Andropause – Male Menopause
Andropause has been coined the “Male Menopause”. The symptoms are somewhat similar to what occurs in women at Menopause where hormonal deficit begins to take a toll on ones health. Mood, temperature, and functional changes occur. These are common warning signs that andropause is on the approach or in full swing. Affecting men the most is the decline of testosterone. With its tendency to peak in a males’ 20’s, men will find sometime after they reach 30 years old that their testosterone levels are significantly lower. Much like growth hormone levels that begin their decline in human beings starting at 30 years of age, male testosterone experiences a similar decline. The corresponding physical degeneration is both a symptom and cause for accelerated ageing. Examples of this physical degeneration in males is evident with the onset of sarcopenia. Sarcopenia is a loss of muscle mass which causes great detriment to the strength and physical prowess of a male and his constitution. Bone mass depletion is another major symptom of andropause alongside cognitive and emotional changes. By age 70, a male’s testosterone levels may reach 50% of its peak level. Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators have been found useful in alleviating symptoms of low testosterone in males.