Testosterone for Andropause and Men’s Health
If you suffer from gradual loss of virility and vitality, you may have Androgen Deficiency. Androgen Deficiency is defined as an absolute or relative deficiency of testosterone or its by-products. This condition can be successfully managed. According to the need of the individual at that time in his life, the management will be individualized and followed up with regular consultations.
Testosterone is important to the male body because it:
- gives men their virility and vitality
- increases insulin output and sensitivity
- decreases total cholesterol and LDL
- improves muscle strength
- improves oxygen uptake throughout the body
- helps mental concentration
- helps to maintain a healthy immune system
- promotes coronary vasodilatation
- increases cardiac output volume
Andropause, also known as ‘The Male Menopause’, is a time in a man’s life where the levels of testosterone, the male hormone, gradually decrease causing many unpleasant symptoms. Andropause is also referred to as ADAM, which is Androgen Deficiency Aging Male. Andropause is normally a slow and steady reduction in the testosterone levels, typically occurring between the ages of 40 and 55, although some men have noticed and reported a drop in their testosterone level as early as their 30’s.Unlike women, middle-aged men do not experience the complete and permanent shutdown of their reproductive system.
There are many symptoms that men, who are suffering from Andropause, experience. However, every man’s experience is different. They often experience a combination of some, if not all of the following symptoms:
Decrease in Testosterone: Testosterone is the most significant hormone relating to men. A decrease usually occurs in men age 45-55 as a natural process of aging. This process is usually much more gradual than the process of menopause for women and may be harder to detect. An important distinction with the decreasing of testosterone relating to the testes is unique in that the testes don’t stop producing sperm. Women’s ovaries completely stop producing estrogen to produce eggs. In men the testosterone levels don’t completely run out or dry up, as sperm can be produced into the last years of one’s life.
Erectile Dysfunction: In the plainest of terms this is characterized by experiencing difficulty in getting it up, achieving or maintaining an erection or the ability to ejaculate, also characterized by impotence. Not too fun for either of us, really.
Decreased Libido: the drive and urge towards sexual activity is reduced due to the drop in Testosterone which is the hormone most responsible for giving men their male characteristics. There are specific foods that could be added to help with enhancing the libido thus increasing the testosterone levels naturally some of which are: salmon, almonds, avocados, bananas, asparagus, eggs and raw oysters.
Muscle Loss: is due to the decrease of Testosterone. Testosterone binds to muscle cells in order to help build muscle. This decrease in hormones causes a decrease in muscle mass and therefore it is easier to gain weight. In other words as testosterone decreases muscle mass decreases and fat mass increases. It is important to continue weight bearing exercises to continue to build lean muscle mass which will also help with preventing osteoporosis.
Hot Flashes: occur in men who have a very low level of Testosterone. Testosterone sends messages to the hypothalamus, which helps regulate temperature in the body. When the levels of testosterone drop the hypothalamus gets the message that the body is overheating and acts accordingly causing flashes of heat in order to cool itself down, which is an improper signal from a low level of testosterone.
Irritability: is caused from a hormonal imbalance of Estrogen and Testosterone. With the drop in Testosterone the Estrogen levels are more prominent this can lead to mood swings which are similar to those in women during menopause or their menstrual flow. Men who are more stressed have a greater amount of cortisol, the stress hormone, which lowers testosterone, and are more susceptible to fluctuating moods and irritability. If you find yourself feeling a little out of sorts, either being more demanding, angry, defensive, withdrawn, anxious or sad it is time to take a look at your hormone levels and get them balanced out.
This is just a short list and description of the most common symptoms men often experience through Andropause. Because there is a large number of symptoms men experience, it is usually best to bring each of your symptoms up to your physician to be reviewed and discussed.
The treatment for Andropause is typically diagnosed by a physician who specializes in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Your physician will evaluate the body’s hormone levels, which are typically obtained through blood tests performed by a lab. After reviewing your lab results the physician’s recommendations for the treatment of andropause usually will include hormone replacement therapy using bioidentical hormones and testosterone. Testosterone Replacement therapy is a treatment for men with low testosterone who want to boost their health and overall well-being.
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