Andropause, Testosterone and Estrogen
Andropause is the age related decline in androgen levels that ultimately can produce symptoms of fatigue, loss of libido and decreases in muscle mass. Testosterone and DHEA are the androgen hormones that decline with age.
Other symptoms of Andropause include depression, osteoporosis, insomnia, erectile dysfunction, decreased memory, prostate problems, irritability and heart disease. Simple blood tests can help a practitioner diagnose your symptoms of low testosterone.
Low levels of testosterone affect the testosterone to estrogen ratio which plays a critical role in male prostate health. Testosterone is converted into DHT and estrogen which cause problems for the prostate that includes the enlargement of the prostate (benign prostate hypertrophy). Aromatase is the enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen and is located inside fat cells as well as produced more with age. With the help of nutritional support and healthy lifestyle choices, you can decrease the activity of aromatase and the conversion of testosterone to DHT and estrogens.