The andropause, or male menopause, is a time when men start to produce lower levels of testosterone as a result of their advancing age.
The age of onset can depend on a lot of different factors – genetics, environment, physical activity levels, diet and health conditions.
It is perfectly normal for a man to start producing less and less testosterone as he gets older. In some respects, it is like puberty, but only in reverse.
Women tend to experience the menopause as a sudden decrease in hormone levels. On the other hand, change of life in males comes as a gradual decline – about one percent per year.
The average age of andropause onset is 40, although it can occur much younger. At that point we experience a drop in testosterone production as I said earlier of about one percent per year. Unless you are a competitive strength athlete, you are unlikely to notice the reduction in testosterone levels until you hit the age of 60. By the age of 80, however, around half of all men have low testosterone levels.
Here’s what Dr Alan Christianson has to say about the subject:
Testosterone levels can reach 1000 nanograms/deciliter in young men, but by age 80 that amount can fall to as low as 200 nanograms/decileter.
Some men manage to retain fairly high testosterone levels even at an advanced age, and others who have low testosterone often experience no side effects. However, if you have a low sex drive, low muscle bulk, depression, low energy, poor concentration, memory loss and/or difficulty sleeping, then you should consider getting your testosterone levels tested.
The male menopause can bring with it a number of health issues and quality of life issues that men dismiss as being just a part of getting older – depression, insomnia, and low energy, for example.
These are not things that you should just accept. They are usually treatable.
Start by getting more exercise and eating a healthy diet. Make sure you get enough sleep, and talk to a doctor about getting your testosterone levels tested. There are some men who do very well with testosterone replacement therapy – although there are some risks to taking hormone replacements. There are also andropause natural treatments available.
If you find it effective in your case, it is much better to stimulate your own testosterone production. Your doctor or pharmacist can be very helpful to you in weighing up the potential downsides and benefits.