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Men Have to do More With Menopause Than You Think November 18, 2009

Posted by feminestra in Health, Menopause.
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The male hormone, testosterone, is often overlooked when it comes to menopause. Testosterone helps control hot flashes, night sweats, bone loss, and can improve energy, self-esteem, sexual desire, and orgasm response. Generally, as women age the levels of this hormone decrease naturally. However, for some women this hormone actually increases leading to increased facial hair, acne, and risk for heart disease.

With rising levels of testosterone, insulin sensitivity decreases. This makes you more vulnerable to blood sugar problems like diabetes. A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that menopausal women that had the highest levels of testosterone were almost three times as likely to develop heart disease. However, there are steps you can take to prevent this from happening to you.

To start, you need to get your testosterone levels checked, as well as your levels of fasting glucose and fasting insulin. These tests can give you an important insight to your level of risk.

If either your glucose or insulin levels are elevated, try cutting out sugar and simple carbohydrates. These can be coffee drinks, soda, and candy. You can also use the spice cinnamon and the supplement chromium to balance your blood sugar levels.

To decrease your testosterone levels, try vigorous exercise and starting a high fiber diet, 30-50mg per day. Supplements like saw palmetto and green tea extract will help as well.