Face it, most men depend on us women to guide them in the health department as men will take on the attitude “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it”. Well, many of our loved ones are broken and can use some fixin.
Weight gain, joint pain, man boobs, low libido, night sweats, insomnia, memory loss and low muscle mass are all symptoms of ANDROPAUSE.
Yes, you heard this right, just like us women reach menopause, our men go through andropause.
Andropause in men is similar to menopause in women. It is an age – related decline in androgens (male hormones), specifically testosterone and DHEA. During this time estrogen will frequently elevate as testosterone declines.
This can begin as early as mid-40’s, and one of the biggest factors that contribute to these hormone imbalances is Inflammation. Diet, environment, and stress all impact inflammation. It’s slow, silent and sneaky!
Andropause symptoms can be:
- Weight gain
- Low libido
- Man boobs, extra weight in hips
- Low muscle mass
- “I don’t care attitude”
- Memory loss
- Night sweats
- Prostate and urinary problems
A decline in hormones is a natural phase in life. Feeling crappy is not!
Here are some suggestions to help your special guy feel his best as he ages.
- Diet is critical. Eating carbohydrates (breads, pasta, rice, potatoes ) at every meal will increase blood sugar which over time can lead to insulin resistance. This insulin resistance (seen as belly fat), can decrease testosterone and DHEA while increasing estrogen. As men age, they become more sensitive to carbohydrates (as we all do), and do not need as many. Therefore, they have a difficult time utilizing the sugars. Follow a paleo style diet for 3 months, you will be amazed how energy improves and the gut disappears!
- Reduce alcohol. Consuming alcohol daily puts tremendous stress on the liver. The liver needs to filter and remove excess hormones such as estrogen from the body. If there is a continuous stream of alcohol filtering in, the liver will deal with the alcohol first, leaving the hormones to keep circulating in the body. This increases estrogen and shows up as man boobs, swelling of the prostate, or a round liver belly. Again, take a 3 month break from alcohol. Save it for special occasions. You can replace it with kombucha, sparkling water, or ice tea.
- Calm down! When emotionally or physically stressed the body produces cortisol. Constant production of cortisol will reduce the production of testosterone and DHEA. Prolonged stress is a huge component of low testosterone for men. Find a favorite stress release such as exercise, meditation or playing with the kids, and do it daily.
- Increase Zinc. Zinc is needed by the pituitary gland for production of testosterone. 25-30 mg /day is recommended. Red meat, pumpkin seeds and oysters are all good sources.
- Get Tested – don’t guess! Every year I have my husband do a full hormone/cortisol panel to check in on his health. I feel this is just as important as getting his cholesterol or blood pressure checked. This way if there are some imbalances we can be proactive and correct them rather than wait for a major problem. It’s an easy at home saliva test kit I send into the lab. No fasting, no blood, no office visit! Just what guys like.
Hopefully you can convince your guy to follow these healthy tips! Often they will follow what we are doing. It’s what we do every day that makes the difference, and we want them healthy and happy!
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Great energy is my wish for you!