Andropause - Low Testosterone
Andropause is the male equivalent to female menopause. It is caused by a decline in testosterone as you age. Testosterone is a hormone produced by the testicles and is responsible for male sex characteristics. A decrease in testosterone is gradual for men beginning around age 30. By age 80, a male only has one fifth of the testosterone they had as a youth. Stress can also accelerate the rate of decline.
Low testosterone can cause many problems for men
About 5 million men in the U.S. currently have symptoms of low testosterone or hypogonadism but only 5 to 10% ever seek treatment.
The symptoms of andropause include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Thinning bones
- Low energy level
- Night sweats
- Sleep apnea
- Hair loss
- Hot flashes
- Memory loss
- Gynecomastia (male breasts)
- Weight gain
If you have low testosterone you are at a higher risk for heart disease, high cholesterol, anemia, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. Testosterone balance is essential for other health reasons. Testosterone supports overall health, lowers risk factors and improves sexual health.
It is important to have detailed tests to check for active testosterone levels. The Center for Anti Aging and Metabolic Medicine measures your free testosterone level which is the amount of usable hormone in the body. Many times, patients will also encounter higher levels of estrogen due to obesity, diet, alcohol use and low zinc. Estrogen levels will also be evaluated as needed.
Treatment is convenient, effective, and essential
Treatment for andropause is important to improve quality of life and prevent disease in men. Bioidentical hormones are used because they are molecularly identical to hormones produced naturally in your body. Bioidentical hormones are derived from natural sources. Replacement options will be discussed by staff at The Center for Anti-Aging and Metabolic Medicine and can be designed to meet each patients needs. Special pharmacies called compounding pharmacies are used to make testosterone into patches, tablets, injections or gels and creams. These options will be discussed with staff on your visit. Lifestyle factors will be addressed such as alcohol use, diet, exercise, and stress and tailored to your needs.
The center for Anti Aging and Metabolic Medicine provides a comprehensive evaluation of your health and lifestyle. Each patient receives individual attention and care. Contact us for an appointment today. We look forward to helping you achieve the life you deserve!