Male Hormone Testing
The ageing male experiences a decrease in testosterone at a rate of 10% per decade from the age of 30. This reduction of testosterone and other androgens experienced as a consequence of the ageing process has been named andropause or androgen deficiency of the ageing male (ADAM). At Perpetual Wellbeing we offer three different male hormonal profile test options using three different specimen types; saliva, serum and urine.
Symptoms associated with ADAM include reduced muscle mass, increased cardiovascular disease, lowered libido, depression, increased Alzheimer’s disease and a general decrease in well-being. Diagnosing and treating androgen deficiency is vital for improving quality of life and reducing age-related health decline in the ageing male population.
Symptoms and Conditions Associated with Androgen Deficiency in Ageing Males (ADAM)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Thinning Skin
- Bone loss
- Low libido
- Depression and other mood disorders
- Loss of body hair
- Dementia Myofascial pain
- Poor memory
- Heart palpitations
- Low muscle tone & muscle
- Erectile dysfunction
- General aches & pains
- Diminished sense of wellbeing
In addition to the drop in testosterone, sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) increases during this time-frame reducing the amount of free ‘bioavailable’ testosterone available to the body. To make matters worse, estradiol often rises during this process, leading to gynecomastia, increased body fat and increased prostate cancer risk. This reduction of testosterone and other androgens experienced as a consequence of the ageing process has been named andropause.
Decreased androgen levels contribute to increased fat mass and reduced bone mineral density, muscle mass and muscle strength. Erectile dysfunction and lowered libido are also associated with ADAM. Another major sign of lowered androgen levels include psychological changes including reduced assertiveness, cognition, memory, mood, self-esteem, well-being and energy.
Lowered testosterone and other androgens may also increase the risk of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. Testosterone treatment however may reverse these changes increasing lean body mass, muscle strength, bone mineral density, libido and mood, whilst reducing fat mass. Therefore diagnosing and treating androgen deficiency is vital for improving quality of life and reducing age-related health decline in the ageing male population.
The male hormonal profile test is available at Perpetual Wellbeing Naturopath and Nutritionist Graceville and Brisbane CBD clinics.