According to Jed Diamond, psychotherapist and best-selling author of The Irritable Male Syndrome and Male Menopause, the irritable male syndrome is defined as “a state of hypersensitivity, anxiety, frustration, and anger that occurs in males and is associated with biochemical changes, hormonal fluctuations, stress, and loss of male identity.”
IMS is the psychological, physiological, and chemical changes that occur in all men around the age of 40-55 years. This syndrome is also sometimes referred to as the male menopause, andropause, or midlife crisis. IMS can cause a number of mood swings, ranging from happy to sad, lethargic to full of energy, and sensitive to irritable. These mood swings are said to be stronger than those generally seen in women. IMS has broken the myth that only women have mood swings and are emotional.
Bouts of anger
Flushes and sweats
Decrease in bone mass
Childish tantrums if demands are not met immediately
Unloving and sarcastic nature
The main reason behind IMS is a fall in the testosterone levels of the body. It is very important for individuals suffering from this problem to seek medical help, as the mood swings make them irritable and decrease their ability to see things rationally.
In addition to the above symptoms, many hormonal fluctuations also occur in a male body that affect mental, emotional, and physical health of the individual. One may also experience memory lapses and bowel problems. Men suffering from
Medically termed as hematochezia, rectal bleeding refers to the discharge of bright red blood from the anus, often combined with stools and/or blood clots. It usually develops quickly, and is commonly related to abdominal disorders. Although the blood discharge is usually from the rectum, in some cases, it can occur from other parts of the gastrointestinal tract. The bleeding is commonly observed in the form of black and tarry stools, maroon stools, bright red blood on or in the stool, blood on the toilet tissue, or pink staining of the toilet water. Mild or severe rectal bleeding in men can rapidly deplete a patient’s body of blood, hence resulting in symptoms like weakness, dizziness, nausea, fainting, low blood pressure, or orthostatic hypotension (a drop in blood pressure when going from the sitting or lying position to the standing position). It can be a mild or life-threatening matter, hence, needs immediate care and medical attention for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Anal Fissure: In this condition, the lining of the anal canal gets torn due to constipation or forceful bowel movements, which not only cause blood discharge but also severe pain while passing the stools.
Angiodysplasia: It is a vascular malformation in the gut, that causes gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding due to increased dilation of the blood vessels. It may cause anemia, if the bleeding is substantial. It occurs due to aging and degeneration of blood vessels.
Gastroenteritis: Also known as infectious diarrhea, it involves the infection of the GI tract by viruses like rotavirus, bacteria
Many middle-aged men reflect a change in behavior by remaining hypersensitive, anxious, frustrated and angry all the time. Sometimes, this kind of behavior is attributed to work-related stress, financial pressures, etc. However, many a time, it is a result of what is known as irritable male syndrome (IMS), which is also known as andropause. Just as women go through menopause during midlife, many men go through andropause. It brings a not-so-pleasing change in a man’s life. He reflects symptoms like irritability, mood swings, anger, depression, lack of libido, body aches, hypersensitivity, etc. When going through all of these, his behavior towards his family and moreover, his partner becomes disrespectful which creates a lot of tension in his married life. In spite of taking this problem in a negative way, women must understand the importance of dealing with irritable male syndrome so as to help their husbands and themselves to smoothly sail through this rough phase of life. If your husband is also suffering from this problem, learn what you can do to deal with it.
Dealing with Irritable Male Syndrome
Don’t Take it Personally
It is quite possible that your husband might say things which would hurt you a lot. But, don’t worry. You have to learn to ignore such things and avoid taking them personally. Neither you, nor he is responsible for the problem he is suffering from. If he falls sick, you don’t have to blame yourself for it. Remember, IMS is a condition where the man is emotionally not
Hot flashes or sweats are most common menopause symptoms, and so are mostly associated with women. However, there are many men who suffer from hot flashes and don’t consider any treatment for this condition. But, men experiencing these flashes should seek medical help, as they could be sign pointing a serious health disorder.
Andropause: Andropause is male menopause which occurs during the aging process in men, and hot flashes are the common symptoms of this condition. Other symptoms accompanied by the flashes in this process include weight gain, trouble at sleeping and slow hair growth.
Infections: Certain infections like HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis can also cause night sweats.
Tumor/Cancer: If you are experiencing hot flashes along with testicular pain, immediately contact a doctor as this could be a sign of cancer. Males can also experience these flashes due to a tumor present in pituitary gland or hypothalamus.
Hormone Level: Sudden hot flashes may also occur as a hormone imbalance symptom, like when there is a sudden and substantial lowering in the level of the testosterone, which is the sex hormone or the androgen hormone.
Reaction to Food/Medicine: Reaction to MSG, that is, mono sodium glutamate can also cause them. This is a food additive, and one needs to check their diet for MSG. A person can also experience hot flashes as an allergy to certain medications, like nifedipine, niacin, calcitonin, etc.
The symptoms can be mild to severe. The mild signs are less discomforting than the severe ones.
One of the most painful, and unfortunately the most common disorders affecting men, is the presence of kidney stones. Although they do affect women as well, men are more vulnerable to kidney stones than women. For all those men who only partially know about it, and for those completely unaware of this painful condition, here is a rundown on what the condition is, what are the causes of kidney stones, and what are the symptoms and treatment measures for the same.
What are Kidney Stones?
Formed within the kidney or the urinary tract, kidney stones are hard, crystalline mineral deposits in the form of small stone like structures. This condition is also known as nephronlithiasis (nephron = related to kidney, lithos = stone). It is one of the most common disorders of the urinary tract, affecting nearly 10% of Americans at some point in their lives. While typically all adults over the age of 30 are at risk, men tend to be affected more frequently than women; especially men in their 40s. To understand how these stones are formed in our body, we have to understand the basic working of the urinary tract.
Formation of Kidney Stones
The kidneys are bean-shaped organs located below the ribs. The main function of these organs is to remove extra water and wastes from the blood, producing urine. Kidneys also help keep a stable balance of salts and other solutes in the blood. While most of the stones are passed out of the body in the
Men are believed to be the ‘tough’ ones and so expressing their pent up feelings is assumed to be a sign of personality weakness. However, the fact is, the emotional range of men is quite similar to that of women. Just like women, men have changes in the hormone cycles and they can experience low levels of the sex hormone testosterone.
What Indicates Mood Swings in Men?
It is to be understood that the men of all ages experience hormonal changes, however, in the younger age group (mid twenties to mid thirties) mood swings because of hormonal imbalance is rare. Phases of short term depression or mental problems can trigger mood swings in younger ages.
Generally, mood swings due to hormonal imbalance is common in the age group of 40 to 60 years. Mood swings in older men is basically a primary symptom of andropause, that is the result of low levels of testosterone in the body. Since testosterone is an essential male hormone, low levels of it can trigger behavioral changes in the personality of the individual going through andropause. The symptoms are as follows.
☞ Unexplained irritability and anger
☞ Worry and tension
☞ Demanding nature
☞ Showing symptoms of anxiety
☞ Unloving and withdrawn behavior
Irritable male syndrome are generally a result of high levels of cortisol and low levels of testosterone. Many men are
Soy is everywhere these days. Once brewed as coffee by American Civil War soldiers as a replacement for scarce coffee beans, the health benefits of soy were put forth by George Washington Carver at the Tuskegee Institute in 1904. In the 1940s and 50s food processes realized they were wasting valuable soy protein by only using soy oil in their products. Thus began a marketing and health awareness campaign to promote soy products as a healthy source of protein and fiber for vegetarians and vegans. It has been touted as a complete food having all the proteins a human body needs. Today, soy is used in some form or the other in almost all processed food, and as research has continued into the health giving benefits of soy for both men and women a few surprising facts have emerged.
Soy, Isoflavones and Men – The Good
Heralded as the ‘wonder bean’ and ‘miracle food’, soy contains the required nutrients to keep the human body healthy and protein rich. Also, studies with large control groups have shown that it can reduce the risk of life-threatening diseases in both men and women. Soy contains isoflavones, a plant-based form of estrogen like compounds that fall under the class of phytoestrogens. Although these isoflavones are found in grains, legumes and wheat, their quantity is most concentrated in soy and soy-based products. Some of the health benefits of soy are: