Are hormones only for women?
The answer is a resounding NO!
Disease is easy to treat but hard to diagnose early on
We notice hormone deficiency symptoms in women because it occurs dramatically and over a short period of time. Men, however, experience a gradual decline in their levels, and hence the change in them is only noticed after many years.
As early as age 30, testosterone levels start to decline in men. By the time a man is 54, he has the same level of estrogen as a 59 year old woman. This is because his testosterone level drops and he makes more estrogen. This explains why men are usually calmer, less aggressive and more nurturing as they get older (like Grandpa).
By the time a man is 54, he has the same level of estrogen as a 59 year old woman
Stress is probably the biggest culprit, turning this natural occurrence into a major health problem. When we are stressed, our bodies make cortisol to enable us to ‘fight or flight’. In today’s hectic lifestyle of 365-24-7 with no down time, this natural response is not switched off long enough for the body to rest and regenerate. We end up with too much cortisol which causes an increase in sugar that leads to weight gain.
Unfortunately, in the fat cells, testosterone is changed into estrogen. We see men gaining weight around their hips and waist – areas that women traditionally complain about.
This process is made worse by other problems such as sleep apnea, emphysema, and environmental factors that affect the body similar to estrogen (eg. soy, pollution, toxins).
Symptoms of low testosterone:
- low sex drive
- muscle weakness
- decreased mental clarity
- decreased stamina
- poor concentration
- mood swings
How do we diagnose low testosterone?
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