andropause

Andropause in men typically occurs between the ages of 40 and 60. Male menopause”, more common term for andropause. Describes age-related changes in male hormone levels. The same group of symptoms, also known as testosterone deficiency, androgen deficiency, and late-onset hypogonadism.

Both andropause and male menopause used to describe decreasing levels of the male hormone testosterone that come with aging. Most men see testosterone levels drop when getting older. Some describe male menopause as puberty in reverse.

When men reach about 40, testosterone levels usually begin to drop about one percent a year. The reduction, rarely noticeable in men younger than 60. By the time men reach their 80s, about half have low testosterone.

Testosterone levels in young men exceed 1000 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dl). The average testosterone level in 80 year-old men is 200 ng/dl.

Symptoms of low testosterone: diminished sex drive, reduced muscle bulk and strength, night sweats, infertility. Also fewer spontaneous erections, depression, loss of body hair, and swollen breasts. While some experience palpitations, shrunken testes, height loss, fatigue, irritability, reduced self-confidence. Poor concentration, memory loss, sleep problems, increased body fat and anemia.

Normal for erections to occur less frequently in older men than in younger men.

However, erectile dysfunction (ED) is usually brought on by medical or psychological causes, not simple aging. About 90 percent of ED believed have medical origins, drugs taken to treat high blood pressure.

 

Andropause and Testosterone

Does male Andropause cause testosterone levels decrease with age? Research tells us that men tend to develop male Andropause more gradually than their female counterpart. Male Andropause can begin as early as the mid-twenties as men begin to lose male hormones including testosterone, thyroid, human growth hormone and DHEA. The aging process begins in earnest …

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