Andropause is similar to menopause, but it is found in men. As menopause affect the life of the female, andropause affect the life of the male. Andropause is related with the set of gradual psychological and physical changes among the men of middle age from 40 to 55. Like female, male also suffer from drop in the hormone level, testosterone in the male and estrogen in the female. Usually men suffers from the bodily changes which occur very gradually and they are also accompanied by changes in mood, attitude, fatigue, physical agility, loss of energy, sex drive and other health problems like weak bones, heart disease etc. sometimes it is confused with the Male Midlife Crisis. It is often called male menopause.
As the age of the men increases, it lowers the level of testosterone which results into andropause. It is said that after the age of 30 usually testosterone decrease per year by 1-2 percent. Testosterone is the male hormone which is essential for the normal sexual behavior and also to produce erections. Many metabolic activities of the male like bone formation, carbohydrate metabolism, prostate gland growth, liver function are also affected by it.
Symptoms of andropause may vary from person to person. The major symptoms of andropause are decreased libido or interest in sex, erectile dysfunction with loss of erections, inability to sleep, night sweats, depression, bone loss or infertility and thinning of the bones.
Some of the natural treatments for andropause:
1. Exercises are very effective for andropause. As the symptom of andropause is directly related with depression exercise will help in improving the mood. You will also feel better due to increase in endorphins. So make a habit to play tennis, go for run, grab a basketball and head to the court.
2. Make a habit to eat properly as good eating habit will have a positive impact on mood and energy. Increase the intake of folic acid, B12, vitamin D and Omega-3 fats. Intake of these diets will decrease depression. We can receive Omega-3 fats from walnuts, salmon and flaxseed, B12 from lean beef, eggs and cottage cheese, vitamin D from milk and folic acid from fortified whole- grain breakfast cereals, broccoli organs and from oatmeal.
3. Intake of alcohol must be restricted or at least reduced. Different body reacts differently with the consumption of alcohol. So remain careful about the frequency and consumption of alcohol. As alcohol also contributes to the depression and it is one of the causing factor of andropause so it must be avoided.