As men we are all very aware that we are supposed to have high testosterone levels, and that having low testosterone can cause issues (fat gain, muscle loss, bad sleep, and fertility problems). If this is an issue for you, I definitely recommend looking at the best natural testosterone boosting ingredients. But what about the other sex hormone?
Estrogen is produced by both men and women, with women getting much higher levels. Men are supposed to have at least some estrogen in their body but having too much can cause a lot of problems. In this article we are going to look at 5 signs that you may have higher estrogen levels than you are supposed to have.
When men get high levels of estrogen in their bodies they can begin to develop breasts, this is known as gynecomastia. For this to occur there usually has to be a significant decline in testosterone as well, something that tends to happen when a man begins to gain body fat. This can be very hard to get rid of and in some cases requires surgery.
Studies have shown that men with low levels of testosterone and high levels of estrogen can suffer from Type II Diabetes . So if you have recently been diagnosed with Diabetes then you could potentially also have very high levels of estrogen in your system.
The thing about estrogen is that not only does it increase body fat but it increases it in certain places, for men this tends to be around the abdomen. If you have started to find that your stomach is getting fatter and fatter then this could be due to lowered testosterone coupled with increased estrogen. Luckily increasing your exercise will help to lower body fat which will in turn boost testosterone and lower estrogen.
Get ready gents it’s time to talk about erections, or the lack-thereof. One of the most common signs of a high estrogen to testosterone ratio is a loss of morning wood. You might also find it difficult to have sex, and your chances of procreation will also fall due to the effect that low testosterone levels have on sperm production.
What’s so irritating about hormonal irregularities is how much of a snowball effect they can have, so for example: raised estrogen and lowered testosterone can affect sleep quality and contribute to chronic fatigue. This can increase hunger (raised levels of Ghrelin and lowered Leptin can leave you feeling starving) and lower activity – try sprinting 200m when you’ve only had 5 hours of bad sleep.
As a result of this you will eventually gain a lot of body fat which increases your estrogen production and lowers testosterone levels even further! This can lead to diabetes and gynecomastia which can make exercise even more of a chore, and therefore effect weight gain even more.
It’s a slippery slope that can make a slide into obesity almost inevitable. Luckily there are things that you can do that will help reverse this. Prioritising sleep over all else is a great way to start, as is starting to exercise. Eating healthily and increasing protein and fat (from animal sources) can also increase testosterone. Eating cruciferous vegetables and looking into natural aromatase inhibitors can also increase testosterone while lowering estrogen.
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