Just as many women experience symptoms related to the hormonal changes of menopause, men typically experience a decline in testosterone with age. This condition, known as andropause, is a slow process that typically begins in the forties and fifties and peaks after a man reaches his seventies. Experts estimate that men lose about 10 percent of their testosterone each decade after the thirties. In addition to these natural effects of aging, decline in testosterone can also be associated with medical conditions such as diabetes.
During andropause, levels of the stress hormone known as cortisol also decline. Men in this phase of life also show increased levels of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), which pulls testosterone from the blood. Increased SHBG further decreases the amount of testosterone that is available for use by the body.
Symptoms commonly associated with andropause include fatigue, weakness, sexual dysfunction, decreased interest in sex and mood changes such as depression. Some men also experience night sweats, hot flashes, weight gain, urinary problems, growth of breast tissue (gynecomastia), hair loss, sleep apnea and irritability. Approximately 30 percent of men in their fifties will experience some combination of these symptoms, some of which may be severe and others that are more tolerable. In addition to tangible symptoms, andropause brings an increased risk for cardiovascular problems and osteoporosis.
For men experiencing andropause symptoms, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can often provide relief. Testosterone and other hormones can be administered in a variety of forms. Our doctor can perform a full medical exam to determine whether symptoms are caused by low testosterone or another underlying health problem. If andropause is suspected, blood testing will likely be conducted to check testosterone levels.
In addition to hormonal treatment, lifestyle changes can often alleviate many of these troublesome symptoms. Many men see improvement by also eating a more nutritious diet and embarking on a regular exercise program.
Do any of the above symptoms describe your situation? If so, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with our team at the Sajune Institute for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine. When you meet with our experts at our office in Orlando, you can learn more about your symptoms and whether or not they are linked to andropause. You can also learn about your treatment options. Life is too short to grin and bear andropause symptoms when there are safe and simple treatments available. Contact us today to book an appointment to learn more.