What is Estradiol?
Known by experts as the E2 hormone, the estradiol hormone is a form of estrogen, the female sex hormone. It supports the regulation of women’s menstrual cycles. However, like all hormones, it is present in both men and women.
Estradiol levels in men are lower. It is produced in the testicles, adrenal glands, and is found in fat, liver, breast and brain tissue. Estradiol is a form of estrogen that regulates many aspects of male sexuality. In men, this hormone helps with erections, the production of mature sperm and the regulation of libido.
Aromatase, the enzyme that converts testosterone into estrogen exists in abundance in the brain, penis, and testis, all critical to healthy sexual function. Estradiol, when synthesized in the brain, helps with sexual arousal. In the penis, there are estrogen receptors found in high concentration in the neurovascular system. A body with low levels of testosterone and elevated estrogen is far more likely to experience erectile dysfunction.
Sperm cell maturity is also modulated by estrogen. Cells in the testicles are regulated by estradiol, which can work to inhibit or stimulate sperm cells. Your body converts testosterone into estradiol and the two hormones are closely linked.
Estradiol is also involved in the regulation of body fat and the growth of strong bones. Low levels of estradiol can produce troubling symptoms in men similar to those seen with low levels of testosterone. As you imagine the estradiol dosage is of particular importance in a man’s system.
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Why is Estradiol Important for the Male Body?
Back in the 80’s, estrogen levels in menopausal women was one of the most talked about health issues related to hormones. Researchers were busy looking at the estrogen in women, and the data so widely published, that we began to think of estrogen as the “women’s” hormone.
We now know that this hormone is critical to regulating bodily functions in both men and women. In fact, there is a published study that indicates that an imbalance in estrogen levels in men can radically increase their risks of degenerative diseases, such as atherosclerosis, benign prostate enlargement and prostate cancer.
Higher levels of estrogen exist when there is a low level of testosterone in the blood. This would confirm that, if you are a man, proper balancing of estradiol and testosterone is critically important to your health.
There are also conditions that can be present when the level of estrogen in men is too low. Because estrogen plays a role in bone density, low levels of the hormone in your body can put you at risk of osteoporosis or bone fractures. In the medical community, too little attention is being paid to hormone balance in men and how the endocrine system impacts their bodily functions and systems.
Dr. Berman has kept up with the research on hormones and the endocrine system for decades, using the most relevant data to inform his practice. He works with patients to conduct a physical exam and devise a customized healthy hormone profile.
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Why Working with a Hormone Specialist is Important.
The conversion of testosterone into estradiol means that a low testosterone level is often happening in tandem with a low level of estradiol and an estradiol test is recommended. An accurate assessment requires a medical doctor, who is also a hormone specialist.
Testosterone regulates the generation of lean muscle mass which relates to muscle strength. Also, low levels of estrogen/estradiol result in the accumulation of fat which reduces testosterone production. And, both estradiol and testosterone are both responsible for regulating normal sexual function by influencing the sex organs, and arousal areas of the brain.
Understanding the complex relationship and interaction between these two hormones is important.
The human body is a marvel, with many complex systems working together to keep you healthy, strong and feeling good. Looking at your vascular system, blood flow, resting heart rate, your digestive system, and organ function is standard procedure when you visit your doctor.
These systems are all regulated by hormones, yet many medical doctors don’t look deep into your hormonal balance when making a diagnosis. For men, especially those suffering from erectile dysfunction or a low libido, including an estradiol count in your hormone health profile is essential to understanding how your condition can be improved with doctor prescribed hormone replacement hormone. This is why Dr. Berman insists on doing thorough hormone checkups as part of his regular medical care for patients.
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Dr. Berman is a licensed medical physician, who studied urology as a specialty. He has spent the last two decades studying the complex interaction between hormones in the body, and the benefits of hormone replacement therapy on the healthy regulation of organs and systems. He cautions that no patient should ever take hormone replacement therapy without medical supervision.
The assessment of free testosterone, to the amount of SHBG (sex hormone-binding globulin), to thyroid activity, and many other hormone levels must be taken into account. And, the lab results are not the only thing to take into account. Your weight, diet, lifestyle, and overall health must be assessed by a medical professional.
Dr. Berman has made it his life’s work to study the data and research on hormones and the impact they have on the health of men and women, especially estradiol. His goal, for any patient that has levels below the norm, is to help them achieve proper balance. He has been instrumental in restoring the health and energy of hundreds of patients who were suffering from endless fatigue, unaccustomed weight gain, hair loss, erectile dysfunction, cognitive decline and other issues related to low or imbalanced hormones.
Call Dr. Mikhail Berman at (561) 841-1837 to arrange for the proper blood test for hormone levels, and to schedule your consultation. He will do a thorough physical, and develop a customized health plan that will have you on the road to feeling healthier, and more youthful, in no time.