Posted on Mar 27, 2009 | Comments 1
Andropause, a condition of male menopause, tends to occur with age, as a drop in testosterone levels not only affects your sex life but your entire lifestyle.
Similar to women where menopause prevents you being able to have children, andropause or male menopause can stop sexual function.
The production of testosterone levels is greatly reduced to below normal levels because of low production in the testes.
Normal testosterone levels protect men from heart disease and bone fractures. Decreased libido and lack of morning erections can signal natural impotence in andropausal men, who often feel lethargic and depressed.
Treatment options to prevent the condition of andropause
1. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT): TRT re-energizes your whole body, improves muscle mass, reverses fat growth and muscular degeneration in aging.
TRT also improves your life quality after middle age. Testosterone replacement improves your life span, thus avoiding the severity of age-related diseases such as cardiovascular and heart disease.
TRT, when taken between 30-40 years of age, can show considerable anti-aging effects. Several forms of testosterone are used, such as intra-muscular injections, trans-dermal patches, oral and sublingual preparations.
2. Human growth hormone (hGH): A rapid way to reverse the decline of human growth hormone (hGH) is through hGH injections. Similar to other hormones, the growth hormone can become serious if injected without proper precautions.
People with diabetes, high blood pressure levels and liver damage should check with their doctor before undergoing the treatment. Diabetics and cancer patients should not receive hGH injections. The dose should be kept to a minimum, to prevent the occurrence of heart failure, CTS or joint pains.
Effectiveness of this therapy can be measured by monitoring IGF-1 levels in your blood. It is the metabolite and marker of the growth hormone, and is not widely used because of cost-effectiveness and side-effects in the event of maladministration.
3. DHEA: Dehydroepiandrosterone or DHEA can improve your energy, manage stress levels, improve your ability to think clearly and generally feel better.
It improves your immunity, lowers your cholesterol levels, boosts production of antibodies, enhances monocytes activity, and improves the functioning of T lymphocytes.
4. Pregnenolone: It has great effects on your body and brain. It improves your energy, boosts your mood, and develops your memory and mental performance. It also provides you with an increased ability to bear stress.
5. Melatonin: A decrease in melatonin production by the pineal gland can lead to a disruption of sleeping patterns. Taking melatonin before going to bed can restore your ability to get a sound and peaceful sleep at night.
6. Normalization of hypothalamic function: Substances which can be used to restore the sensitivity of the hypothalamus or peripheral receptor include: neurotransmitter modulation, metformin, puncture vine, and galega officinalis.
7. Prostate protection: Prostate cancer is the leading cancer in men. Men above 40 years should undergo a digital rectal exam every year. Men over 50 years should have a blood test to screen for prostate health.
8. Nutrition: Consume foods rich in antioxidants and antioxidant supplements. Following a daily healthy diet regimen can prevent heart disease and cancer.
Consume plenty of fruits and vegetables as they contain antioxidants and phytonutrients. Your diet should be rich in digestive enzymes such as cellulose, lipase and amylase.
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