Waning sex drive, abdominal fat, and constant fatigue are all symptoms of male hormonal imbalance. No matter your age, Dr. Michael E. Doyle of Darien Integrative Medicine can help you improve your health and restore your youthful energy. Serving patients in Darien, Connecticut, Dr. Doyle is an expert at resolving hormonal issues through both traditional and integrative solutions.
Male Hormone Imbalance Q & A
What causes male hormone imbalance?
For men, vital hormones like testosterone, growth hormone, cortisol, and DHEA can become out of balance, causing health problems at any age.
Some common causes of male hormone imbalance are:
- Prolonged stress: Chronic stress can tax the adrenals and lead to adrenal fatigue and a decline in cortisol.
- Aging: Men can go through what’s called “andropause,” or male menopause. This occurs as men age and testosterone levels naturally decline.
- Hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism: An underactive or overactive thyroid can also cause male hormones to become unbalanced.
Some men may be more genetically predisposed to hormonal problems, while others may find these issues arise as they age.
What are the symptoms of male hormone imbalance?
Two of the most common hormonal imbalances in men are low testosterone and low DHEA.
The most common symptoms of low testosterone are erectile dysfunction, decreased sex drive, and infertility. Other symptoms include:
- Decrease in beard and body hair
- Decrease in strength and muscle mass
- Development of breast tissue (gynecomastia)
- Loss of bone mass (osteoporosis)
- Difficulty concentrating
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Increased abdominal fat
- Insulin resistance and diabetes
- Cholesterol abnormalities
The most common symptoms of low DHEA are fatigue and poor concentration. Other symptoms include:
- Diminished sense of well-being
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (the most common form of lupus) or other autoimmune diseases
- Low libido, depression, and weight gain
Since symptoms of a hormonal imbalance can easily mimic other conditions, it’s a good idea to get the appropriate tests so you can follow a treatment plan that will support your long-term health and well-being.
How is male hormone imbalance treated?
Dr. Doyle can run the appropriate tests to determine how your hormones are behaving and what steps need to be taken next. When it comes to treating hormonal balance, he often uses bioidentical hormones. These naturally occurring hormones help your body supplement the lacking hormones and restore your body to its natural, healthy state.
Dr. Doyle may also recommend specific dietary adjustments or lifestyle changes to help minimize your stress levels, improve your nutrient absorption, and heal your body.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Doyle, book your appointment online today.