The aging male

We often associate obesity and mid-life weight gain with lack of exercise and poor diet. While these are fundamentals to be taken into consideration, there is one very important factor which is overlooked – hormone depletion.

Compared to younger men, older males above the age of 40 have more estrodiol ( a potent female hormone) than free testosterone circulating in the body. I could feel the reality after I passed 50 years old. People are also aging at a faster rate due to stress, poor diet, and environmental toxins. In addition, hormone depletion is also closely related to prostate health.

The aging male experiences a decrease in testosterone at the rate of 10% per decade from the age of 30. This reduction of testosterone and other androgens experienced as a
a consequence of the aging process has been named andropause or androgen deficiency of the aging male (ADAM).
Symptoms associated with ADAM consist of somatic, sexual and psychological changes including reduced muscle mass, reduced BMD, increased cardiovascular disease,
lowered libido, depression, increased Alzheimer’s disease and a general decrease in well-being.

Other signs of testosterone deficiency include: 

  • fatigue for no reason
  • belly fat and waist > 40 inches  despite exercise and diet change
  • mental ‘fuzziness’
  • memory problems and Alzheimer’s disease
  • depression for no reason
  • low libido
  • poor concentration
  • muscle weakness
  • thinning skin and skin itchiness
  • incontinence
  • spider veins on the legs
  • anxiety
  • sleep disturbances

Diagnosing and treating androgen deficiency is vital for improving quality of life
and reducing age-related health decline in the aging male population.

A comprehensive male profile test is available in my clinic to assess your hormone status. A personal protocol of herbs, diet, and lifestyle modifications can be given to addressing problems associated with the aging male.

We want to stay relevant and functional as best as we can to maintain our quality lifestyle. Delaying the aging process is the most effective and economical way to promote optimal health and prevention of chronic diseases.

 

 

About Sebastian Liew

Matthew Wood, the renowned American herbalist described Sebastian as ‘one of the most unique and talented practitioners of natural healing and herbalism.’ The New Paper (Singapore) called Sebastian Liew 'The Medicine Man'. Indeed, Sebastian is a qualified and registered Medical Herbalist (accredited by the National Herbalists Association of Australia), with a Master's degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of New England, Australia. He is the first medical herbalist in Singapore and is known to popularize phytotherapy (Western herbal medicine), European traditional medicine, and St Hildegard medicine (Germany) in Singapore and probably in Asia. Sebastian has 20 years clinical work experiences and treated numerous patients with different medical conditions from all age groups in his Singapore clinic. Sebastian authored the book, Leaf to Life: The Natural Approach to Slow Down Aging and Living a Healing Life, which set the fundamentals for healthy aging and the prevention or treatment for almost all diseases. Please visit website http://slnaturopath.com
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