When it comes to aging, as men we tend to ignore many body and health changes, like those associated with prostate problems, dismissing them as “just getting old.” In reality, we need to heed the body’s signals and warnings and knowing the best prostate screening age is important.
First, let me say that there is such a thing as male menopause. It’s called andropause. The word comes from the Greek words andras meaning human male and pause meaning cessation. And yes, all those signs you’ve been dismissing could be andropause. Low testosterone or T levels can begin as early as 40.
Gradual Testosterone Decline
Testosterone levels decline with aging at a rate of 1% per year. Low T levels are associated with erectile and sexual dysfunction and the onset of andropause. As you can see in the chart above, testosterone levels gradually decline over time. Men in their 60s generally experience a 20-45% testosterone deficiency. While levels for those in the 70-79 range decrease by 70% and by age 80, 90%. Declining T levels may also be signaling an increased risk for various other health issues like heart disease, osteoporosis and prostate problems.
What Are the Warning Signs Associated with Andropause?
Andropause symptoms and severity vary from man to man and it’s important to note that most men only experience some of them. Changes that might signal the onset of andropause include the following.
- Changes in weight and mood or attitude
- Decreasing energy and endurance levels
- Loss of libido
- Memory issues
- Disruptive sleep patterns
- Hot flashes
- Declining testosterone levels
Changes with aging in the male reproductive system generally occur in the testes, where there is a noticeable decrease in testicular tissue mass. Additionally, the prostate grows as we age and can cause problems. These changes and a lowering T level causes more issues with getting and keeping an erection. But all is not lost. Having a good sex life at an older age has a direct correlation with being sexually active during middle age. It’s important to note that if you are troubled by urination problems or erectile dysfunction, you should see a doctor for evaluation and treatment.
So, what is the optimum prostate screening age? The American Cancer Society recommends that, as with all illnesses, early detection is paramount. According to their guidelines, men age 40 should be tested if they fall into a “higher risk” category, meaning they have at least one first-degree relative (father, brother, son) who had prostate cancer at an early age (before age 65). For men of African descent, considered “high risk,” and who have an early diagnosed first degree relative, testing should begin at age 45. Most men, considered “average risk” should seek out prostate screening at age 50.
What to Expect During a Professional Evaluation
- Physical exam, which will likely include a rectal check to determine the size and shape of your prostate gland
- Urine test, to rule out prostate or other infection
- Checking of your flow-rate, to assess the speed at which urine is passed
- An ultrasound, to check kidneys and to determine if the bladder is emptying completely
- Urodynamics, which is a series of bladder and urinary system function tests
While we cannot stop the march of Father Time, we can make valiant efforts to stave off andropause and prostate problems. Eating well, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy lifestyle top the list. It’s also important to make little changes that can bring about big results when it comes to quality of life, including that ever important sex life!
Stress is harmful to your entire being and to your relationships with others. Practice mindfulness and meditation along with regular cardio exercises. These can all help alleviate the dangers associated with stress. And whatever that prostate screening age is for you, don’t put it off!
During your doctor visit, and if you see signs before then, you might want to consider a regular dietary supplement, like URINOZINC®. URINOZINC® is a safe, affordable and proven prostate health supplement. Many doctors recommend URINOZINC® because of its natural ingredients and its proven effectiveness. It’s a great first line of defense, along with proper diet and exercise. URINOZINC® may also be all you need.
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