Most Men Confuse Menopause with Fatigue, Stress

  • By Park Se-mi

    November 11, 2022 08:50

    About a quarter of middle-aged men suffer from symptoms of the "male menopause," but they often fail to recognize them.
    Studies conducted by the Korean Society for Sexual Medicine and Andrology and Korean Society for Men's Health and Aging show that 26.9 percent of men in their 40s and 31 percent in their 50s suffer from changes due to decreasing testosterone levels as they age.
    But many confuse them with normal fatigue, depression and stress, which prevents them from getting proper treatment.
    Hong Jun-hyuk, a urologist at Asan Medical Center in Seoul said, "Although it differs from man to man, loss of sex drive, erectile dysfunction and mood swings appear first. Symptoms such as lethargy, chronic fatigue, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, abdominal obesity and loss of muscle mass also occur, but many men are reluctant to complain about such problems, so they often end up getting worse."
    Male menopause can be diagnosed with a blood test gauging testosterone levels. Regular exercise and a healthy sex life are effective in slowing down the process, while plenty of sleep and rest are also important.
    Doctors also recommend eating 1g of protein per kilogram of body weight every day.
    Han Deok-hyun at Samsung Medical Center said, "There are reports that men with reduced testosterone levels are 88 percent more likely to die than those with normal hormone levels, so it should be treated as an illness."
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