Andropause Symptoms to Watch Out For
Think you might be suffering male menopause?
Here are some of the signs and symptoms to watch out for:
– Lack of energy
– Low sex drive
– Increased body fat
– Hot flashes
– Difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection
– Mood swings and irritability
– Loss of muscle mass and strength
Signs of Male Menopause
John Morley, M.D. Saint Louis University School of Medicine, June 1997 developed these ten easy questions to help you to determine if you are at risk for low testosterone.
Choose the responses below that best describe how you have been feeling.
- Do you have a decrease in libido (sex drive)?
- Have you lost height?
- Do you have a decrease in strength and/or endurance?
- Have you noticed a decreased “enjoyment of life?”
- Are you sad and/or grumpy?
- Are your erections less strong?
- Do you have a lack of energy?
- Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports?
- Are you falling asleep after dinner?
- Has there been a recent deterioration in your work performance?
If you answer “yes” to question 1 or 6, or at least three of the other questions, you may have low testosterone.
Source: Saint Louis University Androgen Deficiency in Aging Men (ADAM) Questionnaire. John Morley, M.D.,
Are you a male that is starting to find that you do not have the energy that you used to when it comes to doing the things you want to do? If there are changes going on in your body, it could be a sign that you are going through andropause, which is a term to describe the decrease in levels of testosterone in the male body, which happens to be something that comes along with aging. A lot of men will see that testosterone levels take a dip as they age.
Andropause is something that is quite different than the menopause that women will go through. With menopause, the production of female hormones in the body drops suddenly, while in men there is a gradual decline of hormones.
Once a man reaches age 40 or so, testosterone will start to drop at a rate of around one percent each year. This reduction is not usually noticeable in men that are under the age of 60, however by the time that a man reaches age 80, the chances are that their testosterone level will be cut in at least half or much more. Younger men will usually have testosterone levels that will exceed 1000ng/dl. Average testosterone levels in a male that is 80 years old is roughly 200ng/dl.
There are also certain complications that are often associated with this condition that will include an increase in risk of developing osteoporosis or cardiovascular issues.
It isn’t pretty- but it can be treated successfully.
If it seems as though you or someone that you love is starting to go through andropause, there are a number of recommendations that you can take into account that can help to deal with it.
– You should always see your doctor for regular check ups. Talk about any of the symptoms that you are experiencing and any of the medications that you are currently taking. You can also talk about potential treatment options and any lifestyle changes that you can make to help.
– Regular exercise is going to be extremely beneficial as it can help you in a number of ways. Studies have shown that a good exercise routine throughout a male’s life can help not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally.
– Healthy diet with foods that are rich in healthy fats and a lot of vitamins and minerals will always be helpful.
No matter what, you should never ignore the signs and symptoms of andropause. Instead, you should keep an open line of communication with your physician so that you can stay on a path for good health and plenty of energy and virility moving forward despite any of the symptoms that you are having.