What You Can Do About Male Hormone Imbalance
Optimal health is dependent on a balance of hormones, not just a single hormone. Currently, men with low androgen hormones can benefit from hormone replacement therapy. Men with imbalances in their levels of androgen to estrogen and progesterone can also benefit from hormone supplements.
Supplemental hormones can be given by mouth, injection, skin patch or implant. Androgen supplementation, in states of deficit, improves alertness and produces a feeling of well-being, with a reduction in abdominal fat and enhanced lean body mass.
Testosterone production in males is mainly a testicular function. The pituitary sex hormones luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) stimulate and regulate this function. Specifically, LH stimulates testosterone production in the testicles. This process is under negative feedback, meaning that testosterone levels regulate LH secretion. FSH and testosterone stimulate sperm production.
The Male Hormone Imbalance Test is For You if You Are:
Middle-aged and experiencing any of these conditions:
- Impaired libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Baldness and/or extremity hair thinning
- Fat accumulation around the waist
- Urinary problems such as pain, frequency or urgency— or interrupted stream
- Changes in sleeping habits
- Lack of enthusiasm for life
- Increase in bad cholesterol—decrease in good cholesterol
Young and experiencing any of these conditions:
- Impaired libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Early baldness
- Inability to lose weight
- Profuse Sweating
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Why Measure Male Hormones?
Measurements of hormones can be used in two general ways:
- To estimate the body’s own production as a baseline test.
- To measure levels of hormones after supplementation in therapeutic monitoring.
Baseline measurements show normal and abnormal levels of six distinct hormones, shown in the boxes in Diagram 1. If the levels are too low, too high or hormone ratios are outside of expected limits, an objective treatment plan can be developed for the patient. Symptoms are not a substitute for measuring hormone levels, because many symptoms may involve non-hormonal factors.
Using appropriate tests for monitoring hormone therapy is crucial in establishing the appropriate dosing regimen. This reduces the chance of undesirable side effects and maximizes beneficial effects. For example, excessive use of androgens (testosterone, androstenedione, DHEA and testosterone derivatives) can activate subclinical prostatic tumors which are androgen-dependent. Monitoring is especially important in older males. By the age of 70, at least 50% of men have subclinical prostate cancer. These individuals are especially susceptible to growth stimulation by androgens.
The roles Of The Seven Tested Hormones Are Highlighted In The Following Descriptions Of Each:
DHEA – Is the precursor for both male and female hormones— and anti-stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands. Unmonitored intake can easily alter the delicate balance between male and female hormones.
Androstenedione – Is a weak (androgen) and a precursor to both male and female hormones. Unmonitored intake in men can cause excessive female hormone production with minimal male hormone production. In women, unmonitored intake usually causes excess male hormone production with body and facial hair stimulation.
Testosterone – Is the main testicular androgen and is a precursor to the highly potent dihydrotestosterone male hormone. Excessive amounts of testosterone promote hardening of the blood vessels, aggression, prostate problems and an increase in total cholesterol.
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – Is made from testosterone in certain tissues. The rate of its production is controlled by the level of free active progesterone. Excess DHT causes prostate enlargement and thinning of scalp hair.
Progesterone – Is a hormone important to both men and women. It is a natural calming agent to our nervous system. It also keeps in check excessive DHT production and counterbalances the effects of excessive estrone. Unmonitored intake can lead to breast enlargement, depression and weight gain.
Estrone – Is an estrogen that both men and women produce in the fat cells. The more fat, the more estrone, which in turn promotes fat deposits. It is produced from androstenedione, and excess of estrone can cause breast enlargement and contribute to prostate enlargement. In males, a certain low level of estrone is mandatory to balance the androgens.
Estradiol – Is another estrogen that is much more powerful than estrone. It is partially formed in the testes but mostly in the perepheral tissues from both the testicular and adrenal androgens.