There’s a lot of talk about menopause, as women seek to become better informed about this time in life. There’s not as much discussion, however, about hormonal changes that men go through as they age. These changes may not be as dramatic as those associated with menopause, but they’re very real! Read on, for some facts you may not know about andropause, also known as male menopause.
You may be wondering- is male menopause a real thing? The answer is not exactly simple. Women going through menopause face a great number of changes all at once, as their hormone levels shift, but for men the change is more gradual. In fact, many men just think the symptoms they’re experiencing are part of the natural aging process, and they don’t even see a doctor. This is unfortunate, because many of these “signs of aging” are actually the result of low testosterone.
Andropause is caused by a slow decline in testosterone levels, which can be damaging to a man’s health. We think of testosterone as a sex hormone, and it is, but it’s also much more than that. Sufficient levels of testosterone play a role in preventing heart disease, losing weight, and gaining muscle. When men do not have enough testosterone, they may have symptoms that include:
How many men face these issues? Each unique individual will have his own experience, but the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that low testosterone affects 10% of men in their 40s, 25% in their 50s, and 45% in their 60s. By their 70s, 70% of men are affected, and the number continues to increase as men grow older.
What’s the solution? For one thing, preventive maintenance! Andropause can be caused by health issues like diabetes, obesity, alcoholism, emphysema or chronic bronchitis, cirrhosis of the liver, kidney disease, sleep apnea, and other problems. Regular physical exams will help to keep health problems in check, which may also stave off andropause for a while. Eating a healthy diet can help, too, especially if you eat food rich in vitamin D and zinc, like salmon, spinach, eggs, nuts, beans, and figs.
Another proven treatment for andropause is hormone replacement therapy. However, many treatments available are costly and complicated. Bio-identical hormone pellet therapy is a kind of testosterone therapy, and it provides sustained, consistent testosterone levels throughout the day for four to six months. Because the levels of testosterone remain steady, patients don’t have to cope with mood and energy fluctuations common is some treatment options.
At Hormone Health Houston, we believe in a life of balance and good health, achieved through a healthy diet, regular exercise, and natural health care. Through bio-identical hormone pellet therapy, we improve men’s lives by relieving the difficulties that arise because of low levels of testosterone. Call us today, at (866) 225-0325, to learn how we can help you rise above the challenges of andropause, in order to live your best life.