|Pause for concern||Jun. 28, 2004|
|Provided by: Sun Media|
|Has your husband become grumpy and lacking in energy? His pants may even seem longer. And for the first time, he's having sexual problems.
If so, he may be suffering from the male change of life, known as andropause. And a dab of AndroGel may be what he needs.
Dr. Jean Mailhot, endocrinologist at the Laval Andropause Centre, says 1 million Canadian men suffer from testosterone insufficiency. And in the U.S., as few as 5% of American men with low testosterone are being treated.
In 2002, a national survey showed only 3% of Canadians over the age of 35 could name andropause and seven out of 10 were unable to identify any adverse effects of low testosterone levels. The majority of men over 35 believed the loss of sexual desire was a normal part of aging.
The survey also found that 80% of Canadians didn't know low testosterone levels can also cause osteoporosis in men. That's why the pants get too long.
Today, one in eight men over the age of 50 have osteoporosis and accounts for 20 to 30% of osteoporotic fractures in men. Moreover, elderly men account for 35% of hip fractures and are more likely to die from them than women.
Andropause is not as dramatic as menopause, but after 30, men begin to lose 1% of their testosterone every year. Although a decline in testosterone occurs in all men, there's no way of predicting which males will experience symptoms severe enough to require treatment. A blood test will help in the diagnosis.
So what can be done to counteract the changes of andropause?
"Men must realize that these negative mood changes, fatigue and loss of sexual drive do not have to be accepted as a normal sign of aging. It's a medical condition that can be successfully treated," suggested Dr. Mailhot. "AndroGel helps to bring back a man's vitality." And "clinical studies show it triggers improvements in mood, energy levels, muscle strength, bone density and increases sexual desire."
AndroGel is the same type of testosterone that's naturally produced in the body. It's easy to use and quickly restores and maintains normal levels of testosterone.
Men with prostate or breast cancer should not use AndroGel. There has been concern that elderly men using testosterone may be at increased risk of developing prostate cancer. But in January 2004, a report in the New England Journal of Medicine says "despite decades of research, there is no compelling evidence that testosterone plays a causative role in prostate cancer."
With so much talk about erectile dysfunction, men and their partners may be confused about whether low testosterone and (ED) are the same thing. But the main distinction is men with low testosterone have decreased sexual interest along with symptoms such as fatigue and depression.
More men will suffer from andropausal problems with today's aging population. But this trouble will remain largely untreated until males outgrow the need for a macho image. Or until their partners encourage them to seek treatment.
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