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Aging Male Syndrome


Aging Male Syndrome

As men age, they produce less testosterone than they did during their teen years and early adulthood, when production of this hormone peaks. Testosterone helps maintain sex drive, sperm production, pubic and body hair, muscle, and bone.

The decline in testosterone as men age is sometimes called aging male syndrome or late-onset hypogonadism. It’s also sometimes called “andropause,” like women’s decline in hormones is called menopause. But men’s testes don’t stop making testosterone in the way that women’s ovaries stop making estrogen at menopause. And unlike women, who lose their ability to get pregnant when they reach menopause, men do not lose their fertility as they age. Hormone changes may cause other symptoms, though. All men have different experiences. Men's hormone levels go down different amounts, and men may feel many effects or hardly any.


Effects of having less testosterone can include:

 

  • Feeling fat/weight gain
  • Problems sleeping
  • Less interest in sex
  • Feeling nervous or irritable
  • Erection problems
  • Problems with memory and concentration
  • Increased urination
  • Depression
  • Loss of energy
  • Bone, muscle, and hair loss


If you're having any of these signs of low testosterone, talk to your doctor. Many of these changes can be caused by diseases that can be dangerous and should be ruled out. You can get your testosterone level checked with a simple blood test. But because a normal level of testosterone is different for each man, it may be hard to know if you have low testosterone. If you do have low testosterone, think about visiting a specialist, such as an endocrinologist or urologist, who can discuss possible treatments.
 

Tips for a Healthy Life


It’s very exciting that our health — and our ability to stay strong and live longer — are not just a matter of our genes or our luck. Take some simple steps to support your health, your family, and your future.
Eat healthy. Nutritious foods give you energy and may lower your risk of certain diseases. Focus on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free milk products. Learn nutrition basics and how to read a food label.
Stay at a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can raise your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Find out your body mass index, or BMI, to see if you’re at risk. Eat healthy foods, control portion sizes, and be active to keep your weight in check.
 

  • Get moving. Regular exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

 

  • Be smoke-free. Smoking is linked to many of the leading causes of death, including cancer, lung disease, and stroke. If you smoke, quit today! Also, avoid secondhand smoke.

 

  • Get routine exams and screenings. Ask your doctor how often you need to be examined. Ask about getting vaccinated and about getting screened for certain diseases and conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sexually transmitted infections, and certain types of cancer.

 

  • Take any medications you need. Thousands of deaths could be prevented each year by taking medications properly. Make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions for all medications, including those that help control conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.

 

  • Avoid heavy drinking. Heavy drinking can lead to many problems, including high blood pressure, various cancers, psychological problems, and accidents. For men 65 and younger, drinking in moderation means no more than two drinks per day. Men older than 65 should have no more than one drink a day.

 

  • Manage stress. Balancing work and family obligations can be challenging. But it’s important to protect your mental and physical health.

 

  • Get enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep can affect your mood and your health. Try certain changes that can improve your sleep. See your doctor if you think you have a serious problem. Sleep apnea, a common problem in which your breathing stops briefly, can increase the risk of accidents and certain health problems.

 

  • Know your risks. Learn how your lifestyle affects your risk of health problems. For example, people who work with certain chemicals need to take protective steps
  • Stay safe. Safety means many things, like wearing seatbelts and helmets, having working smoke detectors, and following safety rules at work. It also means using condoms, washing your hands, taking care of your teeth, and wearing sunscreen

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