Andropause

Andropause or low testosterone is a common condition affecting middle aged and older man.  The testosterone level peaks in men in their late 20s and starts to slowly decline about 1% a year thereafter.  Men will start having symptoms of low testosterone in their 40s and 50s. Andropause is often called the male equivalent to menopause, as it is characterized by a number of uncomfortable symptoms such as erectile dysfunction, low libido, irritability, muscle loss, irritability, depression, loss of bone mass, and fatigue.  Men often don’t begin to experience symptoms of andropause until middle age.

Studies have found that nearly 40 percent of men over the age of 45 are affected by low testosterone levels.

Andropause natural treatment

Speaking to your doctor about your low-T symptoms will help you identify if it’s due to natural causes or not. A blood test to measure the testosterone level may be ordered to make an accurate diagnosis of low T. While hormone replacement therapy may relieve the symptoms of andropause and can be administered by injections of testosterone, topical gels, or the insertion of testosterone pellets under the skin.

However, there are several natural remedies that can provide significant relief for men. They are as follows:

Diet: Changing your daily food choices to reflect a more healthy lifestyle can have a significant impact on andropause symptoms. Your doctor may provide you with a customized plan to make your decision-making process a bit easier. This health plan typically focuses on losing weight, as excess fat is known to create increased amounts of estrogen in the body—further throwing off your testosterone balance

Eat more fruits and vegetables: A rich source of antioxidants, polyphenols, minerals, and vitamins. Fruits are veggies are essential to any healthy diet.

Choose healthy fats: Not all fat is bad for you. In fact, your body needs a certain amount every day. Choosing the best fats for your body is key. Omega-3 fatty acids are great for supporting a healthy heart and good blood circulation.

Select plant protein over animal protein: Getting enough protein in the diet is essential for maintaining muscle strength and lean body mass. Good sources of plant protein include beans, legumes, and select grains.

Consume green tea: This beverage contains substances called catechins that have potent antioxidant properties. Replacing sugary drinks with green tea can assist in preventing illness and make you feel healthy.

Avoid foods and additives that are harmful to health: In this fast-paced world, it can be east to fall into the trap of eating unhealthy foods, i.e., fast foods which are consumed by so many Americans. Many of them can be harmful to your health in the long run and should be avoided as much as possible. These typically include highly processed food and foods, foods contain corn syrup, and foods that have high sugar content.

Quantity and quality of your sleep: Getting your 7-8 hours of of sleep is vital for overall health. A lack of sleep can interfere with hormone production as well.

Exercise: Regular exercise increases the release of endorphins—a neurotransmitter that gives you that euphoric feeling. This chemical can even help combat depression and mood swings that commonly occur in cases of andropause.

Love your liver: The liver is a multifunctional organ, and hormone production is one of its jobs. Keeping your liver healthy will help keep your body running and performing to the best of its ability. It is also a good idea to limit the amount of alcohol you drink, as it is one of the leading causes of liver dysfunction.

Manage stress: The symptoms of andropause can lead to increased amounts of stress. Learning to manage your stress in a healthy way can help control and manage your andropause symptoms.

Maintain hormone balance: This will require the aid of your doctor, as you need to know where your hormone levels stand. This is the best way to identify if current treatments are working or not.

Maintain a healthy sex life: While this may be difficult for those who are experiencing a low libido, making an effort to maintain a healthy sex life with your partner can alleviate the stress and anxiety that may accompany typical andropause changes.

Avoid exposure to toxins: This harmful chemical can alter or change biological processes in the body leading to overall negative effects on your health and sex life.

 

Bottom Line: Low testosterone is a common problem affecting millions of American men.  The diagnosis is easily made with a blood test performed early in the morning when the blood level is the highest.  The treatment is with either testosterone injections, topical testosterone gels, or the injection of testosterone pellets under the skin which lasts for 4-6 months.

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