What is Andropause?
Male bodies go through many changes as part of the natural aging process. Part of this process is a decline in hormone production. Male hormones, such as testosterone, are responsible for efficient and healthy operation of many bodily functions including muscle strength, hair growth and metabolic regulation. As hormone production begins to decline as part of the natural aging process, men may experience a wide range of symptoms related to hormone imbalance. When they have reached their 40’s and 50’s, testosterone levels can have fallen by as much as 25%, causing weight gain, muscle atrophy, and possibly even sexual dysfunction.
Fortunately for men, this decline in hormone levels is not as drastic or sudden as what is experienced by women during menopause. As the levels of testosterone gradually start to decline, most men usually overlook small changes in energy levels, stamina, and short-term memory. It is usually not until major symptoms or conditions present themselves that men begin to consider looking for a way to feel normal again.
Charlottesville Testosterone Replacement Specialist, Ina Grundmann, M.D., in Charlottesville Virginia specialize in treating men experiencing the uncomfortable symptoms of andropause. They use natural hormones that match the cellular structures your body’s hormones. Because of their identical structure, many men find that they are able to metabolize these natural hormones faster and easier with a minimum of side effects.
Symptoms of Andropause Include:
As men age, testosterone levels begin to decline which often results in a loss of lean muscle and a drop in energy levels. This combination often results in weight gain, as estrogen dominance develops due to the loss of testosterone and an increase in body fat. Restoring deficient testosterone levels with natural hormone replacement can help keep men’s bodies performing at optimal levels and prevent hormone-related weight gain.
Depression can be characterized by feelings of despondency and dejection. Men experiencing age related hormonal decline may be new to these feelings of depression. With a changing body and reduced energy levels, middle-aged men may begin to feel as if their youth is behind them. Frustration with body image, sexual performance, or an inability to participate in favorite activities can evoke feelings of depression. However, optimizing male hormones using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy has been shown to reverse the symptoms of age-related hormonal decline and restore youthful energy, vitality and function to the body.
Men experiencing andropause can show signs of increased anger, sadness, anxiety, irritability and short temper. These mood shifts occur when estrogen and testosterone levels fluctuate and inhibit the chemicals responsible for regulating moods. Restoring hormone balance in men using hormone replacement therapy can help to properly regulate moods and stimulate optimal brain chemistry.
Testosterone is responsible in helping to regulate cortisol levels in the brain. When testosterone levels begin to decline, cortisol levels fluctuate inhibiting mental cognition and causing symptoms such as confusion and foggy thinking. The neurotransmitters are not able to work properly due to the irregular levels of hormones. Ensuring the steady and balanced levels of testosterone in the body as men age can promote a stronger memory and sharper mental cognition while aging.
Decreased sexual and reproductive functions are often a result of low testosterone and estrogen dominance in men. Symptoms can include erectile dysfunction, lack of sexual desire and even impotence. Replacing deficient testosterone levels using natural testosterone replacement therapy for men can improve the symptoms of sexual dysfunction and stimulate libido.
Disturbances in the body’s sleep patterns can be caused by hormonal decline. This effects the body’s ability to properly regulate the circadian rhythms and healthy restful sleep. Identified as an inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep throughout the night, insomnia can become a serious health condition if it persists for days at a time. Deep sleep is crucial to a healthy life. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy has been shown to restore balance in hormone levels and brain chemistry, allowing for restful sleep patterns in men.
Muscle loss due to the decline of testosterone levels with aging is a common symptom of andropause. Testosterone binds to muscle cells in the body and promotes both muscle growth and tone. Low testosterone levels can inhibit muscle growth and allow estrogen to begin to build up in body fat. This cycle of muscle atrophy and weight gain can be stopped in its tracks with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for men experiencing the symptoms of andropause related hormonal decline.
The providers at Virginia Integrative Practice in Charlottesville Virginia believe that while aging is inevitable and unavoidable, it is possible to age without experiencing a decline in your health. More men are turning to Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to restore their youthful energy and vitality as they age. As you get older you should be enjoying life more, not less! Dr. Grundmann’s Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs can help you get back to making the most of life again.