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Influencer, 40, asks for more recognition of male menopause

A 40-year-old influencer has revealed that he is calling for more recognition of male menopause after being recently diagnosed with a sudden bout of depression, mood swings and severe lack of libido.

London-based influencer and TV presenter Israel Cassol, or ‘The Birkin Boy’ as his online followers know him, celebrated the milestone earlier this year surrounded by friends and family in London.

The big birthday marked a poignant time in Israel’s life as he finally landed his dream job and reached his ultimate health goals.

What Israel thought would be the start of some of its best years quickly took a turn for the worse when it soon found itself in a dark place of depression, something he says “came over him like a wave.”

London-based influencer and TV host Israel Cassol (pictured), 40, begs for more recognition of male menopause

London-based influencer and TV host Israel Cassol (pictured), 40, begs for more recognition of male menopause

Israel (pictured) was recently diagnosed with male menopause after a sudden bout of depression, mood swings and severe lack of libido

Israel (pictured) was recently diagnosed with male menopause after a sudden bout of depression, mood swings and severe lack of libido

Israel (pictured) was recently diagnosed with male menopause after a sudden bout of depression, mood swings and severe lack of libido

“I remember being over the moon after I was 40. It’s an age we think we’re all a little scared about, but as it got closer I started to get excited about the milestone,” he explained. from. “For me, it was about celebrating everything I’ve accomplished leading up to my 40s and I wanted to share this special moment surrounded by my friends and family.”

“After the celebrations wore off, I started to feel a sense of sadness and an incredibly low feeling. I attributed it to the end of the celebrations, but as the weeks went on, the feeling only got worse.’

As the months went on, Israel began to notice more symptoms in itself that he had no idea how to interpret.

He suffered from loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, difficulty sleeping, increased fatigue, a general lack of energy and enthusiasm for things he previously enjoyed, poor concentration and short-term memory loss.

Israel (pictured) was confused about what happened to him and his body, but was convinced this was exactly how everyone started to feel when they turned 40

Israel (pictured) was confused about what happened to him and his body, but was convinced this was exactly how everyone started to feel when they turned 40

Israel (pictured) was confused about what happened to him and his body, but was convinced this was exactly how everyone started to feel when they turned 40

Israel was confused about what was happening to himself and his body and was convinced that this was exactly how everyone started to feel once they turned 40.

THE MALE MENOPAUSE: HOW TO FIND THE SIGNS?

“Sliding into weight gain, lethargy, low libido, general crankiness, and fatigue is often seen as an inevitable part of aging,” says Dr. Gluck, “but it doesn’t have to be.”

If your husband is experiencing the symptoms below, it may be time to seek help…

WHERE CAN YOU FIND HELP?

A blood test and a complete medical and symptom history will tell if a man has decreased hormone levels.

The three sex hormones that men need are:

DHEA: Dehydroepiandrosterone, a hormonal precursor produced by the adrenal glands and converted to testosterone.

TESTOSTERONE: The main male hormone, although women also need low levels (essential for muscle, bone and libido).

PROGESTERONE: A predominantly female hormone that men need at low levels; it prevents excessive testosterone.

Treatment usually includes testosterone (by cream or gel), DHEA (in capsules), or progesterone. After the treatment ‘men sleep better, they regain their joy of life and their wives get back the men they have fallen in love with’. dr. Gluck warns that the treatment may not be appropriate for men with a history of prostate cancer.

Israel’s marriage soon began to suffer, due to his lack of sex drive and pleasure in daily activities.

“I thought maybe I was getting rid of my partner and wanting to be with other people,” he said. “I couldn’t believe how little interest I had in being intimate and affectionate with my husband. It wasn’t like me at all. I’m usually a morning, afternoon and evening type!”

Believing that he had lost all sexual desire for his partner, Israel turned to dating apps to see if someone new would bring back his spark, something he later admits to regret.

After Israel failed to discover the problem, Israel decided to get tested to see if its symptoms were the result of an underlying medical problem. What Israel discovered shocked him.

He was diagnosed with the early stages of ‘Andropause’, more commonly known as male menopause, something he didn’t know existed until now.

“I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I thought menopause was something only women went through. I didn’t know it could affect men just as much,” he explained.

“I was overweight, tired and didn’t want to have sex, which made perfect sense when the doctors told me I was going through andropause.”

Once diagnosed, Israel was prescribed hormone creams and oral tablets to take just as women are prescribed for female menopause, something he continues to do now.

When Israel spoke out on its social platform, Israel made the bold decision to share with its 500,000+ followers what he had been through, something he said took a lot of courage.

“I took to my social media because I wanted to know how common this feeling was among my male followers,” he explained.

“As an influencer with a major platform, I was hesitant to share such intimate details of my life, but I needed to know if this was an issue that others were dealing with.

“I couldn’t believe the response I got from men who described similar symptoms that I was experiencing.”

The influencer (pictured) said he couldn't believe the response he got from men who described similar symptoms he was experiencing

The influencer (pictured) said he couldn't believe the response he got from men who described similar symptoms he was experiencing

The influencer (pictured) said he couldn’t believe the response he got from men who described similar symptoms he was experiencing

Israel (pictured) has spoken out on its social media platform, something he admits took a lot of courage

Israel (pictured) has spoken out on its social media platform, something he admits took a lot of courage

Israel (pictured) has spoken out on its social media platform, something he admits took a lot of courage

Israel (pictured) said: 'We need to break this stigma and get more men talking, it shouldn't be a shame, men matter too'

Israel (pictured) said: 'We need to break this stigma and get more men talking, it shouldn't be a shame, men matter too'

Israel (pictured) said: ‘We need to break this stigma and get more men talking, it shouldn’t be a shame, men matter too’

While not as well recognized for men as it is for women, male menopause is predominant and cases are on the rise.

The difference is that menopause in women occurs comparatively quickly while the menopause-like phenomenon in men is a relatively slower process.

Still a taboo, many argue that the topic of male menopause is debatable as menopausal women stop producing eggs, while men can continue to produce even into their 80s and beyond.

“As a man, society forces you to just go through these obstacles and feel defeated if your manhood doesn’t do what it should,” Israel explained.

“We need to break this stigma and get more men talking. It shouldn’t be a shame, men matter too.”

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