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How To Lower Estrogen Levels For Men

July 11, 2010 by  
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Testosterone is the primary hormone that gives men their “male” characteristics. Once a boy hits puberty his body gets flooded with testosterone and he becomes a man. Testosterone is responsible for the proper development of male sexual characteristics. It is also important for maintaining muscle bulk, adequate levels of red blood cells, bone density, sense of well-being, and sexual and reproductive function. On the flip side, women have estrogen, which is the female “equivalent” of testosterone. In women, estrogen is what is responsible for the proper development of female sexual characteristics.

So men have testosterone and women have estrogen, right? Wrong. Men actually have testosterone and estrogen–women have both too. The difference is that men produce about ten times more testosterone than women do (and vice versa). So though our bodies are dominant in testosterone, we also produce low levels of estrogen.

In fact, a certain amount of estrogen in men is necessary for proper body function. Too little estrogen and we run the risk of developing osteoporosis and other conditions. Too much though and we start developing female characteristics, which is not a good a thing–for health or the ego.

As men age their testosterone levels will naturally start to drop (by about one percent per year). Similarly, their estrogen levels will start to increase.

When estrogen levels start getting high in men, health problems start to arise. Elevated estrogen levels in men have been shown to contribute to prostate cancer and heart disease, along with gynecomastia–also known as “man boobs.” Since higher levels of estrogen are typically accompanied by lower levels of testosterone, other changes occur including loss of muscle mass, fatigue, low libido, erectile dysfunction. Lastly, excessive estrogen in men raises body fat and can contribute to diabetes and high lipids.

talmanttoughBut it’s not just older guys who experience higher levels of estrogen–it happens to young guys too. Guys who don’t take care of themselves are far more likely to show elevated estrogen levels than men who are in good shape. For example, testosterone begins to convert to estrogen in men as they age due to the aromatase reaction.

Aromatase is an enzyme that plays a role in converting testosterone to estrogen and is found most prevalently in fat cells. Therefore, the more body fat a man has the more aromatase and the more estrogen he is likely to have. So you see, a younger guy who is overweight with excess fat–especially around the middle–will likely see a spike in estrogen levels accompanied by a drop in testosterone levels.

Rule number one to avoid excessive estrogen levels: maintain a healthy body weight–build and maintain lean muscle mass. In particular, pay close attention to the fat around the middle of your body. These fat cells are known to produce aromatase, which can lead to higher estrogen levels in men, thus changing the hormonal balance.

There are plenty of other things that can lead to higher estrogen levels in men too so guys of any age should be aware of the following:

Medications: Some medications can cause estrogen levels to rise so be on the lookout for estrogen-containing drugs, steroids, ulcer medications such as cimetidine, some antibiotics (tetracycline, ampicillin, etc.), anti-fungal medications and antidepressants. Since there are more medications that can cause this effect, you should check with your doctor or pharmacist.

Illness: Certain illnesses also cause spikes in estrogen levels including some tumors of the testes, adrenal and pituitary glands, liver and lung, cirrhosis (liver disease). Kidney and thyroid disease may elevate estrogen levels as well.

Drugs: Using illicit drugs is another sure-fire way to cause a jump in estrogen so stay away from anabolic steroids, marijuana, cocaine and other drugs that can affect hormone levels.

Alcohol: Moderate drinking generally doesn’t cause problems but frequent benders can. Drinking excessively can increase the body’s conversion of testosterone into estrogen, especially in fat cells. It can also block the liver from effectively eliminating excess estrogen.

Environmental exposure: Things that we run across in our daily lives can also contribute to elevated estrogen levels in men. The list of pesticides, chemicals and herbicides that have the potential to cause estrogen-like effects in the body is lengthy so do yourself a favor and avoid them as much as possible.

A number of experts have also begun to believe that there is a link between the ingestion of hormone-enhanced food and elevated estrogen levels. More research is sure to be done on the subject so stay tuned. In any case, hormone- and pesticide-free, unprocessed foods are best for your body so stick with those.

I’ll write that article for you next. In the mean time if you’d like further information on losing man boobs click here for a trusted resource.


16 Responses to “How To Lower Estrogen Levels For Men”
  1. Stephen says:

    The most pathetic thing causing a fat gut is SUGAR. It is self defeating to be working out, sweating like a panther in heat, and afterwards be loading up with a 48 ounce of bucket of cola. These are people who don’t understand the affect the glycemic index or what a flood of insulin is doing to their bodies.
    It is too bad too because they work so hard to remove the fat and are frustrated that they don’t seem to be able to get rid of mounds of blubber when it is not their hard work which is killing them rather it is the piles of SUGAR which they consume each and every day.

  2. Ryan Walker says:

    You must get a 1000 emails a day about how to get ripped! And you probably wont have to time to answer this question. But its quite a serious matter. My brother has gynaecomastia and can get rid of the fat on his chest. he has lost a lot of weight and weighs around 150lbs and is 12% bf. He has tried everything. Flys, incline chest. press ups. However its widely understood and almost imposible to lose fat from a certain bodypart. now he is going on vacation to australia in 4 weeks. And wants to get as ripped as much as he can to diminish the look of his fatty chest. Any tips on how to do this most effectively? Just a few simple tips. how much cardio, what supplements and any thing else that could help. It would be much appreciated.

    oh and btw surgery is not an option! as most the doctors keep telling him!

  3. Henry says:

    I agree! Drink more and more water will help with blood flow and helps because water has no CARBS!

  4. Mitchel says:

    I agree with Stephen. You can work out all you want and it won’t do a bit of good unless you change your diet too. Another thing that bothers me is the one’s who complain about being overweight and do absolutely nothing about it. They still eat he same crap and don’t exercise. They just sit around being lazy stuffing themselves because they are depressed, but they are depressed because they are fat. Makes a lot of sense don’t it. Get off your ass and do something about it.

  5. LeRoy says:

    well i think its funnt that mike is teaching us to build muscle when his woman in photo has bigger arms than him lol XD! brings me the old say those that can do and those that can’t teach. mike u need to work on your guns if you want ppl. to take u serious! sorry man but the truth hurts,eat 2 servings of brocoli,cauliflower or brussel sprouts a day to boost test. and lower estrogen try that and see how you do! LeRoy

  6. Mike Westerdal says:

    @LeRoy. Hey buddy that’s not me in the picture. That’s my friend Eric Talmant. – Mike Westerdal

  7. michael says:

    its true though for me i didnt have to change my diet much i just incresed my chest workout but than again i hav ehad pecs since i was 11

  8. TheEyes says:×300.jpg

    See in that image url it says Talmant Tough. Obviously its Eric Talmant.

    And Mike, how do you get rid of man boobs that come during puberty?

  9. Justin says:

    So, belly fat is a cause for estrogen, and cardio is a form of exercise that decreases strength. These factors are counteractive towards each other, and my goals. A little help here Mike… My diet is clean, but what can speed up fat loss?

  10. David says:

    I workout and lift everyday. It basically has been my life for almost 2 years. I am 20 years old. And am in great shape. Everything except my left pectoral is basically a “man boob” I don’t understand it. I am really healtht and eat well and diet and like I said workout everyday. It sucks so bad to work so hard and have the body I want but not be able to show it off or wear the clothes I want because of my one friken man boob. Any tips or advice? Im almost considering surgery at this point because I’ve tried everything else I can think of.

  11. Mike Westerdal says:

    I would consider trying an anti-estrogen diet for a few weeks and see if it makes a difference. Good luck!

  12. Rob says:

    What foods are involved in this anti-estrogen diet?

  13. Mike Westerdal says:

    Estrogenic chemicals—known for causing the near extinction of various living species—are found in some of the most common foods we eat. So the diet is more about avoiding certain foods that are drenched in pesticides or injected with hormones.

    Here are some of the more common foods you’d eat though: fruits, vegetables, beans, roots, nuts, seeds, eggs, dairy and wild-caught fish.

    Here’s a great book on it:

  14. Paul says:

    I have been doing a lot of research on this over the last couple of years. Have seen guys younger and younger with this problem. Th inning hair is one good indicator, unless one or the both parents have it. For thirty to forty years companies have been putting artificial estrogen compounds in foods, men’s cosmetics, etc. Even stuff for babies. Parabenes are one type. Many others. Don’t forget steroids as they actually suppress testerone production in the body as I understand. Much more on this as it’s just getting public notice.

  15. Carter says:

    I know a couple of people who work very hard at the gym (no anabolics, just natural), and do some field drills (football), wind sprints, etc. These guys do NOT watch what they eat…like their cookies and cakes…along with healthy stuff and regular meals, and are about two of the biggest AND fairly lean (very cut) guys I know. Heights are 6,2 and 6,4…weights are both about 225-230. One guy is 24, one is 44…look like they are younger and older brothers. Freaks…but I’m just saying…you can get away with quite a lot of eating what you like, if you work hard and work it off (regularly). Everyone is different, these guys don’t play games with their training though…they work hard, they play (in this case eat LOL) hard…that’s all I’m saying.

  16. Branden says:

    This was posted a long time ago obviously… but as far as I believe the only achievable thing you could do would be to have surgery. If it’s only in one side and it’s noticeable and making you unhappy…. get the damn surgery. You live only once, why waste your youth worrying about your chest. Besides if you tried an anti-estrogen diet it would take years for your body to slowly break down, and dissolve the tissue there… if it even worked.

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