Do Men Need Estrogen?

While most people think of testosterone when they think of male hormones, estrogen also plays a major role in men’s health and sexuality.  In men, estrogen is important for sperm health, combating osteoporosis, metabolism, and heart health.  Too little estrogen is just as important as too little testosterone.

According to a 2006 study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, men with low estrogen are at an increased risk for hip fracture, especially if they also have low testosterone.

Conversely, the issue for most adult men is not too little estrogen, but too much.  As men age, testosterone is increasingly converted to estrogen leading to levels above what’s considered healthy.  If estrogen levels are too high, you can be at risk for heart attack or stroke, prostate cancer, or gynecomastia.

Likely causes of high estrogen in aging men include impaired liver function, obesity, alcohol or drug abuse, or zinc deficiency.

If you think you may be experiencing unhealthy estrogen levels, call us today at 201-225-2525 for a consultation.  Let’s get you back to living your best life at every age.