Many men who experience andropause, or natural declines in testosterone levels, can combat the symptoms with natural lifestyle changes instead of testosterone products, according to Men’s Fitness magazine. Symptoms of andropause include fatigue, restlessness and low libido, and are often brought on by poor diets, not enough exercise and irregular sleeping habits.
While testosterone booster manufacturers have targeted middle-aged men by advertising the symptoms of naturally declining levels of testosterone as clinical testosterone deficiency, most men undergoing normal signs of aging can reduce symptoms with natural lifestyle changes. In addition to cleaner eating and regular exercise, men can pay close attention to the products they use, such as deodorant, which may contain chemicals that can negatively affect the endocrine system.
Andropause is sometimes referred to as “manopause,” thanks to the condition presenting similar affects in men as menopause does in women. However, many drug companies have advertised the condition as potentially low testosterone, a clinical deficiency of the hormone known as hypogonadism.
These companies offer different types of low testosterone boosters in the form of creams, gels and injections, among others. However, these products have been linked to an increased risk of severe complications, including heart attacks and stroke. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered more research into Low T drugs.
Testosterone booster side effects have not stopped companies from promoting them, however, as the industry has skyrocketed over the past 10 years. The testosterone market is now worth billions of dollars, thanks in large part to “Low T clinics,” which prescribe testosterone boosters with regularity, despite reports showing a substantial number of patients are never tested for clinically low testosterone.