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ANDROPAUSE (MALE MENOPAUSE)

The term andropause describes a condition in men when the production of testosterone begins to decrease. This usually occurs slowly so often times the resulting signs and symptoms are attributed to other problems. This can occur at any time in a man’s life; it is not age related.

Andropause can also occur from the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. In men, the ratio between testosterone and estrogen is heavily testosterone dominant. Though tetosterone production levels may be normal, if the body converts the testosterone to estrogen, the relative ratio between the two hormones narrows and the system is no longer testosterone dominant.

Both possibilities are involved with andropause.

SYMPTOMS

Loss of morning erection
Decreased libido
Depression/apathy
Loss of ambition
Decrease in physical stamina
Decrease in erectile functions
Strained relationships
Decreased energy

SIGNS

Weight gain in the mid-abdominal region
Loss of muscle tissue
Fat development in hips and breast areas
Blood sugar regulation problems
Cholesterol/triglyceride increase
Varicose veins or hemorrhoids

CAUSES

Adrenal stress
Blood sugar regulation dysfunction
Poor liver detoxification
Fatty acid imbalances
Digestive dysfunction
Increased levels of estrogens from environmental toxins

Note: Statin and anti-fungal drugs reduce the production of testosterone.