Age-related changes in male sex hormone levels can have a dramatic effect on health throughout a man’s life.
What is male sex hormone?
Male sex hormone, commonly known as testosterone, helps shape the physical and psychological characteristics of men. It is responsible for muscles, bone density, sperm production and other physiological processes, as well as libido, aggression and confidence.
As men age, their testosterone levels naturally decline which can cause a variety of physical and mental changes. These changes can include decreased muscle mass, reduced libido, fatigue, depressed mood and decreased bone density.
Understanding the Impact on Health
Low testosterone can have an impact on a range of health conditions. It can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and obesity. It can also affect mental health, with an increased risk of anxiety, depression and memory problems.
Managing Low Hormone Levels
The best way to manage low hormone levels is through lifestyle changes. A healthy diet and regular exercise can help to maintain muscle mass and increase energy levels. It is also important to reduce stress and get enough sleep to maintain hormone levels.
In some cases, medications or supplements may be prescribed to treat low hormone levels. It is important to talk to a doctor to determine the best course of treatment for age-related hormone changes.
By following a healthy lifestyle and scheduling regular check-ups with a doctor, men can ensure that age-related changes in male sex hormone levels do not have a negative impact on health.
1. Declines in testosterone production and concentrations
2. Increased levels of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG)
3. Decreases in free and bioavailable testosterone
4. Decreases in dihydrotestosterone (DHT)
5. Decreases in dehydroeplandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S)
6. Increases in estradiol (a form of estrogen)
7. Decreases in luteinizing hormone (LH)
8. Decreases in follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)