Managing Andropause ("Male Menopause") Naturally #sponsored #Andropause
Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 1:39 PM Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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It is not commonly known that men go through “malemenopause.” Interestingly this term is somewhat incorrect in its meaning. Men don’t menstruate, and since the term menopause means the cessation of periods, the term “andropause” is much more appropriate in describing the changes brought on by aging in men.
So what is andropause? Testosterone is the hormone that provides the masculine traits. Additionally, it helps maintain calm, sex drive, muscles mass and strength, sperm production, red blood cell production, and normal fat distribution. As men age, they start experiencing lower testosterone levels and may start suffering fatigue, irritability, moodiness, and decreased sexual desire and performance.
Women going through menopause usually feel the the effects of their levels of estrogen and progesterone drop gradually over several years during the peri-menopausal period which most often starts in their mid 40's, and culminates with the end of egg production, ovulation, and the absence of menstrual periods; all of which are associated with the signs and symptoms of menopause. Similarly the drop in testosterone in men often happens gradually until a lower level is reached and the signs and symptoms begin to appear.
Remedies for Andropause
The only certain treatment available to treat andropause is testosterone replacement therapy. There are other natural alternatives, mostly lifestyle changes and natural products and other medication, that can help with the effects of lower testosterone or boost testosterone levels to a certain degree.
Consume a Healthy Diet
Energy levels will improve through a more healthy diet. This diet should include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean animal and plant based proteins, low-fat dairy foods, along with heart healthy fats.
Foods high in zinc should also be part of this diet. Studies have shown that testosterone levels can increase in men with a higher intake of zinc. Zinc-rich foods include oysters, pork shoulder, crab legs, cashews and chickpeas.
Physical Activity and Exercise
Engaging in a regular exercise routine can improve mood, concentration and sleep. Physical activity can also increase testosterone levels, as well as muscle mass. A study that was published in “Metabolism”, studied the effects of exercise on the levels of testosterone and luteinizing hormone in older men, and concluded that higher levels of testosterone were present after exercising.
Fennel as a Supplement
This herbal supplement is also sometimes used to treat the symptoms. This supplement is created from the fennel vegetable commonly used in Italian dishes. Caution should be taken with this supplement as it has side effects that can include contact dermatitis, seizures and hallucinations. As with any supplement, you should discuss this with your physician.
If you experience any of the effects of andropause, consult with your doctor and discuss the management of those symptoms that will be of benefit to you.
Dr. Andre Berger is the founder of Rejuvalife Vitality Institute in Beverly Hills, CA, and the author of the acclaimed book “The Beverly Hills Ant-Aging Prescription. Dr. Berger is Secretary of the California Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, has been board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine for 20 years and is a diplomat of the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, and the American Board of Holistic and Integrative Medicine.