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The male menopause?

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Written by: Hannah
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The menopause is such a hotly debated area of women’s health that men are often forgotten about. In fact, men go through physical and hormonal changes as they age too. The Andropause is another name for Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome.

Testosterone begins to decrease from around the late 20’s and continues to fall for the rest of your life. It is a hormone which is produced from the testes and needed for strength, awareness, concentration, heart and bones all functioning correctly at the right level. Its importance is often greatly underestimated and may be linked to diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and heart disease.

Symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency include:

  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Change in body shape, in particular, gaining weight around the middle
  • Changes in sexual function

The symptoms are often not recognised and whilst being deficient in testosterone is unlikely to be fatal, the diseases it is linked to may well be. If you notice any of the above symptoms, ask your GP for a blood test to check your levels.

Although not specifically linked to diet as testosterone is produced in the body, dietary factors can have an impact on the diseases it is associated with. For example, a healthy balanced diet with regular exercise may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Top tips for healthy living:

  • Reduce alcohol intake
  • Cut down or, ideally stop smoking
  • Eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day
  • Include 1 portion of oily fish a week
  • Take plenty of regular exercise


This condition is hugely under discussed but is affecting thousands of men out there. Don’t be afraid of speaking to your GP and potentially changing how you feel for the better.

Written by Hannah Bailey BSc from Wise Choice Nutrition

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