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The Andropause is a syndrome in men usually above 50 years who may have low testosterone and decline in other hormones. The decline in hormones is not universal and not all men undergo this process to the same extent. Studies have found that total and free testosterone begin to decline at about 50 years. The Andropause has been alternatively termed A.D.A.M. (Androgen Decline in Aging Males) because the decline is gradual unlike the sharp drop in estrogens at menopause in women.Robert Tan, MD, visiting associate professor (geriatrics) is in the Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine at the University of Texas (Houston) He says that testosterone deficiency has its own symptoms. They can be bone loss (osteoporosis), impotence, weakness, memory loss, and depression all are symptoms of andropause that perhaps might be reversed with testosterone.
There is some research showing declines in people from different parts of the world. Americans start off with the most amount of testosterone, but they loose it at the fastest rate with age. In contrast, men in Paraguay seem to start off with the least amounts of testosterone, and manage to ward off the decline with time. In a sense, the andropause is a "mystery". Why is it that we in the western world have this decline in testosterone? Testosterone is a hormone that is responsible for the "men" in us: builds muscle and libido etc. In my book, I tried to unravel this "mystery" by suggesting lifestyle modification process by recommending eating a balanced diet for male aging, exercise, weight management and smoking cessation etc. Hormonal replacement for men is available as a therapeutic strategy, but in my opinion is only one part towards managing the andropause.The effects of andropause
You are what you eat. Definitely, eat moderate amounts of protein. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Eat minimal amounts of carbohydrate. This includes bread, cakes, donuts, rice, pasta etc. If you can, avoid them. Research has shown that foods high in protein and low in carbohydrate cause the greatest sustained levels in testosterone and growth hormone. In the andropause, there is muscle loss and substitution with fat. As such, protein replacement is important. Fresh fruit and vegetables can act as valuable antioxidants and have anti-aging properties. What about fat? You need some fat if you want to produce testosterone. Testosterone is synthesized from cholesterol. As such, not all cholesterol is bad. Zinc and chrysin supplements are being investigated as means to maintain testosterone. Both lack of exercise and over activity can actually result in decreased levels of testosterone. Exercise stimulates the pituitary gland to produce regulatory gonadotrophins to stimulate the testes to produce testosterone Paradoxically, endurance training e.g. running for more than 60 minutes can lead to lowered testosterone. As such, moderate aerobic exercises combined with weight training for 20-30 minutes several times a week is more productive of testosterone. Research has shown that short bursts of intense exercise seem more effective than continuous lower intensity exercise. However, many men have concomitant heart problems when they enter andropause, and it is always advisable to consult a physician before embarking on an exercise regimen.
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