As women experience menopause, the cessation of periods which they’ve been experiencing monthly over the course of their adult life, their hormonal changes have many effects on their moods, sex drive, energy level and even many aspects of their appearance.
Though men do not experience periods they do experience similar drops in hormone levels and all that is associated with what is sometimes referred to as “male menopause” or “andropause” as it is more frequently known by. As men age their testosterone levels, which contribute much towards typical masculine traits and behaviors, drop significantly. When elevated levels of testosterone are present it assists in red blood cell production, high quality sperm production, a healthy sex drive, a calm demeanor and an overall normal distribution of fat. Men will also notice that they begin to feel a lot moodier than they did when they were younger and had more testosterone, they’ll find themselves more irritable and more easily fatigued.
With women, some symptoms of menopause may begin to show up during the peri-menopausal period which often starts in a woman’s mid 40’s as egg production and ovulation end. For men, as their testosterone levels begin to gradually drop year by year, they may notice some symptoms creeping in.
So what can be done to help combat some of the unappealing effects of andropause in men? It should come as no surprise that many of the best solutions are natural efforts which tend to help people in all situations to feel more healthy and happy. A healthy diet is a huge contributor to feeling more alert and less irritable. Diets rich in fruits, lean animal protein, vegetables and healthy fats as well as foods high in zinc such as crab, cashews and oysters can greatly help an aging man feel his best.
Physical activity is immensely important all throughout life, and as men age, regular physical activity is one of the most beneficial methods for keeping the symptoms of andropause at bay. As muscle mass deteriorates with age, physical activity will help to stimulate muscles while also improving mood and concentration. Regular exercise will also encourage a stronger sex drive and better performance.
Vitamins and supplements when taken under a doctor’s direction and supervision can greatly slow down the effects of aging and andropause in maturing men. The fennel vegetable, which is most frequently used in many Italian recipes, is often used to create a fennel supplement that treats many of the symptoms associated with aging and a loss of testosterone. Use of this supplement should be discussed with your physician ahead of time.