Taking a deep dive: Hormonal Imbalances in Men

Hormonal imbalances is a common topic that is often talked about in terms of women’s health! Somehow, in the same world men also experience hormonal imbalances with continuous ageing but no one takes notice of it, including men themselves. Some men who know about it also tend to ignore it as they believe it to be a part of growing up! Hence, we are taking it on our shoulders to have an open talk.

With the growing age our body undergoes major changes like sudden spurt of height, growth of facial hair, change of voice, and more. In men these changes become quite noticeable. But do you know the reason for this? It’s the change in hormonal levels which is the necessity of the body. However, there are situations when the body starts facing hormonal imbalances. 

Let’s start from the basics!

What are hormones?

Hormones are the chemicals that are produced by endocrine glands that travel through the bloodstream and reach organs, skin, tissues and manage the proper functioning of the body. 

Let’s talk about the hormonal imbalance and its reasons-

Hormonal imbalances starts when the body is not able to produce the right amount of hormones for the proper functioning of the body. There could be two spectrums of it; either overproduction or underproduction, but both lead to health issues and deter the growth of the body.

A *study done by Experimental Dermatology on June 17, 2020, shows that because of reduced androgen hormones, men face hair loss patterns. Moreover, there are many other researches that prove the adverse effect of hormonal imbalance in a man’s body 

To our surprise, the lack of awareness about the hormonal imbalance among men is very common. 

Reasons to look at why hormonal imbalance occurs –

hormonal imbalance in men can occur due to many reasons.
  • Poor nutrition 
  • Long exposure to stress
  • Changes in heart rate 
  • Fluctuations in blood pressure rate
  • Prolonged fatigue
  • Strange changes in body weight 
  • Anxiety and depression 
  • Diabetes 
  • Genetics 
  • Excess body fat 
  • Less sleep
  • Low sperm count
  • Getting irritated easily 
  • Lack of exercises 
  • Loss of libido
  • Low testosterone levels

Let’s look at the types of hormonal imbalance a man can face:

Adrenal fatigue hormone imbalance

This hormonal imbalance occurs when men are stressed out for a long time, maybe because of professional or personal reasons. It can affect the production of cortisol, the stress hormone and releases large amounts of it in response to stress.

Hypothyroidism hormone imbalance

hormonal imbalance can occur due to hypothyroidism.

This condition in men occurs when thyroid glands are unable to produce enough hormones for the proper functioning of thyroid glands and become underactive. Production of low thyroid hormones can lead to low metabolism, tiredness and weight gain. 

Andropause hormone imbalance

Facing issues in your sexual health, one of the reason to it can be Andropause, which is also known as ‘Male Menopause’ a condition due to which there is low production of testosterone levels in the body and may result in unhealthy sexual life. 

Hyperthyroidism hormone imbalance

hormonal imbalance can also cause hyperthyroidism.

Men having thyroid problems should get themselves checked once in a month because high and low production of hormones from thyroid glands can be a risk factor to health. Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland becomes overactive, resulting in rapid irregular heartbeat, unintentional weight loss along with fluctuating body’s metabolism.

Conclusion

Hormonal imbalance can lead to various obstacles, both in professional and personal life. Treating issues leading to hormonal imbalance at the earliest is very important as hormones are a major part for the proper functioning of the body and leads to a healthy and fit lifestyle.

Men hardly take out time to look at their health and its issues. But to remain fit and fine for the rest of your life, take your health seriously and make it your priority. 

Footnote :

Study by Experimental Dermatology:  https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/exd.14130

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