The male hormone testosterone drops about 10% every decade starting around the age of 30. By the time men are between the ages of 40 and 55, the drop in hormone levels gradually produces changes in attitude, mood, confidence, memory, energy level, sex drive, muscle tone and mass, abdominal fat and physical ability. Psychological stress, alcohol, injuries, surgery, medications and obesity can contribute to its onset.
Hormone decline is not limited to just testosterone. Other natural hormonal levels can be deficient in Andropause. These hormones can include Human Growth Hormone, DHEA, thyroid hormone, melatonin and others. Studies have shown that a decline in testosterone and growth hormone actually contributes to the risk of health problems like heart disease, osteoporosis and weak muscles leading to frailty.
All cells in the body have receptors for hormones; declining hormones are a major contribution to deterioration of the brain, muscle, skin, bone, joints, vessels, heart and quality of life. Each hormone has a specific role in your body. Testosterone builds protein and is essential for sexual behavior. Additionally each hormone affects numerous metabolic activities that support bone formation, lipid metabolism, liver function, brain function and prostate gland growth.