Hot flashes are known to be uncomfortable and unpleasant for the people who experience them. Most of the time, people who get hot flashes are women since hot flashes are a symptom of menopause.
However, women are not the only people who may experience hot flashes; men can experience them as well. Knowing the circumstances under which a man might experience hot flashes, how to identify hot flashes, and what to do about them can help you if you ever experience one yourself. Here’s what you need to know.
What Are Hot Flashes?
Hot flashes are feelings of intense, uncomfortable warmth that spread throughout the chest, neck and face. Sometimes people who experience hot flashes will blush deeply. When hot flashes are over, the person may be left feeling chilly and cold. Sweating and rapid heart rate are common. Male hot flashes and anxiety are often coupled together, with men who experience hot flashes also experiencing anxiety.
Why Do Men Get Hot Flashes?
Hot flashes occur because of low testosterone. They may also occur because of prostate cancer treatment.
Men experience low testosterone for a variety of reasons. Although all men experience a slow and steady decline in testosterone starting at around age 30, it is usually a sharp decline in testosterone that causes hot flashes.
Sometimes low testosterone is caused by lifestyle factors, like poor eating habits and alcohol consumption. Other times, low testosterone is caused by an infection or a disease like type 2 diabetes. Low testosterone can also occur because of genetic factors.
How to Get Rid of Hot Flashes in Men
What your doctor does to treat hot flashes will depend on the central cause of the problem. If you’re taking a medication that is causing the hot flashes to occur, inform your doctor about the symptoms you’re experiencing.
If you’re experiencing hot flashes and you’re not taking a medication that could be causing your hot flashes, talk to your doctor. Your doctor will need to test your testosterone levels and diagnose the cause of the problem.
Treatment options include:
Sometimes making a simple lifestyle change can improve testosterone levels in the body. Your doctor can help you identify whether your lifestyle could be the result of your hot flashes. If so, your doctor may recommend:
Exercise. Getting regular exercise can help you control your weight and regulate hormones.
Good nutrition. Your doctor may recommend eating more foods known to boost testosterone production, including beef, oysters, tuna and beans.
Take a vitamin D supplement. Nearly half the population is deficient in vitamin D, which in turn can lead to low testosterone.
If your doctor determines that your hot flashes are caused by low testosterone levels, they may recommend bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). This form of therapy must be monitored and controlled by an experienced medical professional.
Hormones are administered to people via pill, pellet, topical ointment or injection. Your doctor can help you decide what kind of hormone replacement is right for you.
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