Andropause is the male menopause. Testosterone declines in men from the late 30’s onwards. This decline produces a loss of sexual desire, bone/joint pains, muscle atrophy & weakness, depression, moodiness, anxiety, and fat gain, especially in the abdominal area. Restoration of testosterone not only addresses these unwanted symptoms, but research studies have shown a protective role for testosterone against bone loss, cognitive decline, and heart disease. Traditionally, testosterone restoration was thought to be linked with prostate cancer and heart attacks. But if this were the case, then men should be having prostate cancer and heart attacks in their 20’s, when testosterone levels are at the highest instead of after 50 when they are lowest. The New England Journal of Medicine in 2004 published the conclusion that it is low testosterone and high estrogen that is associated with prostate cancer. Cardiology literature has since shown that males who maintain testosterone levels in the upper ranges are at lower risk for cardiac and neurologic events.
Other hormones that decline with age in both males and females include DHEA (enhances strength, sexual energy, immunity), melatonin (needed for restful sleep and is one of the most powerful anti-cancer hormones due to natural killer cell activation), pregnenolone (important for memory and concentration), growth hormone (maintains integrity of joints/bones/skin/fat/cartilage and prevents frailty), thyroid hormone (maintains metabolism, energy, body temperature, skin, hair, mental agility). Keep in mind that thyroid levels may be “normal” but not “optimal.” They can also be “optimal” but not “functional” because of nutrient deficiencies involving ferritin, zinc, and selenium. Also of note, glucose and insulin levels start getting imbalanced which leads to weight gain, pre-diabetes and increased risk for cardiac events. Insulin generally goes up in the early 40′s which can cause insulin resistance. Because of this, weight gain in insulin controlled areas such as the thighs, lower abdomen, under the arms and under the chin occur. Muscle also starts to be replaced with fat. Hormonal and nutritional restoration along with toxin clearance from the liver and bowel can correct the metabolic imbalances.