If symptoms that are common to menopause are present, it is vitally important to get a menopause diagnosis for several reasons. First and foremost, for both men and women, this is to rule out other, more serious conditions. That is not the end of the story however. Menopause puts both men and women at a higher risk of certain conditions including bone loss, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Knowing what the underlying cause is will allow a doctor to anticipate and more effectively treat, or possibly even prevent, certain issues. While diagnosing menopause is rather easy for women, it is not as easy for men.
For a man, getting a menopause diagnosis is much more difficult, and in some ways more important than for a women. This is because so little is known about the condition referred to as male menopause, but more and more is being learned every day. What is known is that it does exists, but is varies greatly from man to man. It causes symptoms, but the intensity of these symptoms also varies greatly from man to man. The most worrisome discovery to date perhaps is that low testosterone, which is the main component of the male version of menopause, can put men more at risk for certain chronic diseases.
This makes treatment, and thus menopause diagnosis, even more pertinent than ever. Discovering the existence of lower than normal testosterone levels before these conditions develop could allow doctors to treat with hormone replacement therapy and possibly prevent the conditions from ever developing. There needs to be more studies conducted, but it is highly evident that early detection of low testosterone levels can be of great benefit in men’s health. Many of the symptoms are subtle however, making the need for a blood test hard to recognize.
If a patient notices any changes that may be attributed to the aging process, or anything else that just does not seem normal no matter how minor, it is best to get a blood test. If testosterone levels are low, then a menopause diagnosis may be made. Other factors can cause low testosterone, but if a man is over a certain age, menopause is likely the culprit. Once it is diagnosed, there are a number of treatments that are very effective. The most effective are various forms of hormone replacement therapy including pills, injections, or shots. Natural supplements are also available, and some claim to have found relief with those as well.