Although you may associate testosterone with men, and estrogen with women, both hormones are found in the male body and play a critical role in lifelong health. Estrogen is essential for controlling libido, erectile function, and developing sperm. It also aids in maintaining bone health, certain brain functions, and cholesterol metabolism.
Both testosterone and estrogen play a significant role in your day-to-day health, therefore keeping them in balance is important if you want to feel well. High estrogen levels can put you at risk of stroke, blood clots, diabetes, certain cancers (like male breast cancer), and developing large male breasts. Also, when estrogen is high, there is a greater chance of erectile dysfunction and infertility. High estrogen levels have even been linked to dementia and depression. With these concerns in mind, it is good to be aware of the symptoms you may experience if you develop high estrogen levels.
Symptoms of High Estrogen in Men
As a hormone that affects both the brain, and the body, high estrogen can lead to a variety of symptoms including:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Stunted growth during puberty
- The development of male breasts
- Persistent fatigue
- Night sweats or excessive sweating during the day
- Water retention
- Loss of sex drive
- Low bone density (osteoporosis)
- Mood swings, anxiety, or depression.
- Body hair loss.
- Loss of muscle mass.
- Increased body fat.
Left unchecked, high estrogen levels can lead to serious conditions such as a stroke or cancer as discussed above. By recognizing the symptoms of high estrogen, you can take steps to deal with this hormonal imbalance and seek professional advice quickly.
Causes of High Estrogen in Men
There are many reasons why your body might be producing too much estrogen. High estrogen levels can be genetic or caused by health conditions such as stress, obesity, certain tumors, hormonal problems like hypogonadism, or some liver conditions. Estrogen levels may also increase because of medications like testosterone replacement therapy, some antibiotics, and specific mental health drugs.
Knowing and recognizing the symptoms of high estrogen levels is the first step to getting treatment. Changes to your diet and lifestyle regime are a positive place to start. A low fat, high fiber diet, with regular exercise can make a difference to your estrogen levels.
- Eat more broccoli, pomegranates, cabbage, cauliflower, bok choi, and kale – they contain phytochemicals that block estrogen production.
- Add natural estrogen blocking red grapes to your diet.
- Add foods that are high in polyphenols (which reduce estrogen) to your diet including, sesame seeds, flax seeds, rice, and green tea.
- Consume a variety of mushrooms, such as shiitake, portobello, and baby button mushrooms. They prevent the production of an enzyme called aromatase which converts another hormone androgen to estrogen. By adding these to your diet it will help prevent the production of estrogen.
- Avoid meats that have been treated with synthetic hormones.
- Avoid shampoos that have parabens containing estrogens.
- Engage in regular exercise to help keep your estrogen levels low.
However, it is important to see medical help when you recognize symptoms of high estrogen. A professional can run estrogen level tests, and establish the root cause of the problem. Many conditions that cause high estrogen levels can be successfully treated.
Hormonal imbalance can have a huge impact both physically and emotionally and Apollo Medical Associates are here to support you. We offer bioidentical hormone replacement to Colorado Springs residents who are looking to fight these symptoms and get back to feeling invigorated and inspired. Apollo Medical Associates can offer safe and effective ways to relieve symptoms associated with hormone imbalance. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and begin your journey to hormonal balance.