Andropause, otherwise known as male menopause, is that stage in a man’s life where he experiences the effects of aging along with the signs and symptoms related to the reduction in the production of testosterone. This is common among men aged between 45 and 65 years old, although there are those that go through this in their early 30s.
Andropause have various effects on the physical, emotional, and wellbeing of a man. Their most common concern is associated with sexual disturbance. Men who undergo this condition suffer from erectile dysfunction and decreased libido as an effect of the reduced levels of testosterone in their bodies.
Aside from these, it can also cause a decrease in the bone density as well as the muscle mass and strength. Sweating, hot flashes, and fatigue are also very common along with impaired memory, difficulties in concentration, and sleep disturbances. Its emotional effects are bought about by changes in the body and mind, leading to irritability, anxiety, depression, and mood swings.
Andropause is generally not life-threatening. The problem with this condition is that is can be very bothersome for many men. Also, it can open up the body to conditions that are potentially very dangerous to the health. This is, however, very rare as many men do not exactly experience all the symptoms to a large degree.
Still, it is not wrong to assume that this condition does have an effect on the quality of life of any man going through it. Its effects on sexual function, appearance, and emotional wellbeing are apparent. if these problems are ignored, they have a potential to get worse and can result in a variety of conditions such as diabetes, memory loss, anxiety, hair loss, and infertility, to name a few.
Recent studies have shown strong evidence on the relationship of low testosterone levels to the many forms of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease. Middle-aged men that suffer from depression have also shown a strong link with that of low testosterone.
Andropause is not exactly considered a medical condition today so there are no medications specifically formulated for it. There are, however, treatments that can somehow neutralize the symptoms that this condition brings about. Such treatments are actually only specific to one or two of its conditions. An approach that will treat all symptoms is testosterone replacement therapy but this is only prescribed to patients that suffer from too severe conditions.
There is actually no escape; a man should go through it. The best thing that he can do is to prepare for it by leading a healthy lifestyle early on. A positive attitude will also be a big help as this gives way to get a clearer view of the situation and have a clear perspective of it. It will also help to have a strong support system. The presence of family, friends, and spouses will be a big help during those times that the man does not feel at his best.
Amy C. is a health enthusiast who tackles the most common issues that are related to the upkeep of the wellbeing of the human. She particularly tackles on the medical conditions that are specific on men and women. When she is not giving health advices and tips, she helps in the blogging and administration activities of DMac Industries, a b deck and steel deck fabrication company. Watch out for her other health advices on her next post.