Hormonal imbalance is a condition that occurs when levels of hormones in the body are abnormally high or low. Women usually experience hormonal imbalances during hormonal change (menstruation, pregnancy, or the postnatal period), while men experience hormonal imbalances during puberty and other times in their lives. There are several causes of hormonal imbalance, including age, lifestyle, diet, genetics, and illnesses. In this article, we’ll explore the top male health issues caused by hormonal imbalances.

Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Low testosterone has been linked to erectile dysfunction, though studies aren’t consistent on this issue. Some research suggests that treating ED might increase testosterone levels, while others report that erections return after treatment. However, some studies suggest that it could take months before testosterone levels improve, if any at all. Increasing testosterone levels through hormone therapy might help boost libido but won’t necessarily resolve ED. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that having one issue doesn’t mean that something else is wrong with your overall health.

Loss of Muscle Mass

The more testosterone you have, the bigger your muscles will grow. When you don’t have enough testosterone in your body, it prevents your body from building strong muscles. Muscle loss occurs over time as people age, but it can occur earlier in life. Low testosterone can result in decreased bone density and a weak immune system.

Insomnia Sleep Problems

Insomnia symptoms like difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently throughout the night, excessive sweating, and headaches are common sleep disorders experienced by men and women. Many sleep disorders like insomnia are related to hormonal changes. For example, when estrogen levels rise, you tend to sweat more often, awaken frequently, feel tired throughout the day, and suffer from insomnia. Treating these sleep disorders through medication should improve testosterone levels.

Decreased Beard Growth

Beard growth is an indicator of good testosterone levels in men. If your beard is starting to thin, it could be due to lower testosterone levels. A good first step for improving your beard is eating foods rich in zinc and taking zinc supplements. Increasing the amount of zinc in your daily meals and adding zinc-rich foods, such as oysters, beef liver, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, green leafy vegetables, whole wheat breads, almonds, sesame seeds, avocados, bananas, strawberries, and tomatoes, will help boost testosterone levels naturally.

Men experience health issues that happen because of their hormones. You need to keep track of them to treat them right away. The most effective way to raise testosterone levels is to start regular exercise. Avoid junk food and eat healthy food instead. Also, make sure to drink 8 glasses of water every day.

By Erica Buteau

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