The male equivalent of Menopause is called Andropause. And just as women are afflicted with “Menopause Madness,” as Dr. Braverman refers to it, men are victims of “Andropause Assault,” which starts in their thirties and progresses rapidly after age fifty.
Here are some of the “shots across the bow” that signify an attack on a man’s health is underway :
Men are prone to ignore all of the above—except the last one. Not being able to rise to the occasion sure does get their attention, but that unfortunate development is but the culmination of a lot of other things going on in their bodies. Taking a magical pill for ED is not the way to get on the path to total health. Like many prescriptions being written today, all it does is treat a symptom, not the cause.
The best advice we can offer is to get an annual checkup that goes far beyond a cold piece of metal on your chest, a plastic cone in your ear, and a rubber tap on your knee, and far beyond an EKG. The one-to-two-day Executive Health review is the absolute best way for you to go, but the standard 4-6-hour physical at PATH Medical will address whatever Andropause condition that is assaulting you.
- FATIGUE: Although this can be the result of working or playing hard, it is more likely the result of chemical imbalances in the brain, or diminished thyroid or adrenal gland function, or insomnia, or reduced testosterone level—or a combination of these that only a skilled and experienced physician can diagnose.
- OBESITY: A ballooning midsection impacts every other area of health, and it is the number one predictor of premature death in men.
- COGNITIVE DECLINE: Everyone forgets a name right after an introduction every now and then, or forgets why a room was entered. If this is becoming more the rule than the exception, a brain health checkup [hyperlink to Brain Test page] is an absolute must.
- METABOLIC SYNDROME: A group of risk factors that raise the risk of heart disease and other serious health conditions: an expanding waistline, elevated triglycerides, low HDL (good cholesterol), hypertension (elevated blood pressure), and elevated blood sugar.
- ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION: As healthy male sexual function relies on the health of the smallest artery in the body that supplies the penis with blood, this is usually an indication of arterial obstruction elsewhere in the body. ED might also indicate a severe hormonal imbalance and/or heart disease. DO NOT IGNORE THIS WARNING SIGN—AND DO NOT FOOL YOURSELF INTO THINKING THAT ONE OF THOSE MAGICAL PILLS IS ALL YOU NEED.
- LOW TESTOSTERONE: Low T has a global impact, affecting muscle mass, heart function, mood, drive, cognition, and, yes, sexual function. It can also be an indication of testicular cancer.
- PROSTATE CANCER: “Watchful waiting” is often the right approach because, as Dr. Braverman says, “In many cases, you’ll die from a heart attack or another disease long before the prostate cancer gets you.” This is good news because the side effects of conventional treatments for this condition—incontinence and sexual dysfunction—can have a severe impact on the quality of your life. Dr. Braverman pulls out all the stops to save men from radiation, chemo, and surgical removal of the prostate.