Did you know estrogen is also found in males? Continue reading to explore its effect on reproductive health and how to maintain its levels…
Why Men should fear estrogen ?
Estrogen, majorly recognized as a female hormone (chemical messengers). It is responsible for maintaining the optimal health of women. But they are also found in males and is produced by the adrenal glands and testis. This hormone is important for proper male reproductive functions. A slight increase in its levels can result in a wide range of unwanted symptoms from weight gain to mood swings.
Symptoms of High Estrogen: Few symptoms seen in males with high estrogen levels are:
- Infertility– As high levels of estrogen causes fall in sperm count and reproductive health issues.
- Gynecomastia- Too much estrogen can trigger the growth of breast tissue in males that leads to larger breasts (gynecomastia).
- Erectile dysfunction- Increased estrogen causes problem in maintaining erection.
- Cardiovascular diseases- Stroke and risk of heart diseases increases when estrogen level rises.
- Obesity- It can contribute to increased production of estrogen.
Symptoms of Low Estrogen: Too little estrogen can predispose men to diseases like osteoporosis and also result in bone fracture. Below are some symptoms experienced by males when estrogen levels in their body decrease.
- Fat accumulation
- Sexual dysfunction
Testosterone and Estrogen- Are they related?
Too little estrogen can predispose men to diseases like osteoporosis and also result in bone fracture. Below are some symptoms experienced by males when estrogen levels in their bodies decrease.
- Decreased energy
- Problems in erectile functions
- Mood swings
- Increased body fat
How one can determine estrogen levels and what does it tell?
An estrogen test detects the levels of estrogen by using blood or urine sample. This test helps to diagnose delayed puberty, cause of enlarged breasts, and detect tumors due to which estrogen levels might have increased.
For everyone, the cause is different for estrogen imbalance and also the treatment plan. Following some general principles in routine like body fat maintenance, intake of cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, brussels sprouts, etc.) in diet and regular physical activity can reduce the chances of its imbalance.
It is rightly said that prevention is better than cure…, easy to say but not that easy to follow. On the contrary, if at the first place health is taken care of, nothing can limit its advantage towards a disease-free, healthy life.
Victory over the fear is possible, so conquer your fear from estrogen by retaining its balance.