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The “Man Pause”: Is It Real and What Can You Do?

Guess what men? Women aren’t the only ones whose bodies undergo changes as they get older! That’s right. Men go through a hormonal shift called andropause, often referred to as “male menopause” or even “man pause”, as a natural part of the aging process. But it can also bring some unwanted symptoms. Let’s break down what andropause is, and how we can navigate these changes effectively. 

What is Andropause?

Andropause is your body’s way of decreasing testosterone production. Often starting in your late 40s or early 50s, this slow decline in testosterone can lead to:

  • Lower sex drive and performance
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Mood swings such as irritability and depression
  • Muscle loss and weight gain, especially in the midsection
  • Memory loss and difficulty concentrating

No matter how natural, andropause can still feel like a curveball. You may experience waves of emotional and physical changes that leave you wondering if you’ll ever feel “normal” again. The key is not to panic. These strategies will help you manage your symptoms and optimize your quality of life.

  1. Talk to your doctor. Ask them to check your testosterone levels and discuss if hormone replacement therapy is right for you.
  2. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Testosterone replacement therapy may be recommended for men with symptomatic andropause and documented low testosterone levels. 
  3.  Make healthy lifestyle changes. Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and managing stress are all keys to optimizing life with Andropause.
  4. Consider nutritional supplements. Talk to your doctor about incorporating supplements such as vitamin D, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, or safe herbal remedies.
  5. Get mental health support. Coping with the changes and challenges that andropause brings can be extremely tough. Seek support from mental health professionals or support groups can provide valuable emotional support and coping strategies. 
  6. Regular checkups are essential. These help monitor your overall health and address any concerns, including screenings for hypertension, diabetes, prostate cancer or other issues. 

Andropause may signal a new chapter in your life, but it doesn’t have to be a bad one. By taking charge of your health and making some adjustments, you can navigate this transition smoothly. Just remember, you are not alone. Many men just like you experience andropause, and there are resources available to help you navigate this phase of life. 

That’s where Vytal Living comes in. We’re a functional medicine practice dedicated to healing the whole person, not just treating the symptoms. We offer personalized plans to address andropause and help you regain your vitality. If you’re ready to stop managing your symptoms and take charge of your health, schedule a consultation with Vytal Living today.

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