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Male Menopause

The Change of Life Comes to Everyone

As we progress from young adult to senior citizen, the most important transforming factors are hormones. As the levels of certain hormones decrease, natural hormone replacement therapy can partially reverse the negative effects that a person experiences. Men between the ages of 40 and 55 can experience a transitional stage, which is referred to as male andropause, which is similar to the female menopause. During this time, a man frequently begins to question his values, accomplishments and the direction of his life. The entire gestalt (an organized whole) of these changes is called mid-life crisis.

Andropause or androgen deficiency in aging males (ADAM), as some call it, occurs when the pituitary gland, which regulates testosterone production, begins to slow down, resulting in less stimulation of the testes.

The medical community has focused more on andropause in recent years. While menopause caused by a decrease in hormone production from the ovaries, exhibit a sudden onset of symptoms, andropause is gradual and marked by easy to overlook symptoms. "Because it is slow and progressive, many times men do not recognize change is occurring," says Ronald Swerloff, chief of the endocrinology division at UCLA medical center in Los Angeles. The decline can set in as men push beyond the age of 40.

                                                  ADAM Syndrome

While almost all men will experience some degree of sexual difficulty at one time or another, erectile dysfunction ~ otherwise know as impotence, affects more than 30 million men each year (Pharmacy Today, vol. 4, no. 5, May,1998). Many men will fail to recognize or may deny the changes in their bodies and minds that are taking place. Typical symptoms include:

Fatigue
Androgen deficiency causes loss of muscle mass, tone and bone density. These losses can leave an andropausal man with the feelings of fatigue and lethargy.

Depression
Androgen deficiency can effect cognitive functions, resulting in lack of mental acuity, decreased sense of well-being and depression.

Hot flashes & sweating
As with women, the fluctuating levels of hormones can cause periods of diffused sweating and hot flashes.

Reduced libido
Androgen deficiency reduces libido (the desire for sex). For most men, sexual changes and loss of libido occur gradually.

Irritability & anger
Androgen deficiency can also heighten feelings of irritability that can lead to aggression, hostility and anger.

Joint aches & stiffness
Due to muscle depletion, men will often experience a multitude of generalized aches and pains throughout their bodies.

Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction includes prolonged length of time in achieving an erection, diminished force and volume of ejaculation, diminished rigidity of the erection and diminished pleasure. Most men who reach midlife will experience one or all of these to varying degrees. Sexual changes can be the precursor or warning of other disease processes, i.e., coronary artery disease and diabetes.

                                                     Osteoporosis Risk

Andropause is named after the hormone androgen, which is responsible for the development of masculine characteristics, along with the hormone testosterone. Studies have shown testosterone helps maintain muscle mass and protect the cardiovascular system. Testosterone is also necessary for maintaining normal bone density. Its progressive loss can lead to osteoporosis, although its onset is later than for a woman, says Swerloff. It can contribute to hip and spine fractures and loss of height. The National Institutes of Health states most Americans are calcium poor; however, men, as they transition into Andropause need to take a calcium based supplement as do most athletes.

                                                Identifying Andro-Pause

While andropause was described in medical literature in the 1940's, diagnostic tools to detect testosterone decline only recently have been refined. Symptoms are vague and vary among individuals. Depression and certain medications can cause a loss of libido, lethargy and erectile dysfunction.

According to the Endocrine Society, about 30 percent of testosterone is tightly bound to a protein called sex hormone binding globulin. About 68 percent is weakly bound to the protein albumin. The remaining 2 percent circulates freely in the bloodstream.

Andropause can be diagnosed by measuring the level of testosterone in the blood. ADAM occurs as a result of testosterone deficiency and a low free and bio-available testosterone level is found in males with androgen deficiency. Total testosterone levels can be used as a screen for andropause, but it is the decrease in the free form of testosterone that causes the symptoms. Therefore, this unbound testosterone is most important and is needed to maintain healthy tissue.

                                                  Natural vs. Synthetic

There are a variety of hormone replacement preparations on the market today, i.e., capsules, sublingual lozenges, topical creams and topical gels. The dosage is highly individual because of different levels of absorption (Factor Seven: Digestin).

Factor Three: Virilitrac uses natural nutrients, phytochemicals, enzymes and herbals that act to relieve underlying systemic problems. Low serum testosterone, erectile dysfunction and enlarged prostate are all related to the endocrine system hence, they may be ameliorated with a single systemic formulation.

Viagra, a synthetic drug only addresses a specific symptom. Synthetics act quickly, dramatically and their side effects are often extreme because artificial substance disrupt the hormonal balance of the body. Natural medicines act more subtly and take longer to achieve a therapeutic effect but work in harmony with the biological balance of the body.



                                             Frequently Asked Questions

                     What is the difference between Virilitrac and anabolic steroids?

Virilitrac is a natural product that stimulates the body's own glandular system to increase testosterone secretions. An anabolic steroid is a synthetic drug that artificially increases the body's testosterone, with devastating side effects to long term users.

                     How does Virilitrac remedy Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)?

The prostate is the most common site of disorders in the male genitourinary system. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is common in men of all ages and occurs in one out of three men over 50 years of age. In recent years, Saw palmetto extract has emerged as a popular treatment for reducing swollen prostate both in Europe and the United States. Over 20 double-blind clinical studies now demonstrate that Saw palmetto extract is superior to the drug Proscar in relieving all of the major symptoms of BPH, according to the American Journal of Natural Medicine. These studies indicate that 160mg of Saw Palmetto extract taken twice daily is sufficient to relieve BPH. One tablet of Virilitrac ingested twice daily provides 400 mg of this important extract. Also, contains Vitamin E, Zinc and essential fatty acids which are all important to a man's normal sexual function, i.e. forms both sperm and seminal fluids and are found in high levels in the prostate gland.  

Factor Three: Viriltrac was formulated for those men who cherish the daily rejuvenation of the body's vital substances and the inexorable growth of stamina, strength, virility and resistance to disease. The bodybuilder should consider augmenting this formulation with Factor Five: Osteo-X to maintain bone density and joint and connective tissues flexibility.

References: 

 - Walker, M, et al. Sexual Nutrition, 1983.
 - Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 44, pp. 61-6, 1994
 - Schachter, Michael, MD. The Male Andropause Article, 2001.
 - Somer, E. Essential Guide to Vitamin and Minerals, p. 38, 1992.
 - Swerloff, E., ed. Endocrine Society Annual Consensus Meeting, April, 2000.
 - Hunt, CD, et al, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 56, pp. 148-157, 1992


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