Many men in their early forties develop health problems due to the onset of the male menopause. The exact number of men developing such health problems is unknown due to the fact that this condition is largely underdiagnosed by health professionals. Doctors tend to be very aware of health problems arising from the female menopause and treat these conditions very successfully with hormone replacement therapy. Sadly this is not the case in regard to the male menopause and the medical conditions which arise from the fact that the underlying condition is not treated.
The male menopause, also known as andropause begins with the fact that the body gradually reduces the amount of testosterone produced from the age of forty onwards. Unlike the female menopause when the hormone estrogen is no longer produced by a woman's ovaries; in healthy men the male hormone, testosterone, continues to be produced by the male's testis into late life. Thus, some men have fathered children in their seventies. However, some men face a fairly rapid decline in the production of testosterone throughout their forties and early fifties, whilst other men find that their testosterone levels decline much more slowly. The rate at which the male hormone declines can have a great impact on a man's health and well-being as early as their forties. For men that have a fairly quick decline in their testosterone levels, the resultant health conditions are numerous. These include, clinical depression, eating disorders, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, pronounced weight gain; leading to obesity and sexual dysfunction. Often these health conditions are never linked to low testosterone levels and are treated as unrelated conditions. In the relatively few cases where doctors have suspected low testosterone levels as the underlying cause of these conditions, diagnosed the underlying cause and treated the cause, these conditions have quickly come to an end in such patients. These patients have enjoyed pronounced rates of recovery due to hormone replacement therapy. For many, the diagnosis of their low testosterone levels and successful treatment of this condition has marked their return to full health and vitality.
Besides low testosterone, thyroid hormone, cortisone, and human growth hormone can decline. Even estrogen can become imbalanced adding to the aforementioned symptoms. Hair loss or hair growth in unwanted places, gynecomastia, loss of muscle, sleep disorders, irritability, fatigue, fuzzy thinking, short-term memory loss, and loss of motivation, are possible signs that a man is experiencing hormonal imbalance or andropause.
Testosterone deficiency and hormone imbalance is easy to diagnose. A simple blood test is all that is required, alt-hough many doctors use a more extensive approach with a saliva test that determines hormone levels throughout the day. Once diagnosis is made, the patient can easily be treated with hormone replacement therapy. This treatment can be administered by injection, pills, or applied to the skin in the form of a cream or gel. According to Dr. Kevin Light, DO, who specializes in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and is the author of the recently released book, Outsmart Aging – Anti-aging secrets that will change your life, bio-identical hormones are safe and effective for both men and women when administered and monitored by a doctor properly trained in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). He states in his book, "Bio-identical hormones are chemically the same as those naturally secreted by your glands. They fit into the specialized hormone receptors of your cells perfectly." According to Dr. Light, hormone therapy can benefit men and women at any age, restoring energy, libido, and a host of other health benefits that our hormones provided our bodies in our youth.
It is tragic to think that many men, even in their forties, are missing out on this treatment because they are unaware that their symptoms are linked to testosterone deficiency or hormone imbalances. Instead of having the underlying cause treated effectively, they are placed on medications which only control the symptoms of this condition. It is difficult to estimate how many men suffer from this condition due to the fact that little clinical research has been done in regard to this issue. It is well worth mentioning to your general practitioner or contacting a BHRT specialist if you develop any of the symptoms related to this condition with no known cause.