Following my article last week regarding the female menopause, I received a playful remark from one of my male colleagues asking whether I thought that the hot sweats and fatigue which he experiences after going running could be a sign that he’s going through the menopause! Well the answer, James, especially given your age, is quite possibly yes!
You see Mother Nature didn’t reserve all of her dastardly evolutionary tricks for women. Researchers have discovered that there is also a little known condition termed the andropause, commonly known as the male menopause, which affects a small percentage of middle aged men. It relates to the slow but steady decline in production of the hormone testosterone.
The male menopause is said to affect men between their 30s and 50s, and to include the same symptoms as the female
Unlike women, however, men do not experience a complete and permanent physiological shutting down of their reproductive system as a normal event.
In reality, doctors are divided over whether the male menopause actually exists, occurring as it seems to around the time when men may be going through their personal “mid-life crisis”. There are a number of reasons why men may feel the way they do when they reach middle age and to blame it all on the effect of the level of testosterone is possibly too simplistic.
Men seeking a “quick fix” for some of these symptoms should consider lifestyle changes first, for example by focusing on a healthy diet (including five portions of fruit and veg a day) and exercise.
To stay healthy or to improve health, adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic which raises your heart rate and makes you breathe harder is good for your cardiovascular system because it strengthens your heart, lowers your blood pressure and improves circulation; and strengthening activity that works all the major muscle groups.
How much physical activity you need to do depends on your age and circumstances, so make sure that your chosen activity is adaptable to your needs.