Some references have begun referring to hormone difficulties for men as andropause, a word somewhat like menopause. While there are similarities between the age-related hormone changes in men and women, it is not prudent to make the comparison too strongly.
Women clearly undergo significant changes in their hormones and functions as they age. Their hormone levels fall dramatically over a short period of time (12 months) and they fully lose their ability to conceive. This change is called menopause and there is a large body of work on the subject.
The idea of a male menopause - or andropause - has some support. Unlike women, though, men are not subjected to the same rapid dramatic changes - and men do not experience a decline in their overall ability to reproduce. What seems to happen is that men’s hormones become imbalanced over time – probably beginning in their early to mid 30s.
Consider what happens when trying to cook a frog. If you place the creature in boiling water, it will immediately try to escape. Smart frog. On the other hand, place it in cool water and slowly apply heat and you’ll find that the frog will go peacefully to frog heaven. Loss of hormone balance, like the increasing water temperature, takes place over a sufficiently long time as to go unnoticed until the end.
Hormone imbalance can have negative impact on a man’s health – his feeling of wellness and potency. Imbalances can be corrected and wellness re-established.
Many men find themselves in a position where they are not happy with their health. They find that the problems can often be resolved by making changes in diet and activity and by doing things to adjust hormone levels that have become imbalanced.
There is evidence that many diseases we encounter as we age have a connection with our hormone status. If you’ve become a couch potato or a clicker king, you might benefit by checking your hormone levels and discovering ways to get things into a better state. You might find that energetic you that is hidden by hormone imbalances.
The symptoms of high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, diabetes and prostate problems are often treated with prescription drugs. Re-establishing hormone balance, altering diet and doing minimal amounts of exercise can help alleviate diseases and conditions often treated with drugs. If you’d like to investigate the benefits of alternative approaches to your health, you will want to consider starting on the path to hormone balance. Start with a saliva test for testosterone and work from there.