‘Male menopause?’ How reduced testosterone affects men as they age

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Not all medical experts are convinced by the idea of a ‘male menopause,’ but studies have shown that lower testosterone can affect a man’s overall health.


(Tracey Romero/ The Philly Voice) — Though men do not undergo the dramatic drop in sexual hormones that women experience during menopause, they do go through a natural hormone decline, and it can have some surprising effects on their health.

Hypogonadism is when the sex glands — the testes in men and the ovaries in women — produce very little hormones. While autoimmune disorders, obesity, kidney and liver disease, and genetic disorders can cause it, a decrease in hormone production is also a natural part of aging.

As men age, their testosterone levels drop, but the effects of this decline is not as well understood as the effects of menopause in women. (…)

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