Male hormone imbalance is a growing problem, I am testing more and more men with less than optimal testosterone results, often combined with high estrogen. There are some simple diet, lifestyle and supplement options that you can do to help optimise your hormonal health, but the first thing I recommend doing is testing your hormones.
You do not need to have all of these symptoms if you have excess estrogen, these are the most common symptoms that men experience with male hormone imbalance.
Low testosterone has many similar symptoms to excess estrogen, with more muscle weakness and fatigue being the main difference, whenever you think of male hormone imbalance you usually think low testosterone is the cause.
There are many different causes of male hormone imbalance and here is a list of the most common ones.
These are some of the supplements that I recommend and that I have seen client get good results with, the supplements that you need will depend on whether you have high estrogen levels or low testosterone. There are also different causes of the hormones going out of balance which is why I recommend the DUTCH hormone test to help identify exactly what is going wrong.
Hormones can be tested in blood, urine or saliva and I prefer to use urine testing as it measures the free bioavailable hormones plus the levels of adrenal hormones throughout the day (which is not possible in a blood test).
Saliva testing is the cheaper option and is easy to do at home without going to a lab or having to visit a doctor, and for some people this will be the best option. I recommend a combination of adrenal and sex hormone testing, this test measures 4 different samples throughout the day to identify the natural diurnal rhythm of cortisol (cortisol levels change during the day) and the best option for this is the DUTCH Hormone Test, if you would like to find out more information then read the DUTCH hormone test review
Noteworthy: Urine testing is also an easy option to do at home, it is more expensive but goes into more detail about the hormones and the hormone metabolites and this is my preferred option for testing hormones.
This extra information tells us about the precursors to the hormones which can help to identify the cause of the hormone imbalance.
This test is called the DUTCH hormone test and it stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones.
It gives us your levels of free testosterone, and also the metabolites of testosterone which show if your metabolizing testosterone down the 5b-DHT pathway or the more potent 5a-DHT pathway.
It also tells us how the estrogen is being metabolized, there are 3 different pathways estrogen can be metabolized down and they are the 2, 4 or 16 hydroxyestrone pathways ..... the 2 hydroxyestrone pathway is the healthy pathway while the 4 and 16 pathways are associated with cancer and other health problems.
Noteworthy: The saliva and urine tests are both available throughout the world and a test kit can be posted to your home, the kit is then sent back to the lab for analysis.
Once the results are in we can go through them via video consultation or phone and work out a treatment plan to optimize your results.
If you would like to order a test kit go the the DUTCH Hormone Test order page, you also have the option of scheduling a 30 minute consultation to make sure this is the right test for you, and I can help guide you on the right path to balance your hormones.
Michael is head consultant at Planet Naturopath - Functional Medicine and Nutrition Solutions.
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