MALE MENOPAUSE OR A MIDLIFE CRISIS?

Just mentioning male menopause in conversation usually elicits a lot of chuckles. Hold on to your laughter, because what men are experiencing is more than a midlife crisis.

Menopause is not just for women! Men experience the ‘change’ also. For a man, it is medically addressed as andropause but is better known as male menopause. During this period, gentlemen go through significant physical, emotional, and hormonal changes. These significant developments should not be taken jokingly.

As with the ladies, timing will vary when the change begins. The onset of andropause usually occurs when the fellows enter their 40s. Unlike females, who face the end of fertility, this phase for gentlemen is defined as the natural cessation of the sexual function. Their interest in sex fades resulting in less sexual activity. Coupled with a declining appetite for intimacy, males usually lose their enthusiasm for life. This lack of joy brings with it a sense of failure, which can lead to anxiety, moodiness, and depression. The trifecta of the loss of sexual desire, mood swings, and irritability, may even increase their risk of heart disease.

During this decade, they will begin to notice the exercise routine that gave them the physique they were proud of no longer accomplishes the task. Where muscle once appeared has slowly turned to fat. Their body is not the only noticeable change there are adjustments in their mental skills and memory, too.

All of these symptoms are caused by hypogonadism or low testosterone levels. Testosterone is the hormone responsible for regulating the structure of proteins in the body. The testicles account for about 7-10 mg of testosterone produced each day. When they do not provide their usual level of testosterone, the body changes. At this stage it can become serious, these low levels bring with it a body filled clogged arteries, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. The healthier the man, the less he will feel the symptoms during this rite of passage.

As I recommend to all my clients, a menu that includes a well-balanced diet with an emphasis on organically grown fruits and vegetables is excellent for maintaining optimum health. Eating organic is a natural way to avoid the effects of chemicals that adversely impact the endocrine system. Men should incorporate into their daily routine a full gamut of antioxidants that include Vitamins A, C, and E. The better their physical shape, the less they feel the effects of male menopause. Scheduling regular workouts that comprise of high-intensity exercise will help men keep their testosterone levels elevated. There are no shortcuts to maintaining optimum health. The better your lifestyle, the happier and healthier you will be.

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