Even though there is more public talk about women and menopause, men also encounter a hormonal imbalance as they age (andropause). Because women tend to have a more abrupt hormonal change they are more likely than men to realize that their symptoms are from a hormonal imbalance. Men tend to have a more gradual change–with symptoms slowly appearing over 20 year period. Often the symptoms are not seen as a hormonal decline.
Male menopause (called andropause) has many different symptoms. These symptoms come from a drop in Testosterone. These symptoms include depression, irritability, decreased morning erections, longer recovery time from workouts, stiffness and pain in joints and muscles, decreased concentration, decreased ability to build muscle, lowered mental acuity, loss of the competitive edge, overall loss of vitality, fatigue, sleep disturbances, etc. A man may still have a good libido (sex drive) but be suffering from a decrease in his Testosterone levels because he does not realize that Testosterone perfor.s many functions in the body. Testosterone is not just a “sex” hormone.
There are also strong associations between low Testosterone and bone loss (osteoporosis), dementia, type 2 diabetes, elevated LDL cholesterol, and arthritis. There is a lot of incorrect information about the negative side effects of Testosterone and when you research the studies you will find that when bioidentical Testosterone is prescribed and monitored by a hormone specialist, Testosterone is a benefit to the overall health and vitality of men and has not been shown to cause cancer or heart disease. Proper hormone balancing for men results in a man who feels great, thinks clearly, moves easier, and enjoys life better.