by Andrew Pacholyk, MS. L.Ac
As men age, they can experience a phenomenon, which is similar to female menopause, called Andropause. By the time a man reaches the age of 30, testosterone levels begin dropping by about 10 percent every decade. Young men often have testosterone levels exceeding 1000ng/dl. Look at the comparison of an 80 year-old men, whose average testosterone is 200ng/dl.
Between the ages of 40 and 55, bodily changes occur very gradually in men and may be accompanied by changes in attitudes and moods, fatigue, a loss of energy, sex drive and physical agility. In addition, attitudes, psychological stress, alcohol, injuries or surgery, medications, obesity and infections can contribute to its onset. This also seems to happen at a time in a man’s life when they begin to question their accomplishments, values and direction in life. Therefore, it is often hard to realize that the changes that are occurring are often related to more than just external situations.
Although age does play a factor in testosterone levels, there is no way of predicting who will experience andropause symptoms and to what degree of severity. Neither is it predictable at what age symptoms will occur in a particular individual. Each man’s symptoms may be different. It has been shown that a man’s physical health and mental well-being can play apart in the varying degrees of signs and symptoms. Men who eat right, exercise on a regular basis and are content in love and work, seem to experience symptoms, much less and or later in life than those men who are obese, physically unfit, unhappy or depressed.