Most people feel it’s only females that suffer problems of hormonal imbalance, but the condition affects males too. Majority of the processes in the body require the proper functioning of the hormones to control them. These hormones have to increase and decrease properly. Any hormonal imbalances can affect the body negatively.
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Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Men
Some common symptoms experienced by a man with a hormonal imbalance include:
- Increase in body fat, especially around waist and hip area
- Breast development in men (gynaecomastia)
- Mood swings and irritability
- Loss of muscle mass
- Muscle weakness and body ache
- Sexual dysfunction, loss of sexual interest and erectile problems
- Anxiety disorders
- Unexplained night sweats even on cold days
- Heart palpitations
- Unusual bowel movements, constipation or increased bowel evacuations
- Increased hair on body and face
- Changes to normal urinary patterns
- Decreased energy levels and feeling tired all the time
- Skin changing like acne or thinning skin
Hormonal imbalance in men can be treated by a doctor once the condition is properly is diagnosed. This will eventually stop the symptoms, thereby improving your condition.
Causes of Hormonal Imbalances in Men
Many of the symptoms of hormonal imbalances experienced by men can be attributed to an imbalance of two vital sex hormones called testosterone and estrogen. When the testosterone levels are lower and the estrogen levels are higher, the following factors may be the cause:
- Excessive intake of alcohol can decrease testosterone
- Adrenal fatigue causes levels of a stress hormone called cortisol to be higher than normal.
- Consuming excess refined carbohydrates, like cakes, sweets, white bread and rice can inhibit with your insulin levels which can affect the estrogen and testosterone levels.
- Men with excess weight around the abdomen have higher levels of estrogen than required for a healthy male body.
- Certain plastics and personal products contain a chemical substance known as xenoestrogens which cause this hormonal imbalance. These xenoestrogens exhibit an estrogen-like behavior in the body. They can also be found in pesticides, in our drinking water, etc.
- Men also experience andropause, just like women. This is caused by aging. Testosterone levels decline over time and estrogen levels become dominant in the body.
Treatment for Hormonal Imbalance in Men
- Get rid of toxins from body: Processed foods, canned foods, and fast foods all contain chemicals that interact with our bodies negatively. These chemicals are toxic to the cells of the body and cause hormonal imbalances in men and women. These foods should be avoided.
- Engage in regular exercise: The higher the levels of fat in your body, the lower the levels of testosterone. Fats converts testosterone to estrogen. Regular exercise has also been shown to release a brain-chemical called endorphins which improve the mood.
- Eat a healthy, nutritious diet:Eat fruits and vegetables to help detoxify your body from all unhealthy chemicals and preservatives. Certain herbs like oregano, basil, rosemary, are helpful in detoxification. Fruits useful in detoxification are watermelons, oranges, berries, grapes, etc. Seafood contains omega-3 which can regulate hormones.
- Increase your daily calcium intake: Go for calcium-rich foods like kale, spinach, and other dark leafy vegetables, dairy products and almonds. A lower level of testosterone predisposes the body to bone disorders like osteoporosis (low density in bones, making you more prone to fractures).
Testosterone replacement therapy: Doctors can prescribe this hormone to the patient to increase testosterone levels in the body. Hormone replacement therapy can be in various preparations such as capsule, tablet, injectable, topical gels or creams and topical patches.
Article source: newhealthadvisor.com, doctor’shealthpress.com
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