Andropause: The Male Menopause

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What is Andropause?

  • Andropause is defined as low testosterone and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) levels in men, which are due to a natural age-related decline in the production of these hormones.
    • Testosterone levels begin to decline 1-2% per year beginning at the age of 30.
  • Andropause is also known as ADAM (androgen deficiency of the aging male) or late onset hypogonadism.
  • Andropause is associated with many unpleasant symptoms that can worsen quality of life. Andropause is also associated with many health risks.
  • Andropause occurs in most men as they age.
  • Nearly 40% of men 45 years of age or older experience andropause.
  • Over 5 million men in America have low testosterone due to andropause.
    • 6.5 million American men are estimated to have low testosterone levels by the year 2025.
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What Causes Andropause?

  • The natural decline in testosterone levels as men age is due to:
    • A decrease in luteinizing hormone (LH) production by the pituitary gland as men age.
      • LH is the hormone that signals the testicles to produce testosterone.
    • A decrease in testicular response to luteinizing hormone (LH) as men age.
    • An increase in production of sex
    • hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) as men age.
      • SHBG binds to testosterone with high affinity, resulting in less total testosterone being available for the body to use.

Diagnosis of Andropause

  1.   Low testosterone (measured by blood work)
    • Total testosterone<300 ng/dl
    • Free testosterone<5 ng/dl
  2. There is no other known cause for the low testosterone.
    • The physician must make sure there is no pituitary disease.
    • The physician must make sure there is no testicular disease.
  3.   Presence of symptoms of andropause.

The Reasons Why Nearly 5 Million Men in America with Low Testosterone Are Not Being Treated

  • Symptoms are often subtle.
    •  Many men assume their symptoms from low testosterone are just “a part of getting older.”
    • The symptoms are not as recognizable because hormone levels decline slowly in aging men.
      • For example, if a 20-year-old man woke up one morning as a 50-year-old, all of the symptoms would be very obvious.
  • Physicians are not trained to recognize low testosterone even if the patient seeks medical help.
    • This results in a patient’s symptoms of low testosterone being misdiagnosed.
      • For example, a man with low testosterone visits his primary care doctor and complains of low energy, low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, and depressed mood.Unfortunately, his physician does not recognize these as symptoms of low testosterone and misdiagnoses him as having:
        1. Erectile dysfunction; Viagra is prescribed
        2. Depression; an antidepressant is prescribed
  • Most physicians are not properly trained to treat low testosterone even if they recognize it.
    • Testosterone levels that are too high can result in:
      • Elevated cholesterol levels, elevated blood pressure, increased risk of heart disease, increased risk of liver disease, increased risk of kidney disease, polycythemia (excessive red blood cell production), gynecomastia (man boobs), hair loss, acne, water retention, and prostate enlargement.
    • Testosterone levels that are too low will result in no noticeable benefits from the testosterone replacement therapy.

Your Solution: Natural Testosterone Replacement Therapy for Men

  • Natural testosterone replacement therapy for men and male hormone balancing reverses the symptoms of andropause.
  • Natural testosterone replacement therapy for men significantly improves health and prevents chronic disease and illness.
  • Natural testosterone replacement therapy for men can be administered through injection, cream, pill, or by pellets inserted under the skin

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