Men’s Health Part 3: How to Keep Men’s Hormones in Balance

A man’s body is ruled by hormones, who am I kidding, of course, all bodies are ruled by hormones. However, in the male species, there are key hormones that deeply influence the nature of man. Cortisol levels, Testosterone and the growth hormones have a deep and profound impact on a man’s health. Therefore, maintaining regular levels of these hormones is crucial.

Scientists have suggested that there is a direct link to looking fit and young, full of health to our body hormones. Most importantly, the three hormones mentioned above are the ‘dons’ of health. They determine how you’ll look, feel (mood) and live.

Manliness is all about Testosterone, therefore, it would be prudent if we began with it. Testosterone is basically responsible for a man’s confidence, drive, and desire for sex. Unfortunately, as men age, testosterone levels dip by about 1% per year. Too bad, I suppose the notion that “men get better with age” is a fallacy. Moreover, testosterone levels also drop when a man gets married and after having kids.

The curious part is that men aren’t experiencing low T levels just because of aging anymore. Testosterone declines are being affected by unhealthy habits and modern day ultra fast pace of life. For instance, lack of adequate sleep and increased stress levels lower testosterone levels. In addition, modern poor and unhealthy eating habits are also a major cause.

Insulin, Testosterone and Growth Hormone

Eating too many carbohydrates raises insulin levels, and insulin, on the other hand, has a negatively impacts both the growth and testosterone hormone. On the other hand, not eating the right amount and kind of fats and oils or by not getting enough of the healthy kind of cholesterol will also keep your testosterones low.

Low Testosterone levels Impact on Health

The impact of low testosterone levels on your health can be a domino effect. First, your sex drive may fade. In addition, you’ll have a harder time getting in shape when you exercise. You may also experience fatigue.

A curious evolutionary reaction suggests that women are less attracted to male partners with low Testosterone levels, also they may have a harder time conceiving due to their partner’s drop in sperm count.

Low Testosterone levels are also responsible for serious health issues like obesity, heart disease, sleep apnea, and other chronic diseases

How the Growth Hormone Affects Men’s Health

Just as its name suggests, the growth hormone helps in your physical growth. Its levels usually spike during puberty, where we experience major physical changes in our bodies. As we age, growth hormone drops and this affects body composition in a number of ways. Growth hormone is also responsible for workout recovery and it also acts as a testosterone booster. Side effects associated with increased growth hormone levels include increased blood pressure and spikes in blood sugar as well.

How Cortisol Affects Men’s Health

Your level of cortisol is inversely related to your growth hormone levels. That is, low cortisol levels boost growth hormone. Cortisol is also referred to as the stress hormone. Increases levels of stress lower your cortisol levels.

High cortisol levels can lead to weight gain, in the wrong places, like in the lower abdomen and thigh region and have further been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers.

Biofeedback and Health Screening at the WBHC

All the above hormones can be tested at the WBHC.  So men, please consider scheduling an appt to have your hormones check.  We can then design a solution for you to help you improve your hormone health.  Call us today to schedule your appt.

 

Men’s Health Part 2: 6 Ways Stress Affects Men’s Health

I am on a mens health kick this month.  I want to get men thinking more about their wellness and doing something to improve their health.  If you are reading this article, please consider coming to us at the WBHC to let us help you get your health back on track.

Stress the unimaginable foe, the unseen, uninvited guest, some kind of a wrathful divinity. Stress significantly impacts men’s health. Luckily, more research is being done on the nature of stress and anxiety and presently better diagnosis is being done and we are gaining a better understanding of it. Stress indeed can be downright strange.

In this article, we are going to delve deeper into the mysteries of stress and why it is of great concern. Here, are some reasons why stress needs to be managed and kept a tight lid.

Stress can change your taste in women

Do you find that your taste in women has changed? Stress can influence a man’s decision as well. It has also been noticed that men self-medicate with poor decisions that further mess up their judgment, e.g. taking drugs, binging on alcohol and risky sexual behaviors.

Men take stress harder than women

According to the common notion, men are viewed as “rocks,” impervious to feelings and most importantly stress. However, recent studies have determined that women indeed, do fair better in dealing with stress than men. In addition, in relation to gender differences, the effects of stress manifest themselves negatively on men’s health. In fact, men under stress or dealing with depression have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease or suffered a heart attack, according to these studies.

High anxiety levels can be life-threatening

Increased anxiety levels emanating from stressful events like the loss of a loved one, or loss of a job, marital separation or divorce can have serious physical and mental consequences. Heart disease in men has also been linked to these major stress triggers. Major depression soon follows, leading to substance abuse and poor dieting. Suicidal tendencies also follow.

Stress makes men eat their feelings

Similar to women, increased stress in men, negatively affects their lifestyle and behavior choices as well. Irregular eating habits are also a cause, skipping meals and eating more consuming extra calories.

There is increased risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke all at ones!

Stress is bad for your heart

There is no denying it now, stress doesn’t equal a healthy heart. From intensive research done, high stress increases the risk for coronary heart disease. Moreover, stress actually manifest themselves physically in your body. Stress triggers inflammation, which traps cholesterol particles and they get deposited in blood vessels.

Stress can lead to belly fat and diabetes type 2

Aside from poor eating habits, stress also results in belly fat deposition, a side effect of consuming calories and also due to increased cortisol levels (the stress hormone). In addition, elevated stress levels can also cause a spike in insulin levels, which is a major risk factor for metabolic disorders and type 2 diabetes.

Stress and Muscle Mass

Stress affects the regular uptake of protein to muscle tissues, leading to loss of muscle mass.

Final thoughts, if you are experiencing stressful situations or diagnosed with stress, take the opportunity to explore relaxation and other meditation techniques to protect yourself, body and mind together.

Stress is #1 cause of all disease

We all have stress, but managing stress is the issue.  How one person manages it versus another person can be the biggest difference.  Stress can manifest in many ways, being dehydrated, not getting good sleep, driving in traffic, your kids, your work schedule, not eating a good diet, computers and technology etc etc.  So think about that.  Nobody will have zero stress even if they say they do.  Its impossible.  So find ways to reduce stress.  Deep breathing often throughout the day, yoga, exercise, prayer, meditation are a few good ways you can reduce stress.  So find something that works for you.