I've been talking a lot about women's health issues lately, and my male clients are starting to ask: "What about men? Are male hormone problems prevalent? If so, what can be done to help?" Today's blog post addresses male hormone issues, and the signs to watch for that you might be affected Did you know low testosterone affects an astounding 1,000,000 American men? Yet in a recent survey, 68% of men cannot name a single symptom caused by low testosterone. Only 15% named low sex drive as a symptom of low testosterone; 6% named fatigue; 3% named a decrease in muscle mass; and less than 1% linked low testosterone to men’s osteoporosis. Clearly, many men are in the dark about how hormone imbalances affect their health.
Men’s hormone changes have been much less publicized and researched than women’s, but hormone disruption is as much a part of a man’s life as it is a woman’s. Some men are more attuned to their hormonal fluctuations than others. Some report clear monthly changes in their energy levels, mood, work and sports performance. Blood levels of testosterone fluctuate at different times in life- from 250 to 1,200 nanograms, and these changes affect a man’s performance, mood and sexuality.
While a man’s hormone fluctuations are less dramatic than a woman’s, testosterone levels start to decline around age 40, falling up to 10% each decade. This phenomenon called “andropause” is now recognized by almost eight in ten family physicians as a real condition that affects quality of life for men. Doctors are becoming increasingly interested in TRT (testosterone replacement therapy) for andropausal men, but I find most men benefit more from a lifestyle program emphasizing natural foods, bodywork therapies and supportive herbs and supplements designed to meet their changing needs.
If you're a man, here are a few signs your hormones may be out of balance:
• You have prostate pain and inflammation with poor urinary control. • A pouchy stomach with poor abdominal tone. • Reduced sex drive and/or impotence. •Low energy, unexplained fatigue or moodiness. •Premature balding or hair loss. •Loss of muscle mass or bone loss (osteoporosis).
What Causes Male Hormone Problems?
1) Synthetic steroid use. 2) Chronic stress, which leads to adrenal exhaustion (the adrenal glands produce most hormones). 3) Severe dieting, serious body building, surgery or long illness. 4) Poor diet with nutrient deficiencies (especially protein, calcium and iodine deficiency), low B Complex or EFAs. 5) Heavy alcohol use or prescription drug use. 6) Excess exposure to hormone disrupters in the environment. 7) Having a vasectomy can be involved in some men.
To Life-long health,