What is Andropause?

March 3, 2017

Male menopause is actually called andropause and is the result of testosterone deficiency usually associated with aging. Testosterone is a hormone made in a man’s testicles and it is important for a man’s personal drive and physical appearance. Testosterone makes a man look and feel like a man.  In men, this hormone helps keep bones and muscle strong, determines hair growth and where fat is deposited on the body, maintains sex drive and mood, makes red blood cells, and boosts energy.  

 

Beginning at age 30 to 40, a man’s testosterone levels slowly and naturally decreases.  A low testosterone level can affect sex drive and mood.  Sometimes treatment with testosterone therapy may help reduce symptoms.  Other causes of low testosterone include injury, problems with other glands in the body and brain, low thyroid function, too much body fat/obesity, alcohol, drugs, medical treatments, infection, and other disorders and diseases.

 

Some men with low testosterone do not have any symptoms.  Others may have low sex drive, low sperm count, sleep problems such as insomnia, hot flashes, sweats, decrease in muscle mass, strength, and endurance. Bone loss can occur and body fat can increase, especially on the abdomen and upper body. Depression and trouble concentrating can also be related.  Some symptoms may be a normal part of aging or may be caused by other conditions such as Diabetes.

If any of these symptoms are bothering you, you should talk with your healthcare provider.

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