Good News for Male Menopause
Brad King, MSc, MFS
Type “mood”, “depression” and “testosterone” into any search engine on the internet and you will be presented with no less than 2,400,000 opinions on the subject. Overwhelmingly, these opinions all point in the same direction, a man with low testosterone is the equivalent of a grizzly bear that’s been woken up prematurely from his winter slumber, you want to stay out of his way! The truth of the matter is that most men, after age 30, begin to suffer from low testosterone, otherwise referred to as Male Menopause or as I call it – the Beer Belly Blues. Women often call this condition, Grumpy Old Man Syndrome, as research shows, the lower the testosterone levels, the lower the mood!
Low moods are far from the only things men experience with lower testosterone. Male menopause also brings with it, diminished youth, energy, vitality, libido, muscular size and strength, and an ever-increasing waistline. In fact, new research indicates that men who have larger waistlines (over 37 inches), have lower testosterone levels and often suffer from unbalanced moods. Although weight loss always seems to be on everyone’s “to do” list, very few ever make the connection between the size of their waist and the state of their mood.
One of the reasons men experience more fat in the belly region as they age, is because they are losing valuable muscle tissue, which more often than not, leads to a lowered metabolism (and a larger spare tire). It takes a lot of testosterone to maintain muscle size and function, so as men lose their testosterone, they can’t hold onto their valuable muscle anymore, so fat accumulates—especially in the belly area. Unfortunately belly fat also has loads of an enzyme called aromatase. Aromatase is responsible for turning testosterone into estrogen, and the more belly fat we make, the more estrogen we make as well. Many men throughout North America can actually have more estrogen than women of retirement age—yikes!
Aside from low moods, depression and extra body fat, male menopause is also associated with prostate problems, low libido, erectile dysfunction, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, memory problems, and a low passion for life.
Not a pretty picture is it? Unfortunately, too many men accept these conditions as a “normal” rite of passage as they age. Why not expect to feel the way we did in our 20’s well into our 60’s and 70’s. The good news is – you can!
Thankfully along with a healthy non-processed diet, exercise and a few lifestyle modifications (i.e. stress-reduction), there are a group of nutrients including Chrysin, Stinging Nettle Root and Indole 3 Carbinol (I3C) found in Ultimate Male Energy that have been scientifically-documented to promote the safe metabolism of estrogen and improve endurance and strength.