Male Hormone Imbalance

If you’ve ever heard the expression “male menopause,” you probably know a little about the hormonal imbalances that men can experience with age. However, men don’t have the same kind of sudden change that a lot of women have. Also, researchers are still learning about how men are affected by hormonal changes.

Dr. Stengler provides various treatments that can help restore your hormonal balance, and in addition to it, provide relief from your symptoms.

Hormonal Levels Over Time

Testosterone is generally understood to be the male hormone, but obviously, you have many other hormones that contribute to the proper functioning of your body. Normal levels for you might be different than for another man, as it varies widely from individual to individual.

When women experience menopause, they usually have a significant drop in hormone levels rather abruptly. Men, however, might experience a gradual decline in hormones over a period of years. You might not notice symptoms until your hormonal levels have been changing for a long time.

Bodily Functions Affected by Changing Hormone Levels

Your endocrine system regulates your hormone levels. Hormones function as messengers, traveling through your body to your organs, and providing instructions on what procedures need to be conducted and when. Hormones are involved in:

A change in your hormone levels may cause a disruption to one, some, or all of those procedures. Particular symptoms that you might experience consist of:

Kinds of Male Hormone Imbalance

Most male hormone imbalances fall into one of four types:

New Research

Recent studies have pointed to a correlation between lack of sleep and insulin resistance, which is, subsequently, related to the development of Type 2 diabetes. In these studies, researchers were investigating the roles of testosterone and cortisol and found that the two hormones minimized the negative effects of lack of sleep on the participants’ insulin resistance.

This recent research shows that an imbalance in testosterone and cortisol in men may be a contributing factor to insufficient sleep and insulin resistance, and potentially the development of Type 2 diabetes. The results emphasize the importance of being treated for hormonal imbalance.

Treatment

When you think you may have a hormone imbalance and come to see Dr. Stengler, he will first ask questions about your medical history and current symptoms and perform a physical exam. The only way to measure your hormone levels is through a blood test.

A hormone screening evaluates the level of a variety of hormones and based on the results, combined with the results of your physical exam, an assessment of your symptoms, and his evaluation of your medical history, Dr. Stengler develops a treatment plan tailored to your particular needs.

He may recommend lifestyle adjustments, such as changes to your diet and exercise plan, in addition to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, supplements, or techniques to help you manage stress in your life.

If you have symptoms that you can not explain but that are disrupting your life, schedule an appointment online or by phone with Dr. Stengler at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine. He’s happy to provide a consultation and start tailoring a treatment strategy for you.

For further information about Dr. Stengler’s practice and his clinic in Encinitas, California, please visit our website at MarkStengler.com or give us a call at (760) 274-2377.