Yellow Pages |   News Updates |   Events Calendar |   Movie Times | Recycling
Rocklin & Roseville Today Local Events
HOME

Andropause -Male Menopause



Are you among the millions of men who are losing vitality as you age - also called andropause (the male version of menopause) -  the lowering of  "androgen" (male-type) hormone levels, DHEA, androstenedione and particularly, testosterone?

Andropause is often missed by both patients and physicians; it is usually much more gradual than its female counterpart, menopause.

Andropause is less known and accepted as a medical reality; socially, it is more acceptable for women to talk about their menopausal symptoms; for men, the exact opposite is true.
In addition to, or because of this, men seek medical help far less than women.

A few statistics below bears witness to this:

  • Men visit doctors 150% less than women.
  • A March 2000 survey by the Commonwealth Fund titled, "Out of Touch: American Men and the Health Care System," found that 24 percent of men did not see a physician in the year prior to the survey -- three times the rate found for women (8 percent)

What are androgens? Androgens are substances producing or stimulating masculine characteristics. They are involved in immune function, development and maintenance of muscle and bone, and erythropoiesis, i.e. bone marrow-making RBCs. Low serum testosterone correlates with depression, accelerated arteriosclerosis and diabetes.

Some signs and symptoms of lowered androgen levels and function are:

  • Body fat increase, especially abdominal
  • Concentration difficulty
  • Erectile dysfunction and decreased libido
  • Ambition and work performance decreases
  • Memory loss
  • Mood disturbances, including depression, fatigue, irritability and loss of stress tolerance
  • Muscle size and strength decrease, and endurance decreases
  • Osteoporosis
  • Blood glucose elevation and insulin resistance
  • Restlessness and sleep difficulties
  • Lack of energy
  • Declining physical coordination and agility
  • Cognitive decline (memory and concentration)
  • Loss of self-esteem and altered states of well-being
  • Skin changes (loose skin/wrinkles)

Testosterone peaks in early to mid 20s, then begins a slow average annual decline of: total testosterone by 1.6%, free testosterone by 2%, and bioavailable testosterone by 2.5%. Sex hormone-binding globulin rises roughly 1.6% per year. After age 50, 50% of men are considered hypogonadal - based on levels of bioavailable testosterone.

About 98% of T is bound to plasma proteins & is unavailable. About 2% of T is free, and represents almost all of its biologic activity. Of the bound testosterone, 40% is tightly bound to SHBG; the remainder is weakly bound to albumin. Bioavailable is free testosterone plus that which is bound to albumin. Aging increases the amount of testosterone that binds to SHBG.  As testosterone levels fall, the liver is stimulated to increase SHBG, estrogens will also increase SHBG, increasing total serum testosterone to normal range, but in actuality, a relative deficiency of bioavailable testosterone often occurs.

Testosterone is further metabolized to: DHT or Estradiol.
Higher estrogen levels may, at times, be beneficial for menopausal women, but excess in andropausal men may be disastrous. Common causes of elevated estrogen in men are: stress and psychological factors, abdominal obesity, pharmaceutical drugs, alcohol consumption, increasing insulin resistance, impaired liver function, and zinc deficiency.

Next : Steps to regaining your vitality!


Dr. Dennis Godby, Doctor of Naturopathy, Sutter Medical Foundation.
He may be reached online or at his Sacramento Office (916) 446-2591.




Placer County News Headlines

Roseville Flash Crime Report (7.1.16)Roseville weekly summary of police activity and crime log digest for the period covering June 24-30, 2016.

9th Annual Petaluma Music Festival August 6thPetaluma, California, - This marks the ninth year for what has become one of the most highly regarded events on the West Coast summer music festival circuit

Fourth of July Fireworks Safety TipsWith the sale of "Safe and Sane" fireworks in nearly 300 communities across California, CAL FIRE is reminding everyone to do their part to prevent fires

African Children's Choir to Perform in RocklinRocklin, CA- The African Children's Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances.

Ian Anderson's Progressive Path: Founding member of Jethro Tull (part 3)Soon, critics were referring to Jethro Tull's music - along with other bands of their era - as "progressive."

Sierra College selected for STEAM InitiativeRocklin, CA - During the 2016 National Week of Making, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office announced that Sierra College was selected to support the first statewide

Roseville Kids Ready for Big Trucks Summer Roseville, CA - Kids love trucks. The Roseville Utility Exploration Center and Your Roseville Utilities are giving kids and the young at heart four Thursdays of Big Trucks

Placer Rescue Mission Targets HomelessnessRoseville, CA - Placer Rescue Mission, a faith-based, nonprofit organization, aims to transform lives and end homelessness in Placer County by providing supportive housing

Roseville Banked Robbed AgainRoseville, CA- The Bank of America at 2221 Douglas Blvd. was robbed at about 1:45 p.m. yesterday, June 29, 2016.

Ian Anderson's Progressive Path: Founding member of Jethro Tull (part 2)(Part 2) - Soon, Anderson began training as a visual artist, which he felt gave him and many of his contemporaries a unique perspective on how he approached music

West Nile Virus in Placer County Spurs Treatment SprayingRoseville, CA- The Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District reported today that six mosquito samples and one dead bird have tested positive for West Nile virus this week

Trailhead Fire Updates: 2150+ Acres, 12 Percent ContainedCalifornia Fire Updates 2016: Roseville, CA- A public meeting will be tonight, July 1, 2016 at the Foresthill High School. Fire staff will give an informational update and answer questions from the public.


more news