You’ve heard of menopause right? But, do men face a similar fate? Yes, but the experience for men is more of a slow, steady decline in testosterone levels. Often, when the decline in testosterone is substantial, it’s called andropause or hypogonadism. It’s defined as a combination of low testosterone with other symptoms present, such as erectile dysfunction (ED) and low sexual desire. Just like the market for Viagra, this condition may create a goldmine for the marketing of testosterone replacement therapy.
However, before you run out and grab supplemental testosterone in hopes of regaining the vigor you had at age 20, consider the following:
- Blood levels of testosterone vary in each man;
- There are many age related ranges for so called “normal level” of testosterone;
- Diagnosing a testosterone deficiency is not an exact science;
- Other conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension often appear when low testosterone is present.
The bottom line: It’s natural for men to have a decline in testosterone as they age. If you have symptoms, sexual issues, or other concerns, have a frank discussion with your doctor. Avoid taking testosterone supplements without medical supervision. There could be other conditions at work in your body.
It’s your life, live well.