If you’re an aging man, have you developed man breasts? Do you look puffy? Is your waist bigger than your hips or your abdomen pooched out like a pregnant woman? Then chances are your body is converting too much testosterone into estrogen in a process called aromatization. Aromatization is a important and natural process in a man’s body. Even men need estrogen. It becomes problematic when too much testosterone is converted into estrogen reducing the amount of testosterone available in the body. Too little testosterone and too much estrogen in the body of a man is not good and results in the development of man boobs, more weight gain around the middle, that puffy look, and other feminine characteristics. The following are some factors that can cause too much estrogen to be converted from testosterone:
- Abdominal fat
- Increase in alcohol consumption
- Nutritional deficiencies in vitamin C, Zinc, and Omega 3 fatty acids.
- Aromatase enzyme surges caused by refined white flours and sugars
It’s also extremely important for a man to have optimal levels of testosterone at all times. Sometimes it’s not an issue of too much testosterone being converted into estrogen, but rather that the estrogen levels are holding steady, but testosterone levels are dropping with age. When testosterone drops off and estrogen continues to be made, then hormone imbalance occurs with testosterone being too low and estrogen being too high proportionally.
Unfortunately many doctors’ approach to treating this problem can cause even worse health issues. Often they prescribe an aromatase inhibiting drug to block this natural process in the body. But men still need estrogen; they just need more testosterone. So blocking one hormonal process often masks the real problem and doesn’t fix anything at a root level. More often than not, the root cause are levels of testosterone and other hormones being too low. Therefore the answer is to balance the hormones by raising the ones that are low. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is one of the best ways to balance hormone levels and address the foundational issue of low levels.
Many doctors just simply don’t realize or haven’t had the training to discern and detect root causes of health problems. They are trained to treat symptoms and do not necessarily have the tools to know how to get at the root causes. If you suspect you have hormone imbalances, it’s imperative that you see a doctor who has the training and understanding of how to test properly to determine hormone levels and how to safely treat hormone imbalances for lasting optimal health.
I welcome the opportunity to help you with any health issues you’re facing especially hormone imbalances. Make an appointment today so we can get you on the road to optimal health!
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Austin, TX 78704