Hormone Imbalances In Men: What Are They?

by Head Health Nutter on September 12, 2015

If you have a beloved man in your life you think may be experiencing hormone imbalances, then this is the blog post for you! Check out today’s guest blogger, Sanford Harvey, as he shares some important information about hormone imbalances in men.

Have you been experiencing impotence, reduced muscle mass, prostate problems, erectile dysfunction, lack of libido, breast enlargement, osteoporosis, sleeping difficulties, depression, urinary problems, and the like? These symptoms are tell-tale signs of male hormone imbalance.

Healthy levels of male hormones play huge roles in the maintenance of a male’s features and characteristics, overall health and wellness, and quality of life. However, like women, men also experience different kinds of hormone imbalance.

Male hormone imbalance can occur because of the natural process of aging, exposure to endocrine, sedentary lifestyle, lack of sleep, chronic stress, and many others. These factors lead to many unpleasant symptoms and health problems.

Types of Male Hormone Imbalance

Although male hormone imbalance typically happens in older men, it is not exclusive to them. Even young men can experience certain kinds of hormone imbalances. Here are the most common hormone imbalances experienced by males:


Andropause, also known as ‘male menopause’ and ‘low T’, happens when a man’s testosterone levels undergo a significant decline with aging. After age 30, testosterone levels decline by 1 to 2% year after year. This type of male hormone imbalance is also known as ‘ADAM’ or androgen deficiency of the aging male that affects almost 40% of men ages 45 years old and older.

The age-related decline of testosterone levels during andropause is caused by a decrease in a man’s luteinizing hormone (LH) production, the hormone that signals the man’s testicles to produce testosterone. While the LH decreases, the sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) increases and binds to the testosterone that results to lower T.

To address and manage andropause and its unpleasant symptoms and increased risks of illnesses, testosterone therapy for men may be considered.

Adrenal fatigue

When you expose yourself to too much stress or chronic stress, your adrenals can’t keep up with the high demand for cortisol production for extended periods of time. Adrenal fatigue leads to low levels of cortisol in men because the adrenal glands become unable to produce enough quantities of cortisol.

To help your body cope during long periods of excessive stress, the adrenal glands produce cortisol non-stop and become fatigued. During the attempt of the adrenals to manage chronic stress levels, they become unable to maintain other hormone productions such as DHEA, a significant hormone in maintaining balance in the body’s hormones.

Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include sleeping difficulties, anxiety, low sex drive, salty and sweet cravings, erectile dysfunction, and more.

Thyroid hormone imbalance

There are two kinds of thyroid hormone imbalance – hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism is the underproduction of thyroid hormones because of an underactive thyroid gland. This type of thyroid imbalance often leads to low metabolism, hair loss, dry skin, constipation, fatigue, weight gain, and intolerance to cold.

On the contrary, hyperthyroidism is the overproduction of thyroid hormones because of an overly active thyroid gland. Hyperthyroidism causes increased metabolism, weak muscles, anxiety, heart palpitations, increased bowel movements, insomnia, weight loss, hair loss, trembling hands, breathlessness, palpitations, and intolerance to heat.

To prevent either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, your thyroid hormones must be balanced. Balanced thyroid levels may also be a key to healthy weight loss.

Male Hormone Imbalance Treatment

To make sure that your body and your hormones are functioning properly, a male hormone imbalance test should be taken. Laboratory tests can help you determine whether the symptoms you are experiencing are brought about by hormone imbalance.

With the assistance of male hormone replacement therapy after a comprehensive diagnosis by expert hormone specialists, hormone imbalance in men can be corrected, restored, and prevented.

Male hormone imbalance is no joke. Get in touch with a hormone doctor to treat possible hormone imbalances as early as today. Prevention is always way, way better than cure!

About the Author

Sanford Harvey is a fitness and health enthusiast. Learn how to exercise right for your body type with his article published on www.alwaysactiveathletics.com.

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