There has been some dispute about whether the ‘male menopause’, also known as the andropause, androgen (testerone) decline or late onset hypogonadism, actually exists. Men do experience a decline in the production of the male hormone, testosterone, with ageing but this also occurs with some conditions such as diabetes. Along with testosterone decline, some men experience fatigue, depression and sexual problems but there is some controversy about the link between the symptoms and the hormonal changes. Recent research suggests that the male menopause may exist but that it is rare, possibly affecting only 2% of middle aged men. The important thing would seem to be to seek medical advice about any of these symptoms so that the cause can be established and treatment sought.
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