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Causes and Consequences of Estrogen Dominance for Men and Women

October 22nd, 2016

Renew Youth™ keeps estrogen balanced to healthy levels during hormone replacement therapy.

Women and men both need estrogen to stay healthy. Too little estrogen causes unpleasant symptoms, and puts your heart, brain, and bone health at risk.

However, too much estrogen is also unhealthy. Women and men can become estrogen dominant as a result of age-related hormone changes.

Here’s what you need to know about how estrogen becomes dominant in women and in men, why it’s dangerous, and what to do about it.

Estrogen Dominance in Women

A woman’s body is designed to have a specific balance of estrogen (to encourage cell growth), relative to progesterone (to regulate that growth). But as women approach menopause, this balance can be disrupted. As periods become irregular, progesterone declines at a faster rate than estrogen, resulting in estrogen dominance.

Estrogen dominance can be dangerous, because without healthy levels of progesterone to “oppose” estrogen, estrogen can trigger unchecked cell growth, especially in estrogen-rich tissues. It’s for this reason that estrogen dominance has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, fibrocystic breast disease, uterine fibroids and endometriosis.

Estrogen Dominance in Men

As men age, testosterone production declines. To add insult to injury, testosterone is often “stolen” due to increased conversion of testosterone to estrogen, especially in men carrying belly fat. This conversion of testosterone to estrogen occurs through the action of an enzyme called aromatase. It happens to be the case that belly fat contains large concentrations of aromatase. Belly fat as it relates to aromatization results in a vicious cycle: the more estrogen men have, the harder it will be to lose fat and build muscle, which means testosterone conversion to estrogen just gets worse.

Stubborn belly fat is just one consequence of elevated estrogen in men. Too much estrogen can also cause fatigue, low sex drive, ED, mood swings, as well as increased prostate cancer risk. When estrogen levels are especially high in relation to testosterone, men can develop sore nipples and gynocamastia (otherwise known as “man boobs”.)

Get Treatment from Renew Youth™

The best way to make sure your hormones remain in balance as you age is with hormone therapy from Renew Youth™. We test and retest estrogen and other hormones during treatment, and take steps to protect you from becoming estrogen dominant. For women, we focus our efforts on balancing estrogen with the right amount of progesterone. For men, estrogen blockers are used to control testosterone’s conversion to estrogen. Contact us today to learn more.

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