Of all the men suffering from low testosterone levels, only 5 percent seek treatment. Anything below 300 nanograms of testosterone per deciliter is low.
Andropause is the most accepted cause of decreasing testosterone levels in men and it is mostly age-related. Calling the decrease of testosterone “male menopause” is inaccurate because unlike female menopause, which occurs within a defined period of time, Andropause is a gradual change in male physiology and that is why we refer to it as Andropause.
The “Journal of the American Medical Association” first addressed symptoms and treatment of Andropause in 1944. Limited progress has been made since then because men are reluctant to acknowledge their symptoms and because treatment options and theories about the condition are so divergent.
There are many causes for decreased production of testosterone on the hypothalamic pituitary gonadal axis and indicates that this is a by-product of aging.
Accident-induced trauma to the brain, as well as heart attack, stroke or anything else that deprives the brain of oxygen long enough for the hypothalamic pituitary gonadal axis to suffer damage. Vasectomies and testicular injury might also affect testosterone production. Vasectomies can result in an autoimmune disorder that targets testicular tissue.
The hypothalamic pituitary gonadal axis prompts the testicles to produce testosterone, so a decrease can result when either end of the equation malfunctions.
Age-related andropause can begin as young as your 30s. Symptoms become most recognizable between the ages of 50 and 55. Testosterone levels are highest in the morning, regardless of what may be causing a decline.
Low testosterone levels can result in erectile dysfunction and a change in desire. It can also affect cognitive abilities, muscle mass and bone density.
Insomnia and mood disturbances, such as irritability and depression, can also result.
You may gain weight in the form of fat around the middle (bear belly) and “moobs” (male breasts) and some research links low testosterone levels to coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Routine blood test can identify your testosterone level. If a problem is established, you can consider different treatment options. We prefer the natural option with a product like the Manna Andropause, Exercise and diet. There are other chemical options like patches, creams, injections and gels, but they all have several side effects.
You should have your doctor perform a prostate cancer exam before taking any form of testosterone, because men with a history of either prostate or breast cancer should not use any testosterone products.