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How do you lower estrogen levels in men?

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Losing weight helps men to lower their estrogen levels. According to HowStuffWorks.com, obesity is the primary hindrance to a proper hormone balance in men. As an added bonus, losing weight also increases the testosterone levels.

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While estrogen, a steroid hormone, comes from the ovaries of women, the testes, adrenal and pituitary glands of men also produce it in the body. It is normally low in men; increasing its levels leads to a number of undesirable symptoms. The New Health Guide recommends men that have too high an estrogen level take steps to reduce it.

The New Health Guide offers other recommendations in addition to losing weight to reduce estrogen production. Since alcohol consumption interferes with the process by which the kidneys remove excess estrogen, reducing its consumption decreases estrogen levels. Xenoestrogens copy the action of estrogen in the body. These chemicals are in many meat and dairy products where farmers use growth hormones, herbicides and pesticides. Other common sources include some plastics and health and beauty products. The isoflavones in soy products, including tofu and soy milk also increase estrogen; men concerned with estrogen levels should avoid soy in order to improve hormone balance.

According to HowStuffWorks, estrogen levels can be checked by blood tests, and can be controlled by medication.

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