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Men go through this syndrome between the ages of 35 and 65 when their hormone levels go down.
The aging male confronts many changes in the body that aren’t as obvious as those in women, but are definitely present. Research has proven that all men are subjects to a decline in their hormonal levels as they age. This is definitely the evidence that men are subject to their own type of menopause. It is called the Aging Male Syndrome!
Aging Male Syndrome and Testosterone
What exactly is the purpose of testosterone? Well, testosterone is a hormone that helps many functions in male body, such as:
- maintaining sex drive,
- sperm production,
- pubic and body hair development,
- muscle growth,
- bone growth
Similar to the female menopause, this male syndrome is also known as andro-pause. It is also called the Partial Androgen Deficiency or Aging Male Syndrome.
Decreasing of the testosteron levels is a part of the aging process and it cannot be prevented. The big difference between the hormonal changes in aging men and women is that men do not loose their ability to produce children with it while women do.
Symptoms of the Male Aging Syndrome
Men have different experiences' wirh this syndrome. Some men experience a lot of different symptoms while others feel almost none. Here are some of the common symptoms of the Male Aging Syndrome:
- Weight gain or just feeling fat
- Problems sleeping
- Less interest in sex
- Feeling irritable or angry
- Loss of motivation
- Loss of drive at work
- Erection problems
- Problems with memory and concentration
- Lower self-confidence
- Muscle loss
- Increased urination
- Mood swings
- Loss of energy
- Bone loss
- Hair loss
Diagnosis of Aging Male Syndrome
The first step in finding the accurate diagnosis should always be a good physical examination.
A good physician should be able to find many of the common symptoms of Male Aging Syndrome and exclude some other conditions that could result in similar symptoms.
Psychological evaluation could also be very helpful in determining the right diagnosis. Psychiatrist should also exclude all other possible psychological conditions and introduce a patient with his symptoms and a possible treatment.
Determine the level of testosterone
Once a physician is contacted a test can be run to detect the level of testosterone that is in the body. The test is actually a simple blood test. It is usually performed in the morning, because the testes release more testosterone at that time of the day than in the afternoon or in the evening.
The big problem with this test is that a normal level of testosterone is different for each man which may make it hard to determine if the values got on the test are low or not. Having a testosterone test earlier in your lifemay help because it enables the physician to see if there are any changes.