Andropause men

Testosterone levels start to decrease around the age of thirty. Free testosterone levels decrease by 1-2% per year on average. These levels decrease by 50-60% between the ages of twenty-five and seventy-five. Male menopause is a normal process. A decrease in testosterone levels can cause physical and psychological symptoms. Hormones are messenger or signal compounds that circulate in the bloodstream and tell our cells what to do. If testosterone dips below a certain level, this is known andropause.

 

What are the symptoms?

  • Age-related health problems
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Reduced muscle strength/more abdominal fat
  • Slower recovery after sports or activities
  • Less energy, lethargy, less initiative
  • Decline in general wellbeing
  • Mood swings
  • Changing sleep patterns

These changes can affect your daily life.

 

What does testosterone do?

  • Improves mood and general wellbeing
  • Supports reproductive/sperm health
  • Supports skin firmness and muscle strength
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Boosts energy
  • Improves sleep
  • Improves brain health and cognition
  • Improves confidence

What can you do?

A healthy diet is an important way to improve testosterone production, particularly during menopause. Eat foods like meat, fatty fish, shellfish, nuts and mushrooms and reduce your intake of sugar and caffeine. Exercise is also important, particularly fitness and strength training. Try not to smoke or drink in excess. This will help your body during the andropause.