Over the years, men have less and less of their main testosterone hormone. And there are many problems with this decline. Is it possible to slow down this process? Years have taken their toll. And after 40, and even more after 50 years, the man is not the same as he was at the dawn of youth. More tired, worse looking and feeling, and most importantly, less willing and able. And it is not only about sexual opportunities, although this is most obvious, and worries about the strong sex, as a rule, more than anything else.
What we were like at the beginning!
Do you think the decrease in testosterone will start after about forty? Not at all. It starts right after the heyday. After 25-30 years, the level of this hormone decreases by 1-1.5% per year (and with different pathologies – faster). That is, by the age of 45, a man loses almost a quarter of his supply, and by the age of 60 – almost half. But more depends on the initial level of testosterone. After all, its normal values can have a fairly wide range – from 12 to 35 nmol/l. And if at the upper limit of the norm a small loss of testosterone will be almost imperceptible, then in the case when it was initially not dense, even a small decrease will be noticeable.
Therefore, urologists advise young men who do not yet have problems with potency to give blood in advance for testosterone, so that the doctor could later understand what was the initial level of this hormone, and calculate how significant was the decrease.
Is it menopause?
Unlike women, who have hormone levels dropping sharply during menopause, men have a smooth process. That’s why there are no unpleasant symptoms, just like the ladies in menopause, in the men does not occur. Although they also notice something similar: increased irritability, unstable mood or sentimentality, for example. Still, “male menopause” – a concept that does not have ordinary and scientific basis under itself . Science itself calls the process of reducing hormone levels in men age hypogonadism, or androgen deficiency, as well as andropause (similar to menopause).
We’ll fight again!
The main symptoms of andropause are:
- Decrease of libido and worsening of erection, as well as decrease of seed volume.
- Deterioration of mental and physical performance.
- Decrease in muscle strength and endurance.
- Cardiovascular disorders (pressure surges, headaches, dizziness).
- Problems with sleep.
- Weight gain (especially in the abdomen).
- Decrease in bone density, osteoporosis.
If these symptoms appear insignificantly and closer to retirement, everything is fine. But early aging cannot be called natural. Hormone replacement therapy with testosterone preparations (in pills, injections or transdermal patches) helps to fight it. Testosterone has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks by 12% and strokes by 9%, while the condition of patients with type 2 diabetes has also been shown to improve significantly. The problem of obesity can also be solved (because testosterone deficiency affects the set of kilograms). And, of course, the potency increases and sexual life improves. Treatment is carried out by a urologist together with an endocrinologist (or cardiologist).