Andropause & Low Testosterone
Can Men Benefit From Taking Hormones Too?
What Is Andropause?
Just as hormone levels drop when a woman turns about 35, a man’s hormones fall too. A woman’s hormones tend to drop quickly, somewhat like a car driving off a cliff—the sudden drop with all the symptoms that go along with it. A man is different. Not only does the drop in hormones come later in a man, but they come much more gradually, which means that it’s much less noticeable in a man. Instead of dropping off the cliff, the adult male is more like a car driving down a long gradual hill. This decline is over a lifetime. By the time a man is 40 years old, his most important hormone, testosterone, will be at approximately ½ what it was when it peaked in his twenties. By the time a man is 50, it will be at 1/3 of its peak; at 60 it will be ¼ of its peak level. In women, the mid-life loss of hormones is called menopause. In men, we call it “andropause.”
Do You Have Low Testosterone?
Here are some of the signs and symptoms of testosterone decline:
- Loss of muscle size and strength
- Decline in sex drive
- Increased fat around waist
- Decreased body hair
- Loss of energy
- Irritable much of the time
- Lack of motivation
- Poor sense of well-being
- Lack of aggressiveness e.g. at work
- Loss of initiative
- Loss of interest in hobbies etc.
- Lack of motivation
- Diminished stamina/endurance
- Erection difficulties
- Bone loss/osteoporosis
- Focusing on retirement prematurely
- Grumpier overall
- Less patient
- Prostate enlargement
- Frequent nighttime urination
Although there is a natural decline in testosterone with age, it is not healthy. Nor is it necessary. The decline in testosterone and thyroid levels is the prelude to the degenerative diseases which afflict men as they age, such as heart disease, arthritis, obesity, high blood pressure, adult onset diabetes and cancer. While theses diseases may occur in younger individuals, their incidence increases with age and the associated decline in hormones.
How Is It Diagnosed and Treated?
Andropause is easily diagnosed, based on the patient’s age and his clinical symptoms. It is confirmed by a simple check of the levels of free testosterone in the blood. Treatment is very easy: we use biologically identical human testosterone (we never use the synthetic kind that body builders use) in the form of a cream that is applied morning and night to the arms or legs. Less given more frequently is usually better.
A Word to Women about Men:
Men, notoriously, live in somewhat of a state of denial when it comes to their health. They would rather ignore something when it’s wrong with them. Women, on the other hand, tend to be more aggressive when it comes to their own health. It may take a little convincing with a husband to help him see that he indeed does have some of the above symptoms. The “I’m fine. There’s nothing wrong with me” rebuttal from a man may leave him tired, grumpy, and lacking any motivation for the rest of his life. Usually, just adding some all-natural testosterone and thyroid can make such a dramatic difference, most men wonder why they never started it earlier. So, if your husband is the one who can’t sit down to read without falling asleep after only five minutes, make an appointment for him today. It’ll be fun to have the ol’ guy back again!
Having a healthy balance of hormones is critical to a fulfilling life where Dr. Jones leads the way. His wellness program also includes nutritional analysis and modifications, whole-food dietary supplementation, personalized exercise programs, a blockbuster medical weight loss program, if needed, and education regarding your pH balance.