As men get older, testosterone levels in the body gradually become lower than in the days of your youth, when you probably felt like you had the drive and energy to tackle just about anything that came your way. A shortage can spell tiredness, low sex drive, loss of strength, increased body fat, and a slew of other effects that may make you feel old beyond your years. Because these symptoms appear slowly and are somewhat vague, a diagnosis of andropause can be easily missed.
An estimated 4 to 5 million men in the US and 400,000 to 500,000 in Canada suffer from symptoms related to testosterone deficiency, but only about 5% are treated. Aside from the fact that that leaves a lot of men who simply aren’t feeling as good as they should, it also puts a high number at risk for osteoporosis, or a weakening of the bones, and cardiovascular problems such as atherosclerosis and hardening of the arteries – both of which are conditions associated with low testosterone. Additional long-term effects of andropause include obesity, muscle loss, and erectile dysfunction.
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