Whilst currently, there are two older women to every
older man, men are showing signs of living longer.
Little research has been done in terms of male experiences
with aging in terms of social isolation, role change
and so on. Nor is there any material on gay older men.
The only documented information we have is in terms
of anxiety, financial problems, loneliness, and issues
with intimacy and sexuality.
Men, in general, are not as concerned with their health
as women. Most in fact, rate their health as good or
excellent, despite most being diagnosed with at least
one chronic illness. Read more about health
checks for men.
Factors Affecting Male Aging
The primary factors affecting how well men age include:
General Wellness - Higher risks for
disease, including cancer,
and shorter lifespans.
iron stores - decreasing longevity
Lifestyle - the physical health of
the aging man is strongly affected by their lifestyle
behavior 20 - 60 .
Hormone Levels - men are generally
less interested in maintaining
hormone levels - this greatly affects the risk of
developing prostate cancer and other aging factors.
Skin Thickness - we all recognise
that men have emotionally thicker skins that women,
but the outer thorny layer of the physical skin is also
thicker. This means males are less prone to develop
wrinkles than women.
Self Management - Men are not so good
at creating their own interests. They often associate
retirement at 65 with stop working, stop learning, stop
living and riding out the rest of their days. This may
be further impacted by the mental
decline of men with age.
Work-Home Balance - Career stereotypes
have merged over the past two generations; the role
of men appears to change more at 65, than the role of
women. In the current aging generation, more equal job
sharing and home duty sharing, is likely to reduce the
difference at this age.
Cosmetic Treatments - the number of
men seeking antiaging
cosmetic treatments has risen significantly in recent
Men Aging Successfully
Successful aging partly depends upon retirement planning
and the ability to realign life expectations and life
goals. Making a positive effort not to become isolated,
or fall into a state of idleness is a big part of how
the body will respond to advancing years.
There are certain conditions that pertain more to aging
men, than aging women. Whilst some of these obviously
relate to male physiology, others occur in both men
and women, but more in men due to lifestyle factors.
Men go through aging male syndrome (AMS) between the
ages of 35 and 65 when their hormone levels (especially
Testosterone is a hormone that helps maintain sex drive,
sperm production, pubic and body hair, muscle, and bone.
Testosterone levels decrease over time. This decline
is normal in healthy males as they age. Unlike women
who lose their fertility (ability to get pregnant) when
they reach menopause, men
do not lose their fertility. All men have different
experiences — some men's hormone levels go down
more than others, and some have more symptoms than other
A decline in testosterone can affect a man's body.
AMS has many signs:
- Feeling fat/weight gain
- Muscle loss
- Bone loss
- Hair loss
- Problems sleeping
- Increased urination
- Loss of energy
- Less interest in sex
- Erection problems
Mental And Emotional
- Feeling irritable or angry
- Problems with memory and concentration
Tests For Male Menopause
If you're having these symptoms of low testosterone,
talk to your doctor. You can get your testosterone level
tested. It's a simple blood test.
Get the test in the morning, when the testes release
more testosterone. Because a normal level of testerosterone
is different for each man, it may be hard to know if
you have low testorsterone — it helps if you had
a testosterone test earlier in your life, so you'll
be able to see any change.
If you do have low testosterone, think about visiting
a specialized doctor, like an endocrinologist or urologist,
who can work with you to treat this problem using male
Male specific aging conditions include:
- Prostate - Bladder
- Colo-Rectal Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
Health Checks For Men