No matter your age, race, life choices etc. the master hormones for both men and women are paramount for a healthy life. For both men and women as we age, we begin to slow down production of these critical hormones. At all ages in adulthood you should be cognizant of your master hormone levels, as they influence so many health outcomes you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t.
From the article: “During a woman’s transition into menopause, a
period often referred to as perimenopause, her progesterone, testosterone and
estrogen levels begin declining. According to Cleveland Clinic, this raises a
woman’s risk for CAD because estrogen increases good cholesterol (HDL),
decreases bad cholesterol (LDL), relaxes blood vessels and absorbs free
radicals in the blood that can potentially damage blood vessels.
As a man enters his 40’s, he begins experiencing andropause, an age-related decrease in testosterone. According to the Mayo Clinic, a man usually has a one percent drop in testosterone every year after age 40. Research published in Nature linked low testosterone levels with CAD risks such as obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, as well as an overall risk for cardiovascular disease.”
Now you may not be in your “40’s”, you may be 24, 32, 67, 78 it really doesn’t matter. What is important is that you understand your hormone levels in comparison to health averages. As an example, in my late 30’s early 40’s I felt like crap. I had my testosterone tested and I was 200 points below “normal”.
I increased my weight training and increased my testosterone via medication and now feel great and within the health range. For both men and women, medication is an avenue should you chose it but there are plenty of food choices you can make to help improve your hormone levels. (which the article above includes).
The next time you go to your doctor ask them to test your hormone levels. Having a base line number for yourself allows you to monitor where you land in comparison to averages. Moreover, the more in balance your master hormone is the better outcomes you have with mental and physical health. You’re doing great ! One day at a time….
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