Andropause, often compared to a male menopause, is a condition that brings about a noticeable difference in testosterone levels in a man. This is slightly different in regards to menopause experienced by women as it is less sudden in its onset and more gradual in its proceeding. It is suggested around 30% of men will experience andropause during and post the age of 45. However, low testosterone levels may be indicative of a more serious condition if left untreated. Regardless, it is important to best check with a healthcare professional to understand it better.
As mentioned earlier, andropause is linked to a decrease in testosterone levels. As a man ages he naturally tends to produce less testosterone. However, another hormone known as the sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) starts to increase. When this happens it also reduces the body's natural ability to retain and absorb testosterone, as SHBG pulls and absorbs testosterone into it, reducing the amount of testosterone readily available in the body. These low levels of testosterone can cause both physical and mental changes.
Some of the symptoms most commonly seen in men are the following:
Unlike menopause the body still retains its ability to produce testosterone, just in much smaller amounts.
Short of using hormone replacement therapy to treat low testosterone there are a few things to be done. Note that hormone replacement therapy is not Ayurvedic and can have its share of side effects. Therefore, natural remedies for male andropause revolve around making dietary and lifestyle changes.
Inclusive of giving up on drinking and smoking, diet can directly translate to improvements in your sexual health, from sperm motility to sperm count. A healthy diet will do here, with an even breakdown of carbs, proteins and fats. You also take men's health vitamins like shilajeet as part of your daily supplement routine.
Exercise is linked with evidence that suggests that weight training and cardiovascular activity can increase your body’s natural testosterone production.
This is another crucial factor in health care. Not only is it beneficial in all counts of life, but specifically in andropause as it can help reduce stress, and stabilize the mind.
There is a stigma that men do not experience hormonal changes when they age. The truth is in most cases it is natural. When it does spike, or if you experience some of the above symptoms as a sudden onset at the age of 45-50, it is time to get yourself checked.