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9 Symptoms Of Hormonal Imbalance All Men Should Not Ignore

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If you regularly experience expulsion, anxiety, brain fog, low sex drive, or weight gain, you may have a hormonal imbalance. Your endocrine system controls the level of hormones circulating in your body and when one hormone is out of balance, it can cause unpleasant symptoms and health problems. Hormones are messengers that travel through the bloodstream to deliver matching orders to another gland or organ. If these messages are not delivered properly, trouble occurs.

Some signs of hormonal imbalance in men include:

1.  Breast enlargement

Testosterone which is the male sex hormone is what gives male their masculine features and appearance but if you have a male hormonal imbalance, your testosterone level is decreased. Aside from that, estrogen which is the female sex hormone increases which can cause breast enlargement. You might not notice this initially because it happens slowly.

2.  Erectile dysfunction

When your testosterone level is not functioning properly, It can cause other important hormones in your body to react negatively like the thyroid hormone. Abnormal levels of these hormones combined can cause erectile dysfunction. Prolactin is another hormone that can be affected which can be caused by the pituitary gland. This hormone makes breast milk for women but can cause problems for men when testosterone levels fall.

3.  Poor memory and concentration

If you find yourself finding it hard to concentrate or focus at work, this might be a sign that your hormones, especially cortisol, are out of balance. When you are stressed for a long period of time, your adrenal gland becomes fatigued and can no longer produce adequate amounts of cortisol. When cortisol levels are low, this can affect your cognitive function like memory and focus.

4.  Insomnia

Insomnia can be linked to Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis which is your central stress response system. This is where your endocrine system and central nervous system interact. Inability to secrete melatonin may result in difficulty falling asleep or adjusting to a new sleep pattern.

5.  Belly fat

In men, progesterone level starts to fall in their 40s. This significant decrease in progesterone production causes estrogen dominance. This leads to excess fat getting stored around the waist. In addition, your thyroid gland function can be impaired causing your metabolism to slow down or the pancreas to release extra insulin ( the fat storage hormone).

6.  Excessive sweating

Sweating excessively can be a sign that your hormones are not balanced. Hormones regulate body temperature hence when not balanced, you can experience unusual temperature changes.

7.  Hair loss

When you are suffering from a male hormonal imbalance, your testosterone doesn’t function properly. When you start experiencing weak hair or hair loss, it may be due to an enzyme called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This enzyme is potent and caused by low levels of testosterone. If you don’t think your hair loss is caused by genetics, it may be a result of hormonal imbalance.

8.  Low libido

Beside dealing with erectile dysfunction, a low libido altogether may be a sign of male hormonal imbalance. Normally, testosterone works in conjunction with the luteinizing hormone to maintain a healthy reproductive system but when testosterone level falls, it can result in low sex drive. Sperm production may also be affected and may lead to infertility if not treated.

9.  Depression

Depression and anxiety can stem from dealing with other issues related to male hormonal imbalance or it can be due to low testosterone. If you notice mood swings, a lack of motivation or sadness, it might be time to have your testosterone level checked. Depression can be a deadly disorder when not treated properly.

All men should seek medical attention once there start observing these signs and symptoms.

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