What is male menopause?
Andropause, or male menopause, describes age-related changes in male hormone levels, especially testosterone. Testosterone deficiency does more than fuel your sex drive. It maintains your muscle mass and can help regulate our fight-or-flight response.
Not all men experience andropause. Starting as early as 30 to 40 years of age and older men, you may start to notice a drop in mental and physical energy, muscle mass, increased body fat, reduced sex drive, and more.
If levels of testosterone are low, hormone replacement therapy may help relieve symptoms. In addition, proper hormone balance can make you less susceptible to heart disease, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and more.
What are the symptoms of andropause?
Male menopause was named after female menopause because some men were experiencing the same symptoms women experience. “Andro” specifically translates “male.” Although signs may be less noticeable than menopause in women, a decline in testosterone may include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hot flashes
- Joint Pain
- Low sex drive
- Muscle weakness
- Reduced bone density
Other symptoms may include decreased motivation, lowered self-confidence, difficulty concentrating, and loss of muscle mass, and gain in body fat.
What are the causes and risk factors of andropause?
As this being a complex condition, there are multiple factors that could cause male menopause.
Some of these factors include:
- Diabetes (type 2)
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Lack of exercise
- Sleep deprivation
Andropause may also be exacerbated by alcohol consumption.
How does BackFit treat Male Menopause?
The most important part is identifying your symptoms as andropause. The sooner you get it checked, the sooner you’ll be able to start treatment and feel better, stronger, and more like yourself again.
Here at BackFit Health + Spine, we will perform a male wellness panel that can test for hormone levels. This includes testosterone, estrogen, growth hormone (HGH), DHEA, HCG, pregnenolone, and total thyroid function.
Once lab results return, we’ll provide a recommendation for treatment options, as well as provide:
- Aerobic and resistance exercise plans
- Glycemic nutrition, micro-nutrients, and nutraceuticals
- Stress reduction techniques, such as massage therapy
The male wellness panel is a blood test. Results are usually available within 2 to 3 weeks.