Is there a male menopause? New evidence suggests that andropause, a decline in testosterone, is not an inevitable result of aging in men.
The concept of andropause, a decrease in testosterone with increasing age in men, has been popular for some time. But a recent large study showed there’s almost no change in testosterone with age.
In men who did
experience a significant decline in testosterone levels there were some interesting risk factors:
- Unmarried status
- Being depressed at baseline and at follow-up
- Cardiovascular disease
- Weight gain during the 5 year follow-up
The game changer for testosterone levels in men was weight. Men who maintained a normal weight had no change over time in testosterone. Those who lost weight showed an increase in the hormone. And men who started at normal weight and became obese had a reduction in testosterone.
Another intriguing finding was that testosterone levels tended to decline in smokers who quit. While that’s clearly not a reason to continue smoking the relationship between smoking and testosterone is worth a closer look.
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