Healthcare: On the Agenda - Male menopause could be screened

- In a nutshell

Some experts now believe that a lack of testosterone in men may be at the root of problems such as tiredness, depression and lack of libido. Recommendations have been made by groups such as the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male and the European Association of Urology to screen men for the male menopause, especially those who suffer from type 2 diabetes and have symptoms of testosterone deficiency.

- Why have the media picked up on this?

There have been reports that one in five over-65s may be affected by the male menopause. Other recent studies have linked low testosterone to the development of type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

- Have any other issues been raised?

The male menopause, also known as the 'andropause', can be treated by testosterone supplements, but health professionals fear that these supplements could contribute to prostate cancer by driving the growth of cancerous cells. They also increase the risk of blood clots and strokes.

- Media coverage

The Daily Mail picked up on the story last week after it was broken by the New Scientist magazine. The Daily Mail claimed that nearly a million men 'are suffering from the male menopause'. Other national newspapers including The Guardian followed up the story on their health pages.

840k over-65s could be suffering from the 'male menopause'.

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