While the causes and effects of the female menopause are widely recognised, men can also go through the menopause, with symptoms including tiredness and hair loss.
Dr Robert Brannigan, professor of urology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and urologist at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, believes 95 percent of cases of male menopause go undiagnosed.
The condition, known as male hypogonadism, occurs when the testicles do not produce enough testosterone, causing a drop in the hormone level. It progresses slowly, with levels dropping by around one percent a year, starting in the late thirties; the reduction may be as high as 50 percent by the age of 70.
The male menopause may adversely affect mood, weight and sex drive, and is frequently misdiagnosed as depression. It is also linked to chronic medical conditions such as high cholesterol, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Dr Brannigan explained, “When ignored, symptoms can seriously disrupt one’s quality of life.”
Treatment may involve hormone replacement therapy to boost testosterone levels, although cholesterol levels and blood pressure must be carefully monitored for the duration of treatment.
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