Andropause, or male menopause, describes the gradual testosterone decline that affects men. Andropause is also known as Low Testosterone or Low T and while it starts in a man’s 20s, andropause is typically most noticeable for men starting in his Forties. Low Testosterone, also known as hypogonadism, is only diagnosed and treated in approximately 10% of the 13 million US men it affects. All men suffer in a decline of their natural hormone levels. The reduction in testosterone, and other hormone levels, is also compounded by other factors in our lives including poor diet, weak physical fitness and inefficient sleep to exacerbate the typical symptoms of a Low T or a Hormonal Imbalance resulting from andropause.
If you experience one or more of these symptoms contact us to today to schedule a consultation. Andropause is caused by the gradual drop of testosterone in men. Testosterone is an androgen and andropause is the male menopause giving the condition the name andropause. Testosterone levels in men drop by 1-2% per year starting around 20. The World Health Organization produced a report showing that 70 year old men typically have testosterone levels of 10% of their 25 year old counter parts. It is typically in one’s 40s and 50s that men’s bodies start to really notice the symptoms of andropause and this decline. Testosterone helps male’s to build protein and is the crucial fuel for one’s sex drive and many key metabolic functions including bone formation, liver function, prostate gland growth and production of blood cells in bone marrow. When Testosterone declines the androgen-binding protein, Sex Binding Hormone Globulin (SHBG), increases it’s levels. SHGB is an inhibitor for testosterone to work as it binds to it. This is why it is important to measure both Total testosterone and Free Testosterone. Total T includes those Testosterone levels binding to the SHBG, while the Free Testosterone levels are those that are not bound and “free” for use in the body. This is also called bioavailable testosterone and a lack of this is the key driver of male menopause. Men’s Low T symptoms appear very gradually at first over a decade or more. While most people notice it they usually attribute it to getting old, which is true, and accept it, which they do not have to do. In addition to these undesirable symptoms, studies have also shown that the decline in testosterone caused by andropause can put men at a higher risk for heart disease and bone weakening. Symptoms of Low T are also exacerbated by increased stress levels, poor nutrition, poor exercise and exposure to the increasing environmental toxins.
These conditions have been found in medical literature since the 1940s and well known among physicians. When men experience these symptoms they typically consider them a fact of life of aging and something they have to accept. Over the past 5 years you have seen an increase in advertising and the success stories of men has been overwhelming. Diagnosis was more difficult in the past but this recent education has helped make both physicians and patients more comfortable that they do not need to live with these symptoms. Hormone Therapeutics uses state-of-the-art blood testing methods to properly assess and monitor testosterone and the other hormones associated with andropause.
You no longer have to live with the undesirable symptoms associated with andropause and Low T as a natural effect of aging. Testosterone replacement therapy, and hormone balancing, can be the answer for men suffering from low testosterone and want to feel like they used to. Since there is not a one size fits all prescription for all sufferers of andropause, your physician will work with you to design a course of treatment will allow you the healthier, younger and more energetic life you remember Your first step is to sign up today for a free consultation. Let Hormone Therapeutics assess your medical history, examination and hormone levels develop a program specifically for you. Testosterone replacement therapy is typically paired with customer nutrition plans, supplements and fitness programs to allow you live well, age well. Contact us today