What is Andropause? (Male Hormone Deficiency)
Youth for many, is a time of freedom and consumption. We take our good health for granted and abuse it in many ways, for we don’t see the ultimate result of our actions. Once¬†you get to your 30’s, the body starts to show signs of unhealthy lifestyles and ageing.¬†¬†Andropause and menopause both have the ability to show signs earlier in those who have taken the unhealthy lifestyle paths.
Symptoms of ageing, hormonal deficiencies and disease appear rapidly and relentlessly. Medication, poor diet, excessive alcohol and drug dependencies, illness, lack of sleep, lack of sex, increased stress and lack of exercise all perpetuate increased symptoms of andropause in men. If you are into your 30’s, it is very important to keep a check on your hormones, getting them tested regularly.
Andropause typically begins first with a condition called Hypogonadotropic hypogonadism.
When the body senses the¬†circulation of testosterone has been reduced, the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland trigger a release of hormones to increase production of testosterone. Ageing unfortunately stunts this process. Even though the body attempts¬†to increase testosterone, once the luteinizing hormone, gonadotropic releasing hormone and testosterone drop to lower than normal levels, sadly andropause is close behind.
Hormonal Treatment for Andropause
HRT or hormone replacement therapy
Testosterone supplements are available in the form of topical gels, patches and injections. There have been cases¬†whereby patients have reported an increased susceptibility of strokes and heart attacks whilst supplementing with testosterone. Other adverse effects of testosterone supplementation may include the¬†acceleration of pre-existing prostate cancer growth in individuals having undergone androgen deprivation.
Symptoms of Andropause
- Social withdrawal
- Loss of Libido
Physical / Functional Deterioration
- Increased Injury / Back Pain
- Impaired Memory / Lack of Concentration
- Fatigue / Loss of Energy
- Increased Fat Stores / Weight Gain
- Decreased Muscle Mass & Muscular Tone
- Male breasts (Gynecomastia)
- Hair Loss
- Hot Flashes / Headaches / Night Sweats
- Loss of Bone Density
- Erectile Dysfunction / Impotence
- Decreased Semen Volume and Motility
- Alzheimers Disease
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