The impact of decreasing androgens, specifically testosterone and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is known as andropause, also called "male menopause" or PADAM - Partial Androgen Deficiency in the Aging Male. It is a normal part of aging, although, for some men it is accompanied by a gradual and undesired decline in their sexuality, mood and overall energy. Sometimes it can even expose men to more serious health risks. Unlike women, men do not have a clear-cut signpost such as the cessation of menstruation to mark this transition. A drop in hormone levels, however, distinguishes both. Typically, men have a slower and subtler hormonal decline compared to the rather sudden hormonal changes women experience at menopause. Attitude, psychological stress, alcohol, injuries or surgery, medications, obesity and infections can contribute to its onset. Over time however, similar symptoms are experienced including:
On average, a man's testosterone levels begin to decline at a rate of 1% per year after the age of 40. When hormones are replaced or restored back to physiologic levels, men may experience a dramatic reversal of many of the changes caused by aging.
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