By Batista Gremaud
Andropause (also known as male menopause) is a term used to describe the natural decrease in male hormones such as testosterone, thyroid hormone, human growth hormone, and DHEA in aging men. It is associated with a range of physical and psychological changes, including decreased sex drive, increased body fat, increased fatigue, and cognitive difficulties.
Whereas menopause comes on suddenly for women, the symptoms of andropause in men develop gradually, making it easier for them to adjust over time. Nevertheless, the effects of andropause can be devastating. One in four men over thirty suffer from testosterone deficiency as a result of andropause.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the signature symptom of andropause
One of the most devastating andropause symptoms is erectile dysfunction.
As men age, they may start to experience difficulty sustaining an erection during sexual intercourse. This decline can start as early as thirty years of age. A continual decrease in keeping and maintaining erections between the ages of 35 and 45 often becomes more pronounced. Ejaculation weakens, and stamina and endurance also typically wane down.
One of the main causes of this decline in sexual function is andropause, or the gradual decline in testosterone production that occurs naturally. This can lead to erectile dysfunction, even if the man is otherwise healthy and has no other problems with sexual function.
Psychological causes can make erectile dysfunction (ED) worse
The feeling of being sexually inadequate can induce depression and a lack of self-esteem. Thoughts and pessimistic emotions affect mental health and sexual performance as well.
Although it may not be a popular topic of conversation, andropause is something that affects many men. Symptoms like erectile dysfunction (ED) can be embarrassing and cause men to avoid seeking help. However, being informed and proactive about your health is always a good idea.
Understanding more about your body and how it changes as you age can help you maintain good health and vitality.
Below are common andropause symptoms:
Increased body fat
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Testosterone deficiency impairs healing
Testosterone is an androgen that helps maintain lean body mass and activates the natural healing mechanism of the body. A deficiency in testosterone can make it difficult to heal from injuries.
Approximately two million American men have osteoporosis, with 12 million more at risk. One in four men over age 50 breaks a bone due to osteoporosis. This is because the decline in hormone levels experienced by aging men, while not as prominent as that of postmenopausal women, can be significant enough to impact bone mineral density. Therefore, male osteoporosis evaluation always involves a diagnosis of testosterone deficiency.
What to do to prevent or alleviate andropause from setting in
Testosterone replacement therapy
Testosterone replacement therapy is the most common treatment for men undergoing andropause. In many cases, this treatment may alleviate symptoms and help enhance the quality of life. However, hormone therapy does have risks, so your doctor will guide you through deciding if testosterone treatment is appropriate for your particular situation.
A Healthy Lifestyle
As with any other medical condition, poor health habits can make andropause symptoms, including impotence worse. Drug use, smoking, drinking, and medication can contribute to the problem. Even a simple over-the-counter decongestant can reduce blood flow to the penis, at least temporarily.
Strength training boosts the production of male hormones
Research demonstrates that older men who engage in strength training see significant increases in their total testosterone levels, as well as substantial decreases in their resting cortisol levels.
Strength training helps men maintain a manly physique and youthful appearance. It increases muscle mass, which helps gain strength and burn fat. It also builds bone density, which helps prevent osteoporosis later in life. Muscles also improve posture, and balance, and help prevent injuries. Lastly, regular strength training increases energy and can help fight the effects of aging, such as muscle atrophy.
This makes strength training the number one sport of choice for stabilizing hormonal imbalances and controlling stress in males suffering from Andropause.
As men age, they often shy away from lifting heavier weights, in fear of injuries. Instead, they may lean towards activities such as yoga, running, or cycling. However, weightlifting is the one sport that has been proven to produce testosterone and maintain muscle mass in the body naturally. This can help men maintain their manly functions as they age.
This is where Ergonomic Strength TrainingTM comes in
At Dr Fitness USA, we understand that time has set in; lifestyle and hormones have changed; your body is no longer where it used to be; it has different needs. Simply said, you are not who you used to be anymore.
Our team of experts considers where you are at today by taking into account injuries, lifestyle patterns, and or emotional issues - whether real or contrived - to rebuild the landscape of your back so that it supports correct spinal adjustment for an ageless, healthy spine. This will allow you to achieve the best body ever that turns heads and gets people talking about how young and in shape you look! It will also put you in deep harmony with your Inner Being, thus getting you back to functionality so you can do your day effortlessly with surplus energy. You'll be able to stop procrastination and complete the tasks you’ve been putting off forever.
Incorporating a solid strength training system such as Ergonomic Strength TrainingTM by Dr Fitness USA into your routine 2 to 3 times a week is the best way to start gaining the bedroom body you dream of having and alleviate andropause symptoms.
You will enjoy
Increased mental quickness
Improved enthusiasm for daily life
Stable mood behavior
More energy and a desire to be active
Increased sex drive demonstrated by night dreams, spontaneous erections, and an overall increased interest in sex
Improved muscle tone and reduced fat
Strength training not only makes you feel better and have an overall better body image, but it also improves stamina during intercourse and increases short and long-term blood flow to your sexual organs.
Aging gracefully is something that every man should strive for, just as much as women! Keeping fit, and eating healthily, will help to maintain a youthful appearance as you age.
There is no shame in wanting to look and feel attractive, expressing the beauty and vitality of age is something to be embraced, not ashamed of.
Batista Gremaud is the CEO and president of Dr Fitness International, an International Body Designer, Strength Training Expert, No1 Best Selling author of Feminine Body Design, Empowering Fitness For A Pain-Free Life, co-creator of the Feminine Body Design online strength training mentoring system, and producer of Dr Fitness USA’s THE SHOW
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