By Karin McCay| email
Edited by Kristin Beerman | email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – We hear a lot about Menopause in women, but did you know men go through that too? For men it's called Andropause and mood swings and a low libido could be signs that they are experiencing a life change as well.
"Women, when they go into menopause, it's a rapid decline so they have symptoms immediately. But the problem with male menopause, it's a slow decline where actually men, they'll have symptoms, a lot of times they're associated with aging, but it's actually due to low testosterone," said Kent Holtorf, M.D. "We're finding now, though, even men coming in at 25, 30, very low levels of testosterone."
Rick Battaglini says his first clue that something wasn't right was his 'get up and go, got up and went. The 49-year-old thought it was just age, but his doctor was more specific and suggested Andropause.
"I started to feel lethargic and tired, weight gain, loss of muscle mass," said Rick Battaglini, an Andropause patient.
Testosterone is the hormone that makes men, men. Typically, levels start to drop around age 40, but there is a blood test that can check for most testosterone levels. Then, if levels are low, there are hormone replacement options, including injections, patches and gels. Now, after weekly hormone injections, rick says he's more motivated to exercise and has lost seven inches around the waist. Dr. Holtorf says replacement therapy can also improve cholesterol and decrease inflammation, both of which are markers for heart disease. So, if you're a man who is has lost their get up and go, you might want to ask your doctor to check your testosterone levels.
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