Manopause is Not Normal

The ‘common’ reaction to hormonal and physical changes as we age, is that they’re unavoidable.

“It’s a perfectly normal occurrence, and it’s nothing to worry about.”

“You’re getting older, it happens to everyone.”

“Don’t fight it, embrace it.”

This is the suggestion from a recent book titled ‘Manopause: Your Guide to Surviving His Changing Life,’ where the writers argue that lower testosterone in men is a good thing:

“Lowered testosterone levels can bring out wonderfully positive qualities like the patience to talk and connect, the ability to bond more deeply with children, and the desire to make sensuous love.”

This Huffington post article even provides tips for helping your hubby cope with it:

  • Help Him Feel Worthy
  • Help Him Feel Respected
  • Give Him Permission to Feel Comfortable Feeling Vulnerable
  • Keep Him Feeling in Control As He Tries to Accept Change

Which I suppose brings some merit with it, as statistics suggest that:

Testosterone drops 1-1.5% per year from the age of 30-35

However, this doesn’t explain:

  • 40% of men over 40 having a decreased sex drive
  • 52% of men between 40 and 70 suffering from erectile dysfunction

Sure the minor reduction in testosterone may be inevitable, but the giant decline over the last decade is unacceptable.  There’s no reason why men in their 40’s should have the sex drive of a 60 year old (no offense to the 60 year olds).

Today’s average Testosterone is 22% less than 20 years ago!

The abysmal testosterone levels in the majority of the men today is not normal, and should definitely NOT be embraced.  It’s the result of too much stress, a lack of sleep, poor nutrition, and sedentary behavior.  A doctor will recommend “embracing your reduction,” or testosterone injections at best, but similar to the recommendation of statin drugs to lower cholesterol, this doesn’t get to the root of the problem.

The process of Andropause, Male Menopause, Androgen Decline in the Aging Man (ADAM), or as it’s been recently coined – Manopause – is completely avoidable and reversible.  Not only should men not accept this supposed fate, but with the proper eating, training, and supplementation regimen they can effectively raise their Testosterone without resorting to prescription medication.

Stay Lean!

Coach Mike


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