What does the andrologist do?
The andrologist examines the hormone status of the man. Testosterone deficiency leads to severe disorders in the area of blood formation, bone metabolism, mood, libido and erection ability. In this case, the patient gets a replacement therapy, either with gel, plaster or syringes.
According to information from the DGA, four to six million men aged between 30 and 70 are affected by an erectile dysfunction in Germany alone. The earlier the problem is tackled, the higher the chances of recovery.
Many men go to the specialist late
Unfortunately, many shame men avoid going to a specialist for the loss of their masculinity. About one and a half years sufferers wait on average, before they seek medical help. Numerous diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancers cause damage to erectile ability and thus impotence. This so-called erectile dysfunction can also be a first indication of other disorders (eg coronary heart disease).
Andrologist: Doctor for the man
An increasingly important area of work for andrologists is the treatment of the aging man. The specificity of aging is much better researched and clinically treated on the part of women with menopause ( menopause) - "... there is a considerable lack of knowledge on the part of the aging man, the aging man has particular andrological diseases and a particular risk profile When performing therapies must be strictly observed, "writes the DGA.
Only after careful investigations, possibly a DNA analysis of the genetic material, a comprehensive therapy can be determined and started. This has little to do with the miracle pills known from advertising against aging, overweight or potency disorders.
Men handle their health differently
In their last ten years, men are often ill. Every second man dies of cardiovascular disease. Men are at a higher risk of dying of cancer or liver cirrhosis. About 40 percent of men over 30 have potency problems. Not even 20 percent of men use the annual urologist's cancer screening. A high price that men pay for their high expectations of themselves, because for men health means first and foremost efficiency.
Martin Neumann from the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) Saxony writes: "It seems almost paradoxical that men often do not really treat their body with delicateness: they drink more alcohol, smoke more and eat healthier than women, and if it tweaks somewhere, then man reluctantly talks about it, because an Indian knows no pain and above all has no time for it. " The andrologist also advises on these general health issues.
Andrologist also advises on nutrition issues
Among other things, such medical advice includes questions of nutrition, because men and women differ in their eating habits at an early age. Boys prefer salt, fat and sugar in their diet, and girls eat fruit and vegetables more often. Men in industrialized societies, such as the US, who are between the ages of 30 and 50 are more likely to eat meat, bread, and alcohol, whereas women prefer fruit, yogurt, and coffee, according to Epidemiology (3, 1992, 194).
"Age is not innate, but determinable within limits", writes Prof. Dr. med. Rolf-Dieter Hesch, endocrinologist and pioneer of male medicine in Germany, in his book Absolut Man (Midena-Verlag, Munich). "If you want to grow old, you should also have a positive attitude towards life and, if possible, commit yourself permanently - because optimistic people in a stable partnership live longer."