As men approach middle age they may experience a phenomenon similar to female menopause, called Andropause. A drop in hormone levels resulting in mood and body changes characterizes this period. Symptoms may include fatigue, a loss of energy, sex drive and physical endurance.
Other factors also play a role. Studies show that this decline in testosterone levels can put men at risk for other health problems such as heart disease and weak bones. This decline in testosterone levels is normal, but it is not always possible to say which men will suffer from symptoms needing medical attention. Some sources indicate that personal attitude, psychological stress, alcohol abuse, injuries or surgery, medications, obesity and infections can contribute to its onset.
Since, middle age is often a time when many men begin to question their values, accomplishments and direction in life, it’s often difficult to link the changes that are occurring to more than just external conditions. This being said, younger men also suffer from an varying array of symptoms. These may be triggered by work-related stress and anxiety, concern about sexual performance, marital or relationship problems or depression.
Some medical conditions including diabetes, heart and vascular disease, neurological disorders, kidney or liver disease, and alcoholism and drug abuse may also have a negative effective on the libido and male well-being.
Lyme disease is caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. The bacteria are present in the digestive systems of many different animals including mice, deer, pheasants and blackbirds. If a tick bites an animal that has the bacteria, the tick can also become infected. The tick can then transfer the bacteria to a human by biting them and feeding on their blood.
Once infected, the bacteria move slowly through your skin and into your blood and lymphatic system. The earliest and most common symptom of Lyme disease is a red circular rash that develops around the area of the bite, 3-30 days after someone is bitten. The rash is often described as looking like a bull’s-eye. You may also experience flu-like symptoms, such as tiredness, headaches and muscle or joint pain. Lyme disease can affect your skin, joints, heart and nervous system.