Low energy, reduced libido and insomnia. You might think these are signs of female menopause, and you’d be right. Interestingly, they’re also symptoms of male menopause or andropause. The big difference? Unlike the dramatic hormone plunge that women experience, men go through a gradual drop in hormone levels that span across a period of years.
But not all men experience male menopause.
After the age of 40, testosterone levels drop by around one percent a year and the reduction is barely noticeable before the age of 60. Below are a few signs that may indicate a drop in testosterone levels:
SYMPTOMS OF MALE MENOPAUSE
- Reduced sexual desire and activity
- Loss of body hair
- Sleep problems
- Poor concentration
- Decreased bone density
- Erectile dysfunction
- Difficulty concentrating
- Gynecomastia, or development of breasts
- Depression or sadness
- Increased body fat
- Low self-confidence
Your doctor can do a simple blood test to check for low testosterone levels. He can also go over medications you’re currently taking and offer advice for any health concerns you may have.
HOW TO MANAGE MALE MENOPAUSE
Unless these symptoms are really affecting your life or causing serious discomfort, you probably won’t need any type of treatment. Low testosterone is a natural hormonal change in men that can usually be managed through healthier lifestyle choices.
4 Natural ways to manage male menopause:
- Eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet
- Exercise regularly – this is great for your mental, emotional and physical health
- Get enough sleep
- Reduce everyday stress
Stress reduction ideas: Simple breathing exercises, getting outside for a walk, taking regular breaks, listening to music, and finding something to laugh about every day can help to reduce stress long term.
VITAMINS FOR OVER 50s
If you’re over 50, you could also consider adding a multivitamin to your breakfast routine.
Vital Men 50 Plus contains a unique blend of nutrients, minerals and vitamins that is specifically formulated to support the needs of men 50 years and older. It contributes to the normal function of the heart, and it also supports eye health and prostate health.