Andropause in men is similar to menopause in women in that it is the result of hormonal changes. Andropause starts to occur when men enter middle age, and their testosterone levels begin to drop. The gradual level of male hormones in the body can result in many symptoms that can be both frustrating and uncomfortable. Fatigue, depression, a significant decrease in sex drive, and moodiness are just a few of the common symptoms. Andropause may progress at a slower rate in men than menopause does in women.
Andropause is treated through the use of hormone replacement therapies and simple lifestyle changes. Hormone replacement therapy works to re-establish proper hormone levels and, combined with lifestyle changes and the use of supplements and medications, can help to manage other health conditions that may have an impact on quality of life. Diet and exercise also play a role in good health and will have a positive impact on how well an HRT program is when it comes to treating these types of conditions. In addition to HRT, patients are encouraged to make sustainable lifestyle changes to improve their overall health and wellbeing, which can further reduce the symptoms of andropause and help them to look and feel younger and healthier.
Andropause has a dramatic impact on physical activity. The decrease in testosterone can lead to a significant drop in the effect of physical activity. Testosterone is the male hormone that gives much of the benefit and drive for physical movement and activity. Without it, a person can become fatigued very easily. The more fatigued a person feels the less likely they are to be active. Individuals may lose their sex drive as testosterone levels begin to drop. As the condition progresses, depression may set in and gradually worsen over time as the level of physical activity gradually decreases.
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