Hormone imbalances, other that testosterone, can add to the total problem. For example:
An excess of estrogen:
As the hormones diminish, one of the first thing a man notices is a subtle loss of strength and energy. The challenge of work, competition, and exercise lose their enjoyment. Fatigue sets in almost without cause, and the only desirable bedroom activity is a good night's sleep. If this is happening to you, you may be entering "The Andropause Zone." Working together with your physician and pharmacist you need to determine and document your symptoms, and test your hormone levels.
Hormone level testing is available as Saliva, Blood Serum, and Blood Spot; according to your symptoms. All three, saliva, blood serum , and blood spot testing provide a basic index of your Andropause status.
Testing hormones is so important. When a physician... sees how much a man's testosterone drops at midlife or his estrogen levels go up and compares these hormonal changes with changes in energy, mood, sex drive and or symptoms of ill health... he really has something to work with. The Testosterone Syndrome, Eugene Shippen , M.D.
Estrogen is not just for females, males need it too, in smaller amounts, to regulate brain and sexual functions. In andropause, estrogen can overtake (waning) testosterone, complicating symptoms and raising the risk of prostate cancer. Restoring natural hormone balance can reverse this profile.
"Real men get osteoporosis - Roughly 1/3 of all hip fractures occur in men. By about 55, men face almost the same risk for osteoporosis as menopausal women." Arch Intern Med, 2003.
As normal aging causes a decline in androgen action. The speed of this decline has a lot to do with lifestyle. The bottom line is hormonal system balance. By taking the following steps you can restore and maintain your hormonal system balance, and the zest for living will return.
Work with your physician and pharmacist: