Women often think they are the only ones who suffer through menopause. Not so. Men can also experience what is known as andropause, or the male menopause, says Dr. Anju Mathur, who runs the Angel Longevity Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Male menopause or andropause as it is properly called may not be as dramatic as female menopause. But the decline in androgens, that is, male hormones, can be equally surprising and debilitating for some men. In women it is the ending of menses, the end of the menstrual cycle. Hence the name menopause. In men it is simply a matter of the body no longer producing sufficient male hormones.
The chief male hormone in a man’s body is testosterone. Declining hormone levels of testosterone put men at higher risk of getting a heart attack or cardiovascular event, and also decreases their life spans. So if you have an optimal level of testosterone in the body it improves the longevity of an individual.
Shortening Life Expectancy
Recent research shows that a man who has lowered testosterone levels has a higher risk of death in the next 18 years than a man with more youthful levels of testosterone. Bad habits such as smoking and drinking are not part of the cause of this risk – only reduced levels of testosterone.
Levels of inflammation are also important to the aging process. Men with lower testosterone have higher levels of inflammation, which we measure with inflammatory cytokines. Cytokines are a substance produced when inflammation is present in the body. If you measure the amount of cycokines, you can tell the level of inflammation. It is a general inflammation of the body, and as a result of the inflammation you are sluggish, you cannot sleep, and you then get heart attacks because of this.
Testosterone does not merely determine virility. A man with low levels of testosterone has three times more risk of developing obesity. Also, such a condition gives a man a much higher risk of high cholesterol, which results in high triglycerides and low HDL. HDL is the type of cholesterol that is necessary for the body’s protection. Testosterone helps keep the heart and brain healthy. A man with low testosterone can also easily develop diabetes.
Dr. Mather relates that she has successfully treated diabetic patients with testosterone. Often diabetes develops as a result of aging and declining hormones. When the hormones are restored to a more youthful level, diabetes recedes.
Hormone replacement therapy can be as successful for men as for women in repairing unwanted physical conditions. At Angel Longevity Medical Center we control and avert disease using natural therapies, not pharmaceutical drugs. Hormone replacement is one of these therapies. Our goals are to make people healthy and thereby increase lifespan and quality of life.