When you hear "menopause" you automatically think of women, but men also have age-related changes. Doctors use the term andropause decline.
- Step 1: Notice changes including swollen breasts, increased body fat, hair loss, hot flashes, less energy, and decreased bone density.
- FACT: By the age of 70, a man's testosterone level can decrease by 50 percent.
- Step 2: Notice any emotional changes such as depression, low self-esteem, and a decrease in motivation.
- Step 3: Notice change in sexual function, including fewer erections, reduced sexual desire, infertility, and the testes becoming smaller.
- TIP: A blood test can diagnose low testosterone levels.
- Step 4: Notice sleep patterns, which can change and cause sleep disturbances and insomnia.
- Step 5: Visit a doctor to get a medical evaluation. Note changes in your testosterone levels, which will occur gradually. After the age of 30, the levels will decline around 1 percent a year.