We could make some wisecracks about why women go through menopause and why it's called men-opause and not women-opause but it has to do with the root of the word. 

The word “menopausis” is one of those terms which is actually a Greek term but was translated into medical Latin. The Ancient Greek roots of the term menopause are: “men” + “pauein.” The word “men” means month which is closely related to word for moon “mene” because the months were measured by the moon.  The word “pauein” means to cause to cease or stop. So the Greek term pauein from which the word “pause” is derived actually does mean to stop rather than pause. Interestingly enough, the modern English term “pause” is actually derived from the same Greek term pauein. By the 15th century pauein became “pausee” in Old French where it came to imply a temporary stop and eventually became the English term pause. 

Having said this, back to the male version of menopause. Believe it or not but men also go through something similar, called andropause. Generally speaking it is considered an age-related decline in testosterone levels and is also called testosterone deficiency, androgen decline in the aging male (ADAM) or late onset hypogonadism (LOH). Andropause is different from the menopause women experience. In menopause, the production of female hormone drops suddenly.

Some common symptoms of andropause

  • low sex drive.
  • difficulties getting erections or erections that are not as strong as usual.
  • lack of energy.
  • depression.
  • irritability and mood swings.
  • loss of strength or muscle mass.
  • increased body fat.
  • hot flashes.

This is how the condition is viewed but there is a wide diversity of reactions in men, just as there are in women going through menopause and it's all related to body health, of course. Those leading a healthy, nutritious lifestyle have much less problems or experience no or little symptoms.

In dealing with people for so long, some of the main things that I have noticed is that those having any kind of hormonal issues are low in the essential fatty acids and minerals. Depending on how good or poor their health is, many feel a lot better when they start consuming good quality fish or hemp seed oils along with a good source of minerals. I always recommend unrefined sea salt, like Celtic, daily as well as a good source of quality calcium and magnesium.

These good fats are needed by the liver to produce the raw materials needed for hormone production - in men and women.

Basic good nutrition is always my recommendation - rebuilding the foundation of the body and not keep plugging up the cracks (also known as symptom-handling)





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