As men grow older, they become more likely to suffer from a condition colloquially known as Grumpy Old Man Syndrome. Everyone knows that as men grow older, usually as they approach 70, but sometimes before, they become more likely to experience irritability, grumpiness, impatience, and other related symptoms. Obviously, this has a tremendous impact on quality of life. Grumpy Old Man Syndrome is the result of a combination of factors, some psychological, some physiological.
From the psychological perspective, this is an era where men often feel the need to wall themselves off to protect themselves from sadness and despair. They are forced to contend with ideas of their personal mortality while they also have to deal with the passing of their loved ones and friends. Human beings are also very goal oriented, and as the amount of time that one has left begins to dwindle, this can be detrimental to mood and health. This is also a period where health problems become more common and more severe.
But we also know that human beings are resoundingly resilient creatures. What prevents aging men from maintaining their strong and stalwart nature as they get older? The growing body of research vigorously contends that Testosterone Deficiency plays a central role.
The Detrimental Impact of Andropause
Andropause is a condition that afflicts millions of men across the United States. In fact, given a long enough life, every man would eventually struggle with issues related to diminished Testosterone Levels. That’s because men, like women, also undergo hormonal changes which are directly attributable to age. Testosterone Production maxes out during puberty and then drops to normalized, healthy levels during early adulthood.
In fact, during our twenties, we produce more than enough Testosterone to keep us feeling robust and looking healthy. Starting around thirty, T-Levels begin to diminish slowly. Scientists have long been aware of this fact and have spent generations attempting to uncover why. By the time that the average man reaches 70 years of age, their Testosterone Production drops by around 50%.
Of course, every man is different and can experience this decline at a slightly slower or faster rate. Furthermore, lifestyle choices (like smoking and sedentary lifestyle) and other health conditions (like diabetes and obesity) can further deplete Testosterone Levels.
How Does Andropause Compare to Menopause?
Both Menopause and Andropause represent a distinct change in physiology. The difference between the two conditions revolves around severity and speed of onset. Menopause occurs rapidly during late mid-life. Over the course of a year or less, the feminine Hormonal Balance tips dramatically and permanently as ovulation stops.
For men, this Hormonal Change occurs very slowly but still leads to huge changes over time. Beginning around age thirty, men start to lose around 1%-1.5% of their Testosterone Production annually. Over the course of years, this is barely noticeable, but from the late-40s and beyond, these changes can be quite dramatic. Recent research shows that around ¼ men over thirty have Testosterone Levels which are demonstrably low. The majority of guys with low Testosterone Levels don’t show symptoms, but approximately 5% of men are considered to suffer from Low-T.
Many believe that in the future, Low-T Diagnoses will be sure to rise as it becomes more socially acceptable to seek treatment and as the medical community becomes more acutely aware of the negative effects of Testosterone Deficiency.
What Are The Symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency?
Most folks first consider Low Sex Drive and diminished sexual function when they think of Low-T, but it’s a big deal and affects a wide range of physiological tasks which are necessary to support health and vitality. Men with Testosterone Deficiency are more likely to suffer from low energy, poor sleep quality, hot sweats, irritability, depression, cognitive fogginess, joint pain, nervousness, and anxiety.
Testosterone is an incredibly important hormone with regard to male (and female!) health, but it’s also increasingly precious with every passing year. The problem with Low-T is that many of the symptoms cause the condition to progress further. Anxiety increases cortisol levels which further deplete Testosterone Levels. Body fat converts Testosterone into Estrogen, causing the circulating supply of Free Testosterone to drop even lower.
Are You Suffering from Grumpy Old Man Syndrome?
If, as you grow older, you feel more quick to anger than when you were younger, and more prone to irritability and self-isolation, your problem may be hormonal rather than psychological. Our Licensed HRT Clinic is highly trained in helping patients that are struggling with Grumpy Old Man Syndrome learn how to enjoy their lives again. We can arrange for an appointment with a local LabCorp or Quest Diagnostics Representatives so that you can be tested for Testosterone Deficiency. If diagnostic analysis shows that you can benefit from Bio-Identical Testosterone Therapy, we can arrange for you to initiate Hormone Replacement Therapy so that you can experience the benefits of improved Hormone Balance in a matter of days!
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