Andropause and Weight Gain

Andropause or male menopause – defines a gradual decline of androgenic hormones such as testosterone in the human male with its associated side effectIs there such a thing as a male menopause? Hormonal changes are real, and the symptoms can range from loss of libido and erectile dysfunction to fatigue, depression and night sweats.

This gradual change usually happens between the ages of 45 to 55, but the production of testosterone declines gradually starting at the age of 30 at the rate of about one percent a year.

There is also a strong connection between weight gain and andropause related hormonal changes. Declining testosterone levels and an increase in cortisol promote an increase in body fat around the midsection and a decrease in muscle mass.

A high degree of stress during this time can lead to an increase in appetite, low energy and fatigue and less physical activity which is a sure way to weight gain.