The andropause or male menopause as it’s often referred to, can see declining levels of testosterone in middle aged men. From their late 40s, the levels of testosterone can start to drop, usually this is very gradual at around 2% per year. However some men may find themselves adversely affected by these changes.
Testosterone enables men to create protein and is crucial to maintaining normal levels of sexual drive and stamina. Testosterone also helps with bone formation and liver function. Whilst loss of muscle mass and strength are not affected until testosterone levels have dropped significantly, declining levels of testosterone can affect a man's sex drive and function and cause great distress. Not recognised by the World Health Organisation, male menopause is a much neglected field.
Symptoms and their causes
What is important is to get to the bottom of what it is that is causing your symptoms.
Symptoms associated with the male menopause are similar to those women suffer whilst going through the menopause.
These can include:
- hot flushes
- increased sweating
- loss of muscle mass and redistribution of fat to the tummy and chest area
- loss of libido
- erectile dysfunction
What lies beneath?
These symptoms all require further investigation and it can be quite damaging to the individual to blame it all on the andropause and take no further action, when in fact there may be another serious underlying condition causing the same symptoms.
If you have any of the above symptoms book your Men’s Health Check now and let us give you a full MOT.
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