Something All Men Will Experience 4

Early Signs of Andropause, or Low Testosterone

With brawn on the brain, men often forget that the quintessential male hormone testosterone adds much more to well-being than just building muscle mass. Gigi Black, a nurse practitioner at Integrative Wellness Atlanta, believes that fitness begins at the cellular level and starts when a body’s hormones are at correct levels. “Andropause, or low testosterone, is something that all men will experience at some point in their life," she says. "It’s also the one thing that all men have in common, but have difficulty talking about. However, there’s more to the story than erectile dysfunction and loss of libido; testosterone is important for overall health and longevity.” The mainstay of treatment for andropause is testosterone supplementation. Gigi says studies have shown that testosterone supplementation has cardioprotective effects as well as protection against neurodegenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and depressive disorders, and offset rapid aging, diabetes, arthritis and autoimmune diseases. Testosterone replacement treatment options available are topical gel applied to the skin, intramuscular injections or pellet implants that are placed just below the skin. Pellet implants are the most effective testosterone replacement and maintain a therapeutic level of hormone without the peak and troughs that occur with other forms of testosterone. Men stuck in a plateau often pump iron more, yet it’s a good idea to check testosterone levels before amping up training.

Early Signs of Low Testosterone

Decreased energy

Running on empty can lead to using food as a pick-me-up.

Weight gain

All the situps in the world won’t fix a belly caused by low testosterone levels.

Fatigue

Listless, even as the "Honey Do List" piles up.

Irritability

The jerk is an exercise for the gym only, OK?

Mental fog

Work is hard enough without having to work to maintain concentration.