Mastering The Pauses: Male & Female Menopause Arrive Earlier Than You Think - By Karen Norris

Male and female menopause are the ultimate age accelerators that you can stop dead in their tracks...right now.  The days of women going into a rapid freefall of aging and deterioration beginning at thirty-five are over. At least they can be… if you’re a flexible thinker.  We are here to let you know that a new age is here.

Forget everything you thought you knew about women and menopause.  And, listen up about the new discoveries in male menopause.  Around the world physicians are discovering new breakthroughs every day, and are creating new modalities to keep our hormones at optimal levels throughout our lifetime. Ladies and gentlemen, your attention, please.

Doctors have discovered that menopause is not associated with any particular age: It simply marks the decline in the production of some of our primary hormones such as progesterone, estrogen, thyroid, DHEA, Cortisol, HGH and pregnenolone. Many women think that menopause starts around middle age, however, when you begin to experience symptoms, your pause is already in the middle of its course. According to many hormone specialists that we have interviewed, menopause actually begins in your early to mid-thirties (peri-menopause) and can take as many as 10 to 15 years to fully bloom.

The bottom line is this: Women in their thirties are already going into partial menopause and without early intervention; a loss of progesterone can cause agitation, moodiness and increase the effects of PMS. By the time you reach 50, you will most likely feel some of these symptoms of the loss of estrogen, which include:

•           Fatigue & weight gain
•           Attention deficiencies
•           Vaginal dryness
•           Failure to ovulate
•           Hair loss
•           Hot flashes
•           Loss of skin tone and elasticity
•           Rapidly aged appearance
•           Bone weakness
•           Loss of libido

The decline in hormones cause a cascade of symptoms, leaving women feeling both hungry and tired: They eat more junk food to stay alert and exercise less due to fatigue. Sounds pretty scary, right? Can you just imagine how women have survived this all these years? Those days are over! It is now possible to stay happy, healthy, youthful, and energetic throughout an entire lifetime. 

Imagine a new generation of 40 and 50 somethings who stay beautiful, continue to inspire others and contribute to society until, let’s say…100? Yes…it’s possible. It may take some time for people to embrace new technologies, and sadly, many people never will, nonetheless, a new day is dawning and those who jump on board will reap the rewards beyond measure.

The first step is to find a good doctor who will be your partner. Try to choose one with a specialty in bio-identical hormone replacement. We’ve spent months scouring the country to provide the names and contact information of these physicians so that men and women would have access to the best doctors in their area. You can visit our website
www.SimplyAgelessNation.com  and ask these doctors questions and receive answers at no cost.

Male Menopause…It’s Real

Sometimes called "puberty in reverse," male menopause - or andropause as it is clinically diagnosed - is the period of a man's life when production of a vital number of hormones - primarily testosterone and thyroid hormones- begins to decline.

Similarly, women experience a reduction in estrogen and progesterone production along with many other hormones during menopause. But not everyone buys into the idea that males have their own version of menopause. The public perception is that men of a certain age are having "a mid-life crisis" that will eventually pass.
 
Decline usually begins in the 30s but becomes significant by ages 45 – 60. Cases vary. There are men who remain virile into their 80s with no visible signs of reduction in the hormone, but this is extremely rare. In men, reduction of testosterone is typically a gradual process that can take several years.

Common symptoms of andropause include a decrease in libido, erectile dysfunction, muscle atrophy, weight gain and a decrease in lean body mass, a general lack of energy, mood swings, depression, anxiety, and memory loss. About 10 percent of men even experience hot flashes. It’s a serious medical condition that hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves. Gone untreated, male menopause can lead to anemia and osteoporosis. It becomes evident from all these possible symptoms that testosterone plays an extensive role in male health beyond just muscle building.  

Dr. Stanton, one of our go-to experts on all things hormones, once again goes back to the simple blood test that can answer a myriad of questions and help you reboot your system. “Measuring testosterone levels through a blood test that can yield significant information,” he says. “It is important to measure the bio-available testosterone in the body. Bound testosterone is ineffective because it is not available to the testosterone receptors throughout the body. 

Thus, only bio-available testosterone will provide an accurate measurement.” Dr. Stanton says the test isn't ordered as often as it should be - patients should be sure to ask their doctors about it, as it could make a powerful difference in quality of life. “Low levels of available testosterone are easily treated through a regimen of testosterone hormone weekly injections or daily gels and patches applied directly the skin,” Dr. Stanton says. “For most men, the results are dramatic and immediate.”

 “While effective, testosterone replacement therapy should only be administered under strict medical supervision,” he continues. “Physicians familiar with testosterone therapy know many tricks for optimizing results while at the same time minimizing side effects - such as those related to acne, estrogen conversion, and mood swings. 

Candidates should first be screened for the prostate specific antigen (PSA), as prostate cancer can actually grow under testosterone therapy if the patient is predisposed. The therapy does not cause the cancer but it can exacerbate it if the condition already exists. Blood and liver enzyme levels also need to be monitored throughout the course of treatment.” Dr. Stanton strongly advises that patients not self-medicate with over-the-counter ‘natural’ products that are often advertised in the back of men’s magazines.

These supplements are not regulated by the FDA and can actually cause more harm than good. “Many of these products are pro-hormones that actually convert more frequently to estrogen than testosterone,” he explains. “Real testosterone products are tightly regulated by the DEA and labeled as "Class III" controlled substances.”   Patients on Viagra or the like may also be candidates for testosterone therapy and the treatments can be prescribed simultaneously. Viagra does nothing to stimulate hormone production or the libido; it is only used to treat erectile dysfunction, which is different than low sex drive.

Exercise is a valuable tool in staving off depletion in testosterone. Exercise and working out actually stimulate production of testosterone in the body. Inactive men who gain considerable weight may have more estrogen in their bodies, since testosterone is converted into estrogen in the peripheral fat of the body if not 'burned off' through a regular course of exercise. Dr. Stanton reports that another contributor to "andropause" is low thyroid and adrenal function. “As much as 80 percent of the population (both men and women) have some degree of low thyroid function (hypothyroidism),” he says. “Even more unfortunate is the fact that this imbalance, which affects so many aspects of health, is frequently either misdiagnosed, misunderstood, or completely overlooked. 

Whatever the case, there is an answer and a treatment. Women have benefited greatly from hormone therapy. Men deserve the same consideration to prolong quality of life.

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