It’s no secret that as men age, their bodies go through some significant changes. It gradually becomes more difficult to stay in shape, have sex, and even maintain a happy mood. These effects don’t occur solely because of aging, however. They are the result of a condition called andropause.
Andropause: What it Is
Andropause is a condition in which male hormone levels, specifically testosterone, drop significantly. It is extremely common: experts say as many as 25 million men between 40 and 55 experience andropause. The condition is sometimes called the male equivalent of menopause.
However, andropause and menopause do have their differences. When a woman goes through menopause, for example, her ovaries permanently stop releasing hormones. During andropause, on the other hand, the testes’ hormone release declines but never permanently stops.
Additionally, every woman eventually goes through menopause, but not every man experiences andropause. Some men are able to maintain healthy testosterone levels throughout their entire lives.
Symptoms of Andropause
Fortunately, andropause’s symptoms are easy to spot.
Frequent Fatigue: Low testosterone levels leave men feeling weaker and more tired. Even everyday activities leave andropausal men feeling lethargic and wiped out. This new fatigue is particularly noticeable during exercise since andropause weakens muscles, reduces endurance, and increases recovery time.
Weight Gain: Andropause can also make it hard for men to maintain a healthy weight because cortisol production increases. Cortisol is a stress hormone that increases fatigue and appetite while simultaneously causing muscle loss; all of these result in weight gain.
Mood Changes: Mood swings are another andropause symptom. Typically this means feelings of anger or depression since testosterone affects the body’s serotonin release. Serotonin is a hormone that controls mood; low serotonin levels therefore result in negative mood swings.
Additionally, low testosterone has been proven to cause clinical depression. In 2004, researchers at the University of Washington conducted a study in which they examined 250 men above age 45. At the beginning of the trial, each man’s T levels were at either a low or normal rate. None of the subject had ever shown signs of depression.
However, after two years, the men with low testosterone levels were four times more likely to be diagnosed with clinical depression.
Sexual Performance Issues: Problems with sexual performance are further indications of andropause. This is because depleted T levels can cause atherosclerosis, a condition in which blood flow is obstructed. Healthy blood flow is necessary for sex because men can’t form erections if blood doesn’t reach the penis. As a result, these low testosterone counts cause erectile dysfunction in andropausal men.
How to Treat Andropause
Fortunately, andropause is a treatable condition. Here are some of the best ways to safely increase testosterone and reverse andropause:
One of the most effective ways to boost T levels is by interval training, as proven in a 2010 clinical study. Interval training consists of alternating your typical cardio exercise pace with a more intense sprint. If you’re on a run, for example, incorporate interval training by jogging for a few minutes and then sprinting for one minute. Then alternate those two paces throughout your workout.
Limiting yourself to only free range animal products increases testosterone levels and reverses andropause’s effects. Non-free range meat and dairy products often contain dioxins, common byproducts of the food’s industrial processes. Dioxins decrease hormone levels, including testosterone. When you eat free range animal products you keep dioxins out of your system and preserve T levels.
Adding a natural testosterone booster to your daily routine is a great way to increase T levels and treat andropause. These supplements do not contain any hormones or synthetic androgens. Instead, natural testosterone boosters contain amino acids and safe extracts that trigger the body’s instinctual T production.
Look for these ingredients as you select a natural testosterone booster:
- Tribulus terrestris
- Maca Root
You Don’t Have to Succumb to Andropause
Andropause is not fun and can make you long to have your youth back. Fortunately, even if you are currently dealing with the effects of andropause and low testosterone, you can beat it by using these techniques. Try them today and feel years younger!
-  “Andropause: Dealing with Male Menopause.” TLC. Web. 29 Nov. 2012.
-  Shores, Molly M. “Increased Incidence of Diagnosed Depressive Illness in Hypogonadal Older Men.” Archives of General Psychiatry. Feb. 2004. 61(2): 162-167. Web. 29 Nov. 2012.