In men, the symptoms of aging are often the result of a growth hormone and testosterone loss. After age 20, a man's growth hormone falls about 14% for every 10 years. By the time he reaches 40, he's lost almost half the growth hormones he had at 20- years old and by the time he reaches 80, men are left with just 5% of their original growth hormones. But you don't have to be middle-aged or older to experience an imbalance.
Some of the most common hormonal imbalances in men include:
- Andropause. Also known as the male menopause, andropause occurs as men grow older and their testosterone levels decline.
- Adrenal fatigue. If your stress levels remain high for a prolonged period of time, your adrenal gland can't produce enough of the stress hormone cortisol.
- Hypothyroidism. When your thyroid gland is underactive, it's not producing enough thyroid hormones.
- Hyperthyroidism. An overactive thyroid gland results in high levels of thyroid hormones and an increased metabolism.
Many of the symptoms of male hormonal imbalances come on gradually. At first they may be barely noticeable, but over time more symptoms appear and become more pronounced, and eventually they become very apparent. These symptoms may include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low libido
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Mood swings or irritability
- Muscle loss or weakness
- Depression or anxiety
- Increased body fat
- Hair loss
- Night Sweats or Hot flashes
- Memory loss
- Heart palpitations
- Sleep apnea or insomnia
- Constipation or increased bowel movements
- Gynecomastia (breast development in men)
Many men mistake the symptoms of imbalanced hormones in men with signs of aging. The great news is that these hormone losses and imbalances are easily treatable. With the proper treatment, these symptoms will often disappear and leave you with more energy and vitality.