Men's Health and Hormones

Men's Health and Hormones

The importance of men's health is slowly gaining the recognition it deserves. Men are far less likely than
women to seek alternative medicines or consult their doctors when problems arise and therefore often suffer complaints far longer than they need to.

We all know women go through menopause, but did you know many men can suffer from andropause?
This is a time when testosterone levels drop, potentially resulting in a cascade of complaints including
fatigue, loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, mood disorders and weight gain. As we gain fat, the cells
start to produce oestrogen, resulting in the common appearance of “man boobs” and a “beer gut”.

Elevation in oestrogen causes a drop in testosterone, which further compounds the above problems. As
men age, cholesterol levels can become elevated which is often due to diet and genetics. However, cholesterol is the major building block needed to make testosterone, so it makes sense that our body increases the production to try and boost testosterone levels.

Diet and exercise are paramount to maintaining hormone balance, so avoid excessive alcohol consumption as well as take-aways and processed foods. Although there are some wonderful herbs such as tribulus and Korean ginseng to assist with testosterone production, the potential of these herbs can only be achieved when lifestyle factors are addressed. Don’t delay your health checks any longer.

Written by Sarah Durack
Published 12/06/2010

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