The Importance Of Over 50's Men's Hormonal Health

Monday 13th October 2014

Over the past  three decades much has been made of the importance of middle aged women addressing their hormonal needs for the good of their health and well-being but research*, commissioned by the Society for the study of Androgen Deficiency (Andropause Society) showed that as little as 11% of the UK (14% Men and 9% Women) are aware of the importance that men of a similar age, should do the same. 

Yet, if a man over the age of 50 was overweight, especially around the waist, lacked energy, was irritable, had night sweats, was depressed and lacking virility, 65% of men and 74% women polled across the UK didn’t believe these symptoms should be classed as natural signs of aging. However, for the estimated 19% of men ** over the age of 50 and an undetermined number of younger men, these signs of the reversible hormonal imbalance go undiagnosed and untreated. Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome also termed hypogonadism, 'low T', male menopause or andropause is linked with diabetes, obesity, heart failure, and osteoporosis. 

There are a range of measures that men can take to improve their testosterone levels, including losing weight, exercising more and regularly, moderating alcohol intake, reducing stress and generally following a healthier lifestyle. For those who are diagnosed as being testosterone deficient, there are treatments that can help.  

Here at the Society for the Study of Androgen Deficiency (Andropause Society). we are aware that many doctors still wouldn't associate the symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome with the condition and that in certain parts of the world, such as the UK, it can take some time to get a diagnosis and prescribed treatment, if tests indicate a man is deficient.

There are a range of measures that men can take to improve their testosterone levels, including losing weight, exercising more and regularly, moderating alcohol intake, reducing stress and generally following a healthier lifestyle. If a man is diagnosed as being deficient then these measures should be adopted alongside any treatment prescribed to assist a man return his testosterone levels to what's deemed 'the normal range'.

The free Aging Male Symptoms questionnaire on this website is a useful starting point for any man who thinks he may be living with condition. If he scores moderate or severe, he can print the results off and initiate a dialogue with his doctor and the first step towards better health and well being.   

Notes:

* The Society for the study of Androgen Deficiency (Andropause Society) survey was conducted by Aurora Market Research, and completed by 1,074 respondents in the UK. The survey is representative of the UK in terms of age, gender, region and socio-economic group. 

** Trinick T.R.,Feneley M.R. Welford H, Carruthers M. The Aging Male 2010 1-6 *International web survey shows high prevalence of symptomatic testosterone deficiency in men. Department of Chemical Pathology The Ulster Hospital Belfast, Institute of Urology & Nephrology University College Hospital. 

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