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MALE HEALTH & HORMONES

Every month I am posting about  everything you need to know about health. This month topic is about Male Health & Hormones.

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Did you know …

  • Hormones are everywhere
  • Hormones are chemical messengers that coordinate different functions in your body produced by various glands, organs and tissues in fact many cells can make their own hormones
  • The role hormones play in male health is significant.
  • Hormones impact a man’s weight, mood, decision making ability, energy levels, gut health, skin health, hair health, bone health, food cravings and so much more
  • However as opposed to women, symptoms are often underreported
  • 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, affecting not only testosterone, but also cortisol, Estrogen, insulin and thyroid levels.
  • Have you ever wondered how many hormones affect male health?
  • Scientists have identified over 50 hormones
  • The 5 main ones are

– Estrogen

– Testosterone

– Thyroid hormones

– Cortisol

– Insulin

  • Of course, the male sex hormone Testosterone has the most significant effect on a man’s health, from puberty to manhood to andropause and more.
  • But, the other hormones all play their role
  • No hormone is inherently good or bad
  • They constantly chat with one another and other compounds in the body to maintain balance
  • Tiny shifts can have massive consequences
  • If one hormone is lacking, it can throw the body, mind, and or emotions out of balance
  • EG. if Thyroid-Stimulating-Hormone (TSH) gets out of range, even by milliunits, memory, body temperature, and many other functions will be altered.
  • Hormone levels can be tested in the blood, urine or saliva.
  • Testosterone is best tested in blood
  • Unfortunately, doctors may overlook hormones as being the cause of symptoms thus excluding them from any testing
  • Here are some of the most common issues men experience when their hormones are imbalanced:

– Acne

– Change in fat distribution, increasing storage around the middle and or hips and or man boobs

– Change in muscle definition and strength

– Erectile dysfunction

– Change in self-esteem and motivation

– Spontaneous, aggressive, risk taking behaviour or the opposite more cautious and procrastination

– Excessive body and facial hair but hair loss on the head

– Heart or liver problem

– High blood pressure (hypertension)

– High or low sex drive (libido)

  • Chemicals in our food, water, personal-care products, and environment can enter our bodies and mimic or block hormones or otherwise keep them from doing their jobs.
  • Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) include well-known troublemakers like BPA and phthalates in plastics, but there are many others.
  • EDCs have been linked to everything from low sperm count to learning disabilities to certain cancers, though experts say more research is needed.
  • To be on the safe side, avoid pesticides, favour glass, porcelain and steel food containers over plastic, and eat fresh whole foods without colourings or additives
  • International Men’s Day sis the 19th November celebrates worldwide the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities. This year the theme is “Zero Male Suicide” with the aim to stop men’s suicide.

Puberty to manhood

All about prostate

All about andropause

Male health after andropause

Midlife crisis

Male prime fertile years

Middle aged men and testosterone

Aging male health challenges

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