the menopause...

So…your partner is 50-plus and things are starting to fall apart. His libido is low and his sex drive seems non-existent. The intensity of his orgasm, and overall erectile function is not as good as it used to be. He is tired and has decreased energy levels, he is aggressive and often in a bad mood, and he notices that he is more anxious. 

Besides feeling overstressed and a bit depressed his memory is shot and his physical ability has diminished. His back may ache. He is out of shape and is no longer the fit beast he once was. Guess what? He has hit andropause – the male equivalent of menopause – and now he needs to do something proactive about it.

Be Proactive
Firstly, it is necessary to eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruit, green, leafy vegetables, and good-quality protein; exercise especially if there is a history of heart disease or stroke; control stress and sugar levels; and limit the toxic load we all seem to be assaulting our bodies with every day. Toxins may include too much coffee, alcohol, chocolate, chips, cigarettes and diets with high saturated fats (animal fats). Drink plenty of water and have a 20-minute dose of sunshine each day. 

The main cause of andropause is a testosterone deficiency. Testosterone actually starts its decline in the early 30s. This hormone is responsible for brain function, bone density, sugar control, muscle mass and strength, as well as being cardio-protective (it helps keep your heart healthy).

Some of the Functions of Testosterone
» Improves erectile function, and increases sexual interest and libido (check heart function if it does not help).
» Builds muscle mass, and prevents/decreased muscle wasting and skin sagging.
» Helps the immune function if getting sick all the time.
» Helps control cholesterol.
» Helps stabilise blood-sugar levels and decreases insulin resistance. Low levels of testosterone play a role in the development of Type-2 diabetes and coronary artery disease. High insulin and cortisol (stress hormone) can cause the brain to go fuzzy and cause accelerated brain-ageing, Alzheimer’s or dementia.
» Helps prevent osteoporosis.
» It is important for mood, concentration & memory. 
»  It will increase motivation and a sense of well-being.
» Helps decrease excessive body fat.

Testosterone Precursors
There are 2 main precursors: DHEA & Pregnenolone.

Pregnenolone is a precursor to progesterone, DHEA, testosterone and oestrogen. Oestrogen is necessary for the brain in both men and women in the right quantities, so yes, even men have oestrogen in their bodies. Pregnenolone increases resistance to stress, improves mental and physical ability, reduces pain & inflammation, and blocks acid formation. It may be used for the treatment of arthritis, memory loss, fatigue, moodiness and depression.

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) slows aging, improves memory, increases sex drive, alleviates depression, boosts energy, promotes weight loss, and builds muscle mass. Produced in the adrenal glands, DHEA is converted into other hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, or cortisol. Too much cortisol production means not enough DHEA or testosterone and consequentially a dramatic decrease in sex drive and metabolism, plus loss of muscle tissue.

Cortisol, whilst both pregnenolone and DHEA decrease with age, cortisiol is the only hormone to increase with age making testosterone supplementation a necessity. Men should avoid long-term, chronically raised cortisol, as it will rob the body of its ability to produce DHEA and testosterone, and it also affects thyroid function. The end result is a compromised immune system and many health-related problems.

NOTE: Testosterone supplementation does not increase the risk of enlargement of the prostate or of prostate cancer. According to Dr Abraham Morgantler: “There is now not – nor has there ever been a scientific basis for the belief that testosterone causes prostate cancer to grow”.

He goes on to say that recent data has shown no apparent increase in prostate cancer rates in clinical trials of testosterone supplementation in normal men or men with an increased risk of prostate cancer. He also mentions that there is no relationship between prostate cancer risk and serum testosterone levels in multiple longitudinal studies, and that there is no reduced risk of prostate cancer with low testosterone.

» Recommended Supplements: Pregnenolone & DHEA, Tribulus, Prost-8 Supreme.
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