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What we eat, drink, even how much we sleep can significantly affect our hormones. Testosterone is known as the male hormone, while estrogen is known as the female hormone. Doctors say both men and women have testosterone and estrogen.
Integrative medicine Dr. Heather Auld says men will usually complain of low testosterone. “Testosterone naturally lowers as you get older. However, there are ways to keep it from lowering too much.”
The most important way is to decrease belly fat. Belly fat actually makes estrogen in both men and women. “If your estrogen is going up, your testosterone is going down. So staying in good physical condition is important,” said Dr. Auld.
Stress and lack of sleep can also decrease testosterone. The main symptom of lack of testosterone is fatigue and lack of vitality. Later on patients may also experience low libido. “Beer has hops and hops are a really big source of estrogen. So there’s more to that beer belly other than fat,” said Dr. Auld.
Doctors also recommend eating a healthy diet to help regulate their hormones. “Eating your green leafy vegetables just like your mother told you and then going out in the sun a little bit actually helps,” said Dr. Auld.
Making sure all hormone levels are balanced is important. Patients experiencing symptoms can talk to their doctor about testing their testosterone.
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