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Today’s post is a guest post by Dr. Andre Berger, founder of Rejuvalife Vitality Institute in Beverly Hills, CA.  Dr Berger’s full bio can be found at the end of the post

Male menopause is a term that doesn’t correctly describe the change of life men go through.

Men don’t menstruate, so how can they stop having periods, which is essentially what the term menopause means? This stage in a man’s life is better termed “andropause,” describing the decline in testosterone that comes as men age.

Testosterone is the male hormone that makes men “masculine”, and helps them maintain muscle mass and strength, sex drive, sperm production, fat distribution and red blood production. Men experiencing lower levels of testosterone may experience decreased sexual desire, fatigue, and moodiness.

Women experiencing menopause see their estrogen levels drop quickly, thus producing menopause symptoms. The drop in testosterone happens much more slowly in men, so they generally will not experience the sudden appearance of symptoms.

Natural Remedies for the Symptoms of Andropause

While there are many medical alternatives such as testosterone replacement therapy, many men are hesitant to undergo such treatments.

There are many natural lifestyle changes that men can employ to help alleviate the symptoms of andropause.

Eat a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet can help improve energy levels. A good diet should include whole grains, vegetables, fruits, plant-based and lean animal protein, heart-healthy fats, and low-fat dairy foods.

As part of this healthy diet, foods high in zinc should also be included. Research shows that serum testosterone levels increase in men who have a higher intake of zinc. Foods that are rich in zinc include pork shoulder, oysters, crab legs, chickpeas, and cashews.

Exercise and Physical Activity

A regular exercise regime can help improve concentration, mood, and sleep. This physical activity will also improve testosterone levels and muscle mass.

A study published in the “Metabolism” journal, which studied the effects of physical activity on testosterone levels and luteinizing hormones in older men, showed higher levels of testosterone after exercise.

Herbal Supplements

Fennel is a vegetable that has a licorice-like taste and is often used in Italian dishes. It can also be found as an herbal supplement that can help treat the symptoms of male menopause. There are some possible side effects of this supplement such as hallucinations, seizures, and contact dermatitis, so it is important that men discuss the pros and cons of this supplement with their physician.

If you feel you are experiencing the effects of andropause, you should consult with your physician who can help you effectively manage those symptoms in a way that is satisfactory to you.

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Dr. Andre Berger is the founder of Rejuvalife Vitality Institute in Beverly Hills, CA, and the author of the acclaimed book “The Beverly Hills Ant-Aging Prescription. Dr. Berger is Secretary of the California Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, has been board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine for 20 years and is a diplomate of the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, and the American Board of Holistic and Integrative Medicine.

 

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