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Male menopause or andropause is the result of the normal aging process and the gradual drop of testosterone, which is an androgen.
Testosterone or androgen deficiency includes but is not limited to the following symptoms:
- Decreased body hair
- Reduction in muscle mass and strength
- Increase in fat mass
- Decreased hematocrit
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Mood changes
Androgen deficiency may occur secondary to testicular or pelvic trauma or surgical removal, hypogonatropic, hypogonadism, or with normal aging.
The Role of Hormones
As men begin to age in their 30s, their testosterone level begins to decline. This testosterone or androgen deficiency called hypogonadism is the result of a subnormal production of testosterone by the testes and typically, declines at a rate of one to two percent a year leading to the andropausal symptoms mentioned above.
Testosterone has an enormous impact on how the male body functions. In general, testosterone differentiates men from women, yet its role in building muscle, stimulating sexual drive, metabolism and maintaining healthy energy levels is crucial.
The prevalence of testosterone deficiency in healthy males over the age of 40 is demonstrated in observational studies, but there is no agreed upon blood level that defines deficiency. Each man experiences andropause differently. Contact your local RestoreMD bioidentical hormone doctor to learn more about Bioidentical Replacement Hormone Therapy and how it can relieve symptoms of andropause and revitalize your overall health and well-being.