For the Man in Your Life
Women often begin to experience a variety of symptoms in midlife. These symptoms are associated with the hormonal fluctuations of menopause. Men are also susceptible to hormone swings in midlife during a period that is known as andropause. However, the decline in hormones in men tends to be slower than in women, and the symptoms can develop more gradually. Many men do not even notice the earlier changes, and they can even be attributed to other causes or illnesses. They may even be more likely to go untreated.
If you or your partner is experiencing andropause, you may notice just a few or many symptoms, including:
- Reduced muscle mass
- Insomnia and sleep difficulties
- Reduced libido or sexual problems
- Decreased sperm counts
- Increased irritability, depression, anxiety and mood swings
- Heart disease and atherosclerosis
- Memory impairment and brain fog
- Reduced cognitive function
Symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe, and they can occur frequently enough to interfere with typical daily activities. Men who are experiencing andropause may consider restoring lost hormones to combat these symptoms. Before supplementing or treating andropause, it is important that men talk to their doctors about their options.
Blood and other tests can be used to identify the cause of the symptoms. Men should consider tests for total testosterone levels, bioavailable testosterone levels, prostate specific antigen levels and estradiol levels. Cholesterol screenings and complete blood counts should also be considered. Identifying the underlying cause of the hormonal abnormalities and symptoms can help better identify the appropriate treatment regimen.
Natural testosterone therapy or androgen therapy can help reduce symptoms and may even reduce your long-term health risks by reducing your total and LDL cholesterol levels. However, as with any hormone replacement therapy, androgen therapy or testosterone replacement therapy can have risks for some patients. Men with a history of benign prostatic hypertrophy, prostate cancer and certain other health issues should discuss their needs and goals with their doctors. Other treatments may be available for these men.
Men may also choose to manage their symptoms or supplement their androgen therapy with a healthy lifestyle. Men who engage in healthy habits often tend to have naturally higher levels of hormones. Fat tends to store hormones, which can decrease the amount that is available to the body. Additionally, excess alcohol use, a sedentary lifestyle and certain health problems can decrease hormone levels. Eating a healthy diet, exercising moderately most days of the week and avoiding unhealthy habits such as smoking or excess alcohol consumption combined with the right natural supplementation regimen can give you the extra boost you need.
If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of andropause, we can help. Our skilled pharmacists can provide specially compounded treatments, nutraceuticals and supplements that can help restore vitality and natural hormonal balance.