Hormonal Decline in the Fourties, Guys Are Dealing With it Too!
Oh how we wish men knew what we go through living in a female body. If they could walk in our shoes for just once, then maybe they would understand us a little bit better. Alas, it’s impossible, but take heart, when he hits his mid to late 40’s to 50's he may begin to come to understand the burdens of fluctuating hormones more than you think! Andropause is the equivalent of female menopause. And it deserves our understanding.
What Are the Male Menopause Symtoms?
Doctors have been discussing the reality of male menopause or the technical term “androgen”. Male menopause symptoms can be similar to female menopause symptoms. Male menopause symptoms can include (don’t get too giddy now, ladies!): loss of concentration and sexual appetite, depression, fatigue, insomnia, mood swings, general weakness sometimes even hot flashes! It is called andropause.
The most noticeable differences between female menopause and male menopause is that the onset of male menopause is very gradual making it less noticeable than the relatively more abrupt hormonal changes in female menopause. In fact, many doctors do not agree with referring to male menopause symptoms as andropause, since the condition does not halt completely, the male reproductive capacity as the term suggests, but the decline of male hormones, mainly testosterone, occurs usually at around 10% per decade or a little over one percent per year. Thus, the preferred label by many doctors in the world, “androgen decline” otherwise known as andropause.
The steep decline in testosterone starts between 40 and 50 years of age but becomes most noticeable between ages of 60 and 80 years old. Fifty percent of men have such a reduction in testosterone that they will show noticeable effects of male menopause but some, however, keep adequate testosterone levels to a very old age.
Can Male Menopause Be Postponed?
Actions can be taken by men to keep their testosterone levels adequate up to a very ripe age. The first is to raise them high while they can. During a man’s 20’s and 30’s he can lift weights and do rigorous exercises to naturally boost testosterone levels. The idea is if you start out with extra testosterone before it begins to decline, it will take much longer for the hormone to run out as it decreases. This will in turn cause fat loss, which seems to be a culprit in regards to falling testosterone levels as well as increasing estrogen levels in men.
Can Male Menopause Symptoms Be Treated?
So it is very important for men to stay lean in order to stay masculine hormonally. But they shouldn't overdo working out either. Research shows that too much strain can actually decrease testosterone production. So as with all training it’s always best to have a pattern of working out one day but resting the next. Also a man should have an erection at least once a day to keep testosterone levels up. German scientists have found this recently in their studies. Men should choose monosaturated fats for their daily diet since these are proven to boost testosterone. Monosaturated fats can be found in canola, peanut and olive oil to name just a few. Men shouldn’t drink more than three alcoholic drinks a day either. While it’s healthy to have one or two, over doing it can also cut down testosterone levels.
So while avoiding male menopause is not as futile for all men as female menopause is for women, it's a known reality that only early good health habits can make the transition less difficult.