Andropause Is Not Menopause—but It Is Real
Similar to what happens to women during menopause, for men over 40, testosterone levels start to fall at an average of about 1.6 percent per year. Once serum testosterone levels fall below normal, symptoms of andropause, including a reduction in vigor and sexual drive, ensue. For young men, testosterone helps build muscles and develop strong bones, boosts energy levels to allow “all-nighters” with ease, and propels foolish actions with the false belief that their youthful bodies can scale an unattainable mountaintop or perhaps leap from a helicopter without a parachute. But during the middle-age years and beyond, that all begins to change.
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