There really is a midlife crisis for most men and it has a medical name; Aging Male Syndrome or Andropause.
It normally starts in our early to mid-thirties as men’s testosterone production begins to fall.
Unlike Menopause, Aging Male Syndrome does not result in the inability to reproduce. It also doesn’t appear quickly over a few years as menopause in women does; the changes in men are slow and reach over many decades. Every year there is less testosterone and unless this is corrected, a man can end up feeling as if his live has passed him by.
Here is a list of the most common symptoms although all of them may not be present for every man.
- Loss of interest in sex (loss of libido); Testosterone is what builds and maintains sex drive in men and as testosterone levels fall, so does our sex drive (http://www.webmd.com/men/how-low-testosterone-can-affect-your-sex-drive).
- Erection problems (erectile dysfunction); This can be caused by the decrease in testosterone (http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/a-logical-approach-to-treating-erectile-dysfunction-201211275583).
- Mood swings (Irritable Male Syndrome – it actually has a medical name); It’s not unusual for men with lowered testosterone levels to start expereincing regular mood swings. They can go from being their normal selves to being angry and then depressed within a few minutes (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11999307)
- Anaemia (low levels of iron in the blood); Loss of iron the the blood is a well known medical condition and the fact that low testosterone can also cause this condition is also well known (http://www.lef.org/Protocols/Heart-Circulatory/Blood-Disorders/Page-01).
- Osteoprosis (calcium deficiency in the bones); Research his shown that low testosterone levels contribute to osteoporosis in males (http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/living-with-osteoporosis-7/male-men)
- Nervousness and anxiety; Hormones effect our bodies in more ways than our sexuality, men going through Aging Male Syndrome may experience there two conditions (http://stgermainchiropractic.com/low-testosterone-can-cause-depression-anxiety/)
- Problems with memory and concentration; this is a normal part of aging but research has made direct links between testosterone levels and memory and concentration (http://www.newsmaxhealth.com/Health-News/testosterone-therapy-memory-mental/2013/06/18/id/510606/)
- Muscle loss; As testosterone levels drop we lose muscle strength. Testosterone is vital to building and maintaining muscle strength (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10443654).
- Loss of muscle tone; Testosterone is also responsible for maintaining and developing muscle tone (definition). Without testosterone you will never maintain a young male body shape (See link in dot point immediately above for reference).
- Development of male breasts (Gynecomasia); As our testosterone levels fall the estrogen in our bodies can start to dominate our hormone system (Yes! Men’s bodies product estrogen but in far lower amounts than in women) and this excess estrogen starts to change our body shape into that of a female. We can grow breasts, lay fat onto our hips and waist it can even cause our voices to become higher pitched. We start to lose typical male hair patterns (body hair starts to disappear) (http://www.webmd.com/men/features/male-breast-enlargement-gynecomastia)
- Depression; Low testosterone levels lead directly to depression which cannot be treated with anti-depressants. This could also be aggravated by the feeling that in their life they failed to accomplish the goals they set for themselves (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3376477/).
- Fatigue and loss of energy; Testosterone also aids stamina and energy levels (http://www.everydayhealth.com/health-report/low-testosterone-guide/low-testosterone-fatigue.aspx)
This is a very difficult time for males although they probably won’t admit it. It is similar to menopause and everyone knows how hard that can be for a woman. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should discuss them with your doctor or take our 5-minute Testosterone Quiz (Cris – please link to t-quiz for men page) to find out if low testosterone could be an issue for you. Treatments are painless, private, low cost, and safe.
Studies on the value of testosterone in treating medical condition in men and women are going on all of the time. A 2006 study undertaken at the University of California, Los Angeles, showed that by replacing testosterone levels in men suffering from Alzheimer’s, their quality of life drastically improved (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/01/060110013237.htm). (Much like Hormone replacement therapy works for women.)
Midlife is no picnic!
If treating yourself increases your chances of feeling better then why not do it? Your partner will certainly understand why you would want to do that. You may be able to benefit from treatments and feel more like you used to.
Symptoms may be different for every man and you do not have to be experiencing all of the symptoms to be suffering from Aging Male Syndrome.
Take the Quiz and find out if Low Testosterone is the problem.