Controlling the amount of Estrogen in the body has long been a problem for women, men, and especially for bodybuilders. Most people know that it’s a female hormone and that’s it’s not good for men, but that’s about the extent of their knowledge. We’re going to try to give you more information on this key hormone.
Estrogen is the female hormone responsible for several different functions in women. There are three different forms of estrogen: Estriol, Estradiol, and Estrone. Estrogen is synthesized from cholesterol and is secreted from the ovaries in women and gonads in men. It can also be created by adipose tissue, the unwanted fat people have around their waistline.
It is responsible for female reproductive behavior, the development of female reproductive organs, and the regulation of the menstrual cycle. Estrogen plays a key role in the preparation of an embryo pre and post fertilization. It’s the main hormone responsible for menopause in women. It is also responsible for how women develop differently from men including their voices and smaller frames.
Benefits of Stable Estrogen Levels in Women
- Could prevent heart attacks
- Protects bone health
- Reduces the risk of depression
- Enhances memory and concentration
- Improves the skin
- Crucial to reproductive organ health
- Stabilizes the production of milk for breast feeding
Possible Side Effects of High Estrogen Levels in Women
- Weight gain
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Headaches and anxiety
- Trouble sleeping
- Decreased libido
- Increased risk of Ovarian and Breast Cancer
Possible Side Effects of Low Estrogen Levels in Women
- Hot flashes
- Low serotonin levels
- Mood swings
- Painful sex
- Irregular menstruation periods
- Increased frequency of urinary tract infections
- Bone loss
For women, it’s really important to maintain stable estrogen levels or they could succumb to any number of these negative side effects. For men, estrogen also plays a key role in the body. It is used to regulate testosterone levels and several other functions. Estradiol is the main form of estrogen in the male body. It is derived from cholesterol through the conversion of testosterone.
For men, it can cause a lot of problems if levels are too high or low. Men should aim for higher testosterone levels in order to have a healthy sex drive and especially if their goal is to put on muscle mass. Striking the right balance of testosterone and estradiol is an important part of living a healthy and enjoyable life.
Positive Effects of Estradiol in Men
- Influences a healthy libido
- Aids in spermatogenesis
- Fights erectile dysfunction
Possible Negative Effects of High Estrogen Levels in Men
- Increased abdominal fat
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of muscle mass
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Enlarged breasts (gynecomastia)
- Decreased strength
- Decreased testosterone levels
- Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
- Increased risk of prostate or testicular cancer
Possible Negative Effects of Low Estrogen/Estradiol Levels in Men.
- Decreased libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Weight gain (abdominal fat)
- Low testosterone levels
- Increased risk of osteoporosis
What Can Cause an Imbalance in Estrogen?
- Impaired liver function
- Certain medications
- Genetic disorders
- Low testosterone or progesterone levels
- Abuse of drugs or alcohol
- Poor diet (especially lack of fiber)
- High levels of body fat
Regulating estrogen is essential for reproductive health, fighting disease, and maintaining a healthy weight in men and women. Unfortunately, men sometimes have trouble distinguishing whether they are suffering from low testosterone or low estradiol levels. Lab tests could help you tell which one is the culprit.
As men and women age, their testosterone and estrogen levels tend to be out of balance. We have several suggestions to help you fight father time and this imbalance of your hormones.
- Eat a healthy diet (organic meat and produce, choose high fiber foods, avoid canned foods, and limit processed foods)
- Avoid xenoestrogens (soy products, chloride, fluorine, flame retardants, plastics, and other industrial compounds)
- Get plenty of sleep (melatonin could fight excessive estrogen levels)
- Exercise (It will decrease adipose tissue and is known to lower estrogen levels)
- Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and drugs
- Get regular physical checkups and lab tests from your medical doctor.
- Hormone replacement therapy