May 22nd, 2018
Everyone knows about menopause (Menopause Causes | Symptoms | Remedies), but few know about andropause, the male equivalent of it. Found mostly in aging men (Hormonal Imbalances In Men), it is much more mild than that of menopause, which impacts women. The condition, as a result, is not recognized by the World Health Organization.
Andropause is generally related to the decrease in testosterone (Testosterone Effects in Your Body) in middle-aged men. It can also be associated with an overall decrease in Leydig cells (Leydig Cells Wiki Page). Lower testosterone levels in men, as well as women who are aging, is very common and has been well-documented.
There are many symptoms found with andropause due to the decrease in testosterone in the male body. These symptoms include irritability, anxiety (Performance Anxiety), hot flashes (HOT FLASHES | Causes | Remedies), mood swings, insomnia (Getting Back to Sleep), back pain and anger.
There are many who believe that andropause is a real condition, and many who do not. Those who believe it is a condition, state that roughly five million Americans do not have adequate testosterone which causes andropause. In Australia, they estimate that one in every 200 men under the age of 60, and 10 per cent of all men over the age of 60, have low testosterone. In Europe and Australia, Andropause is widely accepted, while it is not so much accepted in the United States.
In terms of those who believe that it is not a condition, they state that it is not a valid concept because men can reproduce well into old age, and their reproductive systems don’t stop working in mid-life. Lastly, they claim they do not have sudden drops in their hormone levels.
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