Men’s Wellness & Screening
- Male Andropause
As men age, our male hormone testosterone decreases as a result of a combination of different factors. Up to a third of men above the age of 50 years old would experience symptoms of andropause characterised and cause by a reduced level of testosterone. This symptoms can range from having reduced libido and erectile dysfunction to low energy levels and depression.
Andropause is also associated with obesity and osteoporosis. Unlike female menopause, andropause is often more gradual and many men fail to notice the slow decline in health. Knowledge of this condition coupled with early screening can lead to prompt treatment if needed and avoidance of complications. Do consult our doctors for a detailed history taking, physical examination and investigations if you might be concerned about andropause.
Osteoporosis is a condition caused by decreased bone mineral density leading to weak and brittle bones that are prone to fractures from minor trauma. Osteoporosis in men can lead to significant morbidity and loss of function affecting lifestyle.
Risk factors for osteoporosis in men include : low testosterone levels, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, excessive alcohol intake and other endocrine diseases like hyperthyroidism. It is essential that all men screen for osteoporosis, especially those with risk factors, from age 50 onwards.
Screening can be done with a DEXA scan which is a special type of x-ray to see how strong or weak the bones are. If osteoporosis is detected, early treatment via lifestyle modifications, oral medications or injections can that be advised. Do consult our doctors if you have any queries regarding osteoporosis.