What are Male Thyroid Hormones?
One of the body’s biggest glands, the thyroid is the center of many of the body’s critical functions and activities. A gland located at the neck’s base, the thyroid is tasked with producing hormones that allow the body to continue running optimally. When issues arise, the result can be anything from increased belly fat to decreased libido and depressed mood.
Producing both the T3 and T4 hormones, also known as male thyroid hormones, the thyroid has an enormous impact on the metabolism of carbs and fats as well as the regulation of temperature and production of proteins. When function of the thyroid begins to decline and hormones are not being produced in sufficient quantities, the result is hypothyroidism. Fatigue, depression, and weight gain are just some of the many side effects of this condition.
As hypothyroidism slows the metabolism, it also dampers the function of certain organs and systems. In both men and women, side effects are commonly seen in the reproductive system, with a decrease in both testosterone and estrogen becoming swiftly apparent. As the thyroid is tasked with converting hormones into male and female sex hormones, a poorly functioning thyroid can prevent the body from both wanting and performing sex.
While hypothyroidism is a greater concern, especially in older men, an overactive thyroid can also lead to problems if left unchecked. In this condition, known as hyperthyroidism, hormones are produced in excess. While symptoms of this are not as severe, it can lead to weight loss, anxiety, tremors, and a faster heart rate.
Why is Thyroid Hormone Function Crucial for Men?
The thyroid is a hub for so many of the body’s crucial activities. When operating correctly, the rest of the organs of the body often run seamlessly without any issues at all. With this being said, thyroid issues are quite common, with up to 40% of individuals in the United States dealing with either reduced or excessive thyroid function.
Thyroid problems can be due to a number of causes, from poor nutrition to toxins. Infections and perpetual stress can also lead to problematic thyroid hormone effects. While more common in women, men too can suffer from hypo- or hyperthyroidism. To make matters worse, men often go undiagnosed due to the fact that they frequent their physician less often. That’s why it’s so imperative to seek out the care of a licensed doctor like Dr. Mikhail Berman who is highly familiar with the thyroid and its crucial functions.
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While its possible for thyroid issues to exist without decreased testosterone levels, these problems often go together, leading to weight gain, decreased libido, and muscle loss. Whether or not you’re experiencing these issues, it’s imperative to seek out the help of a highly experienced professional like Dr. Berman if you believe that something is not quite right with your gland function.
While some hormone therapy specialists focus solely on testosterone replacement therapy, Dr. Mikhail Berman is committed to identifying the root cause of symptoms. He monitors hormone levels closely and works hard to identify any and all issues present in the endocrine system.
If you are experiencing symptoms or if you would simply like to learn more about your hormone levels and ensure that everything is operating as it should, we invite you to give us a call today at (561) 841-1837. Our staff is eager to answer your questions and help you to find a convenient time for a consultation.