Men tend to accept changes in their bodies as just part of the aging process. However, most symptoms of “aging” are actually caused by a hormone imbalance, which affects not only testosterone, but also cortisol and thyroid levels. It is true that as men age, they are more likely to experience male hormone imbalance, but there are other contributing factors as well. Here is what you should know about this common but underreported condition.
The Importance of Hormones
Hormones regulate the various systems in the human body, including digestion, growth, metabolism, mood, movement, reproduction, respiration, stress, and tissue function, among others. When your hormones are unbalanced, it can affect virtually all aspects of your overall health and functioning.
Contributing Factors to Male Hormone Imbalance
Aging definitely plays a role in male hormone imbalance. Male growth hormones tend to steadily decrease after the age of 20. By age 40, most men retain only half of their original growth hormones, and by age 80 they typically retain only 5%. Still, this can be affected by other factors, including:
- Activity level
- Dietary choices
Symptoms of Male Hormone Imbalance
It is easy to chalk up the symptoms of a hormone imbalance to other factors, such as tiredness and overwork, especially in the beginning. Over time, though, these symptoms tend to worsen until they start changing your way of life. Here are just a few of the most common symptoms:
- Cognitive decline
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hair loss
- Loss of muscle mass
- Low sex drive
- Memory loss
- Weight gain
Types of Male Hormone Imbalance
Most male hormone imbalances fall into one of four types:
Andropause: Also known as male menopause, this is the most common type of male hormonal imbalance.
Adrenal fatigue: If you are stressed out for a long time, your adrenal glands could lower the production of cortisol, a stress hormone.
Hypothyroidism: This condition occurs when the thyroid gland becomes underactive.
Hyperthyroidism: This condition occurs when the thyroid gland becomes overactive
Treating Male Hormone Imbalance
Fortunately, male hormone imbalance can be successfully treated. The treatment of choice is typically Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). This natural solution uses biologically identical replacement hormones, available in pill, cream, gel, and skin patch forms, to gently rebalance your hormone levels.
The hormones are derived from natural sources and have virtually no side effects when properly used. We will prescribe and adjust them based on your unique needs. We may also recommend changes in diet, exercise, and overall lifestyle to support your hormone replacement therapy and maximize the benefits.
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