Male menopause?

Male menopause, is it a myth?
As men age they have a natural reduction in testosterone levels. This is gradual, and is only recognized as a significant deficiency in a small percentage of men. Only about one in 200 men under 60 and one in 10 men over 60 have abnormally low testosterone levels (Androgen Deficiency). Symptoms associated with a low testosterone level may include low energy, fatigue, poor concentration or memory, mood changes, or loss of muscle strength. However, these symptoms occur in other conditions and are often not a good guide to a man's testosterone level. A simple blood test can indicate if low testosterone levels are an issue.
Some illnesses or conditions can reduce testosterone levels. These include cardiovascular disease, some lung diseases, depression and obesity. By treating these conditions testosterone levels may return to within an acceptable range.
If you want to slow the biological clock a little, and maintain your get up and go, then we go back to the usual recommendations of regular exercise, and a healthy diet. For anyone who has a diagnosis of androgen deficiency then there are a number of treatment options that can be prescribed.
So, for men, there is no sudden reduction in hormones that would equate to the 'menopause' that women experience. Male menopause is a myth.
Is the Male 'mid life crisis' a myth? That is a whole new topic that you will have to discuss amongst yourselves.

 

Cheryle Davies
Clergy Healthcare Coordinator

  • Created: 22 July 2010
  • Modified: 30 November -0001