The man with night sweats, sometimes also referred to as
Andropause hot flashes, often wonders what is happening to them as
they reach mid-life. The level of testosterone produced by the male
testes in healthy men after the age of 40 declines, and it's
considered a 'normal' process. This development can, however, be the
cause of numerous symptoms including night sweats.
How much sweating typically depends on how many sweat glands an
individual has. Women actually have more sweat glands then men
(which might be why more women have trouble with hot flashes), but
men's glands tend to be more active.
Starting around age 40, a man's body produces less testosterone
which is the main male hormone that maintains muscle mass and
strength, fat distribution, bone mass, sperm production, sex drive
By the age of 80, overall levels of testosterone in the bloodstream
can fall as much as 75% compared to the age of 20. To a degree, this
is due to increasing testicular letdown as men get older; as well as
partly due to changes in secretions of pituitary hormones that
stimulate the testes.
To keep it in perspective, the decline in hormone levels in men is
extremely slow compared with the steep fall in the female sex
hormone estrogen that women undergo during menopause. A good analogy
is that at mid-life, women's hormone levels fall off a cliff while a
man's hormone levels simply decline at a rate more akin to slowly
rolling down a hill.
Many men experiencing a decline in testosterone try to cure it with
drugs such as levitra, cialias, clomid, nolvadex and viagra for
another common Andropause symptoms which is erectile dysfunction.
Fortunately, there are treatment options for Andropause available
now including herbal alternatives.
For men the decrease in testosterone levels happens gradually and
the testes continue to function well into the later years allowing
even an 80-year-old-man to still be able to father children. Women
begin experiencing infertility issues as early as the mid-thirties
due to decreasing hormone levels.
At some point around mid-life, if testosterone levels fall below a
critical threshold, men may develop uncomfortable symptoms such as:
Loss of Energy
Depression and Irritability
Lack of Assertiveness & Motivation
Problems with Concentration
Loss of Short-term Memory
Loss of Libido
Loss of feeling during Orgasm
The biggest problem is that most men won't talk about what they
are feeling, and often that is because they don't know or understand
what is happening to their bodies during this transition. Awareness
is the first critical key to helping this change be smoother and
making life a lot easier for both men and the women who love them.
One of the most disturbing results of night sweats on your health is
the inability to sleep comfortably through the night. As blood
moves rapidly into the skin it can cause flushing, but much relief
can be obtained by cooling down the system. The Bedfan is one of the
best products available for keeping your sleeping environment cool
all night long.
Be aware that night sweats can be brought on by other causes such
as: chemotherapy, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, sleep apnea, alcohol,
migraines, epilepsy, and certain prescription drugs including
anti-depressants. It is always best to check with your doctor
Information in this article is for educational purposes only, and is
not intended as medical advice.
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