There is so much attention on female issues like stress, mood swings, hot flashes (night sweats), lowered libido, fatigue, insomnia, but what about the men in our lives?
Male menopause happens as surely as female menopause occurs. The big difference is that with us women we know we’re having PMS or are going through menopause or are pre-menopausal because we have a measuring stick called menstruation – or lack of – and “everybody knows” they must tread carefully around us at certain times of the month. Of course, not all of us go through this, but you know what I mean.
Many men – and women – don’t even know there’s such a thing as male menopause so when a man gets moody or has lowered libido or gets aggressive or can’t sleep or is depressed, we women don’t always understand. After all, it’s us who go through menopause, not them.
Male menopause is called andropause. It is a time when the male sex hormone production of androgens slows down but it happens gradually so it kind of creeps up without first being noticed.
The symptoms in men are not very different to that in women. Mood swings, lowered libido, loss of physical agility, fatigue, high blood pressure, depression, increased cholesterol and blood sugar levels, insomnia, even night sweats and hot flashes.
In women, when the ovaries stop performing their function, that job is turned over to the adrenals. The same with men, the adrenals have to carry the load.
If the adrenals are already overwhelmed dealing with stressful mental or physical situations or inflammation, the sex hormones are going to be assigned a lower priority, hence mood swings, depression, fatigue, hot flashes, lowered libido, etc, etc.
By the way, we don’t actually have to suffer because the design of our bodies is such that they can cope. Like having your foot held down on the gas pedal of your car revving the engine, if your adrenals are the “engine” going at high revs you’re going to burn out.
There are ways you can help yourself and reduce the stress. Ensure you reduce your intake of refined carbs, alcohol, coffee (caffeine) and sugar. A good diet, exercise and time spent relaxing and doing things you enjoy from time to time will go a long way to reducing the stress and providing relief to these issues.
If you add in a good organic multi-vitamin, enough calcium, magnesium, potassium and other minerals, you can certainly help reduce the stress on your body.
Rebuilding your body is vitally important. It can be done. It is one of the most amazing things on earth. Your cells replace themselves at least every seven years – and many even sooner – so you can rebuild health but definitely not by handling symptoms. Get to the underlying source of the problem, correct that and between you and your body, you can repair it.
Help the man in your life. Show him this article or forward it to him.
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