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Is Your Man Going Through A Mid-Life Crisis?

Is your man going through the Mid-Life Crisis, or is it Andropause?

We all hear all the time about woman going through Menopause, along with all the jokes, made mostly by men. It’s a common complaint, due to the symptoms by both men and women when women hit those years. Men, however, are well known for going through the Mid-Life Crisis, where they leave their wife of 30 years, find themselves a younger woman, by sports cars, dye their hair, and on and on. However, few talk about male Menopause, also known as Andropause, or PADAM (Partial Androgen Deficiency In The Aging Male).

Men start going through Andropause between the ages of 40 – 50, just at the same time in their lives as their women counterparts. At around their 30’s, men's testosterone levels begin to drop at a level of about 10 percent per decade. Women experience a decrease in Estrogen, while men experience a decrease in Testosterone and Estrogen increases about 50 percent. This possibly explains why men begin to become more family-oriented and nurturing as they get older.

Accompanied by the fact; that this is going on at the same time in a man’s life when he starts question his values, accomplishments, where he has been, and where he is going; watch out, here comes a full fledged Mid-Life Crisis.

Symptoms of Andropause include:

  • Changes in attitude and moods, insecurity, anxiety, depression
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of concentration
  • Loss of energy
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss of muscle mass and strength
  • Increase in central and upper body fat
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Decrease in testicle size
  • Increase in chances for heart disease
  • Weak bones or osteoporosis
  • Increased insulin, cholesterol and triglyceride levels

Always consult a physician, however, there are several natural ways to help combat the symptoms of Andropause

Kava Kava – in known to promote relaxation, relieve stress and anxiety and enhance mental activity.

Tribulus – is known to be natures hormone regulator and has been used for loss of libido.

Maca known to increase stamina and energy.

Zinc – known to help in keeping testosterone at peak levels.

Ginkgo – known to increase blood flow to the genital region and improve erection when used for prolonged periods of time, at least 3 to 60 months.

Tribulous Terrestris – has been known to be effective in treating impotence.

Siberian and Korean Ginseng – appears to have an effect on the dopamine system and has been prized for centuries for it’s aphrodisiac properties. They are called adaptogens and appear to target any bodily system that is in need of nutritional support.

Horse Tail (Equisetum) – Is high in selenium which older men often time lack, and is especially beneficial for prostate enlargement.

Rhodiola Rose – Has been known to increase sexual desire for both men and women, improving orgasm response, pleasure, erections, and is also known to help the body adapt to a variety of life stresses.

Saw Palmetto (Serenoa serulatta) – known to help improve prostate health, by maintaining the prostate’s proper hormone balance and has been known to shrink an enlarged prostate by preventing the formation of DHT and blocking the action of the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase.

Yohimbe – used in Africa as an aphrodisiac. It is known for increasing blood flow.

Gaba (Gamma Aminobutric Acid) – known to stimulate the pituitary gland to produce HGH (Human Growth Hormone). Known to help reduce body fat and increase lean muscle mass and increase energy.

DHEA – a natural hormone produced by the adrenal glands. Can help create a sense of well-being.

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