The progressive and slow decrease in testosterone levels can be termed andropause: a common clinical condition, the prevalence of which increases in direct proportion to someone's age. The decline in the hormone, in fact, begins at the age of thirty. Evidence shows that 7% of people aged 50 or older have andropause. At the age of 80 or older, this percentage goes up to 35%. The actual existence of a "male menopause" has, for some time now, been the object of studies and differences of opinion. Today this disorder is taken very seriously as a result of social and cultural changes, ranging from longer average life spans to the progressive abandonment of a number of moral and sexual norms.
Reduction in sexual desire, urinary difficulty, erectile dysfunction, lowered semen production, but also increased fatigue and sleep disturbances: these are some of the symptoms that most frequently characterize the onset of andropause. It is often, however, difficult to obtain an accurate diagnosis based on symptoms alone: additional monitoring, such as testosterone concentration, are required.
What can I do about it?
First of all, it is essential to remove any cardiovascular risk factors, ranging from improving one's lifestyle and nutrition, to managing one's weight and managing stress. In addition, in cases related to actual testosterone deficienc, one can combine pharmacological therapy based on the administration of androgens.