffering, all while secretly thinking in your mind: “Damn! Thank God I’m not a woman!”
Right! Well, I have news for you: you’re not a woman, but you have hormones too just like she does and so you are destined to experience both the joyful ride these hormones provide when they’re balanced and produced by your body in their daily healthy amounts; and the nightmare your start living when their optimal levels decline with age.
While women’s hormone decline that occurs with age is called menopause, men’s menopause, is called andropause. And just as women’s menopause starts with peri-menopause at around age 30, men’s andropause also starts at around the same age too.
In 2002, the medical journal The Aging Male defined andropause as follows: “This is an absolute or relative insufficiency of testosterone or its metabolites in relation to the needs of that individual at that time in his life”.
Studies have confirmed that 30% to 60% of men in their 70’s are hypogonadal. What does that mean? It means that their testes or “gonads” are already underperforming, and thus, producing much less testosterone than in their teenage years or in their twenties. This is a similar situation as the one that women experience when their ovaries or “gonads” start producing less estrogen as they begin to age and shrink.
The Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism of 1990 showed that half of the healthy men out there between the ages of 50 and 70 years of age suffer from a decline in testosterone which is much inferior than the lowest levels seen in healthy men who are in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. The Massachusetts Male Aging Study of 2002 demonstrated that by the young age of 30, total testosterone in men averages 48%, and a decline in free testosterone, 85%. This shows that young men in their 30s are now experiencing the unwanted and unpleasant symptoms of the male menopause, their andropause.
What are the symptoms of andropause, you may be thinking? Well, some of the most common symptoms are:
Fatigue, tiredness, or loss of energy
Depression, low or negative mood, anxiety
Irritability, anger, or bad temper
Loss of memory, poor concentration levels
Loss of sex drive / libido
Decreased intensity of orgasms
Loss of erections or problems during sex
Back ache, joint pains or stiffness
Loss of fitness
Decrease in job performance
Increased risk of heart disease
Increased risk of insulin resistance, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome
So again, why are these symptoms occurring?
They’re occurring because the testes are underperforming and their production of testosterone has diminished. I will come back to you to dive deeper into the causes of low testosterone production by the testes soon.
But Let’s Briefly Talk About Testosterone
Something that I personally think is absolutely fascinating is the fact that you gents have got receptors for testosterone all over your body and in places you cannot even imagine, like your eyes and your skin! These receptors are found also in your muscles, bones, adipose tissue, bone marrow, and kidneys, to name a few other sites where testosterone is needed. This means that proper levels of testosterone have a direct and strong effect on the health of these organs, and that without proper levels of testosterone, men simply cannot have a normal and happy life.
Whilst testosterone is the main hormone in men’s health and wellness, the male’s endocrine system produces other hormones as well, like pregnenolone, progesterone, estrogen, DHEA, other androgens, cortisol, thyroid hormones T4 and T3, and so on. It is of the utmost importance that men keep all of their hormones in balance, not just testosterone. Men’s vitality and wellness is generated only when all their hormones are in perfect balance.
The absolute best way to correct peri-menopausal, menopausal, post-menopausal and andropausal symptoms and their resulting major health problems like osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis, auto-immune disease, and more, is by changing your diet, improving your lifestyle, reducing and managing stress, and replacing your lost hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
The topic of hormone decline in men is vast and very interesting to explore. I will come back soon with more info about this, so stay tuned.
Did you know that men can also replace their lost hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and claim their youthful life back?
About The Author
Tatiana Mercier is a nutritional therapist, a functional medicine specialist, and a yogi. She has been teaching yoga for 14 years, and practicing as a therapist since 2011. She specialise in stress management and the disorders of severe, unmanaged stress like insomnia, burn-out, obesity, and auto-immune diseases. She has a passion for hormone balancing. She offers remote consultations and currently is taking cases from people located all over the world.
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