Men will accept bodily changes as part of the ageing process. But, many of the symptoms of ageing are in reality caused by an imbalance in hormones, having an effect not only on testosterone but also the thyroid and the cortisol levels. With ageing the probability of men experiencing a hormone imbalance increases, and here are the health effects of it:
Factors that contribute to male hormone imbalance
Age will play a definitive role in men’s hormonal imbalance, because male growth hormone levels in the body start to decline after the age of 20. By the time they are 40, men retain only half their original growth hormones, and by the time they are 80, they have only 5% of the original hormone levels. Factors like diet, injuries, activity level, stress, medications and genetics also have a role to play.
Male hormone imbalance symptoms
In the beginning, you may tend to attribute hormone imbalances to other factors like overwork and tiredness, but with time, these symptoms will start to worsen, and have a bearing on your way of life. Some of the common symptoms of hormonal imbalance in men are:
- Low sex drive
- Cognitive decline
- Erectile dysfunction
- Weight gain
- Low muscle mass
- Hair loss
- Memory loss
Male hormone imbalance types
Hormonal imbalances in men are generally one of the following four types;
- Andropause: This is by far the most common kind of male hormone imbalance and is also known as male menopause.
- Adrenal fatigue: With long term stress, the adrenal glands will lower the production of cortisol, which is a hormone that regulates stress.
- Hypothyroidism: This happens in men when the thyroid gland functions in an underactive manner.
- Hyperthyroidism: This happens when the thyroid gland starts becoming overactive.
Signs that you are going through hormonal imbalance
Fluctuations in hormone levels are quite common in men as they age, and might happen when the endocrine glands are not functioning in an optimum manner. There are many endocrine glands present in the body, controlling many different
body functions. Some of the symptoms are:
- Weight loss that is sudden and unexplained
- Changes in the cold and heat sensitivity
- Excessive sweating
- Headaches and difficulty in sleeping
- Changes in the blood pressure and the heart rate
- Skin rashes and dry skin
- Depression, anxiety and irritability
- Frequent urination and excessive thirst
- Prolonged and unexplained fatigue
- Weak and brittle bones
Some of the reasons behind hormonal imbalance are:
- Continued exposure to stress
- Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
- Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
- Poor nutrition and diet
- Being anorexic or obese
- Hormonal replacement or birth control drugs
- An overuse of steroids
- Cysts and thyroid nodules
- Cancer, cancer treatment, benign tumors and pituitary tumors
- Deficiency in iodine
- Injury to the endocrine gland
- Pancreatitis of a hereditary nature
Men’s hormonal imbalance is increasingly common today with our fast paced lifestyle along with poor exercise and food habits. However you can try and naturally keep the hormones balanced by adding the right amount of protein to meals, going for regular physical exercise, skipping sugar and carbs, effective stress management and consumption of healthy fats.