Andropause Can Be Treated
Mark Twain once said, "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."
We have now learned that even if you don't mind, it might matter.
Andropause describes an emotional and physical change that many men experience as they age. Although the symptoms are generally related to aging, they are also associated with significant hormonal alterations. Andropause is a natural subtle decline in hormones that happens as men age. While medical professionals have known for a long time that the production of hormones by the testes slowly decreases as men age, interest has developed only recently in the clinical implications of andropause.
Andropause is also referred to as male menopause, male climacteric andropause, male andropause, late onset hypogonadism, androgen decline in the aging male (ADAM) or viropause. The term andropause may be considered somewhat inappropriate because the process is not universal and occurs subtly over time. In women, menopause occurs universally and usually happens dramatically.
ADAM or andropause is a fairly common condition and the incidence of andropause (or hypogonadism) increases with age. The incidence from ages 40-49 is estimated between 2%-5%. From ages 50-59, the incidence is estimated between 6% and 40%. From ages 60-69, the incidence is estimated between 20%-45%. The incidence from ages 70-79 is estimated between 34% and 70%. The incidence of hypogonadism in men older than 80 is estimated at 91%. The spread of estimated ranges is quite large because different specialists use different ways to measure androgens and use different minimum levels to define andropause. The important thing is that if a patient feels there are reasons for concern, he should visit a doctor to learn more.
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