injection or slathering on a gel areeasy remedies to conditions such asmuscle loss and decreased libido.
But “naturally managing the average
guy who’s feeling a little less frisky
than before is far superior to medical
methods,” affirms Keegan. “We
look at diet, the way someone is
sleeping, help them identify
issues with their partner,
build an achievable model of
physical activity; basically
show them the holistic way
to go. Or there’s option
b: switching to massive
supplementation of hormones
that we don’t have any long-
term studies on safety or
Low T is still a valid
concern. But the key is
to rule out other potential
factors first, and consider a natural
approach before jumping to a
hormone boost, which requires
will decrease the amount of sperm he
produces, but nevertheless there are
80-year-old men who can still have
children,” says Keegan.
Middle-aged men who don’t feelquite as strong, virile or sexuallyinterested as they once were maywonder if they’re going throughmanopause. But daily lifestyledecisions—how much you sleep andexercise, how stressed you get—alsoaffect testosterone levels.
Symptoms of low testosterone, or
low T, can also be linked to health
issues that have nothing to do with
aging. Take erectile dysfunction. “It
could be the first indication of some
kind of disease,” Keegan says. “A
good chunk of men with this issue
have a significant underlying cause
such as diabetes or high cholesterol.”
That’s different from what the
burgeoning low T market suggests.
Heaps of low T products make it
seem as if popping a pill, taking an
continued treatment to maintain
“The number one therapy is really
good exercise,” says Keegan. “It has
to be five to seven days of exercise
to make cardiovascular gains, build
muscle and stamina, and natural
testosterone starts building. What it
comes down to is that if it’s worth it,
you have to work for it. There is no
Bottom line: “Do an honestappraisal of yourself,” recommendsKeegan. If you think you might beexperiencing manopause, neither thecause nor the treatment is obvious. Sotalk to your doctor.
— Colleen Seto
Menopause is the final stage in a woman’s reproductive cycle. Between 42 and 56 years
old, those reproductive hormones begin to drop, periods stop and women can’t get
pregnant anymore, but menopause brought on by illness, medication or surgery can
happen any time.
With menopause comes a change in hormones that affects women in different ways—somebarely notice the changes, while others have strong reactions. Among the symptoms canbe vaginal dryness, insomnia, mood changes, weight gain, irregular periods and changes tohair and skin.
As Tammy Wynette famously crooned: “Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman.”