A common symptom of andropause is fatigue in men which results from the combination of many other symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Fatigue is a condition in which you feel tired or worn out over an extended period of time. You often experience a waning capability for work or every day activities and an overall reduced efficiency and sense of achievement.
What Causes Fatigue in Men?
Testosterone plays an important role in energy production. During andropause, diminished testosterone levels are a major cause behind insomnia or sleep apnea, both of which contribute to fatigue in men. In addition to diminished testosterone, interruption of sleep in men can be caused by symptoms such as night sweats, depression, irritability, weight gain and stress.
Night sweats in men with fatigue add to insomnia and fatigue because they make it difficult to get a good night's rest. Having to get up in the middle of the night over a period of time can lead to sleep deprivation and ultimately fatigue. Irritability and depression—two very frequent symptoms of andropause—can be very draining emotionally, causing feelings of weariness and exhaustion. Additional weight gain and loss of muscle mass can leave men feeling sluggish and tired. Stress and high cortisol also induce feelings of frustration which affects energy levels. Eating the wrong foods can also leave little energy for the body. While exercise itself is tiring, men with fatigue often feel an energy boost after a workout. Lack of exercise can make fatigue in men worse.
The Solution: Treatment for Fatigue in Men
When a man's hormones are balanced, many things fall into place. Balancing testosterone and cortisol levels with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can relieve many symptoms of andropause that men experience. Once your hormone levels are more balanced, these symptoms begin to lessen and disappear, your energy levels increase and your mood improves, effectively reducing or eliminating the fatigue you have been experiencing. Your BodyLogicMD affiliated physician will also include lifestyle changes in your treatment plan that are designed to keep your body functioning optimally by maintaining hormonal balance and providing your body with the tools it needs to thrive. Vitamins and minerals serve as a natural energy booster. With BodyLogicMD, your fatigue can be a thing of the past.
Contact the BodyLogicMD bioidentical hormone doctor nearest you to schedule an appointment and learn more about how hormone therapy can eliminate fatigue in men.