The Value of Measuring Estrogen / Testosterone in Men

As we age many vital hormone levels in the body decline.  Hormones are the chemical messengers of the body.  The body needs proper hormonal balance to function efficiently.  If hormone levels become imbalanced or too low or high, then inefficiency will occur in the body, leading to declining function.  Measuring hormone levels to determine if they are normal or not normal can be important in maintaining hormonal balance.

Men need to measure their estrogen levels, as well as many other vital hormones, such as testosterone, thyroid, human growth hormone, and so on.  Since estrogen is one of the primary sexual hormones of women, men may overlook the importance of estrogen in their own bodies.  Imbalance of estrogen levels in men can lead to disease, aging, degeneration, and breakdowns.  From Harper's Biochemistry 25th edition, "increased free

estrogen - (biologically active) testosterone ratio noted in aging, cirrhosis, and hyperthyroidism."   Higher levels of estrogen may be involved with aging, cirrhosis, and hyperthyroidism.  Also, "Abnormally high plasma levels of E-2 (estradiol) and changes in free testosterone (biologically active) ratio have been associated with pubertal or post-pubertal gynecomastia (male breast enlargement), particularly in older individuals and in patients with chronic liver disease or hyperthyroidism (Ref. Robert K. Murray, MD, Ph.D., Daryl K. Granmer, MD, Peter A. Mayes, Ph.D., D.Sc., Victor W. Fodwell, Ph.D., Harper’s Biochemistry, 25th Edition, Appleton & Lance, Stanford, Connecticut, 2000,  Pages 596-597)."

Imbalance of estrogen-testosterone ratios may result in disease, degeneration, and other problems noted above.  You can measure estrogen with a hormonal specialist.  We recommend the doctors of the American Academy of Antiaging Medicine, called A-4 doctors.  To become an A-4 doctor, a cutting edge exam with hundreds of questions, including many questions concerning the newest ideas about hormones must be passed.  Their national number is 773-528-4333.

Also noted is enlarged breasts, aging such as pear shaped obesity (estrogen promotes fat gain), and other feminine characteristics appearing in men may be an indicator of increasing higher levels of estrogen in men.  So if you are a male and you note you are unable to maintain muscle, your body looks more and more like a woman's body, you are gaining weight on your belly that gives you a pear shape, and other feminine characteristics, you probably need to get your estrogen levels checked immediately.

A hormonal specialist, up-to-date on the newest ideas of the hormonal sciences, will probably also check your testosterone and DHT hormonal levels, as well as other vital hormones.  Hormones do not work alone and the whole story of estrogen can not be told without understanding what is happening to other vital hormones that influence and control estrogen levels.

In conclusion, higher estrogen levels may result in feminization characteristics, such as weight gain and other aging symptoms, enlarged breasts, loss of muscle (which leads to decline in metabolic function), and other more feminine like changes, that can result in declining efficiency and function in the body.  When function declines, this leads to degeneration, breakdown, disease, and aging, which leads to further decline in efficiency,

which continues the cycle of further decline of efficiency and function in the body.  Balancing and maintaining appropriate hormone levels can help neutralize many of the effects that imbalance of hormones can create.  If you are a male, you need to measure estrogen levels periodically.  If you are a male with feministic characteristics as described in this article, you may want to see a hormone specialist right away.

Take Special Note of This: Often the hormone specialist will measure testosterone, but not estrogen and DHT.  A chemical process called aromatization produces estrogen in men from androstenedione (androsterone) and testosterone (often fat in a man’s potbelly are causing him to lose his testosterone and gain estrogen).  Although men do not normally produce much estrogen, inappropriate high levels of biologically active estrogen in ratio to biologically active testosterone are being implicated in some potential cancers.  You can read more about this in the article on this web site, called “Estrogen-Testosterone Syndrome/Pot Belly/Baldness Cure."  Therefore, if your doctor does not choose to measure estrogen, then you should consider asserting yourself and asking him to do so.  Measuring estrogen, as well as testosterone, is a way to protect your health.

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