Andropause – Executive health screening in Singapore
Doing a corporate health screening is vital for your health in the long term. As people age, their lifestyle tends to change due to the aging effect. Men can suffer andropause and this affects their lifestyle
What is andropause? Andropause, called commonly male menopause, will affect most men over the age of 50 to some degree. It is one of the leading causes of impotence yet few men identify its often debilitating symptoms as the direct result of a decrease in testosterone levels.
Like menopause in women, andropause is the result of a decrease in the production of hormones in the body – in particular, testosterone. However, unlike menopause, the process occurs gradually and can take a decade or more before symptoms become apparent. These symptoms can be vague, so correct diagnosis is often overlooked.
It is accompanied by psychological and physical changes. Changes in attitude and mood include lethargy, fatigue, diminished enthusiasm, loss of physical and mental agility, and lack of libido. Physical symptoms include mild to severe erectile dysfunction, decreased muscle mass, loss of muscle strength, and increased body fat in the upper and mid torso.
Although a decline in testosterone levels occurs naturally with age, there is no way of predicting which men will experience andropausal symptoms of sufficient severity to seek medical help. Neither is it predictable at what age these symptoms will occur
How Andropause Causes Impotence?
Male testosterone is produced in the testes and adrenal glands, and is essential for normal sexual function and producing erections. It also affects many metabolic activities such as production of blood cells in the bone marrow, bone formation, carbohydrate metabolism, liver function and prostate gland growth.
Testosterone is either free or bound to other substances throughout the body. Most of the binding occurs to a sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) which traps up to 98% of available testosterone. The remaining testosterone is called free or bioavailable testosterone.
The amount of SHBG in the blood increases with age, trapping more of the bioavailable testosterone, and making it unavailable for use elsewhere in the body. It’s the bioavailable testosterone that promotes libido and ensures sexual performance. It also improves sleep quality, increases physical and mental energy and enhances mood and the sense of well-being.
How is Andropause Treated?
Testosterone replacement can be highly effective in alleviating many of the symptoms of andropause.
Clinical studies have shown good responses to testosterone replacement therapy in men with low testosterone levels. These responses include:
- Improved libido and sexual performance
- Elevated mood and sense of well-being
- Increased physical and mental energy
- Decreased irritability, fatigue and anxiety
- Improved quality of sleep
Other benefits noted include improvement in bone density, enhanced muscle strength, a decline in fat mass and an overall sense of well-being.
Of course, any ongoing strategy to reduce the symptoms and risks of andropause should incorporate lifestyle improvements such as optimal diet, regular exercise, stress-management and the reduction of tobacco and alcohol intake.
If you think you are suffering from andropause, you can do a corporate health screening in Singapore. Do a full body checkup in our centre and be on the way to a healthy path.