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Male Menopause

Menopause in women has been known for decades, but it has only recently been "discovered" that men also go through a change with similar symptoms.

The subject of the male menopause has been not taken seriously, and men are not likely to talk about this problem; sometimes "pride" gets in the way.

Women will start losing the hormone estrogen during menopause; they cease to menstruate and they can no longer become pregnant. Men experience a different type of menopause with losing the hormone testosterone. These hormone losses typically start in both men and women when they are between the ages of 40 and 60. There are always exceptions to this rule; however, we need to be able to spot the symptoms.

The symptoms of male menopause are similar to the ones women experience, and these symptoms can sometimes be as overwhelming. Some symptoms to look for include: decrease in sex drive, depression, lack of energy, decreased work performance, decrease in strength, decrease in endurance, loss of height, decline in sport performance.

How can men prevent or slow down some of these symptoms? First, consult with your primary care physician and get regular check-ups. Second, start exercising. It’s never too late to start exercising. Contact a certified personal trainer to receive sound advice before starting a program. A certified personal trainer can evaluate your current physical condition and design a balanced exercise program that will fit your needs.

Some of the preventative measures are:

-- Cardiovascular training: Will increase your endurance, give you more energy, release stress, promote better sleep, produce more vitality, and enable you to feel better about yourself.

-- Strength training: Will keep your testosterone levels from decreasing, build or maintain muscle as you age, provide stronger bone density, increase metabolism, increase sex drive, and improve sport performance.

If men take a proactive approach to menopause, then they can start fighting this decline in their hormone loss as they age. Most of these problems can be easily fixed with proper guidance from one’s physician and health professional. In closing, and this is for all my male contemporaries, remember that preparation beats pride nine times out of ten.


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