The hidden health hazard most men don’t know about! From balding to low energy, experts reveal the impact of male hormone imbalance (and how to bring levels back to normal!)
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From hair loss through to reduced energy levels, hormone imbalances can have a significant impact on how you feel.
And now Dr Martin Kinsella, co-founder of BioID Health, an at-home hormone rebalancing clinic, has issued a stark warning about how male hormone imbalances are often ‘get forgotten’.
He told FEMAIL a hormone imbalance can result in a plethora of symptoms which can have a real impact on a man’s quality of life.
Among the symptoms were erectile dysfunction, lack of energy, memory loss and hair loss.
Dr Kinsella explained: ‘A lot of people don’t realise how important hormones are for practically every aspect of our health, which is why it’s vital that awareness of hormone health is raised and people begin to prioritise it, whatever our age.’
Dr Martin Kinsella, co-founder of BioID Health, told FEMAIL a hormone imbalance can result in a plethora of symptoms which can have a real impact on a man’s quality of life (stock image)
Declining testosterone levels are a completely natural part of getting older, and they typically start to decrease in men over the age of 30.
He explained: ‘A hormone imbalance can result in depression, a loss of sex drive, erectile dysfunction, mood swings and irritability, loss of muscle mass and reduced ability to exercise, a redistribution of fat which can result in a large belly or gynecomastia (man boobs), insomnia, lack of energy, poor concentration and even result in memory loss.’
In addition to the more well-known side effects of hormone imbalances there are a number of much less known symptoms that can be a side of a hormone imbalance including itchy skin, bleeding gums and brittle fingernails.
Dr Kinsella tells FEMAIL, what steps men can make to keep their hormones balanced…
1. Increase your chances of getting enough sleep
Research has shown that a lack of sleep can negatively impact a man’s testosterone levels.
2. Try a HIIT exercise
‘While of course any exercise is going to be beneficial, there have been a number of studies that suggest that HIIT exercises can have a really positive impact on your hormone levels,’ said Dr Kinsella.
He explained: ‘When you incorporate strength training such as lifting weights, or engage in squats, lunges, pushups, and other body resistance moves, it builds muscle while helping to burn calories, and can help to reverse some of the impact of chronically high cortisol levels which of course impacts hormone levels’
Dr Kinsella suggested men should reduce the levels of blue light from your light at least one hour before sleep and make sure that other light sources aren’t interfering with your circadian rhythm.
Elsewhere, men should try to avoid napping after 3pm in the afternoon and should stay away from caffeine and alcohol later in they day as these can affect the quality of sleep.
In addition, including physical activity into your daily routine can help establish better sleeping patterns and make your body crave rest.
3. Reduce your stress levels
Stress is never good for men or women. It can present itself in variety of symptoms both mental and physical.
Dr Kinsella explained that there are multiple studies that have shown an increase in stress can significantly decrease men’s testosterone levels.
He said: ‘Whether it’s guided meditation or getting outdoors for a long walk in the fresh air, find a way that helps you to manage how you’re feeling and build a routine around it.‘
4. Add supplements
These days you can find a supplement for almost anything and as long as you’re careful where you get them from, you should be fine.
Dr Kinsella explained: ‘We can really improve testosterone levels by ensuring that we have enough vitamin D, DHEA and magnesium in the diet.
‘Magnesium plays many crucial roles in the body, such as supporting muscle and nerve function and energy production.
‘We often suggest to patients who come to see us to include this into their hormone programme.’
5. Try bioidentical hormones
‘Testosterone increases libido and actually gives you an increased feeling of security, positivity and stability,’ explained the specialist.
Testosterone treatment therapy can also help older men – who are deficient in testosterone – reduce their risk of heart disease, diabetes and death.
It can also reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol and improve ‘good’ cholesterol.
Dr Kinsella explained: ‘The process is incredibly easy. A simple blood test carried out at home offers a full blood count and biochemistry (including liver function, kidney function, a full cholesterol and lipid profile and calcium levels), an advanced thyroid check, adrenal hormone function tests, sex hormone assessment and vitamin level assessment.
‘A virtual consultation is then carried out and a bespoke program of bio-identical hormones is then promptly posted to your door as either gels, lozenges or capsules with clear instructions of how to use.’
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