Low testosterone, or 'male menopause,' no longer just for older men

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  • Factors that influence sexual health include mood, energy level, nutrition, genetics, age, health conditions and medications
  • Endurance cardio exercise, such as running marathons, actually lowers testosterone production

(CNN)In my practice, I've noticed that an increasing number of younger guys are complaining of sexual concerns, such as diminished libido and erectile problems, more commonly seen in older men.

Some clinicians believe that factors like obesity, stress and inadequate sleep probably play a role in such issues. This isn't purely a lifestyle issue; these factors are also possible causes of low levels of the hormone testosterone, which can influence sexual function.
    "Low T" is still most common in older men. Known as male menopause or andropause, this gradual decrease in testosterone typically occurs steadily over time. In fact, "after age 40, men experience a 3% reduction in testosterone every year," naturopathic doctor Geovanni Espinosa said. "After age 60, about 20% of men experience andropause."
    According to some estimates, the average 80-year-old man will have about 50% less testosterone than he did as a young guy. As a result, men may experience problems such as insomnia, weight gain, decreased muscle and bone density, anger and depression, as well as decreased libido and other sexual problems.
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