A recent article from CNN shows that andropause might happen earlier than previously thought, as more men started showing symptoms from a younger age.
Male menopause, known as andropause is the gradual loss of testosterone in time. Psychotherapist Ian Kerner, who is the author of the study which found evidence of andropause in younger men, explains:
“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 added that many clinicians blamed these symptoms on other factors like obesity, stress, or lack of sleep, but he concluded that it isn’t just an issue caused by lifestyle: “these factors are also possible causes of low levels of the hormone testosterone, which can influence sexual function.”
According to experts, an average 80-year old man had 50% less testosterone than the levels he had as a young man. Thus, Kerner explains that the old person goes through issues like “insomnia, weight gain, decreased muscle and bone density, anger and depression, as well as decreased libido and other sexual problems.”
Dr. Gidon Frame, with the Anti-Aging Medical and Laser Clinic (Vancouver), wrote about andropause, suggesting that it is different from female menopause, as it can lead to a lack of energy, increase in body fat, but men don’t lose the ability to produce hormones like women. They can produce sperm until their 80s and longer.
How to increase testosterone levels
Kerner explains that young men can help increase testosterone levels by changing their diet and adding that cardio exercise lower testosterone production, but “on the other hand, lifting weight using large muscles such as those in the legs and back can increase testosterone.”
Foods like lean meat, salmon and fish, beans and soy protein also increase the production of testosterone. Cutting back on alcohol and quitting smoking will also help.
Kerner concluded that men should always consult their doctor if they have some of the symptoms:
“Work with your doctor to identify and treat any health issues that might be causing or contributing to your signs and symptoms — from medication side effects to erectile dysfunction and other sexual issues.”
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.