What is Andropause, and How Can it Be Treated?
Andropause is a very real medical condition. Every man needs to learn to recognize the symptoms and causes of andropause and how to treat it.
Did you know that as men age, testosterone levels drop, which can cause a condition known as “andropause” or “male menopause?” The number one contributing factor to the symptom of andropause is low testosterone.
By 60 years of age, more than 50 percent of men have low testosterone, also known as “Low-T.” Low testosterone is defined as low serum testosterone levels coupled with any of the signs and symptoms of andropause.
What Are the Symptoms of Andropause?
The symptoms of andropause, the condition that may also be referred to as “hypogonadism” or simply “low testosterone,” include:
Top Five Causes of Andropause or Low Testosterone
There can be many causes for low testosterone. Here are the top five causes of andropause that every man should be aware of:
Age – The number one cause for low testosterone is simply growing older. A man’s testosterone level peaks at around the age of 20; after that, it starts a steady drop of as much as 2% per year. By the time you are 40, most men start to feel that decline and begin experiencing some, if not all, of the symptoms of low testosterone.
Weight – When it comes to andropause or low testosterone, being overweight, and especially being obese, creates a vicious cycle. Men who overweight tend to have low testosterone, and men with low testosterone tend to be overweight.
Once your testosterone is low, your metabolism drops, your ability to build muscle decreases, and you store more fat than you burn. Excess body fat, particularly belly fat, further lowers your testosterone.
Certain Medications – Before you search for another reason for low testosterone, take a look in your medicine cabinet. There are quite a few prescription medications that have lowering testosterone as a side effect.
Medications that most often lead to low testosterone in men include:
- Type 2 Diabetes – Because of the way that type 2 diabetes negatively impacts metabolism, like being overweight, it can also contribute to low testosterone. As with obesity, there is a direct correlation between men with diabetes and men with low testosterone and vice versa.
Alcohol Abuse – Among the many reasons why men should not overindulge in drinking alcohol is that alcohol abuse has been shown to lower testosterone levels.
Alcoholism can disrupt the messages sent from your brain to the testicles to stimulate the production and release of testosterone. Drinking too much alcohol can also directly block your testicles from making testosterone.
Long-term alcohol abuse leads to cirrhosis and serious scarring of your liver. Cirrhosis of the liver also causes low T.
How is Andropause Treated?
Some of the symptoms of andropause could be alleviated with lifestyle changes. However, if you have been diagnosed with low testosterone, the only way to treat it is with testosterone replacement therapy.
Here are some of the many benefits that hundreds of andropause patients are experiencing from testosterone replacement at our West Palm Beach, Florida-based hormone clinics right now.
A 2009 study concluded that “Restoring testosterone levels to within the normal range by using testosterone replacement therapy can improve many of the effects of [low testosterone].
Most importantly, these include beneficial effects on mood, energy levels, and patients’ sense of well-being, sexual function, lean body mass, muscle strength, bone mineral density (BMD), cognition, and some benefits on cardiovascular risk factors.”
In addition, testosterone replacement therapy has been shown to provide:
- Improved skin and hair health
- Increased strength and vitality
- Weight loss
- Improved heart health
- Stronger bones
- Improved sleep
- Improved focus and cognition
The Best Treatments for Age-Related Hormone Decline
You deserve to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle at any age! But, unfortunately, as men and women age, your levels of critical hormones like testosterone drop, which harm your ability to enjoy life.
Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, is the key to getting back what time and nature take away. Hormone Logics has been successfully treating patients with age-related hormone loss with our unique hormone replacement therapies for men and women for many years.
Medical research has shown that testosterone replacement and/or HGH replacement therapy are extremely effective ways to treat age-related hormone decline. Hormone Logics’ HRT treatments for men and women have been proven to offer individuals between the ages of 35 and 65 a greatly improved quality of life.
Our medical director is Mazyar Rouhani, MD. Dr. Rouhani has long been a medical innovator. He is a co-founder of Symptify, an online symptom checker to better educate patients about their conditions. Recently, Dr. Rouhani has focused his endeavors on improving patients’ health using IV fluid hydration.
Using his medical expertise combined with his passion for optimizing each individual’s health and vitality, Dr. Rouhani combines his knowledge and expertise to provide an integrated approach to antiaging medicine to help his patients look and feel their best.
“The doctors and staff at Hormone Logics are true professionals. I was embarrassed to talk about my weakness and other symptoms, but they explained to me that low testosterone was common for men my age and that what I was experiencing was perfectly normal and can be treated”
William S. Delray Beach, FL.
If you would like to learn a little bit more about the many life-changing benefits of growth hormone replacement therapy, please contact us today by calling (561) 640-3333.