In only a few words, “male menopause,” or andropause as it is scientifically called, means that men lose testosterone. It usually happens when men reach a certain age, but recent research says that more and more young men are showing its symptoms, according to a CNN news article.
“In my practice, I’ve noticed that an increasing number of younger guys are complaining of sexual concerns, such as diminished libido and erectile problems, more commonly seen in older men,” states Ian Kerner, a New York-based psychotherapist, and the author of the before mentioned article.
“Some clinicians believe that factors like obesity, stress and inadequate sleep probably play a role in such issues. This isn’t purely a lifestyle issue; these factors are also possible causes of low levels of the hormone testosterone, which can influence sexual function,” the expert added.
“Male menopause” affects more and more men at a younger age
According to Ian Kerner, an 80-year-old man presents testosterone levels by 50 percent lower. He added that the reduction in testosterone triggers “insomnia, weight gain, decreased muscle and bone density, anger, and depression, as well as decreased libido and other sexual problems.” However, more men at a younger age present similar symptoms.
While the most common belief remains that men have fewer erections as the “male menopause” installs, the truth is only a portion of the sexual failures are caused by andropause as the majority of them are due to medication and other aging-related issues.
On the other hand, coping with “male menopause” is not that hard, says Ian Kerner. According to him, a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet are crucial. Also, physical exercises can help in andropause, but not every workout is suitable.
“Endurance cardio exercise, such as running marathons, actually lowers testosterone production. On the other hand, lifting weight using large muscles such as those in the legs and back can increase testosterone,” Ian Kerner said.