Researchers: Male Menopause Uncommon

BOSTON, June 19 (UPI) — British researchers say male menopause is an uncommon condition with only about one-in-50 men between the ages of 40 and 80 showing signs of it.

Dr. Ilpo Huhtaniemi of Imperial College London, who published a study online this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, said men should not receive hormone therapy if they do not need it, USA Today reported.

“It is a genuine syndrome, but much less common than previously assumed,” he said.

Huhtaniemi and colleagues from Imperial College and the University of Manchester measured testosterone levels in 3,369 men ages 40 to 79. They found nine symptoms linked to low testosterone, three physical, three psychological and three sexual.

The strongest correlation was with the sexual symptoms: erectile dysfunction, lower sex drive and lack of morning erections. But doctors say even those symptoms may have other causes.

“Just because an older guy comes in and says he has a bad sex life, you don’t automatically give him testosterone,” Dr. Michael Hermans of the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center said.

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