Hormone Imbalance in Men
Are you under the impression that hormone imbalance and shifts are something only middle-aged women deal with? You’re not alone – but that’s an all-too-common misconception. Men also suffer from hormone imbalances, especially as they age. And the symptoms can be subtle, or they can be severe enough to disrupt your everyday life and lead to health issues.
If you suspect you may be suffering from a hormone imbalance, you may be struggling with the way you look and feel. Hormone imbalance in men can be a frustrating issue to deal with, especially because it gets much less attention than similar hormonal issues in women. But that doesn’t mean the effects are any less real or damaging.
Many men aren’t sure how to identify a hormonal imbalance and just think the changes in their body are due to their lifestyle or the natural aging process. But that leaves the root cause unaddressed and prolongs suffering. Learning to recognize key symptoms of hormone imbalance in men means you can understand potential issues and get real relief so you can live your best life again.
Key Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance in Men
Identifying symptoms of hormone imbalance can be difficult – they may appear inconsistently or initial present as very subtle. You might not even realize that you have an imbalance until your symptoms are severe. And symptoms often can be mistaken for another health issue. That’s why extensive testing is necessary to definitively identify a hormone imbalance.
But these key symptoms in men commonly indicate a hormone imbalance and warrant a conversation with a qualified healthcare provider.
Losing your sex drive can put a strain on your most important relationships and is something many man struggle with on a psychological level. These changes can come from a wide variety of causes, but a hormone imbalance is often at the root. Drops in testosterone levels is the most common cause, but high levels of estrogen can also impact desire and sexual drive.
There are many factors that contribute to or cause erectile dysfunction – depression, stress, heart disease, inflammation, chronic illness, and insomnia are usually the primary driver of ED. A hormone imbalance may contribute to the mix because of a lack of testosterone, but typically best effects are found in combining hormone therapy with other treatments along with lifestyle changes.
Enlargement of the breasts in men is called gynecomastia, and it’s one of the strongest indicators of hormonal imbalance in men. It’s not just a question of weight gain or a sedentary lifestyle – if your breast tissue is disproportionately large compared to the rest of your body, it’s probably a hormonal issue. Gynecomastia isn’t physically harmful, but it can take a real toll on your self-esteem. Treating the underlying hormonal imbalance, optimally with BHRT, is essential so you don’t suffer further.
Gaining fat and losing muscle
If you’re still in the same gym routine and sticking to a healthy diet, but you notice that you’re losing muscle mass and gaining fat, you might try working harder and harder at the gym. But it’s very possible that while you’re doing everything right, a hormonal imbalance is to blame. When your testosterone levels drop or your cortisol levels rise, you will see less results for your hard work in the gym and the kitchen.
Hormone imbalances don’t just affect your physical body – they can also have a strong impact on your mental health and happiness as well. Men dealing with hormonal imbalance may experience increased irritability, mood swings, decreased motivation, depression, and/or anxiety. Many men don’t realize that these changes are due to a treatable hormone issue, and don’t seek the help they need to restore their emotional calm and tranquility.
Additional Signs of Hormone Imbalance in Men
Everyone’s body is different – which means you may experience one or many different symptoms of hormonal imbalance. The five symptoms above are the most common or specific to hormone imbalance, but you should also keep an eye out for the following common symptoms, alone or in combination.
- Trouble sleeping
- Brain fog
- Elevated blood sugar
- Low energy
- Decreased bone density
- Abnormal heart conditions
BHRT for Hormone Imbalances in Men
If you’re experiencing one or more of the symptoms of hormone imbalances in men, you’re not alone – and you have the power to fix the root cause of your problems.
With bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), you can safely and effectively restore the hormonal balance and function in your body. Choosing the right BHRT provider is essential – you need to work with a professional team who has seen it all before, knows what you’re going through, and has a solution that is customized to your body and your complete lifestyle.
At Nava Center, that’s exactly what we do. Our customized treatment plans include thorough testing to determine the root cause of your symptoms, an in-depth analysis of your complete hormones levels, and a complete action plan to bring your body back into balance through BHRT and lifestyle changes for total wellness.
Listening to your body is just the first step – but it’s the hardest and most important one you can take. Hormone imbalance symptoms are much more common in men than most people realize – you’re not alone, and there’s help on the way. Call Nava Center today to get started and get back to feeling your 100%.