Andropause Symptoms

Posted by M ws On Friday, March 29, 2013 0 comments

As men age, their bodies produce less testosterone. Because testosterone supports so many of the processes in a man’s body, big changes occur when it’s in short supply. “Andropause” (or “male menopause”) is the term given to the overall process and symptoms that occur when testosterone levels decline. Andropause affects millions of men worldwide and is a common part of aging.

1. The Physical Symptoms of Andropause

Physically, andropause has been described as being akin to puberty, but in reverse. Testosterone is responsible for regulating bone and muscle growth. Both of those diminish when testosterone is less available. The Wesley Woods Health Center in Atlanta warns that men experiencing the symptoms of andropause have a higher risk of osteoporosis. [1]

Additionally, body fat increases and lean body mass decreases, this can quickly become a very imbalanced scale.  According to the University of Texas School of Medicine, body mass and testosterone may be inversely related and obesity restricts testosterone production. When testosterone production is already affected, this can make a strained situation even worse and might offer an explanation as to why obesity affects older men. [2]

2. Sexual Symptoms of Andropause

Testosterone is required for sexual function but testosterone is less available during andropause. Uh-oh. You’re probably not surprised to learn that many men report experiencing impotence and other sexual problems such as premature ejaculation, or no ejaculation at all. [3]

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