“Male menopause” is the more common term for andropause. Andropause is a condition that is associated with the decrease in the male hormone testosterone. Declining levels of testosterone and DHEA are commonly seen in men who are age 50 or older. These hormones are particularly important in men, as they plays an important role in maintaining both physical and mental health. These hormones helps in increasing your energy; they help in maintaining erectile function and normal sex drive; and they increase the strength of all structural tissues in the skin, bones, and muscles, including the heart. Proper levels of these hormones also help to prevent depression and mental fatigue. Male menopause differs from female menopause in several ways. For one thing, not all men experience it.
Male menopause can cause physical, sexual, and psychological problems. symptoms of andropause include:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should go to your doctor for a check-up. Regular exercise helps physically, mentally and emotionally. Healthy diet plays an important role as well.
Earlier, andropause was an under diagnosed health condition. Today there is a lot of improvement. Simple blood tests diagnose this disorder. Treatment is carried out through Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).
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Dr. Anjali Hooda Sangwan is MBBS and MD in Internal Medicine, and has done her fellowship in Obesity and Clinical. She is currently working as a consultant in Consultant at FORTIS C-DOC, B-16, Chirag Enclave, New Delhi.
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