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MENOPAUSE: A CLOSER LOOK
Staerman F., Léon P.
Department of Urology, Institute of Sexual Medicine, Les Bleuets Clinic, Reims, France
Androgen deficiency of the aging male is a pathological syndrome and should not be viewed simply as a stage in physiological aging. It is often overlooked despite evidence for a deleterious impact on many physiological processes and on quality of life. Its identification should be part of the routine practice of physicians in charge of this population, in particular general practitioners and specialists treating associated comorbidities (e.g. metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders) or sexual dysfunction. The consultant urologist has a key role to play in prostate surveillance before and during treatment. Treatment is often simple with few side-effects. However, long-term benefits and side effects need to be investigated in prospective studies.