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Mid-life Crisis or Male Menopause? For years men who were experiencing physical and emotional changes assumed they were going through some sort of mid-life crisis. Researchers now suggest these men were probably experiencing something quite different, a male version of menopause.

While most men do not want to accept the fact that the very hormone that makes them a man is decreasing the sobering truth is that as many as 25 million American males between the ages of 35 and 55 are experiencing some degree of male menopause or Andropause. Andropause is characterized by decreased testosterone levels associated with the normal aging process. Irritability, depression, lack of energy, reduced sexual function and libido are all classic signs of Andropause.

Risks Of Testosterone Therapy Testosterone replacement therapy is the primary treatment for men with lowered testosterone levels. This treatment is still quite controversial considering the risks associated with this form of replacement therapy. Men and their doctors often weigh risk to reward when considering this type of therapy. Testosterone injections, while reducing Andropause symptoms may also increase stroke risk, liver toxicity, gynocomastia (Enlarged breasts) and temporary sterility.

Is A Natural Testosterone Booster Your Solution? Many researchers and satisfied users of new super potent herbal formulations give an enthusiastic yes to this question. There are over the counter supplements that can naturally boost testosterone levels while reducing Andropause symptoms-without the negative feedback associated with hormone replacement therapy. The most promising of them all is Viastat. Viastat has been clinically proven to help your body produce more of your own testosterone, instead of adding testosterone from an outside source, which can shut down the natural production of testosterone. Obviously, this can put you in worse shape after you stop the injections.

While natural testosterone boosters may not have the immediate impact of a testosterone injection they are a useful and healthy alternative that in the long run may be your answer to lowered androgen levels.

The impact of decreasing testosterone levels can be a difficult thing to accept for most men but it is a normal part of the aging process. As with women, andropause in males begins at a time when life often offers some of its greatest rewards. So don’t let it hamper you from enjoying a normal healthy and active quality of life throughout your middle years.