Understanding Hormonal Imblance in Men
When we think of male hormones, inevitably our mind goes straight to testosterone, which is the main sex hormone that men have. This hormone is responsible for most of the physical development of young boys during puberty, affecting their voice, facial, pubic and body hair, height, muscle and bone structure and genitals.
However, men also have two other important hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone. An imbalance between these hormones can have a strong impact on their optimal health.
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Understanding Male Hormonal Imbalance
The main two hormones that imbalance each other are testosterone and estrogen. Let’s look at the symptoms that come with high estrogen and low testosterone.
Low Testosterone Symptoms
- Fatigue and muscle weakness
- Erectile dysfunction
- Reduced libido
- Osteoporosis (especially in elderly men)
High Estrogen Symptoms
- Gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts)
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Higher risk of prostate cancer
- Higher risk of stroke
What causes a hormonal imbalance in men?
A hormonal imbalance is very common in boys going through puberty. During this period they might experience excess estrogen and low testosterone, which can cause moobs (excess fat tissue around the breasts), mood swings, fatigue and other symptoms. In most cases, the hormones balance back with age.
However, there are many factors that can lead to hormonal imbalance, such as:
- Underlying health conditions & prescribed medication
- Abusive use of illegal drugs and alcohol
- Unhealthy diet, which can lead to insulin resistance and affect hormones
- Being overweight (excess fat can lead to high estrogen)
What can you do if you have a hormonal imbalance?
The best advice we can give you is to avoid self-diagnosis. If you notice any of the symptoms above, or you have any reason to believe you could be suffering from a hormonal imbalance, consult a doctor. You can start by booking an appointment with your local GP.
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