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
- spider veins on the legs
- 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.