Male hormones

November 12, 2012

Male hormones

There are certain hormones that are specifically found in men and generally tend to produce muscle mass and a more masculine appearance.

Andropause is a term used to define the male menopause, a time in life when men experience a drop in male hormones. As part of the natural aging process the hormones testosterone, the human growth hormone, DHEA and Androstenedione all begin to steadily reduce. In recent years it appears that this steady decline has accelerated as a result of increased levels of estrogen in the environment.

Testosterone

Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, the levels of this male hormone peak in the 20s and begin a steady decline after the age of 35 until men in their 80s have a testosterone level not dissimilar to that of a prepubescent teenager. Normal levels of testosterone ensure feelings of well being in men, allowing them to age naturally and gradually. Testosterone gives some protection against prostate cancer.

Naturally produced

The male hormone testosterone can be naturally produced in the body by including soy or soy products in the diet, the diosgenin present in soy converts to natural testosterone when digested. An herbal supplement such as royale will also help maintain the levels of natural testosterone. The advantage of using natural supplements is that the body will take from them only what it needs and expel any excess; this is not necessarily the case with synthetic supplements.

Hormone imbalance

The industrialized world we live in, the foods we consume, the air we breathe all mean we are increasingly exposed to high levels of chemicals which may result in a hormone imbalance. Many men experience an imbalance of male hormones by the time they reach their 40s. The levels of testosterone decrease as part of the natural aging process; in addition exposure to chemical pollutants in the environment and the food we eat causes a corresponding increase in Estrogen meaning the ratio of testosterone to estrogen also falls – the hormone imbalance.

Estrogen dominance

When levels of testosterone fall below that of estrogen then the individual is said to be estrogen dominant – the symptoms of this condition include –

  • Enlarged prostate

  • Urinary problems

  • Low sex drive and/or impotence

  • Diabetes

  • Depression

  • Fatigue

  • Rapid weight gain

  • Increased risk of stroke

  • Osteoporosis

Natural testosterone produced in the body by herbal supplements or soy in the diet can help to relieve the symptoms of estrogen dominance and is a safer, healthier alternative to synthetic hormone treatments.

Synthetic estrogen is present in many products and even the water supply, the human body is not capable of processing synthetic hormones which means the y cannot be properly excreted.

Enlarged prostate

The condition of an enlarged prostate gland, affecting around 50% of men over the age of 50, is due to hormonal imbalance – previously this condition was only associated with the aging process but is now seen more frequently in younger men due to the increasingly polluted environment we live in. Some herbal supplements have been found to be beneficial in alleviating the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.

Left untreated an enlarged prostate may eventually block the bladder resulting in urinary retention and possible kidney damage or failure.

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