Sometimes can also be referred to as the “mid life crisis” this condition was once thought of as an excuse to buy a sports car, but know is being shown to be a true medical condition.
It makes sense really, if female hormones change then why can’t mens. This condition is referred to as Andropause and men that experience this will start to feel increased amount of depression, weight gain and fatigue over the age of 40. Andropause is related to the decline in testosterone which begins after 25 years old. Usually this is a gradual decline, but the more rapidly the testosterone falls the faster a man ages and increases risk factors for heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis and dementia.
So, the key is to preserve the amount of testosterone that a man produces. 2 ways we can do this is are:
- exercise, especially weight lifting exercise
- reduce the belly fat
That visceral fat will produce an enzyme called aromatase which actually converts testosterone to estrogen. So, sometimes we can take testosterone to help but it has been shown that in the bodies effort to control estrogen levels it actually binds free testosterone making it unavailable. Therefore if this aromatase enzyme is present, even taking testosterone doesn’t produce the desired effect.
What do we do?
Lose that belly fat! We know that high levels of insulin and stress hormone cortisol are the 2 driving forces for this unwanted waist line.
Insulin levels are controlled by reducing the amount of sugar and white carbohydrates you eat. So, part of achieving optimal health in aging men is achieving a healthy body composition!!
Start making steps to lose that belly today…your health will thank you!