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.