The Diagnosis and Treatment of Male Andropause in Your Practice – Part I
by Dr. Greg Fors, DC – Board Certified Neurologist DIBCN Posted On: 08/11/2011
As your male patients pass the age of 40 they begin experiencing hormonal changes that inhibit their physical, sexual, and cognitive function. This process begins to accelerate after the age of 50 as notable symptoms can begin to manifest. The outward symptoms that are typical involve increased abdominal fat and decreased muscle mass, the hallmark of male hormone balance. Other common symptoms include depression, mental fogginess, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, decreased facial and leg hair, and a general feeling of not caring about anything. Until recently, these changes in your male patients were greeted with a slap on the back and a statement that, ‘they were simply growing older and not to worry’. This left the patient facing a hormonal imbalance, thereby causing a slow degenerative process eventually resulting in premature death.
Recent research has amassed a great amount of data that now indicates that many of the diseases the aging male experiences, including abdominal weight gain, a loss of energy and libido, depression, hypertension, prostate and heart disease are directly related to hormonal imbalances. Research is also showing that proper nutraceutical intervention can correct these hormonal imbalances and reduce the occurrences of these health problems. To our patients’ detriment, conventional doctors are increasingly prescribing multiple drugs to treat the depression, elevated cholesterol, hypertension and many other diseases that may be caused by this underlying hormonal imbalance. Further, it is made worse for the middle-aged male patient by the fact that very few doctors know which hormonal blood test to order, how to interpret them, and which nutraceutical approach to take in order to reverse observed imbalances. This comprises the primary subject matter of this article.