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.
Treatment of Aging Male Syndrome
Unfortunately the Aging Male Syndrome hasn’t been as toroughly researched as menopause and so there aren’t many treatment options. Still there are several ways to treat the low testosterone levels. On one side we have the natural ones and on the other the simple hormone replacement therapy. If someone decides to try the natural way, acupuncture, naturopathy and herbology should help relieve most of the symptoms.
Hormone replacement therapy – the western approach
The trouble is that hormone replacement therapy involving testosterone has not been proven to be either safe or effective. However, researches done on females with replacing the hormon estrogen in menopause have been successful. It has been effective in balancing out all the body changes that occur as the body prepares for its final stage of life.
Testosterone may come in different forms:
These patches should be applied daily to the upper arm, back, thigh, scrotum, or abdomen. They are easy to use, and they help you maintain a balanced amount of testosterone in your body. In some men however the testosterone doesn't get absorbed well through the skin. Note also that your skin might get irritated by the patch.
These injections are an effective form of testosterone administration and they should be given either every week or every two to three weeks. With injections, the symptoms of low testosterone may fluctuate because it creates abnormal highs and lows in hormone levels.
Testosterone Buccal System
It is very easy to use. Person should just place a tablet in the upper gum area of the mouth. It sticks to your gum or cheek. It stays in place for 12 hours and releases testosterone into your body. The tablet can fall off and shouldn't be chewed or swallowed.
This gel should be applied daily to the skin on the shoulders, upper arms, and abdomen. It's easy to use, and you maintain a balanced amount of testosterone in your body.
Benefits of HRT
- Improved libido
- More energy and improved sense of well-being
- Increase in bone and muscle mass
- Improved body composition
- Better mood
- Rise in hemoglobin levels to the normal range. The fact is that Hemoglobin helps red blood cells carry oxygen from lungs to all parts of body.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy is an option for men whose natural testosterone level is not within the normal range. The use of testosterone therapy is getting increasingly popular. But there are many things about this treatment that are not yet known:
- It still isn't proven that HRT relieves symptoms in men with low testosterone.
- It still isn't known how low testosterone levels affect men's health.
- There were some speculations that HRT could increase the risk of prostate cancer.
- We don't know if testosterone therapy is safe.
Well known complications are:
- Rise in hemoglobin levels above the normal range
- Problems passing urine, also called voiding symptoms. This includes poor urine flow, feeling like you can't empty your bladder or hesitancy before urinating.
- Liver damage from oral preparations of testosterone
- Sleep apnea
- Breast tenderness and swelling
- Testicles get smaller
- Fertility problems while using TRT
- Skin reaction from patches or gel
- Pain, soreness, or bruising from injection
- Fluid retention
- Acne and oily skin
- Increased body hair
Dehydroepiandrosterone is a natural steroid hormone, one of the hormones produced by the adrenal glands. Why it is so important? After being secreted by the adrenal glands, it circulates in the bloodstream in an inactive form and is converted as needed into other hormones. It is chemically very similar to testosterone and estrogen and is easily converted into those hormones. Supplementation with this hormone has resulted in increased levels of testosterone and androstenedione, two steroid hormones.
Natural approach to hormone replacement therapy
Research has shown that this plant might help regulating and promoting more efficient metabolism of estrogen, and an optimal ratio of estrogen metabolites.
This powerful nutrient could be found in:
- brussels sprouts
Another good thing is that it has no hormonal properties in itself. Some research has shown that it works indirectly by increasing the activity of enzymes that control estrogen production. DIM boosts levels of "good" estrogens called 2-hydroxy estrogens and reduces levels of "bad" ones.
Puncture is a herb found in the Chinese Bai Ji Li also known as Gokshura and Gokhru (Ayurveda). It has been traditionally used for sexual and kidney dysfunctions as well as colic pains, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia.
A plant called Chrysin has shown potential as a natural aromatase-inhibitor and it has been used for a long time by body builders as a testosterone boosting supplement. The problem with Chrysin is that because of its poor absorption into the bloodstream, it has not produced the testosterone enhancing effects users expect.
Nettle Root Extract
The fact is that about 90% of testosterone is produced by the testes and the remainder by the adrenal glands. Various studies have proven that highly concentrated extract from the nettle root provides a unique mechanism for increasing the free testosterone levels. It is proven that some constituents of nettle root can bind to sex hormone - binding globulin in the blood in place of testosterone. This may influence the blood level of free testosterone. Not only that. the prostate gland also benefits from nettle root. It has been used for benign prostatic hyperplasia for decades. Nettle root inhibits the binding of DHT to attachment sites on the prostate membrane.