Does “Manopause” really exist?
“In the Western Journal of Medicine an article was centred around the debate whether or not “manopause” really exists. If the term “menopause” is real the symptoms could be crankiness, irritability, poor libido, lowered fertility, fatigue, unexplained weight gain, depression and low motivation. Does any of this sound familiar? Perhaps it is not widely recognised because men do not suffer with the evident hut flushes like women?
The sad truth with male hormone imbalance is that society expects men to “harden up” and hide their emotions, only making the problem worse. At the age of about 40 the levels of testosterone and DHEA in men usually start to decline, this continues for decades. The decrease of testosterone, classically considered the ‘man hormone’ is associated with a reduction of leydig cells in the testes. The rate of decrease is different for each person. For any person of this age experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms I would highly encourage hormone testing.
DHEA has been dubbed as the “youth hormone”. A precursor of hormones. It too, like testosterone, naturally decreases with age. A paper published Biological Psychiatry Journal reported that DHEA may have an antidepressant effect. This suggests that a decline in DHEA may increase feelings of depression, anxiety and poor motivation; symptoms that you will clinically see in those with low DHEA. This area of hormone imbalance and depression is still an emerging and exciting field of research.
What about stressed or anxious? Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol as part of the fight or flight response. When this happens it can cause your hormones to go out of balance including testosterone and DHEA. If there is any secondary inflammatory conditions such as allergies, arthritis, asthma or digestive issues then they need to be addressed too as these can influence cortisol levels.
So what should you do? Firstly, I would encourage having hormone testing to actually establish if these are out of balance and any other pathology testing that may give clues as to why you feel the way you do. Secondly, I would be addressing any other inflammatory conditions and thirdly I would be seeking advice on ways to assist in stress reduction such as nutritional medicine. Men do not need to just toughen up, as there may be therapies that can assist you to help you live a happy life! “.
This article was written by Suzi Le Fanue and published in Holistic Bliss Magazine. Text from http://issuu.com/nessfinn/
Naturopathy may also be beneficial for male hormone imbalance :
– Reduced fertility
– Poor libido
– Hormone associated hair loss
– Thyroid imbalance
– Low testosterone or DHEA
– Fatigue and stress
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