Let’s get a deeper understanding of Male Menopause

There are distinct differences between males and females. Although both genders produce hormones as they age we see a decline in the production of hormones in the human body. In women, there is a gradual process that leads up to Menopause. This got me wondering, have you heard about male ‘menopause?’ is it real?

What is Male “Menopause?”

Unlike women, men do not go through an obvious and well-documented period referred to as menopause. As men age, they experience a decline in androgen (testosterone). The testosterone hormone is produced in the testes which helps trigger libido. It contributes to changes in adolescence, maintaining muscle mass and helps in developing physical and mental energy. The research that has been conducted indicates that on average after men turn age 30, begins 1% of testosterone decline. However, in most cases, a significant testosterone drop is experienced by men who are 50 and above.

Here is an interesting fact, not all men experience male menopause. But for women, it’s a different situation because all women will experience Menopause at some stage in their lives.

Signs and Symptoms:

Have you heard about Male Menopause? Is it real?

A medical profession can test testosterone levels by conducting a blood test. For a lot of men who have low testosterone, experiencing the below symptoms can be attributed to a person’s age, use of medication or other underlying conditions such as BMI of 30 or higher.

Below are signs and symptoms experienced by some men as a result of a decline in testosterone.

  • Reduced sexual desire and activity
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Breast discomfort or swelling
  • Reduced muscle bulk and strength,
  • Increased body fat
  • Depressed mood
  • Poor concentration
  • Increased sleepiness
  • Infertility
  • Height loss
  • Hot flashes or excessive sweats
  • Decreased energy, motivation and confidence
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Mild unexplained anaemia

 

Changes in lifestyle to help with low testosterone symptoms

If it so happens that a medical professional has conducted a testosterone test and found that it is low. Below we have some suggestions on how making changes to lifestyle can help manage the symptoms. However, the below could benefit any male who has crossed the age of 30.

You are the food you eat

Throughout our lives, we have been encouraged about the importance of eating a balanced diet. Just take a moment and think about the state of your mental health, if you feel sad and depressed or you are not sleeping well. Your diet could be a good place to make changes. Start eating fruits and vegetables on a regular basis, drink enough water and try to avoid sugar and processed food.

Exercise

Build exercise into your daily routine. Of course, you can’t begin with just running a marathon. Consider joining a hiking group or taking short walks after a meal will really go a long way. This will also be highly beneficial for your mental health too.

Learn how to manage stress better

Try to wean yourself off caffeine, alcohol and nicotine and rather focus on learning relaxation techniques. Stress management techniques like meditating and journaling will help keep some of life’s challenges at bay.

Have you heard about Male Menopause? Is it real?

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