Medical Minute 12-14: Midlife Angst

By: Ramin Khalili Email
By: Ramin Khalili Email

Alarm clock, fridge, coffee maker, breakfast table. Joel Phillips had the same routine for so long, he barely noticed he was losing his edge.

"Well, you know there's always denial, we don't want to get old," said Joel Phillips.

But, his total lack of energy told him it wasn't just age.

"When you have a good quality of life, you want to preserve it."

A talk with his doctor revealed the real problem, andropause. It's more commonly known as male menopause. The Penn State University College of Medicine says it affects half of all men over 50, or about 25-million men.

"The men's symptoms, a lot of the times with andropause, it's more of an insidious onset, It's a slower onset," said Benita Swartout, D.O., BodyLogic M.D.

In fact, male testosterone levels fade slowly, one percent per year after age 40. The sudden drop in estrogen highlights menopause in women. For men, this means a maddening lack of sleep, energy, libido and more.

"There is a little bit of a reluctance if, for no other reason than just embarrassment or shyness, to speak of it," said Benita Swartout, D.O.

BodyLogic M.D. doctor Benita Swartout says hormone replacement is one solution, boosting testosterone, but doctors at Johns Hopkins University say that can also boost red blood cell production in some men.

"There's a total difference. I feel more like the man I used to be, was I 25 to 40," said Joel Phillips.

Joel says hormone replacement worked for him. Now, the only grind in the morning is that cup of coffee, just the way he likes it.

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