Estradiol is the most powerful of the female sex hormones - estrogen. It is not produced in the male body. The thing is that testosterone is converted into estradiol by enzymes. This set of enzymes is aromatase.
Although not all men (especially bodybuilders) like the presence of estradiol, the female sex hormone is present in all men. Moreover, it performs important functions: improves mood and promotes more pronounced muscle growth. But this is only true for normal estrogen levels.
Both low and high levels of estradiol negatively affect men's health. Female-type fat begins to be deposited, mood changes to depression, and if elevated estradiol lasts for a long time, then gynecomastia will certainly develop - male breast growth. We noticed sagging breasts in obese men and elderly men, and the female type is the result of estrogen action. In the first case, gynecomastia developed due to excess fat, which converts testosterone to estrogen, in the second - due to age-related changes associated with a decrease in testosterone.
Estradiol and testosterone are two enemies that are constantly fighting each other. And if one of the hormones is increased, the other is likely to be lowered.
Factors causing estrogen-testosterone imbalance in men:
- Being overweight in men inhibits testosterone production and triggers estrogen production. Especially dangerous is fat in the abdominal region. Beer belly in men - estrogen production plant.
- Lack of zinc, the main building material for testosterone.
- Increased aromatase, which converts testosterone to estrogen. In this case, it is necessary to take drugs that are aromatase inhibitors.
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