Andropause and its related symptoms
As mentioned previously, men will go through a stage of hormone decline called andropause, and it affects a significant number of men and can start at the age of 40. It is also diagnosed sometimes as low testosterone syndrome or viropause, and it is much less talked about than female menopause but the effects can be significant. Gradually over a period of years, a man’s testosterone levels can decline which can start to cause a wide range of health problems. The key is for men to be diagnosed with andropause and not overlook some of the potential side effects of andropause as simply being signs of aging. When andropause symptoms are neglected, a man’s health unnecessarily suffers, especially when there is a wide range of treatments that can be used to treat it.
Symptoms of andropause can include irritability, decreased mental focus, thinning hair, stress, increased abdominal fat, prostate problems, depression, anxiety, headaches, fatigue, sleep problems, thinning skin, bone density loss, reduced exercise capacity, diabetes or insulin resistance, and more. These symptoms may be the result of other illnesses and may certainly have other causes, or they can also be the result of andropause or low testosterone levels. It is very critical for men to be diagnosed by a medical doctor and to also mention directly to their doctor that they may be concerned about low testosterone levels and would like to receive a test for low testosterone.
Preferably, the physician should be able to work with a compounding pharmacy to create an effective treatment. There are several tests that can be used to determine testosterone levels including blood tests and saliva tests, and they are easy to administer. Men should be sure to bring up the fact that they may have low testosterone to their health care practitioner, otherwise, it can be easily overlooked because andropause is simply not given the same attention as other health problems that men have, in spite of the potential seriousness of its symptoms. The treatments that can be created at a compounding pharmacy can adequately treat andropause and are much more effective than treatments available elsewhere.