This is a heads up for some as we grow older and wiser. This is more common than thought and it can impact men much younger than 40. Just bringing some awareness for folks out there. I have seen the condition first hand and there are things you can do to minimize the effects.

Also, with all the breast cancer awareness and the focus on women, there are men who have gotten it too, so to all of you, please be diligent in your check-ups.

Male Andropause (Menopause): Symptoms And Solutions

Author: adden | Posted in Aging, Diseases and Conditions, Mens Issues
At about ages 40-50, starting even as in the early hours as their 30′s, men go through a modify when the comprehension hits them–they are aging. Their bodily changes are accompanied by changes in attitudes and moods. During this time men frequently begin to question their values, accomplishments, and life’s direction. The total pattern of these changes has led to the notion of the mid-life crisis. But let’s look deeper into this cultural phenomenon.
Health research results show that a mid-life crisis is physical. It’s a steady and subtle shift in hormone production in the male body. Unlike a woman’s body, there is no medically defined marker, like a woman’s cessation of menstruation, which says a man is in male menopause–andropause. Science has known about andropause since the 1940′s, but only until recently have there been accessible and easy to administer hormone tests. Now more than ever, there is interest in men’s aging process. Researchers are learning that letting this male hormone imbalance go untested and crude can lead to some serious physical health risks. Emotional issues occur with this imbalance that can add stress to a man’s health and well being.
This article focus on the set of physical bodily changes that is andropause. It’s a fact that men go to the doctor 50% less than women, and are just not as verbal as women. Some deny that there is even a problem. Therefore andropause symptoms have gone unexpressed adding to the difficulty in understanding the changes. Let’s look at what occurs, and what can be done to slow down these inevitable changes of aging.
There is a fundamental set of identifiable symptoms which signal changes in hormones.
These symptoms include some of the same symptoms women experience:

  • Diminished sex drive.
  • Urinary changes
  • Lack of energy.
  • Decrease in strength and/or endurance.
  • Lost height, back pain.
  • Decreased ‘enjoyment of life.’
  • Irritability, anger, and grumpiness.
  • Depression or withdrawn.
  • Erections less strong.
  • Deterioration in sports ability.
  • Falling asleep after dinner.
  • Decreased work performance.
  • Joint aches and stiffness of the hands.
  • Premature aging.
  • Changes in hair growth and skin quality.
  • Loss of physical fitness, weight gain, and ‘beer’ bellies.
  • Hot flashes
  • Increased anxiety
  • Loss of self esteem
  • Decreased memory and/or concentration