Menopause is a natural biological process for the women in Minnesota, but do Minnesotan men have male menopause (andropause)? The answer is YES. The phenomena of the biological “pause” isn’t exclusive to women, it seems men also have age related changes in hormone levels, sexual function, energy level, mood and body composition. These changes affect men’s quality of life. Andropause is a condition in males in which hormones, especially testosterone, is low. Testosterone plays a critical role in maintaining both physical and mental health. The production of male hormones taper off steadily from the age of 30 onward. As men reach their middle age, the decrease in testosterone production speeds up, and this causes a cluster of andropause symptoms.
Eight in ten family physicians in Minnesota today recognize male andropause as a real change of life for men comparable to female menopause. You should know that andropause is fairly common, and chances of getting it increase the older you get. At 40-49 years of age, about 2% to 5% of men have it. From 50-59, it jumps to anywhere from 6% to 40% of the population. If you’re 60-69 years old your likelihood is somewhere in the 20-45% range. From 70-79 it affects about 34% to 70%. The number will be even bigger if we include the men who have the andropause symptoms, but their testosterone level is in the low end of normal range. That means that if you are concerned or you have some symptoms, you should see a doctor to find out what can be done.
If men in Minneapolis and St Paul have some andropause symptoms, such as loss of energy, foggy mind, depression, sluggish libido, sexual dysfunction, decreased muscle mass and strength, increased body fat, and overall weakness, you should have saliva tests done at the One Stop Wellness Center to check your testosterone hormone level.