Men differ a lot from woman in a number of ways! The reason men and woman differ so much is not just a psychological thing, it is also how our bodies are made up... we are wired differently. Not only are our brains wired differently but we also release different hormones. The main hormone we relate to men is testosterone and we often say this is what drives a man.
Testosterone is a highly complex hormone that is essential for a number of different bodily processes. This doesn’t just include sexually, it also allows men to gain strength and encourages energy production which - lets face it - we all want more of!
Both men and woman release testosterone within their systems, however in men this is the most dominant of their hormones. It was always thought that testosterone levels must drop with age, however that doesn’t have to be the case. It has been recently shown that testosterone changes are likely to be linked to lifestyle factors, including stress, depression and obesity.
How does age affect reproductive health?
Reproductive health disorders used to be more common as men got older (except for testicular cancer which is most common in men aged 20-40 years) but these disease processes are now affecting much younger men. Changes in reproductive health include:
· lowered fertility, infertility
· changes in prostate health (BPH, prostate cancers)
What are the symptoms of low testosterone?
Many illnesses are associated with low testosterone levels. Fatigue, lowered libido and mood issues often progress to cardiovascular disease, chronic underlying lung problems, diabetes and depression.
To ensure healthy ageing, normal hormone production and disease preventation we need an excellent multi-faceted approach including diet and nutrition, rest and relaxation, social connection, self expression, intellect, spirituality and exercise. This isn’t just for men ofcourse, this is also vital for females to allow us to live well into our 80s and beyond staying mentally and socially active, independent, mobile and energetic.
A huge component of health that is often brushed to the side, is stress. The majority of individuals, men and woman, lead very busy, hectic lives and don’t realise the constant stress and strain they put on their bodies. Men can be exceptionally good at covering signs of stress, or emotional issues they may have going on in their lives. This is often because our western world view this as a sign of weakness. It is important to reduce stress levels or problems will arise such as disrupted sleep, brain fog, fat gain, headaches, lack of focus, adrenal fatigue, decreased sexual function, depression, low energy and excessive anger to name a few.
3 ways that you can reduce stress levels very easily are breathing exercises, visualisation and meditation. Ask your practitioner at The Healing Room to show you these simple effective methods.
It is clear to see that men’s health does differ from woman’s health and it is important to understand the requirements of each to live a healthy and happy life.
Book an appointment with us now to have your testosterone level assessed.