Like menopause in women, andropause is a medical term for a transitional time in the male lifecycle starting around the mid-forties, or even earlier.
Symptoms of Andropause
- Increase in abdominal fat
- Declining libido and/or sexual performance
- Lower energy levels
- Sleep disturbance
- Poorer erection quality/consistency
- Less drive and competitiveness
- Loss of lean muscle mass
- Slower recovery from exercise & injury
- Thinning or graying hair
- Gradual slowing of mental function & memory
As normal aging puts the brakes on androgen activity, male hormones start to dwindle by about one to two percent a year. During this time, production of testosterone, DHEA, and progesterone slow and symptoms associated with aging begin to appear.
But the speed of hormonal decline and whether a man ages well, or rapidly, has a lot to do with lifestyle and the extent to which hormones are in or out of balance. Imbalances often manifest as a decrease in sex drive or interest, and/or some degree of erectile dysfunction. Weight gain, especially around the middle is another indicator; an enzyme in fat cells actually turns androgens into estrogens, further depleting total testosterone.
Andropausal men may also experience lethargy or extreme fatigue, urinary problems, decreased physical agility, and depression. Hormone imbalances often manifest as a decrease in sex drive or interest, and/or some degree of erectile dysfunction.
According to recent estimates, more than 14 million men in the U.S. have significant testosterone deficiency, even more have testosterone insufficiency, but very few are receiving treatment. The impact of low testosterone has been forced to the forefront of medical and mainstream news because people are more educated.
They are living longer and want to maintain their quality of life with the feeling of youth. Declining hormone levels causing symptoms can no longer be thought of as ‘normal’, which has been the traditional medical approach. With the plethora of medical studies linking low testosterone to numerous medical problems and increased medical risks, newer doctors who are up to date with current literature are more informed than their peers.
What can be done?
Through medically supervised hormone replacement in deficient patients, men will see decreasing body fat, increasing muscle and tone, improved libido & sexual performance, increased strength & endurance, improved exercise tolerance, improved mental function, greater energy & mood, improved drive & motivation and a renewed overall zest for life and love.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can safely treat the underlying issues that sabotage health as men age. Prescription bioidentical testosterone has helped countless men reverse the symptoms and health risks of low testosterone. Men also benefit from lifestyle changes, including stress management, more sleep, regular exercise and a hormone-healthy diet, as well as herbal supplements that support the body as it gradually restores hormone balance.
Contact a Med Spa Services provider today for a private consultation to begin feeling your very best!