Is there really something such as ANDROPAUSE?
While the phenomenon of ‘andropause’, also known as ‘male menopause’ is debatable, the physical effects of low testosterone are being experienced by men in large numbers these days. In as early as 1944, researchers had identified symptoms in men which were similar to those that women experience during menopause and had then termed it as ‘male climacteric’, which was later coined as ‘man-o-pause’.
But do all men really go through a similar physiological stage as women do in menopause? While all women go through menopause, not all men experience andropause. And when they do, they experience it at the psychological, spiritual, social and sexual level.
Testosterone naturally reduces steadily as men age but in andropause the testosterone levels drop significantly in a shorter span of time. The factors that contribute towards this drastic drop in testosterone levels include:
- Obesity, diabetes and insulin resistance
- Chronic inflammation
- Increased exposure to xenoestrogens found in pesticides, phthalates from plastics, tobacco smoke by-products, heavy metals and solvents.
- Lack of physical activity
Andropause is not defined by one or two symptoms, but like menopause, it presents with a wide array of symptoms which vary with each individual. Some of the symptoms commonly seen are:
Men with low testosterone levels experience an increase and accumulation of body fat along with a decrease in muscle mass, a reduction in bone density with risks of osteoporosis. Loss of body hair and development of breasts may also be seen.
Andropause can lead to generalized fatigue, lethargy, lack of energy, unwillingness to work, sleep disturbances like insomnia or excessive sleepiness.
Low Testosterone levels can cause many sexual problems like erectile dysfunction, decreased libido and a decrease in the number and quality of ejaculations.
- Emotional/psychological Symptoms
Like women, even men go through emotional ups and downs like depression, irritability, anxiety, indifference to surroundings, problems with memory and concentration and occasionally a decrease in self confidence.
Owing to the steadily increasing number of such cases each year, therapies of testosterone replacement are much in vogue in the form of injections, patches, topical gels and oral meds. However these come with potential risks of heart attacks as well as prostate cancer so one should opt for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) with caution.
If the current lifestyle patterns continue, andropause is here to stay and that is why a change in diet pattern and lifestyle are absolutely necessary. Modifying your lifestyle can help immensely in sustaining and increasing testosterone levels. The changes one should adopt are:
- Have the right quality of fats, oils, meat, proteins, fruits like strawberries, pomegranates, grapes, avocadoes and vegetables like onion, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, garlic etc. Almonds and pumpkin seeds are also good
- A multivitamin supplement can also be taken after consulting a doctor
- And most importantly exercises. Physical, mental as well as spiritual exercises help you to stay fit – holistically
Homeopathy medicines are known to up testosterone levels naturally. Homeopathy acts on the pineal and pituitary gland, the testes and adrenal gland and ensures an appropriate secretion of testosterone from the target organs and thereby increasing the testosterone production. Homeopathy is absolutely safe and there are no potential risks or side effects involved.
Andropause can be managed safely and effectively with Homeopathy. To get a FREE evaluation of your symptoms and condition log on to www.welcomecure.com or call on 98335 98553