Elevated Estrogen, Male

Men need to measure their estrogen levels when elevated levels are suspected. Imbalance of estrogen levels in men can lead to symptoms, disease, and aging.

Also noted is enlarged breasts, aging such as pear shaped obesity (estrogen promotes fat gain), and other feminine characteristics appearing in men may be an indicator of increasing higher levels of estrogen in men. So if you are a male and you note you are unable to maintain muscle, your body looks more and more like a woman’s body, you are gaining weight on your belly that gives you a pear shape, and other feminine characteristics, you probably need to get your estrogen levels checked.

 


Conditions that suggest Elevated Estrogen, Male

Lab Values - Hormones  

Having normal estrogen levels



Metabolic  

Male Gynecomastia

Higher levels of estrogen and lower levels of free testosterone in males may be associated with pubertal or post-pubertal gynecomastia (male breast enlargement), particularly in older individuals and in patients with chronic liver disease or hyperthyroidism [(Robert K. Murray, MD, Ph.D., Daryl K. Granmer, MD, Peter A. Mayes, Ph.D., D.Sc., Victor W. Fodwell, Ph.D., Harper’s Biochemistry, 25th Edition, Appleton & Lance, Stanford, Connecticut, 2000, Pages 596-597).]




Risk factors for Elevated Estrogen, Male

Lab Values - Hormones  

Having very/having low estrogen levels



Counter Indicators
Lab Values - Hormones  

Having elevated estrogen levels



Symptoms - Metabolic  

Pear-shaped body when overweight



Key

Strong or generally accepted link
Proven definite or direct link
Very strongly or absolutely counter-indicative

Glossary

Estrogen

One of the female sex hormones produced by the ovaries.

Testosterone

The principal male sex hormone that induces and maintains the changes that take place in males at puberty. In men, the testicles continue to produce testosterone throughout life, though there is some decline with age. A naturally occurring androgenic hormone.

Gynecomastia

Occurs when the male breast is enlarged. The size can vary from a slight puffiness to full female-like breasts. It literally means "female-like breasts".

Chronic

Usually Chronic illness: Illness extending over a long period of time.

Hyperthyroidism

An abnormal condition of the thyroid gland resulting in excessive secretion of thyroid hormones characterized by an increased metabolism and weight loss.

pH

A measure of an environment's acidity or alkalinity. The more acidic the solution, the lower the pH. For example, a pH of 1 is very acidic; a pH of 7 is neutral; a pH of 14 is very alkaline.

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