Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Male Menopause Often Unrecognized

Age-related hormonal changes can affect men as well as women. Experts estimate that more than five million men are affected, yet worry the number may be considerably higher since symptoms are frequently ignored.

Symptoms include fatigue, mood swings, decreased desire for sex, hair loss, lack of concentration and weight gain.

Male hypogonadism, as it’s referred to in the medical community, occurs when the testicles do not produce enough testosterone, the hormone that plays a key role in masculine growth and development.

When hormone levels drop, men can experience significant mental and physical changes.

“This is a highly prevalent disorder,” said Robert Brannigan, MD, urologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

“Unfortunately, we estimate that 95 percent of cases are undiagnosed and therefore untreated. When ignored, symptoms can seriously disrupt one’s quality of life.”

“My body was telling me that something wasn’t right. I was always tired, it didn’t matter how much sleep I got, I constantly wanted to take a nap,” said Michael Andruzzi, a 40-year-old man diagnosed with male hypogonadism and a patient at Northwestern Memorial.

Brannigan explains hormone variations are a normal aspect of getting older.

Source and More:

Surviving Male Menopause. A Guide for Women and Men
Mr. Mean: Saving Your Relationship from the Irritable Male Syndrome
The Andropause Mystery: Unraveling Truths About the Male Menopause

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