Men: Are you stressed out? You may be suffering from andropause

Aging in men leads to a dramatic drop in testosterone, similar to the loss of oestrogen experienced by women during the menopause. Andropause is commonly seen in men, after the age of 40 and can be managed by making lifestyle alterations, say doctors

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Andropause is a condition that is associated with the decrease in the male hormone testosterone said doctors. Dr Prakash Kothari, Padma Shri and consultant sexologist, said, “Andropause in men, is similar to menopause, in women. In menopause, there is abrupt stoppage of hormones, while, during andropause, the decrease in testosterone and the development of symptoms is more gradual than what occurs in women.

Andrapause and menopause are two real life equations said doctors. “Men feel restless and low as there is a drop and sudden shift of hormones amongst men. But andropause is not visible and as big as menopause. Menopause is legitimised and acknowledged but andropuase is not,” explained Dr Harish Shetty, Psychiatrist, Dr LH Hiranandani Hospital.

Dr Pratit Samdhani, General Physician from Jaslok Hospital said, “Andropause in men s very common and seen after the age of 40. Testosterone helps regulate your mood. If your testosterone level drops, you might feel anxious, fatigued, irritable, stressed, tensed, and impatient, depressed and experience mood swings. This can affect your personal and professional life too.”

Although symptoms may vary from person to person, common symptoms of men going through andropause include:

  • Irritability
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low sex drive
  • Fatigued
  • Mood swings
  • Anger
  • Lack of concentration and interest
  • Sadness
  • Impatient
  • Tension

Note:

  • It has no monthly occurrence as occurs in PMS. It may follow a rhythm of stress but not a predictable monthly pattern

Andropause can be managed by lifestyle changes informed doctors. Dr Samdhani  said “Consume foods that increase the testosterone levels and avoid stressing too much.”

Dr Shetty advised, “Lifestyle modifications like exercise, healthy diet, a good night’s sleep, accepting the fact that you are not in your 20’s, counselling therapy can help to deal with andropause.”

According to Ankita Ghag, clinical nutritionist, Co-founder and director, Vacchan Arogya, “Consuming oysters, spinach, garlic, broccoli, eggs, radish, cauliflower, shellfish, crabs, pumpkin seeds, cashewnuts, walnuts, olive oil can help in increasing testosterone levels. Weight loss, avoiding smoking and alcohol can also help.”

Treatment:

Manage andropause by making some lifestyle modifications which will help you to restore your quality of life:

  • Healthy diet
  • Exercise
  • Good night’s sleep
  • Apart from lifestyle changes, counselling too can help