Authors discuss new book about 'manopause'

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- There are countless books on the market these days about menopause, the midlife change that women experience.

But you don’t hear much about the so-called “manopause,” the physical and emotional changes that men go through starting around age 40.

Authors Lisa Bloch and Kathy Silverman take a look at those changes in their new book called “Manopause: Your Guide to Surviving His Changing Life.”

“Every man changes between the ages of 40 and 65,” says Bloch.

The authors told 3TV’s Scott Pasmore that the book is actually directed toward women.  It provides advice on how women can help themselves and their men move through this sometimes challenging phase.

One male reader calls it “A must read for any woman living with a man over 40. But it's also for men who have the courage to recognize and accept that we all go through ‘the change.’"

In the book, authors Bloch and Silverman explore how living up to expectations, and shouldering financial and social burdens becomes harder at midlife. Couple that with a decreasing level of testosterone, and you’ve got “menopause.”

The authors suggest that men should get a baseline testosterone test around age 30. Then when the 40s arrive, a man’s doctor can pinpoint when testosterone levels begin to decline.

One way men can maintain testosterone levels, is through a lifestyle of moderation. “No over indulging, and drinking, and diet,” Bloch advises.

Don’t overdo it with exercise either. Too much exercise can actually decrease testosterone levels, so moderation is important in that area as well.

But low testosterone is not always a bad thing, according to the book.

“It really is a wonderful thing. The positives are, the men with lower testosterone are more mellow, they become better friends, better fathers, even better, more sexual lovers,” says Bloch. “They take the time to really enjoy life.”

You can find out more information about the book and its authors on their website.