What is Andropause?
As we age many bodily functions slow down, including our hormone production levels. When this occurs in women, it is known as Menopause. Less well known, but no less momentous, is Andropause, or Male Menopause, in which men stop producing Testosterone in large quantities.
How can Low Testosterone affect your life?
More than 40% of men 45 and older may suffer from low testosterone. Yet the symptoms of Andropause and the symptoms of aging look very much alike, so many men are not even aware that treatment is an option.
We know that Andropause is responsible for many symptoms. After age 40, Men’s testosterone levels decrease by around 1% a year. By the time a Man reaches 80, he produces 50% less testosterone than he did at 40. This can cause symptoms which in many cases are attributed to normal aging.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
As with women, some men have more numerous and severe symptoms than others, including:
- Low libido – loss of interest in sex
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of muscle mass and weakness
- Weight gain
- Reduced bone density
The Connection Between Low testosterone Levels and other Conditions
Low levels of testosterone have been linked with Diabetes, Obesity, High blood pressure, Partial loss of vision, and even male midlife crisis.
There is a large body of evidence that low testosterone is a factor in many other conditions as well. Even though the connection has been established, scientists still haven’t been able to determine whether low testosterone is responsible for these conditions, or if the conditions cause these conditions. Regardless of the of the link, Testosterone treatments are available which can improve many of these conditions.