Men and women both need oestrogen for certain bodily functions and it is important that the hormones are in balance. As men age, the oestrogen tend to increase, but in some men, it can decrease. The low levels of oestrogen in males lead to high risk of vertebral fractures in older men and osteoporosis, according to a study at the University of California San Diego. If you have low oestrogen levels, you tend to have a low body weight---but it can be difficult to diagnose, since there are few symptoms. Most men are between 10 and 30 picograms per millilitre (pg/ml). If you are below 10 pg/ml, your oestrogen level is too low. There are a few ways to increase oestrogen levels through lifestyle changes.
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Consult a physician and get tested if you believe you have low oestrogen levels and are experiencing low body weight or you believe you may have osteoporosis.
Increase soy product intake such as swapping soy milk for dairy milk, eating soybeans or soy meat substitute products.
Start using herbs such as oregano, which increases oestrogen levels. Use a little oregano on your meals once per day to raise levels.
Eat grapefruit once per day because it lowers testosterone and increases oestrogen levels. Red liquorice also increases oestrogen levels.
Avoid or limit eating vegetables that reduce oestrogen levels, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage.
Consider taking hormone replacement medications. Many of them are available over the counter or by prescription. Your physician can help you decide on the right medication and dosage.
Tips and warnings
- Raising oestrogen levels too high can cause some undesirable side effects such as weight gain, fatigue, prostrate problems and enlarged breasts or gynaecomastia. It is best to be monitored by a physician, so you do not raise your oestrogen levels too high.
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