Men after the age of 40 experience a phenomenon similar to the female menopause, called Andropause caused by a drop in testosterone . Low testosterone levels in men are responsible for the bulk of men’s physical and mental decline.
Symptoms of Andropause:
- Changes in attitudes and moods,
- Fatigue, “Pot belly” and decresed physical agility
- Loss of energy, sex drive.
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of memory and mental dysfunction
- Increased incidence of Type II Diabetes
Studies show that this decline in testosterone can actually put one at risk for other health problems like heart disease, osteoprosis and Alzheimer’s.
A gradual hormonal decline,unlike menopause, which generally occurs in women during their mid-forties to mid-fifties, men’s “transition” may be much more gradual and expand over many decades. Attitude, psychological stress, alcohol, injuries or surgery, medications, obesity and infections can contribute to its onset and progression.
Sensitive tests for bioavailable testosterone weren’t available until recently, so andropause has gone through a long period where it was under diagnosed and undertreated. Now that men are living longer, there is heightened interest in andropause and this will help to advance our approach to this important life stage which was identified so long ago.
This situation is changing. New blood testing methods are available and there is an increased interest in mens’ ageing among medical researchers. So much attention is being focused on andropause that major efforts are underway to quickly share emerging scientific information with the international medical community.
The use of bio-Identical hormones, like testosterone, is becoming increasingly popular. Recent studies indicate long-term testosterone replacement therapy is associated with a decreased risk for cardiovascular disease and Prostate Cancer in men, according to a large population-based cohort study. This has been endorsed by American Urological Association in April 2016.The preferred route of administration of Testosterone is through Transdermal cream compounded in compounding pharmacy. Blood Testosterone levels and PSA titres should be periodically monitored along with Digital Rectal Examination andultrasonic monitoring of prostate size in selected cases.