by Chris D. Meletis, ND
In a recent 2012 article in Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, there was an excellent discussion on the impact of estrogen on men. It points out that increased intracellular estrogen levels in men induce and promote obesity, gynecomastia (breast enlargement), metabolic syndrome, type two diabetes, benign prostatic hypertrophy and prostate cancer.
The problem with increased estrogen is that relative testosterone levels drop and diabetes and weight gain occurs. This change in chemistry leads to a proverbial catch-22. With increased weight, there is increased diabetic and metabolic syndrome risk, which further increases estrogen burden via an enzyme called aromatase.
So, in order to lower aromatase activity, reducing your weight is one of several important steps. Lowering sugary food intake and stress can also pay big dividends. Additionally, I encourage my patients to engage in regular physical activity to help lessen stress and improve insulin levels, as well as support healthier testosterone levels.