Experts in the medical community have long argued on whether there is really anything like menopause in men, also known as andropause. The associated decline in testosterone levels due to aging is undeniable. Observation shows that this condition thought to affect older men is affecting younger men too.
Loss of testosterone is a perfectly natural thing in men with aging. As a man gets older, the amount of the male hormone starts to decline.
According to some estimates, a man will have less than 50 percent lower levels of testosterone by the time he is 80. This decline in testosterone brings along symptoms that many people readily associate with aging.
Low libido and poor sexual function are the most common signs of male menopause. Weight gain, loss of lean muscle, sleep problems and decreased bone mineral density is also commonly noticed.
However, men never lose the ability to produce testosterone – rather, they do so at a gradually slower rate.
Andropause in younger men
For a long time, it was believed that male menopause is a problem only of older men. But emerging evidence suggests that the condition may not be restricted to older men only. More young men are starting to report associated symptoms to male menopause.
For instance, couples therapist Ian Kerner disclosed in an article published on the CNN website that he was seeing more younger people seeking help with male menopause symptoms.
“In my practice, I’ve noticed that an increasing number of younger guys are complaining of sexual concerns, such as diminished libido and erectile problems, more commonly seen in older men,” he wrote.
While certain other factors, including obesity and stress, can cause these symptoms, a significant drop of testosterone levels is more to be blamed in these younger men.
Controlling the symptoms
Lifestyle choices are very relevant in dealing with the occurrence of andropause in younger men. It is important for men to pay closer attention to their diet. Experts advise against any food that causes a surge in blood sugar or promotes obesity. Vegetables, fiber-rich fruits, legumes, and whole grains are advisable. Lean or grass-fed meat and fish, such as salmon, can help boost testosterone levels as well.
Just as many other medical experts often do, Kerner noted the importance of exercise. Weight training using large muscles, such as those of the back and legs, is recommended. Cardio exercise like marathon running, according to him is also preferable.
The importance of good and restful sleep at night, as well as, proper stress management can never be overemphasized. Certainly proven supplements, including zinc and vitamin D, can also help with testosterone production.
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