Many men are in the dark about how hormone imbalances affect their health. Men’s hormone changes have been much less publicized and researched than women’s, but hormone
disruption is as much a part of a man’s life as it is a woman’s.
Some men are more attuned to their hormonal fluctuations than others’. Some report clear monthly changes in their energy levels, mood, work and sports performances that they attribute to their equivalent of a ‘period’ or cyclic change.
Blood levels of testosterone fluctuate dramatically at different times from 250 to 1,200 nanograms, and these changes affect a man’s performance, mood and sexuality. While a man’s hormone fluctuations are less dramatic than women’s, testosterone levels start to
decline around age 40, falling up to 10% each decade. This phenomenon called “andropause” is now recognized by almost 8 in 10 family physicians as a real condition that affects quality of life in men.
The most common symptoms of hormonal imbalance among men are: prostate pain and inflammation; lack of abdominal tone; poor urinary and sexual function.
The most common causes for hormonal imbalances among men are: a vasectomy; adrenal exhaustion due to stress; severe dieting or body building; surgery or long illness; protein , iodine, calcium, B-complex or EFA deficiencies.