Memory problems are a very commonly reported symptom of andropause. As with memory loss associated with menopause, it is important to be aware that occasional minor lapses in memory are nothing to worry about.
When loss of memory affects ability to function, it may be time to consider getting medical help.
Cognition is the mental process that includes language, calculation, visual-spatial abilities, memory, reasoning, learning, social skills, imagination and attention span. With age, cognitive function may remain stable or decline.
In general, cognitive function that remains stable includes attention span, everyday communication skills, language skills, and simple visual perception. Cognitive function that decline includes selective attention, naming of objects, verbal fluency, complex visual spatial skills and language analysis. Moreover, age-related memory changes vary depending on the type of memory.
The acquisition and early retrieval of recently acquired information is diminished; long-term memory retention does not seem to change with increasing age.
MEMORY LOSS OCCURS DURING ANDROPAUSE
This may be secondary to the effects of declining hormones. With age, the levels of hormones may remain the same, elevated or reduced.
THE CIRCULATING LEVELS OF HORMONES THAT DECLINE IN AGING MALES ARE:
Testosterone: total and free testosterone
Dehydroepiandrosterone (dhea) and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (dheas)
Growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-1 (igf-1)
Other hormones including triiodothyronine, renin and aldosterone
The effect of hormones on cognition in the older adults has been investigated for several years. Hormone effects in elderly women's cognitive function have been researched in depth.
There has been abundant data on the benefits of estrogen replacement on cognition and mood.
The effect on cognition by estrogen should be considered as longterm and modifying factors and not the cause of Alzheimer's disease. Relatively speaking, there is paucity about the link between the cognitive change and hormones in the older men. The improvement of cognition may assist older adults to remain independent and may contribute to prolong the time to institutionalization.
THE MANIFESTATIONS OF MALE MEMORY LOSS ARE VARIED
Many andropausal men experience difficulty remembering how complete familiar tasks. For instance: forgetting why you went to a store; forgetting what you are trying to say in mid-sentence; or forgetting the reason you went to talk with a co-worker.
While it is clear that genetics play a part in male memory loss, they are usually not the entire picture. Memory loss in andropausal men is not simply an inevitable part of aging, but often a symptom of hormonal imbalance.
MEDICAL TREATMENTS FOR MALE MEMORY LOSS
Lapses in memory and foggy thinking are often symptoms of andropausal memory loss associated with hormonal imbalances.
Andropausal memory loss can be very difficult to cope with, negatively impacting every aspect of your life. It is important to remember that you are not losing your mind: your hormones are simply taking you for a bad ride.
Memory loss in andropausal men that is related to hormonal imbalances can often be medically treated using bioidentical hormone therapy.
Hormone therapy for memory loss in men can contribute to the recovery of normal memory. Further, Andro Medical Group programs are custom tailored with nutrition and supplements plans that support greater overall male health as well as clear thinking.