Hot flashes are often associated with women going through menopause. While men don’t experience as major of a change in life as women do, men go through a middle-aged hormonal process that is similar to menopause in many ways. Night sweats are one of the symptoms of this process.

What Causes Night Sweats?

There are plenty of non-hormone related reasons a man might get night sweats (a term for sweating profusely in the middle of the night). Night sweats are a side effect of some medications.

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Sometimes the room temperature may be too high or a man’s blankets could be too warm. Spicy foods have even been known to cause night sweats. People who suffer from anxiety disorders seem to be predisposed to night sweats as well.

What Role Do Hormones Play?

Night sweats in men that seem to persist despite changing any of the previously mentioned reasons could be linked to a drop in testosterone. For men, this sex hormone-related phenomenon can occur at any time in life.

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While it is natural for testosterone levels to decline as a man ages, there are also a variety of reasons that younger men could notice a decrease. Diabetes, lung problem, kidney problems, HIV, hemochromatosis, and pituitary gland tumors are just a few of the medical problems that can cause low testosterone.

Can Men Get Hot Flashes?

Yes! Hot flashes have been reported as a side effect of treatments for prostate cancer. Many prostate cancer treatments drastically lower testosterone levels in the body.

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Scientist discovered the link between dropping testosterone levels and night sweats because of the hot flashes faced by men suffering from prostate cancer. Any man who suspects that his testosterone levels may be decreasing should visit a doctor to find the safest treatment method.