Estrogen in Men Dallas
Estrogen in men is a key hormone necessary for healthy hormone balance. As men age, testosterone levels begin to fall and estrogen levels tend to rise. In many, this male estrogen dominance poses a considerable health risk. High estrogen levels in men have been associated with several problems including heart disease, prostate cancer and development of gynecomastia (man boobs). Elevated estrogen in males also raises body fat and can lead to diabetes.
Did you know?
- Most men have no idea that estrogen positively and negatively impacts their health
- Men need a small amount of estrogen to help prevent osteoporosis and optimize brain function
- In the past, it was felt that too much testosterone causes prostate cancer. Now many studies indicate that elevated estrogen and low testosterone are the culprits.
- High estrogen levels in men can actually lower testosterone, making the problem worse.
This accumulation of estrogen in men is frequently the result of increased activity of an enzyme called aromatase, which converts testosterone to estrogen. For some reason this enzyme gets ‘amped up’ as men age or as they gain weight. Fat cells have higher levels of aromatase, so the more fat a man has, the more estrogen he produces.
Controlling Estrogen Levels in Men
A simple blood test is used to determine your estrogen levels. Balancing all hormones, proper nutrition and controlling body fat is successful most of the time. On occasion, blocking agents such as Crysin or Arimidex can be used to further contro; estrogen levels.
Dr. Kevin Light at Integrative Medicine Dallas has years of experience managing the hormone changes in men that occur as they age. Aging can be done well. \
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