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25 May 2011

Man-oh-pause

Do some of the “grumpy old men” out there actually have a valid medical gripe for their outrageous behaviour?

For decades, people in the medical profession have been squabbling about whether or not there is a male equivalent of the female menopause. Surely a quick survey of women living with guys in their 50s would have settled the debate in no time. The doctors would have discovered that there is little doubt that hormonal changes wreak havoc with the lives of a significant number of men from around that age.

A hormone slump

Androgens are pumped into your body in a major fashion during puberty and typically reach their peak levels between 15 and 25. After the age of 30, testosterone levels start to drop by about 10 percent every decade as a natural part of aging. While most men retain healthy testosterone concentrations for many years thereafter, approximately 30 percent of them will feel some symptoms of the decline by the time they reach their late 40s and early 50s.

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