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From Muscle Mass to Mood Swings: Men Should Get Hormones Checked

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From muscle mass to mood swings, and on to weight gain, there are several reasons why men also need to make sure their hormones are in balance. While June as Men’s Health Month is almost over, we shouldn't stop paying attention.

We can continue to advocate for our husbands, sons, brothers and dads, encouraging them to head to the doctors. From change of life to weight gain, some of our guys’ issues can be compared to ours, however biologically different.

Some research actually supports the fact that men have a cycle regulated by the time of year. A study featured on PsychologyToday.com showed that male testosterone levels follow a seasonal pattern, too, with more in the fall and less in the summer.

A study (Svartberg et al., 2003) found that October through December had the highest rates. The lowest levels were seen in months with highest temperatures and longest daylight hours.

You may have heard the term "male menopause." While women experience far more dramatic changes in a shorter period of time, the Mayo Clinic says, “In men, hormone production and testosterone bioavailability decline over a period of many years.”

The correct term, according to the Mayo Clinic is "andropause." which can be responsible for such symptoms as erectile dysfunction, disturbed sleep patterns and physical changes. This decreased testosterone, could contribute to weight gain, decreased energy levels, increased mood swings and a lower sex drive.

We’ve heard of the female biological clock, but did you know that some medical experts say, men may have one too?

According to Dr. Harry Fisch of Weill Cornell Medical College, “A man’s biological clock status is also determined by his levels of testosterone, which drives the development of characteristics such as facial hair, muscle development, and interest in sex. Many other hormones play a role in male sexuality, but testosterone is by far the most prominent and the one most often adjusted with supplements of one type or another. “

While testosterone is the main male sex hormone, estrogen is also important.

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