Male menopause, erectile dysfunction and impotence.
Andropause is a biological phenomenon similar to menopause in women, which can affect men between the ages of 40 and 55.
Both disorders are characterized by a drop in hormone levels: estrogen in women and testosterone in men. Bodily changes are very gradual in men, and may be accompanied by changes in attitude and mood, fatigue, and loss of energy, sexual desire and physical agility.
Studies show that lower testosterone and DHEA levels can make men more fragile and lead to health problems, such as cardiovascular disease and weakened bones.
From a naturopathic perspective, it should be noted that this phenomenon is uncommon among less industrialized populations, which leads one to wonder what factors make them less predisposed to it.
A diet made up of whole foods and free of chemical additives is ideal. It is also important to eat plenty of legumes. Dietary protein intake should be adequate with protein at every meal.
Since soy is a source of estrogen, many experts recommend limiting, if not eliminating, its consumption.
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- All men are affected by hormonal changes, known as andropause, which generally occur between the ages of 40 and 55. The symptoms, like those of menopause, vary in intensity from one individual to another.