Is there such a thing as the male menopause?
Yes, low Testosterone is the condition characterized by a number of symptoms, muscle loss, slow recovery time, erectile dysfunction, low libido, irritability and fatigue and a longer list of other symptoms that slowly develop over time that the body and the person adjust. The truth is for men, the decline in testosterone production gradually decreases starting as early as 39 years of age.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Practice, nearly half of men over the age of 45 are affected by low levels of testosterone. Declines in testosterone begin in a man’s late 30s and continue to drop, reaching levels the produce symptoms the symptoms listed below around middle age.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
- Hair loss
- Memory loss
- Low energy
- Increased belly fat
- Weight gain
- Muscle loss
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Gynecomastia (man boobs)
Most men think Andropause as signs of aging and do not attempt to treat it. However, adequate levels of testosterone are vital to a man’s health and wellbeing. In fact, in 2013, many studies confirmed that men who fail to treat low levels of testosterone are at greater risk of several diseases.
At the 2015 American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists conference, a panel of experts released a position statement citing testosterone therapy as a low risk, high reward treatment option. At the conference, the panel reviewed the mounting clinical evidence showing that low testosterone levels play a role in common co-morbidities, such as obesity and type 2 diabetes, among men in all age groups and that testosterone therapy is a viable solution. Studies in 2015, showed that men who restored testosterone to normal levels with bio-identical testosterone therapy were at a reduced risk of heart attack or stroke. In comparison, men who failed to receive treatment for low T experienced a 56 percent increase in all-cause mortality.
The research uncovered the benefits of testosterone therapy for improving body composition and glucose metabolism in men with low testosterone, including notable beneficial effects in subjects suffering from over wieght and metabolic disorders.
Safe, Effective Treatment for Andropause
Testosterone therapy has reached new heights of safety and effectiveness over the years as advances in science have uncovered more accurate forms of testing hormone levels and administering testosterone.
Testosterone therapy is available in a variety of delivery methods the key is to achieve balance and with Bio-identical hormone treatment its is custom and tailored to each patient so that a steady dose of hormone over the course of months optimal balance is achieved and maintained reducing the risk of side effects.
The safety and effectiveness of any therapy is largely dependent on the care provided with the treatment plan. “Patients who failed to achieve (the balance) ie the therapeutic range after testosterone replacement therapy did not see a reduction in heart attack or stroke and had significantly less benefit on mortality.“ This statement stresses the importance of seeking an experienced physician when considering natural testosterone therapy
Dr. Bar has been customizing Bio-identical treatments for patients since 2011 with one gaol in mind. Each unique person should reach optimal hormonal health and performance at the lowest custom doses and with the best cost effectiveness methods.