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Men Have Hormones Too!

Karen Brooks

If you were to read or hear the phrase "hormonal imbalances" - I would put money on the fact most of you would think of "women's problems"!

However, I think most people forget, or are unaware, that men can have hormonal imbalances too. Men and women have the same hormones in their bodies, these are chemical messengers, which when out of balance, can cause all sorts of mischief.

Testosterone is the hormone men are usually aware of. Testosterone is responsible for not only muscle mass and libido but also has a big effect on cognition, memory and mental health. Low testosterone levels can lead to low energy, depressed mood and increased fat around the middle. To add to the problem, a chemical process within fat tissue, known as aromatisation, can cause more of the testosterone to be converted to oestrogen. Too much oestrogen relative to testosterone can cause low libido, prostate issues, enlarged breast tissue, loss of muscle mass, insomnia, depressed mood and fatigue.

And the story doesn't end there. Testosterone and oestrogen imbalances can have an effect on thyroid hormone levels - which leads to another set of symptoms!

Stress and poor diet are so common in the Western world today (and further afield now!) that blood sugar problems, insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, have massively increased in recent years. So we have insulin to consider, stress hormones - cortisol and adrenaline.

The way hormones operate is often described as "dance of the hormones" - when one is out of balance - it can have knock on effects on other hormones - and the dance is ruined!

But it's not all doom and gloom. Working on dietary improvements, lifestyle changes, investing in some hormone testing and carefully chosen nutritional supplements can go a long way towards shifting those hormones back into balance.

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