Men’s Mental Health
Men’s Hormone Optimisation
- True dominance in relation to hormones is when one particular hormone is being over produced and supressing the function of others. Or under metabolised and not used as it should be and not being excreted out of the body.
- Hormones generally tend to work in pairs, there usually a hormone that switches things on and another to switch the same thing back off.
- Underproduction of a hormone can also impact the function and increase the dominance of other hormones.
- Resistance (hormone cannot get into the cell) of one of one half of the pair of hormones also has a huge implications.
For example 2 let’s have a look at ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin makes you hungry and can massively dominate over leptin. Leptin is the hormone that makes you feel full, these two hormones plus a couple of others work very tightly together.
Thyroid is a hormone that is commonly under produced or under-converted into its active form. The knock on effect of thyroid not working is massive. Have a ready my blog all about thyroid here.
Looking at number the insulin is a great example here. If you can get insulin into a cell, it can’t take glucose with it. Then you start running into all kinds of metabolic and inflammation type issues. Check out my full blog on insulin here for more details.
Here are a few functions that both testosterone and oestrogen do for men.
|Regulates fertility||Helps maintain body temp|
|Builds muscle||Enhances feel good neurotransmitters|
|Protein synthesis in the liver||Improves skin through collagen levels and regeneration|
|Distributes fat in a healthy manner||Helps prevent bone loss|
|Red blood cell production||Helps getting stored cholesterol out of liver into blood stream|
|Sperm productions and motility||Sperm health|
- Estrone (E1):This is a weak form of estrogen and the only type found in women after the menopause. Small amounts of estrone are present in most tissues of the body, mainly fat and muscle. The body can convert estrone to estradiol and estradiol to estrone.
- Estradiol (E2):This is the strongest type of estrogen. Estradiol is a steroid produced by the ovaries. It is thought to contribute to a range of gynecological problems, such as endometriosis, fibroids, and cancers that occur in females, particularly endometrial cancer. However men also produce E2 estradiol by converting testosterone. I’s actually essential for sexual arousal and function.
- Estriol (E3):This the weakest of the estrogens and is a waste product made after the body uses estradiol. Pregnancy is the only time at which significant amounts of estriol are made. Estriol cannot be converted to estradiol or estrone Ref: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/277177.php
What’s listed here are the worst case scenarios if you leave these types of oestrogens unchecked and running riot.
How To Know If You’re Oestrogen Dominant
|Low Testosterone symptoms for men||High Oestrogen symptoms for men|
|Low sex drive||Wider hips|
|Erectile dysfunction||Gynecomastia (man boobs, bitch tits)|
|Low seminal fluid||Increased fat storage|
|Poor gym performance||Want to cuddle and not fuck|
|Increased fat storage||Get very emotional for no real reason|
|Mood swings||Poor quality erections|
|Poor sleep||Low sperm count|
|Hair loss or gain||Prostate cancer risk|
|Poor quality erections||Very poor muscle definition|
As you can see a lot of these signs or symptoms that you might find it hard to go and speak to the doctor about. That’s one of the reasons I’ve created this platform for men. To have a safe space to speak and ask questions and get answers without being judged.
The best and most conclusive way that you’re going to know is you’re oestrogen dominant, is to get your blood tested. The blood test should be looking for the following
Free testosterone, SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin), E2 levels, aromatase and serum testosterone. Your health care practitioner or GP will know exactly what these are even if you don’t. That’s how you will get your diagnosis, from a qualified doctor! Not some guy from the gym who is doing a course of testosterone. If you have any 3 or more of any of these symptoms get to your doctor and talk to them. Trust me it could be one the best conversations you ever have! Go to the fucking doctor! That’s what they’re there for, to help you.
Potential Health Implications
“The potential to develop degenerative conditions, atherosclerosis, weight gain, mood swings, endometriosis, fibroids, breast cysts and breast or ovarian cancer in women increases with hormonal imbalance” This is according to Datuk Dr Nor Ashikin Mokhtar.
What he didn’t mention in this quote is that for men long term elevated oestrogen levels have a seriously damaging effect!
Below is a limited list of health issues that could be caused by and have a link with elevated oestrogen levels.
- Prostate cancer
- Increased stroke risk
- Elevated heart attack risk
- Increased atherosclerosis risk (blocking of arteries)
- Benign prostate enlargement
There are a lot of associated conditions that involve excess oestrogen. Things like high systemic chronic inflammation was linked with higher oestrogen levels.
As you can see excess oestrogen is bad fucking news. Again, I stress my point if you’re suffering any symptoms from the table, get to the doctor!!
References to all information provided are available on request.
Summing It All Up
You need both testosterone and oestrogen in your body. If you’re struggling with higher oestrogen levels makes sure you’re doing the following.
- Reducing body fat
- Eating lots of green veggies and I mean lots!
- Building muscle in the gym, make sure you work with a trainer who understands hormones and the muscle building process
- Modulate your stress responses, stress will not help your sex hormone regulation
- Sleep! It’s not sexy but make sure you’re getting at least 7 hours of good quality sleep every night!
For any more questions about anything here. Please get in contact with me or check out my other blogs and definitely get to your doctor!
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