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Andropause (Male Menopause) – zrtlab.com

Do men have a menopause? Declining levels of testosterone and DHEA are commonly seen in men beginning in the fourth decade of life. These anabolic hormones are particularly important in men, as they are the major players in maintaining both physical and mental health. For example, they increase energy and decrease fatigue; they help in maintaining erectile function and normal sex drive; and they increase the strength of all structural tissues in the skin, bones, and muscles, including the heart. Proper levels of androgens also help to prevent depression and mental fatigue. Yes, men do experience age-related changes in their hormone levels. This hormonal decline, referred to as andropause, often coincides with symptoms of aging in males. The term andropause, named after the male hormones known as androgens, is the counterpart to menopause in women when production of estrogens and progesterone by the ovaries begins to decline. But, the drop is more gradual in men than the hormonal roller coaster so often experienced by women during menopause. Stress management, exercise, proper nutrition, dietary supplements (particularly zinc and selenium), and androgen replacement therapy with physician guidance have all been shown to raise androgen levels in men and help to counter andropause symptoms. Yes. Undiagnosed hormonal imbalances are often linked to increased risks for prostate disease, low sex drive, rapid aging, and poor quality of life in general. By having your hormones tested in saliva (Female/Male Saliva Profile I) or in blood spot (Male Blood Profiles I or II), one can identify the specific hormonal excesses and deficiencies associated with specific symptoms. Test results can facilitate safe, appropriate prescribing and adjustment of hormone therapy as needed. For the best, most-comprehensive assessment of male hormone levels during the andropause years and/or for those men having suspected imbalances of thyroid and/or adrenal function, we recommend our Comprehensive Male Profile II. This profile tests all reproductive (sex) hormones, thyroid, and adrenal hormones with the added bonus of a PSA measurement (essential in men supplementing with testosterone to determine their prostate health status). We also provide a 5-hormone panel in saliva (Female/Male Saliva Profile I) that tests estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA-S, and cortisol levels. We also recommend Male Blood Profiles (I and II) in blood spot, both of which include: E2, T, SHBG, PSA, DS, C, estradiol, testosterone, SHBG, DHEA-S, and morning cortisol. Male Blood Profile II also tests our Complete Thyroid Profile (TSH, fT3, fT4, TPO). Saliva testing can measure present hormone levels to identify the extent to which testosterone levels are low. Our test reports indicate an expected range enabling a person to compare his levels to the normal range. Saliva testing can also identify additional androgen hormone levels (such as DHEA-S and cortisol), which may contribute to a low testosterone reading. In blood spot, the level of testosterone available to the cells can be measured in concert with PSA, which is an important prerequisite for initiating testosterone supplementation. We can also provide informational materials for his physician and follow-up resources. Continue reading

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Male menopause – NHS Choices

Some men develop depression,loss of sex drive, erectile dysfunction and other physical and emotional symptomswhen they reach their late 40s to early 50s. Other symptoms common in men this ageare: These symptoms can interfere with everyday life and happiness, so it’s important tofind the underlying cause and work out what can be done to resolve it. The “male menopause” (sometimes called the “andropause”) is an unhelpful term sometimes used in the media to explain the above symptoms. This label ismisleading because it suggests the symptoms are the result of a suddendrop in testosterone in middle age, similar to what occurs in the female menopause. This isn’t true. Although testosterone levels fall as men age, the decline is steadyless than 2% a year from around the age of 30-40and this is unlikely to cause any problems in itself. A testosterone deficiency that develops later in life (also known as late-onset hypogonadism) can sometimesbe responsible for these symptoms, but in many cases the symptoms are nothing to do withhormones. Lifestyle factors or psychological problems are often responsible for many of the symptoms described above. For example,erectile dysfunction,loss of libidoandmood swingsmay bethe result of either: There are alsophysical causes of erectile dysfunction, such as changes in the blood vessels, which may happen alongside any psychological cause. Read about the causes of erectile dysfunction. Psychological problems are typically brought on by workor relationship issues, divorce,money problems or worrying about ageing parents. A “midlife crisis” can also be responsible. Thiscan happen when men think they’ve reached life’s halfway stage. Anxieties over what they’ve accomplished so far, either in their job or personal life, can lead to a period of depression. Read more about the male midlife crisis. Other possible causes of the above symptoms include: In some cases, where lifestyle or psychological problems don’t seem to be responsible, the symptoms of the “male menopause” may bethe result ofhypogonadism, wherethe testes produce few or no hormones. Hypogonadism issometimes present from birth,which can cause symptoms like delayed puberty and small testes. Hypogonadism can also occasionallydevelop later in life, particularly in men who are obese or have type 2 diabetes. This is known aslate-onset hypogonadism and it can cause the “male menopause” symptoms mentioned above. However, this is an uncommon and specific medical condition that isn’t a normal part of ageing. A diagnosis oflate-onset hypogonadism can usually be made based on your symptoms and the results of blood testsused tomeasure your testosterone levels. If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, see your GP. They’ll ask about your work and personal life, to see if your symptoms may be caused by a mental health issue, such as stress or anxiety. If stress or anxiety are affecting you, you may benefit from medication or a talking therapy, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Exercise and relaxation can also help.Read about: Your GP may also order ablood test to measure your testosterone levels. If the results suggest you have a testosterone deficiency, you may be referred to an endocrinologist (a specialist in hormone problems). If the specialist confirms this diagnosis,youmay be offered testosterone replacementto correct the hormone deficiency, which should relieve your symptoms. This treatment may be either: Page last reviewed: 08/04/2016 Next review due: 08/04/2018 Continue reading

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Dficit andrognique li l'ge Wikipdia

Un article de Wikipdia, l’encyclopdie libre. Le dficit andrognique li l’ge (DALA) ou andropause est un phnomne biologique, analogue la mnopause de la femme, qui peut affecter les hommes entre quarante et cinquante-cinq ans. linverse des femmes, les hommes nont pas de jalon net comme la cessation des menstruations pour marquer cette transition. Tous deux, toutefois, se caractrisent par une baisse des niveaux hormonaux. Les strognes chez la femme, la testostrone chez lhomme. Les changements corporels surviennent trs graduellement chez lhomme et peuvent tre accompagns de changements dattitudes et dhumeurs, de fatigue, de perte dnergie, dapptit sexuel et dagilit physique. Des tudes montrent que ce dclin en testostrone peut fragiliser les hommes avec pour consquence des problmes de sant tels que les maladies cardiaques et la fragilisation des os. L’andropause a t dcrite dans la littrature mdicale pour la premire fois dans les annes 1940, mais notre capacit la diagnostiquer est relativement rcente. Les tests diagnostiques, indisponibles jusqu’ la premire dcennie du XXIesicle, ont permis l’andropause de rester un sujet de dbat parmi les endocrinologues et les professionnels de la sant masculine. L’ide que l’homme g, l’instar de la femme, puisse tre sujet des fluctuations d’hormones sexuelles a t difficile accepter. Aujourd’hui, l’intrt pour l’andropause crot parmi les chercheurs spcialiss en grontologie. Une acceptation inconteste ncessite davantage d’investigation. Le terme andropause est critiqu car implique une dichotomie (le patient est en andropause ou ne l’est pas) ce qui ne reflte pas la ralit. Le terme hypogonadisme est ainsi prfr par plusieurs socits savantes[1]. Le niveau de testostrone dcrot chez l’homme partir de trente ans, et de 10% par dcennie. Dans le fonctionnement normal du systme hormonal masculin, la majeure partie de la testostrone est lie deux composants sanguins, la SHBG (sex hormone-binding globulin) et l’albumine qui la transportent et participent sa rgulation. Ils se partagent ainsi entre 97 98%, privant les tissus. Quant aux 2 3% restants, ils sont dits biodisponibles ou testostrone libre. En outre, les sites o la testostrone doit se lier pour tre efficace peuvent tre occups par l’estradiol, strogne prsente aussi chez l’homme qui augmente avec l’ge et le poids. Au-del de soixante ans, une carence en testostrone est frquente. Leur qualit de vie amoindrie, les hommes de plus de cinquante ans consultent de plus en plus frquemment, se plaignant de ne plus tre l’homme qu’ils taient. Une tude europenne en 2010 estime que 2% de la population tudie est concerne, les insuffisances majeures tant diagnostiques chez 20% des plus de soixante ans (les chiffres de 30% des quinquagnaires sont ceux avancs par le march des rectiles). Jusqu’ rcemment, l’andropause tait mal identifie; les symptmes taient vagues et variaient grandement d’un individu l’autre: La diminution de production de l’hormone mle est trs progressive: elle dbute vers trente ans et s’tale jusqu’au dcs sur les trois, quatre ou cinq dcennies suivantes. Elle diminue de 1% par an partir de l’ge de cinquante ans, les insuffisances majeures tant diagnostiques chez 20% des plus de soixante ans. Elle n’est pas toujours symptomatique. Aussi, un homme peut vivre de manire optimale au tiers ou la moiti du taux sanguin d’un autre. En 2010, un questionnaire et diffrents examens biologiques sont raliss sur 3369 hommes gs entre 40 et 79 ans vivant dans huit pays europens: l’tude statistique rvle que sur les 32 symptmes potentiels pouvant tre a priori retenus, neuf, lis une diminution des niveaux de testostrone, ont t slectionns par les chercheurs. Parmi les plus importants: rduction de la frquence des rections du petit matin, effacement progressif des penses avec connotation sexuelle, rduction de la qualit des rections, existence d’une sensation de fatigue, incapacit avoir une activit physique minimale ainsi que des symptmes dpressifs (perte de tonus, sensation de tristesse). Les auteurs de cette tude ont conclu que la prsence de trois de ces symptmes sexuels combins de bas niveaux de testostrone (taux de testostrone totale infrieur 11nmoll-1 et taux de testostrone libre infrieur 220pmoll-1) tait requise pour diagnostiquer l’hypogonadisme chez les hommes plus gs[2]. L’andropause est lie des niveaux de testostrone bas. Tout homme en fait l’exprience, certains davantage. Alors que le concept du niveau normal de testostrone est sujet interprtation, un niveau total de testostrone dans le srum sanguin au-dessus de 350nanogrammes par dcilitre (12nmoll-1) est normal et ne requiert pas de traitement. Un taux infrieur 20ngml-1 (8nmoll-1) peut bnficier d’un traitement[3]. Une valeur intermdiaire porte discussion et mrite d’tre rpt, une supplmentation systmatique dans ces cas n’ayant pas apport la preuve d’une efficacit[4]. Un taux de testostrone libre en de de 6,0picogrammes par millilitre peut faire discuter galement un traitement. L’apport d’un complment de testostrone sous supervision mdicale est simple: par injection, gel, patch ou cartouche implante. La difficult rside dans le dosage. Lhormonothrapie la testostrone pourrait accrotre la libido, amliorer la qualit des rections, augmenter le niveau dnergie, affermir les muscles et pourrait contribuer une meilleure densit minrale osseuse. La testostrone pourrait aussi retarder le processus de vieillissement. Un excs de testostrone peut, par contre, avoir des effets dplaisants, voire dangereux. Il y aurait un risque potentiellement accru dhypertrophie bnigne de la prostate, de cancer de la prostate (mme si cela n’a pas t formellement dmontr[5],[6]), de cancer du sein, de problmes au foie, dapne du sommeil et de caillots sanguins. Il existe des contre-indications un apport de testostrone: maladie de la prostate, cancer du sein, hypertrophie musculaire ou problmes psychiatriques graves, apne du sommeil et troubles respiratoires importants. Les gonadotrophines chorioniques sont des hormones extraites des urines de femmes enceintes qui possdent la proprit de raviver les scrtions des testicules. Ces hormones sont actives si et seulement si les testicules sont capables de rpondre. Elles ont un avantage : aprs deux trois mois de traitement, les testicules redmarrent. S’il y a rechute, une nouvelle cure est indispensable. Lhormone de croissance stimule la croissance de lenfant et assure chez ladulte la fonction de restaurer les stocks de protines dtruites pendant lactivit de la journe sous leffet de la cortisone. Cette hormone pourrait donc aider le maintien de la musculature de lhomme prenant de lge. Le sulfate de dhydropiandrostrone est une hormone mle qui est scrte par les glandes surrnales. Le traitement par le sulfate de DHEA pourrait ralentir le vieillissement. Le sulfate de DHEA aurait la capacit de rendre lhormone de croissance plus active. Son efficacit relle reste controverse. La mlatonine est une hormone de la glande pinale qui permettrait de lutter efficacement contre les troubles du sommeil lis au vieillissement. Cette hormone aurait le pouvoir de ralentir le vieillissement artriel. Elle pourrait aussi stimuler le systme immunitaire dont lefficacit diminue avec lge. Certains chercheurs affirment que la mlatonine stimulerait aussi lactivit sexuelle. Sur les autres projets Wikimedia: Continue reading

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Testosterone Replacement in Men with Andropause: An Overview

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August 21st, 2013 Andropause is the technical term for the hormone imbalance all men will experience as they age. Commonly called male menopause, andropause typically begins to affect men between the ages of 35 and 40. In some cases, however, the testosterone deficiencies associated with andropause may occur in much younger men. Whatever your age, as a man you need testosterone to maintain energy and focus, to build lean muscle, to boost your sex drive, and to regulate your moods. In other words, the onset of andropause (and the drop in testosterone that goes with it) can have a big impact on the quality of your personal and professional life. In fact, upon entering andropause, many men say they just dont feel like themselves anymore. Andropause occurs as men get older, primarily because our glands slow down and stop producing adequate levels of hormone. The result is hormone imbalance. In particular, testosterone, thyroid and DHEA levels decline. Meanwhile, estrogen levels often increasenot a good thing for a man. The following are some of the more common symptoms of andropause: While testosterone decline is something that will happen to every man as he gets older, that doesnt mean we have to accept it. So long as its done correctly, hormone levels can be safely and effectively restored via hormone therapy. Men of any age can benefit, and results can generally be seen in 4 to 6 weeks. Its important to note, however, that for hormone therapy to be effective, it must go hand-in-hand with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and stress management. Call Renew Man to find out how we can help you to get our life back. All of our doctors are experts when it comes to treating hormone imbalance in men, and Renew Man is set up to make things easy and convenient for you. Let us impress you with our knowledge, and give us a call. You can reach us at 800-859-7511. Continue reading

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What is Andropause? – Renew Youth

August 21st, 2013 Andropause is the technical term for the hormone imbalance all men will experience as they age. Commonly called male menopause, andropause typically begins to affect men between the ages of 35 and 40. In some cases, however, the testosterone deficiencies associated with andropause may occur in much younger men. Whatever your age, as a man you need testosterone to maintain energy and focus, to build lean muscle, to boost your sex drive, and to regulate your moods. In other words, the onset of andropause (and the drop in testosterone that goes with it) can have a big impact on the quality of your personal and professional life. In fact, upon entering andropause, many men say they just dont feel like themselves anymore. Andropause occurs as men get older, primarily because our glands slow down and stop producing adequate levels of hormone. The result is hormone imbalance. In particular, testosterone, thyroid and DHEA levels decline. Meanwhile, estrogen levels often increasenot a good thing for a man. The following are some of the more common symptoms of andropause: While testosterone decline is something that will happen to every man as he gets older, that doesnt mean we have to accept it. So long as its done correctly, hormone levels can be safely and effectively restored via hormone therapy. Men of any age can benefit, and results can generally be seen in 4 to 6 weeks. Its important to note, however, that for hormone therapy to be effective, it must go hand-in-hand with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and stress management. Call Renew Man to find out how we can help you to get our life back. All of our doctors are experts when it comes to treating hormone imbalance in men, and Renew Man is set up to make things easy and convenient for you. Let us impress you with our knowledge, and give us a call. You can reach us at 800-859-7511. Continue reading

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