Men not spared from menopause syndrome

If you believe that menopause is something limited to the domain of women, think again, for menopausal symptoms like hot flashes can happen to men too when the sex hormone levels start declining, a recent study has found.

The study published in the New England Journal of Medicine says women experience fatigue, low libido or mental stress during the menopause. Some or all of these symptoms can be seen in men as well as the level of testosterone lowers. What’s more, men not even spared of the hot flashes resulting from menopause.

Declining levels of male sex hormone testosterone in men could cause an array of symptoms ranging from fatigue to lowered libido. Fortunately, menopause in men is not as common as that is found among women with only about three percent reporting it.

Because dip in testosterone hormone is part of the natural aging process, older men generally have lower hormone levels than younger ones. It is found that testosterone levels in men decrease by about 1% a year after age 30, according to the Mayo Clinic.

So, a 70 year old man will have less than half the testosterone levels he used to have in his younger days. Some chronic diseases like obstructive sleep apnea too have found to be having an adverse impact on male sex hormone testosterone.

Changes in men’s body happen rather rapidly than in women. Normally, men age faster and die several years earlier than women, researchers say. Although symptoms associated with testosterone decline is common in older men, such an occurrence in the younger can be a cause of concern.

Comparatively younger men, if suffer from symptoms related to lowered testosterone like depression, fatigue and decreased sexual appetite, they should seek medical assistance to explore therapeutic options like testosterone-replacement therapy, says a report published in the Daily Mail.

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