No, this is not a relationship column.
Most people assume estrogen has little role in male physiology. In normal balance, testosterone does rightly overshadow estrogen. However, that isn’t always the case over time, which is where problems start.
Ideal Male Hormone Balance
This may seem obvious, but I find it necessary to state. The 25-year-old does not have prostate problems. During that time, the androgens (testosterone and progesterone) are much higher than estrogens.
Aging Male Hormone Balance
As we age, testosterone and progesterone typically fall. But estrogen tends to remain the same or even rise in some people. For example, abdominal fat can play an active role in converting testosterone into estrogen. Not helpful!
Estrogen Dominance Leads To Prostate Problems
Prostate cancer occurs because testosterone and progesterone levels fall with age and estradiol levels rise, leading to estrogen dominance in older men.John R. Lee MD, Hormone Balance for Men: What your doctor may not tell you about prostate health and natural hormone supplementation., loc. 172
Estrogen Precipitates Prostatitis
The point of this post was to add to the discussion an article I saw that helped illustrate the point that estrogen in higher levels makes the prostate mad.
Inflammation of the prostate can be induced experimentally in rats by the subcutaneous administration of estrogen.Yonsei Medical Journal, Vol.42(4) : 395-404, 2001 1
As the whitepaper documents, there are a number of actions that can benefit prostate health. Diet, hormone balancing, sleep improvment, and much more. All are good.
New Treatment Option
Below is an excerpt from a recent email update to Island Drug customers:
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Prostate Health – Reducing Nighttime Urination
Current data implies if you are a man and live long enough, prostate pathologies will be something you experience. These span from
- Patient #1. “As for me that cream seems to be showing good results. I am down to a normal one urination per nite and my PSA was stable “
- Patient #2. “All is well but it is time to renew my prescription for clioquinol rx# “
- Patient #3. “PS: That Clioquinol is amazing! First day, woke up once only and last night, nada. Thank you so much for the info and the script.”
Not only are the nighttime interruptions inconvenient but the sleep disruptions precipitated are harmful over time as well
Prostate health is a perfect example of where preventative health care is going. They design the current standard of care to manage symptoms, detect changes and monitor until the situation is bad enough to warrant intervention – drugs and/or surgery (medical term = active surveillance).
While I am not advocating any deviance from the recommendations of checkups and monitoring (KEEP GETTING THE RECOMMENDED PSA AND EXAMS), I absolutely believe the time for action is BEFORE things get worse. Above, the implication reported is that most men will develop a prostate pathology if they live long enough. If you have developed BPH and are getting up multiple times per night, is now a good time? If you haven’t developed symptoms, is now a good time? If you have prostate cancer, is now a good time to add to the treatment arsenal?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, please reach out for a FREE Consultation.