Is there such a thing as male menopause?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Menopause is a stage of life that brings hormonal change for women, but did you know that men also experience it? These changes are known as “andropause.”

What is andropause?
Andropause is a drop in men’s hormones. It begins when men are about 30 years old, and levels of these hormones continue to decline throughout the remainder of their lives. Andropause really kicks in at about 50 or 55. 

Testosterone is the major male hormone that is produced in men’s testes. It’s responsible for sexual desire and function. Many people don’t know that testosterone is also vitally important for the function of many other organs, especially the heart and brain, so when testosterone levels decline, these other systems follow.

Get back to feeling your best
To diagnose and treat andropause, men can visit their doctor for a test and an evaluation of health status, family history and possible risk factors. It can be difficult to discuss this topic, but addressing issues and being honest with doctors can help to increase men’s quality of life and overall health. 

Making healthy lifestyle choices is helpful when presented with symptoms of andropause. This can include: 

  • Eating a healthy diet 
  • Exercising daily 
  • Getting enough sleep 
  • Finding ways to reduce stress levels 
  • Seeking help when feeling down

There are also specially-formulated supplements with natural ingredients to support increased testosterone production. For example, HealthZone Male Zone contains zinc and other ingredients to support male reproductive system health, while GO Healthy GO Man Plus contains herbs like horny goat weed and deer velvet which are known for supporting healthy sexual function and testosterone production. 

Men, it’s normal to experience a decline in testosterone levels as you age. It’s likely that your symptoms will be manageable, even without treatment, but if they are causing you hardship, consult your health professional for recommendations.

Low testosterone levels can lead to:

  • A decrease in mental performance, cognition and memory 
  • A decline in mood and sense of wellbeing 
  • Less sexual thoughts and sex drive 
  • Lower muscle strength and endurance 
  • Increased blood pressure 
  • Changes in sleep patterns 
  • Increased body fat 
  • Loss of body hair 
  • More aches and pains

Healthy testosterone levels can help to:

  • Maintain a sharp memory and healthy cognition 
  • Promote a sense of wellbeing 
  • Keep the heart beating 
  • Boost and fortify a healthy immunity 
  • Promote cell turnover 
  • Nourish the sexual apparatus 
  • Stimulate sperm production.


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