Men’s Hormones

A man’s hormones need to be in balance in order for him to look, feel, and perform at his best.

The need for hormone balance is not a topic we usually associate with men. Hormone balance is in fact a very important contributor to a man’s health and well being. Many men are struggling with imbalanced hormones that are working against their desire to look and feel their best. This health truth is often overlooked by doctors or is viewed too simply as only a question of testosterone levels.

Balanced hormones that are produced by the man himself are essential to a man’s feelings of wellness, his ability to perform mentally, emotionally, physically and sexually. Unbalanced sex hormones in adult men are associated with a greater risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and death for all reasons when compared to men maintaining a healthy hormone balance.

Common complaints include excess body fat, poor muscle tone, low libido and sexual dysfunction

Common complaints experienced by men with imbalanced hormones include being overweight and unable to lose weight, development of enlarged breast tissue and excess belly fat, lack of motivation, fatigue, loss of muscle tone, difficulty toning muscles even with regular exercise, loss of sexual interest, inability to create and maintain erections, premature ejaculation or inability to ejaculate, and benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH).

Are your hormones in balance?
normal body mass index (BMI)
overweight, or obese
lean muscles
excess body fat
muscles tone easily
muscles difficult to tone
no apparent breast tissue
swollen breast tissue in addition to fatty tissues
moods generally pleasant and optimistic
moods tend to be anxious, irritable, gloomy and/or depressed
motivated, high stamina
sluggish, slow starting, tire easily
appropriate sexual desire
little or no interest in sex
appropriate sexual response
erectile dysfunction
appropriate sexual control
premature / no ejaculation / discomfort during ejaculation
frequent morning erections
seldom or no morning erections
normal urinary control
discomfort, problems starting, stopping, emptying and/or needing to urinate frequently at night

Aging, stress, excess body fat and diabetes can all reduce a man’s testosterone levels

Around the age of 40 a man’s testosterone levels decline annually. This decline increases when chronic stress also steals the ability to create testosterone. Excess body fat can cause a man’s testosterone to be converted to estrogen at too high a rate. Excess estrogen in a man causes the body to create and hold more body fat — a vicious cycle. Excess body fat can lead to the development of type II diabetes. Excess blood sugar interfere’s with testosterone production and the cycle begins to spiral in a downward direction.

High cholesterol is a risk for heart disease, yet cholesterol is essential for stress and sex hormones

Sex and stress hormones both start their existence as serum cholesterol. Men who cannot shake excess body weight frequently have high serum cholesterol and an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. High serum cholesterol with low and imbalanced sex hormones fit a common theme of dysregulated cholesterol metabolism. Its desirable to reduce serum cholesterol and balance sex and stress hormones at the same time.

Hormone replacement therapy is a mistake for most men

Hormone replacement therapy, a practice which centers on giving drug testosterone to a man with low testosterone, is a simple idea for a doctor and a common treatment in medicine. There are problems with this approach to hormone balance. Adding testosterone to the body from the outside creates an undesirable drug dependency and further supresses the body’s natural sex hormone production. Using drug testosterone can have unwanted side effects. These include causing infertility and physical shrinkage of the male sex organs. A man’s testicles are where most of his testosterone is produced, and as long as he has one or both still attached and biologically viable, the medical focus should to be on encouraging them to produce adequate amounts of testosterone. A lack of testosterone may not be the problem or the only problem. Some men are making adequate testosterone but not enough of it is in an active form. Some men are converting too much of their testosterone into estrogen. Some men have high cholesterol and not enough of that is being converted into any hormones. Adequate blood testing and a targeted treatment plan can resolve multiple problems at once and return a man to being a sustainable source of his own balanced hormones.

Hormone imbalances tend to get locked in requiring a medical intervention to get back on track

When a man gets caught in a negative hormone feedback loop where imbalanced hormones are working against his ability to restore a healthy hormone balance, a medical interventon is usually going to be needed. This intervention should be guided by a doctor that understands men’s hormone pathways and who’s thinking is not limited to only pharmaceutical drugs. An approach that is going to have the best chances of getting a man back on track with sustainable health, well being and motivations in life has to look beyond just the hormones that are out of balance. Eating habits and food choices, long term nutritional status, metabolic status, gastrointestinal ecology, body weight and composition, and exercise habits all need to be assessed and addressed along with treatments to restore hormone balance.

The doctors of True Health Medicine, PC take a holistic approach to hormones and total health

Patients seeking treatment at True Health Medicine, PC recieve holistic health care. We start with a comprehensive questionnaire, physician interview, appropriate physical exams, and appropriate laboratory testing. From these different views we put hormone dysregulation into context with all the other factors affecting health.

Achieving true health takes work, but is rewarded with a sustainable wellness with the least amount of added dependency. Our therapeutics include counseling and encouraging you to make lifestyle changes, nutrition, herbal medicine, and as needed, pharmaceutical drugs.

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