ANDROPAUSE AND HEALTH PROBLEMS
Andropause is often presented as the male counterpart of menopause. However, it does not necessarily affect all men. Andropause is usually between 45 and 65 years old and affects about 2% of men aged 40 to 80 years. Andropause is a term that encompasses all of the symptoms associated with a decrease in testosterone that an aging man may experience: decreased libido, difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection, low energy and fatigue, swings mood and irritability, weight gain and muscle mass reduction, hot flashes, etc.
Andropause also happens at an age when men are more at risk of developing certain diseases. It can be a good time to question your health. With age, men become more at risk for developing certain health problems, including:
- heart problems;
- elevation of blood cholesterol levels;
- Type 2 diabetes;
- prostate diseases;
- erectile dysfunction.
TIPS FOR STAYING HEALTHY
Many problems in aging men can be prevented by adopting good lifestyle habits that, at the same time, can help alleviate the symptoms of andropause. Here are some tips for staying healthy:
- Moderate your alcohol consumption. Alcohol is a risk factor for many health problems.
- Stop smoking. No one can ignore the impact of tobacco on health. Find out about the tools that are available to help you.
- Reduce your stress that can affect your physical and mental well-being.
- Give yourself some rest and maintain good sleep habits.
- Eat foods rich in calcium and vitamin D to promote better bone health.
- Adopt a balanced diet and low in fat. Help yourself from Canada’s Food Guide.
- Exercise regularly. Choose activities that you like that are of course suited to your physical condition.
- Take care of your emotional and psychological health. Some men are reluctant to consult a specialist when they have difficulty with these plans. To consult a psychologist or another specialist is not a sign of weakness, on the contrary. Rather, it is a sign that you are taking your well-being to heart and your loved ones as well.
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR REGULARLY
It is known that men are less likely to consult their doctor than women. Yet, they need to take care of their health as much as they do. Take the time to see your doctor every year for a routine checkup. Preventing and early detection of diseases helps to stay healthy longer. If you have unusual signs and symptoms, talk to your doctor as soon as possible.
One of the health problems of aging men is prostate cancer. The risk of being affected increases rapidly after 50 years. At this age, all men should see a doctor for a screening test for this type of cancer.
If you have health problems or questions about drugs, remember that your pharmacist is always there to help you. Armed with his good advice, you will be able to put forward strategies to preserve your health as long as possible.
Andropause is a stage in a man’s life that often makes him more concerned about his health. Through the adoption of good lifestyle habits and appropriate preventive measures, you will be able to fully enjoy what life has in store for the future!