When most people think about hitting their 50s, the biggest thing that springs to mind is the “big change”, referring to a major shakeup of their sex hormones.
🧍♀️In women, this change is a disruption and then complete cessation of sex hormone production, ie. menopause. Symptoms vary in severity and frequency but often include low energy, hot flushes, reduced sex drive, disturbed sleep, and memory and concentration problems.
Overweight and obese women are more likely to develop type II diabetes, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease after menopause.
🧍♂️What you may not know is that a similar process occurs in ageing men too. Andropause is the term used to describe the steady decline in testosterone levels that often occur in men as they age. Symptoms of low testosterone in men include loss of muscle mass, loss of hair, reduced sex drive, altered mood, lack of energy, change in body fat distribution (potentially the growth of “man boobs”) and more.
In men, physical inactivity and obesity are strongly linked to testosterone levels and it is estimated that around 40% of obese men may suffer from low testosterone.
However, there are natural solutions that prove highly effective when it comes to turning back the clock. High-intensity exercise in sedentary ageing men alone has been shown to increase total testosterone by near 20%. Weight loss is also a potent tool for improving hormonal balance, as studies have shown that a 10% reduction in body weight can restore normal testosterone levels in obese men.
Studies have also shown that exercise and weight management play key roles in minimizing menopausal symptoms and their associated risks.
It just goes to show that weight management through diet and exercise will go far to stem the tide of ageing – so, whatever your status, there’s no better time to start making positive changes to your health!
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