Andropause is the scientific term for male menopause. Men don’t menstruate and they don’t have a sudden decline in hormone function, like women, but instead go through a gradual decline in androgen dominance (testosterone). The level of androgen production accounts for the fact that some men age with great vim, vigor and virility and others do not.  The key point here is that men face a gradual decline whereas women experience a sudden drop in hormonal dominance. Andropause is insidious and often overlooked because men aren’t screened by health professionals. In addition men don’t recognize or ignore the signs – translation: men don’t won’t to be bothered or admit that they are not the stud of yesteryear. As a result, Andropause is now a serious health problem in America. Causes may include: accumulated environmental toxins (exotoxins and xenoestrogens), increased emotional stress, increased dietary stress ( lack of essential fatty acids – Omega 3’s), and increased demands on liver detoxification. Andropause is the direct result of the environmental, chemical, physical, and dietary demands of modern industrialized life.

There are numerous causes of low testosterone including: (1) functional Andropause (the most common form where the ratio between testosterone and estrogen shift) (2) genetic disorders (3) primary Andropause (4) secondary Andropause. A normal blood testosterone to estrogen ratio is 50:1 while many men with Andropause have an 8 or 10:1 ratio.  A critical point here is that these men may have “normal” testosterone blood ranges but estrogen dominance exists and creates a low testosterone state. Low testosterone levels result in obesity, insulin sensitivity (blood sugar problems), increased cardiovascular risk, and cholesterol problems.

SYMPTOMS of Andropause: (1) decrease in stamina (2) depression (3) decrease libido (4) mental fatigue (5) lack of drive (6) decrease in morning erections (7) decreased ability to start or maintain full erections (8) muscle soreness. SIGNS of Andropause: (1) increased blood pressure (2) increased cholesterol and or triglycerides in blood analysis (3) increased fat around breast and hips (4) hemorrhoids and varicose veins (5) fat tire around waist  (6) increased fasting blood glucose (insulin resistance)

Andropause occurs most often in middle aged men but can hit men in their 20’s or 30’s.  The most common clinical presentation is a 40-50 yo man who GRADUALLY loses his strength, energy, enthusiasm, and sex drive. He is tired and loses interest at home and in business. His is a downward spiral resulting in a disaster of a sex life with  inability to achieve erections.

THERE IS HOPE! Call our office and schedule an examination. We utilize the latest scientific approaches based on peer reviewed, indexed literature to provide drug free solutions for Andropause and other metabolic conditions including but not limited to: thyroid, blood sugar, adrenal, and autoimmune disease. PH: (303) 986-7600

Denver/ Lakewood Chiropractor

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