Feeling moody? Here are four body imbalances that can affect men’s moods.
The forecast says sunshine and 70s but inside your mind a storm is raging. Maybe you’re Grumpy or Sleepy or any of the other Seven Dwarfs, but you’re definitely not Happy. This isn’t who you used to be; you used to enjoy getting outside, swinging the clubs, and catching some sunshine. Now, you don’t even care that it’s a beautiful day outside.
What happened? Chances are that your body may be fighting a hormone imbalance that’s affecting your overall mood. Here are five common hormone imbalances that may be controlling how you feel throughout the day.
All men need the right amount of estrogen in their bodies. No, it’s not about getting in touch with your feminine side; a man’s body needs a specific amount of estrogen (estradiol 2 or E2 in men) to properly function. Studies show that an improper balance of estrogen can actually elevate the mortality rate in men with heart conditions. (NCBI)
You may hear insulin and think, “I don’t have diabetes, so insulin isn’t a problem for me.” Wrong! Yes, insulin resistance is most commonly present in type II diabetes. Insulin resistance can also affect many aging men as a pre-diabetic metabolic syndrome. Insulin is a fat-storing hormone, which means your body may hold onto unneeded body fat as a sign of insulin resistance. You may also have limited energy, feel fatigued, and be irritable before or after mealtime.
Adrenal fatigue is manifested by an imbalance in cortisol, your body’s natural stress hormone. Adrenal fatigue is caused by a breakdown in chemical communication between your brain and your adrenals. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue may be difficulty staying asleep, low energy in the afternoon followed by catching your “second wind” in the evening, and sometimes a decreased sex drive.
Hypogonadism (clinically low testosterone) is one of the more common hormone imbalances in aging men. Low testosterone can lead to mood swings, feelings of anxiety or depression, irritability, and even moments of anger in some rare instances. Rebalancing your testosterone to a normal level can help alleviate mood symptoms for a healthier, happier outlook on life.
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