When estrogen levels are unbalanced, the risk of degenerative disease in aging men skyrockets.
Men with even slightly elevated estrogen levels double their risk of stroke and have far higher incidences of coronary artery disease.
Early observations also reveal that men presenting with benign prostate enlargement or prostate cancer have higher blood estrogen levels (and often low free testosterone blood levels).
Insufficient estrogen, on the other hand, predisposes men to osteoporosis and bone fracture.
The fact that 99% of men today have no idea what their estrogen levels are helps explain the epidemic of age-related disease that is bankrupting this nation’s medical system.
The dramatic increase in mortality in men with unbalanced estrogen (i.e.,estradiol levels either too high or too low) is nothing short of astounding. It uncovers a gaping hole in conventional cardiology practice that is easily correctable.
Low Estradiol and Testosterone Predict Mortality in Aging Men
Sales of testosterone replacement drugs have surged more than 20-fold in response to studies linking low testosterone to a host of common maladies.
In a recent study of 3,014 men aged 69-80 years, serum levels of testosterone and estradiol were measured during a mean follow-up of 4.5 years.
Men with low testosterone had 65% greater all-cause mortality, while men with low estradiol suffered 54% more deaths.
Those men low in estradiol and testosterone were almost twice as likely to die (a 96% increase in mortality) compared to men in the optimal ranges.25
This large study of aged men corroborates prior published reports linking imbalances of testosterone and/or estradiol with greater incidences of degenerative disease and death.
How Do Men Naturally Make Estrogen?
Women synthesize most of their estrogen in their ovaries and other reproductive tissues.
Since men lack this female anatomy, they need to produce estrogen through a process involving an enzyme called aromatase that transforms testosterone into estradiol.
Aging men sometimes have too much aromatase activity, which causes their testosterone to convert to excess estradiol. This results in depletion of vital testosterone while spiking estradiol to unsafe ranges.
Some men lack aromatase and suffer an estrogen deficit. Other men produce so little endogenous testosterone that there is not enough to convert into estrogen, which causes low levels of both free testosterone and estradiol.
Fortunately, no matter what the underlying cause, aging men can easily achieve optimal free testosterone and estradiol levels.
Free testosterone is the unbound form that is biologically available to cell receptor sites throughout the body. Measuring free testosterone levels is the most accurate way of assessing testosterone status in aging men.
How Aging Men Can Control Their Estrogen Levels
An epidemic problem in aging male members is insufficient free testosterone, i.e., less than 15-20 pg/mL of serum. When accompanied by excess estradiol (over 30 pg/mL of serum), this can signal excess aromatase enzyme activity.
Excess aromatase robs men of their testosterone while exposing them to higher than desirable estradiol.37
Aromatase can be suppressed with absorbable forms of chrysin (a plant flavonoid) and/or lignans such as those extracted from the Norway spruce tree (HMRlignan™)
When aromatase is properly suppressed, estradiol levels are reduced to safe ranges, while free testosterone often increases, since less testosterone is being aromatized into estradiol.
Critical Importance of Testing
Today’s conventional physicians prescribe blood tests to check glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides, but rarely check their male patients’ free testosterone and estradiol levels.
When looking at the horrific-ally high mortality rates associated with imbalances of these critical hormones, it becomes strikingly apparent that a significant number of heart attacks, strokes, bone fractures, and other degenerative diseases are easily preventable.
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If your test result reveals an imbalance of testosterone and/or estradiol, you are in a position to initiate immediate corrective action. Not only can restoring youthful hormone balance save your life, but men (and women) often experience an enhancement in their quality of life after their hormones are adjusted to optimal ranges.
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This article is a partial excerpt from Life Extension Foundation.
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