Male Menopause Is Not A Myth: Male Midlife Crisis Is A RealityJune 18th, 2010 - 8:37 pm ICT by GD
By Gina Gomez
June 18, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The physical and psychological symptoms identified by European researchers along with the decreased testosterone level will help to diagnose male menopause, it has been revealed. Unlike the female menopause, the male menopause affects only 2% of middle aged men which links to poor general health and obesity as the latest study by team at Manchester University, Imperial College London and other European partner says. The researchers dismissed male menopause as a myth few days ago but now recently the researchers have identified the symptoms of what is being termed as male menopause.
The research team examined 3,300 men from Europe for New England of Journal Study and also the scientists from University of Manchester examined testosterone levels of 3,369 men between 40 to 79 years from 18 European centres. They were asked about their sexual, physical and mental health which revealed that of nine symptoms associated with male menopause, the three most important are decreased frequency of morning erection, less frequency of sexual thoughts and erectile dysfunction along with “testosterone level of less than 3.2 nanograms per milliliter of blood”. New England Journal of Medicine says that these symptoms together with low testosterone levels establishes a diagnosis of late onset of male menopause or hypogonadism.
The researchers’ established identifications and findings will be useful to the doctors prescribing male testosterone therapy to middle aged men with less sex drive while treating them. A recent report says that use of testosterone therapy has increased by 400% in the United States of America since 1999, but other developing countries are yet to adopt this therapy. Professor Fred Wu, who led the study from the University of Manchester’s school of Medicine said that this testosterone treatment might be useful in a relatively small number of cases and he has asked doctors to be very cautious while prescribing testosterone therapy as it includes risk for the patients as well.
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