Filed under Hormone Replacement Therapy, Men's Health.

shutterstock_124300003Men experience andropause, which is an age-related decline in testosterone. It is a medical condition and treatment is available. This testosterone decline occurs gradually over a thirty year period. The symptoms become more apparent and they include increased fatigue both in the morning and at night, decreased interest in sex, and increased irritability, risks for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and prostate cancer.

Often men chalk these changes up to stress at work or financial pressures at home, but the fact is an age-related decline in testosterone is a medical condition and treatment is available.

Common symptoms include: negative attitudes about life in general, a loss of focus and drive, questioning one’s values and accomplishments, decreased libido, depression, and even cognitive impairments. Physical changes can also occur and are characterized by thinning hair, a decline in lean muscle tissue and an increase in body fat. A decrease in bone mass is another major problem associated with declining levels of testosterone. In fact recent studies have shown that up to 30% of men over 60 have problems with osteoporosis, and one out of every six men will fracture a hip as a result of decreased bone density.

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