Speaking Point: As men age, they gradually lose androgen, or testosterone, the hormone that makes men 'men'. Hormone changes are a natural part of aging, but men and women experience these changes differently.
Speaking Point: For women, when ovulation ends, their hormone production plummets over a relatively short period of time. Unlike this dramatic reproductive hormone plunge that women experience during menopause, sex hormone changes in men occur gradually over many years.
Speaking Point: The altering effects of androgen decline often go unnoticed at first until they eventually become an overt health problem and significant health risk.
Speaking Point: Androgen (testosterone) decline can begin as early as age thirty in men with androgen decreasing slowly and steadily by 1% per year. So by age seventy, a man's testosterone level may be half of what it used to be.
Speaking Point: Signs of androgen decline include loss of energy, concentration and muscle mass along with depression, insomnia and sexual dysfunction.
Speaking Point: Asking for help can be hard for men, but by being open and honest with their doctor, they can discuss current and effective treatments.
Speaking Point: Boston University studies link androgen deficiency to gaining belly fat which increases the risk for heart disease, stroke and type two diabetes.
Speaking Point: Lifestyle changes, such as a new healthier eating plan, an exercise routine and a stress management program can not only help reverse these natural signs of aging, but can help lengthen a man's life.