What is Andropause?
Andropause refers to a period of marked testosterone decline in men, along with the various symptoms that may result. Unlike menopause, andropause is slow and progressive with testosterone decreasing by nearly 1% each year after age 30. As testosterone levels gradually decline, energy, stamina and short-term memory are slowly affected. Only after experiencing major symptoms do most men begin looking for ways to feel normal again.
Virginia Beach Andropause and Low T Hormone Doctor, Steven Gershon, M.D., in the Norfolk, VA area, understands that testosterone is not the only hormone that may be out of balance in your body. Other hormones that may be affected include dehydroepiandrosterone cortisol and thyroid hormones. All of these need to be in balance for your body to maintain peak wellness.
Some of the physiological changes you may experience during andropause include decreased lean body mass, increased fat, decreased bone mineral density, decreased body hair and skin thickness, reduced muscle mass and strength, diminished libido and sexual activity, reduced energy, impaired sleep quality, impaired cognitive function, irritability and depression.
Potential Dangers of Low Testosterone Levels in Men
While this was once considered one of the lesser discussed downsides of aging, today we know that there are many potential health risks related to low testosterone. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for men can offer a decreased risk for diabetes, heart disease, and death.
It can also reduce your risks of the following conditions:
- High Blood Pressure
- Metabolic Syndrome
- High Cholesterol
That is why so many healthcare professionals are beginning discuss the very real health risks low testosterone levels represents to men and the potential rewards hormone replacement therapy offers.
- Symptoms of Low Testosterone Levels
Symptoms of Low Testosterone Levels
When this rapid decline occurs, you may experience a range of unexpected symptoms that you aren’t really prepared to deal with, including:
- Loss of Muscle Mass
- Fat Gain in the Midsection
- Low Libido
- Chronic Exhaustion
- Lack of Energy
- Reduced Strength
- Loss of Body Hair
If your testosterone levels are low, you may experience some or all of the symptoms mentioned above. The presence of these symptoms does not always indicate reduced testosterone, they may be attributed to effects of medication, thyroid conditions, diabetes, sleep apnea, or other medical problems. A blood test is required to diagnose low levels of testosterone and to help determine if bioidentical hormone replacement therapy might be a solution for you.
Benefits of Natural Hormone Therapy for Men
- Leaner Muscle and Decreased Body Fat
- Higher Bone Density
- Healthier Cholesterol Levels
- Rejuvenated Sex Drive
- Improved Memory and Concentration
- Improved Moods
- Higher Levels of Energy
- Improved Metabolism and Digestion
- Better Sleep
- Reduced Stress Levels
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Regulated Blood Sugar Levels
- Stronger Immune System
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy uses hormones that are identical in their molecular structure to the hormones produced naturally within the human body. BHRT helps to relieve the symptoms and conditions of hormonal imbalances with little or no side effects.
By measuring and regulating the body’s hormone levels, BHRT provides the balance needed for healthy aging and treats diseases both preventatively and curatively. This natural hormone treatment has produced powerful, therapeutic results for many men suffering from andropause or low-T, and it may help you.
Virginia Beach Andropause and Low T Hormone Doctor, Steven Gershon, M.D. in the Norfolk, VA area, takes a holistic approach to hormonal balance. Dr. Gershon looks at the whole-body system to determine imbalances and create individualized treatment plans for optimal wellness.