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    "what are all the good and bad effects of high estrogen in a man???
    what can it do to a man and what blood work do i need to get tested
    for to check it out?? do i check estrogen,estrodial,what ?????"

    1) What are all the good and bad effects of high estrogen in a man?

    a) Adverse effects of estrogen in men

    From International Antiaging Systems:
    "Along with this decline in testosterone with age and lifestyle, many
    men also experience increases in the levels of estrogen. The result is
    a testosterone/estrogen imbalance that directly causes many of the
    debilitating health problems associated with normal aging. The vast
    majority of men are surprised to learn that estrogen (a ‘female’
    hormone) is also present in their bodies. It is produced in very small
    amounts as a by-product of the testosterone conversion process. In
    fact, balanced levels of estrogen in men are essential to encourage a
    healthy libido, improved brain function, protect the heart and
    strengthen the bones . . . high levels of estrogen can cause reduced
    levels of testosterone, fatigue, loss of muscle tone, increased body
    fat, loss of libido and sexual function and an enlarged prostate.

    Other problems associated with excessive levels of estrogen include

    (1) The shut down of normal testicular production of testosterone.
    Excess estrogen can saturate testosterone receptors in the
    hypothalamus in the brain therefore reducing the signal sent to the
    pituitary gland. This in turn reduces the secretion of luteinizing
    hormone, which is necessary for the gonads to produce testosterone.


    (2) Increasing the body's production of sex hormone-binding globulin
    (SHBG). SHBG binds testosterone therefore reducing the amount of the
    clinical important free testosterone in the blood available to cell
    receptor sites.

    (3) A reduced effectiveness of the testosterone replacement therapy
    due to excess aromatization of testosterone medications to estrogen.

    (4) Long-term health risks including an increased risk of diabetes,
    heart disease, and some cancers."
    estrogen article by Rick Cohen MD.

    From LE Magazine:
    "Through a variety of mechanisms, aging men suffer from the dual
    effects of having too little testosterone and excess estrogen. The
    result is a testosterone/ estrogen imbalance that can severely inhibit
    sexual desire and performance. In youth, low amounts of estrogen are
    used to turn off the powerful cell-stimulating effects of
    testosterone. As estrogen levels increase with age, testosterone cell
    stimulation may be locked in the "off" position, thus reducing sexual
    arousal and sensation and causing the common loss of libido so common
    in aging men . . . Estrogen overload is a serious problem in aging
    men. One report showed that estrogen levels of the average 54-year-old
    man are higher than those of the average 59-year-old woman. Estrogen
    is a necessary hormone for men, but too much causes a wide range of
    health problems. High serum levels of estrogen also trick the brain
    into thinking that enough testosterone is being produced, thereby
    slowing the natural production of testosterone."
    Le Magazine, January 2000 - Cover Story: Replenish Testosterone Naturally Plant Extracts Favorably Alter Hormone Metabolism And Improve Sexual Desire In Men

    From RenewYouth:
    "Estrogen is a necessary hormone for men, but too much causes a wide
    range of health problems. The most dangerous acute effect of excess
    estrogen and too little testosterone is an increased risk of heart
    attack or stroke. High levels of estrogen have been implicated as a
    cause of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and one mechanism by which
    nettle extract works is to block the binding of growth-stimulating
    estrogen to prostate cells.

    If your blood tests reveal high estrogen and low testosterone, here
    are the common factors involved:
    Excess Aromatase Enzyme men age, they produce larger quantities of an
    enzyme called aromatase The aromatase enzyme converts testosterone
    into estrogen in the body. Inhibiting the aromatase enzyme results in
    a significant decline in estrogen levels while often boosting free
    testosterone youthful levels. Therefore, an agent designated as
    "aromatase inhibitor" may be of special value to aging men who have
    excess estrogen.
    Liver Enzymatic Activity- A healthy liver eliminates surplus estrogen
    and sex hormone-binding globulin. Aging, alcohol, and certain drugs
    impair liver function, and can be a major cause of hormone imbalance
    in aging men. Heavy alcohol intake increases estrogen in men and
    women.
    Obesity- Fat cells create aromatase enzyme, especially abdominal fat.
    Low testosterone allows the formation of abdominal fat, which then
    causes more aromatase enzyme formation and thus even lower levels of
    testosterone and higher estrogen (by aromatizing testosterone into
    estrogen). It is especially important for overweight men to consider
    hormone modulation therapy.
    Zinc Deficiency- Zinc is a natural aromatase enzyme inhibitor. Since
    most Life Extension Foundation members consume adequate amounts of
    zinc (30 to 90 mg/day), elevated estrogen in Foundation members is
    often caused by factors other than zinc deficiency.
    Lifestyle changes (such as reducing alcohol intake) can produce a
    dramatic improvement in the estrogen-testosterone balance, but many
    people need to use aromatase inhibiting agents to lower estrogen and
    to improve their liver function to remove excess SHBG. Remember,
    aromtase converts testosterone into estrogen and can indirectly
    increase SHBG. SHBG binds to free testosterone and prevents its from
    exerting its biochemical effects in the body."
    Male Hormone Modulation Therapy, A male hormone imbalance is correctable by utilizing the proper blood tests and using available drugs and nutrients

    From the Drug Information Handbook, a comprehensive description of
    adverse effects is given (obviously some of the risks are
    female-specific):
    "WARNINGS / PRECAUTIONS — Unopposed estrogens may increase the risk of
    endometrial carcinoma in postmenopausal women. Use with caution in
    patients with diseases which may be exacerbated by fluid retention,
    including asthma, epilepsy, migraine, diabetes, cardiac or renal
    dysfunction. Use with caution in patients with a history of
    hypercalcemia, cardiovascular disease, and gallbladder disease. May
    increase blood pressure. Use with caution in patients with hepatic
    disease. May increase risk of venous thromboembolism. Estrogens may
    increase the risk of breast cancer (controversial/currently under
    study). Estrogen compounds are generally associated with lipid effects
    such as increased HDL-cholesterol and decreased LDL-cholesterol.
    Triglycerides may also be increased; use with caution in patients with
    familial defects of lipoprotein metabolism. Estrogens may cause
    premature closure of the epiphyses in young individuals. May increase
    size of pre-existing uterine leiomyomata. Before prescribing estrogen
    therapy to postmenopausal women, the risks and benefits must be
    weighed for each patient. Women should be informed of these risks and
    benefits, as well as possible effects of progestin when added to
    estrogen therapy. Safety and efficacy in pediatric patients have not
    been established.

    ADVERSE REACTIONS — Frequency not defined.

    Cardiovascular: Edema, hypertension, venous thromboembolism

    Central nervous system: Dizziness, headache, mental depression,
    migraine

    Dermatologic: Chloasma, erythema multiforme, erythema nodosum,
    hemorrhagic eruption, hirsutism, loss of scalp hair, melasma

    Endocrine & metabolic: Breast enlargement, breast tenderness, changes
    in libido, increased thyroid-binding globulin, increased total thyroid
    hormone (T4), increased serum triglycerides/phospholipids, increased
    HDL-cholesterol, decreased LDL-cholesterol, impaired glucose
    tolerance, hypercalcemia

    Gastrointestinal: Abdominal cramps, bloating, cholecystitis,
    cholelithiasis, gallbladder disease, nausea, pancreatitis, vomiting,
    weight gain/loss

    Genitourinary: Alterations in frequency and flow of menses, changes in
    cervical secretions, endometrial cancer, increased size of uterine
    leiomyomata, vaginal candidiasis

    Hematologic: Aggravation of porphyria, decreased antithrombin III and
    antifactor Xa, increased levels of fibrinogen, increased platelet
    aggregability and platelet count; increased prothrombin and factors
    VII, VIII, IX, X

    Hepatic: Cholestatic jaundice

    Neuromuscular & skeletal: Chorea

    Ocular: Intolerance to contact lenses, steeping of corneal curvature

    Respiratory: Pulmonary thromboembolism

    Miscellaneous: Carbohydrate intolerance

    CARDIOVASCULAR CONSIDERATIONS — It is important to recognize that
    estrogens may induce or worsen hypertension. These problems are less
    severe with lower doses. Furthermore, estrogens may precipitate
    thromboembolic events, particularly in women who smoke. It is
    important that patients on long-term estrogens undergo monitoring of
    blood pressure and avoid cigarette use." (1)

    UptoDate discusses some complications of increased estrogens in men:
    "The most life-threatening complications are cardiovascular sequelae,
    which include myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular accident, and
    pulmonary embolism. As with most androgen ablation therapies,
    estrogens are associated with a loss of libido, impotence, and
    lethargy. Gynecomastia and nipple soreness can be particularly
    troublesome and can be avoided to some extent by prophylactic breast
    irradiation. Prophylactic therapy may be necessary because
    gynecomastia and nipple tenderness do not respond well to irradiation
    once estrogen therapy is begun, and usually persist even if estrogen
    is discontinued." (2)

    b) Beneficial effects of estrogen in men

    Estrogen may have beneficial effects in men with heart disease:
    "Although many studies have found that estrogen treatment can reduce
    or control heart disease in women, few studies have established
    similar benefits in men. One of the few was reported today in CHEST,
    the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians
    (ACCP).

    Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh reported that conjugated
    estrogen (estrogen and progesterone) improves myocardial ischemia that
    is caused by exposure to the cold. Environmental exposure to cold is a
    common trigger of myocardial ischemia-an insufficient supply of blood
    to the heart-particularly in people with existing coronary artery
    disease. In these patients, they noted, cold exposure may decrease the
    myocardial oxygen supply by constricting the arteries while increasing
    the demand for such oxygen which is carried in the blood."
    Newswise |

    Estrogen is also used to treat metestatic prostate cancer:
    From UptoDate:
    "Estrogens exert their effect on prostate cancer growth primarily by
    negative feedback on the hypothalamic-pituitary axis; high levels
    reduce the release of LHRH from the hypothalamus, thereby suppressing
    LH release from the anterior pituitary. As a result, the testicular
    Leydig cells stop producing testosterone, although it may take one to
    two weeks to achieve castrate levels. High dose estrogens also compete
    with androgens for the androgen receptor, and may have a direct
    cytotoxic effect on both androgen-sensitive and androgen-insensitive
    prostate cancer cells." (2)

    Johns Hopkins Arthiritis suggests in this study that estrogen plays a
    role in prevention of osteoporosis in men:
    "These data indicate that E clearly exerts a dominant regulatory
    effect on bone resorption in normal elderly men. T may have small
    effect, although not significant. Both E and T are important in
    maintaining bone formation.

    Editorial Comment: This study challenges the traditional concept that
    testosterone is the critical sex hormone for maintaining bone density.
    There may be a role for low dose estrogen or selective estrogen
    receptor modulators (SERMs) in the treatment of osteoporosis in aging
    men."
    Estrogen Plays a Role in Bone Resorption in Elderly Men

    The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research links osteoporosis
    with low estrogen levels in men:
    "In studies begun in 1992 of 400 men with low bone mineral density,
    many suffering from tumors or drug-induced (gluco-steroids)
    osteoporosis, findings of estrogen depletion were about as frequent as
    among postmenopausal women. A combined lack of testosterone and
    estrogen was found at least as often as a deficiency in testosterone
    alone."
    Requested Page Not Found

    2) How do I get tested for estrogen levels?

    Lab tests online gives a good description of the various types of
    estrogen tests. Estradiol and estrone would be most relevant in men
    (estriol is mainly found in pregnant women). A blood test would be
    sufficient:
    "Estrone tests may be done to aid in the diagnosis of an ovarian
    tumor, Turner’s syndrome, and hypopituitarism. In males, it may help
    in the diagnosis of gynecomastia or in the detection of
    estrogen-producing tumors.

    Estradiol levels are used to help evaluate ovarian function. Etradiol
    helps diagnose the cause of precocious puberty in girls and
    gynecomastia in men. Its main use has been in the differential
    diagnosis of amenorrhea (for example, to determine whether the cause
    is menopause, pregnancy, or a medical problem). In assisted
    reproductive technology (ART), serial measurements are used to monitor
    follicle development in the ovary in the days prior to in-vitro
    fertilization. Estradiol is also sometimes used to monitor menopausal
    hormone replacement therapy.

    Estriol, along with alpha-fetoprotein (AFP maternal) and human
    chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) tests, are used to assess the risk of
    carrying a fetus with certain abnormalities, such as Down syndrome."
    Estrogen: The Test

    I would concur with an apporach suggested at this website - it is a
    broad-based approach. They suggest the following initial tests to
    look for mail endocrinologic abnormalities:
    "The following initial blood tests are recommended for any man over
    age 40:
    Complete blood count and chemistry profile (to include liver-kidney
    function, glucose, minerals, lipids, thyroid (TSH) etc.)
    Free and Total Testosterone
    Estradiol (estrogen)
    Progesterone
    DHEA
    PSA
    Luteiizing hormone (LH)
    Homocysteine"
    Male Hormone Modulation Therapy, A male hormone imbalance is correctable by utilizing the proper blood tests and using available drugs and nutrients

    Please use any answer clarification before rating this answer. I will
    be happy to explain or expand on any issue you may have.

    Thanks,
    Kevin, M.D.


    From
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    "what are all the good and bad effects of high estrogen in a man???
    what can it do to a man and what blood work do i need to get tested
    for to check it out?? do i check estrogen,estrodial,what ?????"

    1) What are all the good and bad effects of high estrogen in a man?

    a) Adverse effects of estrogen in men

    From International Antiaging Systems:
    "Along with this decline in testosterone with age and lifestyle, many
    men also experience increases in the levels of estrogen. The result is
    a testosterone/estrogen imbalance that directly causes many of the
    debilitating health problems associated with normal aging. The vast
    majority of men are surprised to learn that estrogen (a ‘female’
    hormone) is also present in their bodies. It is produced in very small
    amounts as a by-product of the testosterone conversion process. In
    fact, balanced levels of estrogen in men are essential to encourage a
    healthy libido, improved brain function, protect the heart and
    strengthen the bones . . . high levels of estrogen can cause reduced
    levels of testosterone, fatigue, loss of muscle tone, increased body
    fat, loss of libido and sexual function and an enlarged prostate.

    Other problems associated with excessive levels of estrogen include

    (1) The shut down of normal testicular production of testosterone.
    Excess estrogen can saturate testosterone receptors in the
    hypothalamus in the brain therefore reducing the signal sent to the
    pituitary gland. This in turn reduces the secretion of luteinizing
    hormone, which is necessary for the gonads to produce testosterone.


    (2) Increasing the body's production of sex hormone-binding globulin
    (SHBG). SHBG binds testosterone therefore reducing the amount of the
    clinical important free testosterone in the blood available to cell
    receptor sites.

    (3) A reduced effectiveness of the testosterone replacement therapy
    due to excess aromatization of testosterone medications to estrogen.

    (4) Long-term health risks including an increased risk of diabetes,
    heart disease, and some cancers."
    estrogen article by Rick Cohen MD.

    From LE Magazine:
    "Through a variety of mechanisms, aging men suffer from the dual
    effects of having too little testosterone and excess estrogen. The
    result is a testosterone/ estrogen imbalance that can severely inhibit
    sexual desire and performance. In youth, low amounts of estrogen are
    used to turn off the powerful cell-stimulating effects of
    testosterone. As estrogen levels increase with age, testosterone cell
    stimulation may be locked in the "off" position, thus reducing sexual
    arousal and sensation and causing the common loss of libido so common
    in aging men . . . Estrogen overload is a serious problem in aging
    men. One report showed that estrogen levels of the average 54-year-old
    man are higher than those of the average 59-year-old woman. Estrogen
    is a necessary hormone for men, but too much causes a wide range of
    health problems. High serum levels of estrogen also trick the brain
    into thinking that enough testosterone is being produced, thereby
    slowing the natural production of testosterone."
    Le Magazine, January 2000 - Cover Story: Replenish Testosterone Naturally Plant Extracts Favorably Alter Hormone Metabolism And Improve Sexual Desire In Men

    From RenewYouth:
    "Estrogen is a necessary hormone for men, but too much causes a wide
    range of health problems. The most dangerous acute effect of excess
    estrogen and too little testosterone is an increased risk of heart
    attack or stroke. High levels of estrogen have been implicated as a
    cause of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and one mechanism by which
    nettle extract works is to block the binding of growth-stimulating
    estrogen to prostate cells.

    If your blood tests reveal high estrogen and low testosterone, here
    are the common factors involved:
    Excess Aromatase Enzyme men age, they produce larger quantities of an
    enzyme called aromatase The aromatase enzyme converts testosterone
    into estrogen in the body. Inhibiting the aromatase enzyme results in
    a significant decline in estrogen levels while often boosting free
    testosterone youthful levels. Therefore, an agent designated as
    "aromatase inhibitor" may be of special value to aging men who have
    excess estrogen.
    Liver Enzymatic Activity- A healthy liver eliminates surplus estrogen
    and sex hormone-binding globulin. Aging, alcohol, and certain drugs
    impair liver function, and can be a major cause of hormone imbalance
    in aging men. Heavy alcohol intake increases estrogen in men and
    women.
    Obesity- Fat cells create aromatase enzyme, especially abdominal fat.
    Low testosterone allows the formation of abdominal fat, which then
    causes more aromatase enzyme formation and thus even lower levels of
    testosterone and higher estrogen (by aromatizing testosterone into
    estrogen). It is especially important for overweight men to consider
    hormone modulation therapy.
    Zinc Deficiency- Zinc is a natural aromatase enzyme inhibitor. Since
    most Life Extension Foundation members consume adequate amounts of
    zinc (30 to 90 mg/day), elevated estrogen in Foundation members is
    often caused by factors other than zinc deficiency.
    Lifestyle changes (such as reducing alcohol intake) can produce a
    dramatic improvement in the estrogen-testosterone balance, but many
    people need to use aromatase inhibiting agents to lower estrogen and
    to improve their liver function to remove excess SHBG. Remember,
    aromtase converts testosterone into estrogen and can indirectly
    increase SHBG. SHBG binds to free testosterone and prevents its from
    exerting its biochemical effects in the body."
    Male Hormone Modulation Therapy, A male hormone imbalance is correctable by utilizing the proper blood tests and using available drugs and nutrients

    From the Drug Information Handbook, a comprehensive description of
    adverse effects is given (obviously some of the risks are
    female-specific):
    "WARNINGS / PRECAUTIONS — Unopposed estrogens may increase the risk of
    endometrial carcinoma in postmenopausal women. Use with caution in
    patients with diseases which may be exacerbated by fluid retention,
    including asthma, epilepsy, migraine, diabetes, cardiac or renal
    dysfunction. Use with caution in patients with a history of
    hypercalcemia, cardiovascular disease, and gallbladder disease. May
    increase blood pressure. Use with caution in patients with hepatic
    disease. May increase risk of venous thromboembolism. Estrogens may
    increase the risk of breast cancer (controversial/currently under
    study). Estrogen compounds are generally associated with lipid effects
    such as increased HDL-cholesterol and decreased LDL-cholesterol.
    Triglycerides may also be increased; use with caution in patients with
    familial defects of lipoprotein metabolism. Estrogens may cause
    premature closure of the epiphyses in young individuals. May increase
    size of pre-existing uterine leiomyomata. Before prescribing estrogen
    therapy to postmenopausal women, the risks and benefits must be
    weighed for each patient. Women should be informed of these risks and
    benefits, as well as possible effects of progestin when added to
    estrogen therapy. Safety and efficacy in pediatric patients have not
    been established.

    ADVERSE REACTIONS — Frequency not defined.

    Cardiovascular: Edema, hypertension, venous thromboembolism

    Central nervous system: Dizziness, headache, mental depression,
    migraine

    Dermatologic: Chloasma, erythema multiforme, erythema nodosum,
    hemorrhagic eruption, hirsutism, loss of scalp hair, melasma

    Endocrine & metabolic: Breast enlargement, breast tenderness, changes
    in libido, increased thyroid-binding globulin, increased total thyroid
    hormone (T4), increased serum triglycerides/phospholipids, increased
    HDL-cholesterol, decreased LDL-cholesterol, impaired glucose
    tolerance, hypercalcemia

    Gastrointestinal: Abdominal cramps, bloating, cholecystitis,
    cholelithiasis, gallbladder disease, nausea, pancreatitis, vomiting,
    weight gain/loss

    Genitourinary: Alterations in frequency and flow of menses, changes in
    cervical secretions, endometrial cancer, increased size of uterine
    leiomyomata, vaginal candidiasis

    Hematologic: Aggravation of porphyria, decreased antithrombin III and
    antifactor Xa, increased levels of fibrinogen, increased platelet
    aggregability and platelet count; increased prothrombin and factors
    VII, VIII, IX, X

    Hepatic: Cholestatic jaundice

    Neuromuscular & skeletal: Chorea

    Ocular: Intolerance to contact lenses, steeping of corneal curvature

    Respiratory: Pulmonary thromboembolism

    Miscellaneous: Carbohydrate intolerance

    CARDIOVASCULAR CONSIDERATIONS — It is important to recognize that
    estrogens may induce or worsen hypertension. These problems are less
    severe with lower doses. Furthermore, estrogens may precipitate
    thromboembolic events, particularly in women who smoke. It is
    important that patients on long-term estrogens undergo monitoring of
    blood pressure and avoid cigarette use." (1)

    UptoDate discusses some complications of increased estrogens in men:
    "The most life-threatening complications are cardiovascular sequelae,
    which include myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular accident, and
    pulmonary embolism. As with most androgen ablation therapies,
    estrogens are associated with a loss of libido, impotence, and
    lethargy. Gynecomastia and nipple soreness can be particularly
    troublesome and can be avoided to some extent by prophylactic breast
    irradiation. Prophylactic therapy may be necessary because
    gynecomastia and nipple tenderness do not respond well to irradiation
    once estrogen therapy is begun, and usually persist even if estrogen
    is discontinued." (2)

    b) Beneficial effects of estrogen in men

    Estrogen may have beneficial effects in men with heart disease:
    "Although many studies have found that estrogen treatment can reduce
    or control heart disease in women, few studies have established
    similar benefits in men. One of the few was reported today in CHEST,
    the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians
    (ACCP).

    Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh reported that conjugated
    estrogen (estrogen and progesterone) improves myocardial ischemia that
    is caused by exposure to the cold. Environmental exposure to cold is a
    common trigger of myocardial ischemia-an insufficient supply of blood
    to the heart-particularly in people with existing coronary artery
    disease. In these patients, they noted, cold exposure may decrease the
    myocardial oxygen supply by constricting the arteries while increasing
    the demand for such oxygen which is carried in the blood."
    Newswise |

    Estrogen is also used to treat metestatic prostate cancer:
    From UptoDate:
    "Estrogens exert their effect on prostate cancer growth primarily by
    negative feedback on the hypothalamic-pituitary axis; high levels
    reduce the release of LHRH from the hypothalamus, thereby suppressing
    LH release from the anterior pituitary. As a result, the testicular
    Leydig cells stop producing testosterone, although it may take one to
    two weeks to achieve castrate levels. High dose estrogens also compete
    with androgens for the androgen receptor, and may have a direct
    cytotoxic effect on both androgen-sensitive and androgen-insensitive
    prostate cancer cells." (2)

    Johns Hopkins Arthiritis suggests in this study that estrogen plays a
    role in prevention of osteoporosis in men:
    "These data indicate that E clearly exerts a dominant regulatory
    effect on bone resorption in normal elderly men. T may have small
    effect, although not significant. Both E and T are important in
    maintaining bone formation.

    Editorial Comment: This study challenges the traditional concept that
    testosterone is the critical sex hormone for maintaining bone density.
    There may be a role for low dose estrogen or selective estrogen
    receptor modulators (SERMs) in the treatment of osteoporosis in aging
    men."
    Estrogen Plays a Role in Bone Resorption in Elderly Men

    The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research links osteoporosis
    with low estrogen levels in men:
    "In studies begun in 1992 of 400 men with low bone mineral density,
    many suffering from tumors or drug-induced (gluco-steroids)
    osteoporosis, findings of estrogen depletion were about as frequent as
    among postmenopausal women. A combined lack of testosterone and
    estrogen was found at least as often as a deficiency in testosterone
    alone."
    Requested Page Not Found

    2) How do I get tested for estrogen levels?

    Lab tests online gives a good description of the various types of
    estrogen tests. Estradiol and estrone would be most relevant in men
    (estriol is mainly found in pregnant women). A blood test would be
    sufficient:
    "Estrone tests may be done to aid in the diagnosis of an ovarian
    tumor, Turner’s syndrome, and hypopituitarism. In males, it may help
    in the diagnosis of gynecomastia or in the detection of
    estrogen-producing tumors.

    Estradiol levels are used to help evaluate ovarian function. Etradiol
    helps diagnose the cause of precocious puberty in girls and
    gynecomastia in men. Its main use has been in the differential
    diagnosis of amenorrhea (for example, to determine whether the cause
    is menopause, pregnancy, or a medical problem). In assisted
    reproductive technology (ART), serial measurements are used to monitor
    follicle development in the ovary in the days prior to in-vitro
    fertilization. Estradiol is also sometimes used to monitor menopausal
    hormone replacement therapy.

    Estriol, along with alpha-fetoprotein (AFP maternal) and human
    chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) tests, are used to assess the risk of
    carrying a fetus with certain abnormalities, such as Down syndrome."
    Estrogen: The Test

    I would concur with an apporach suggested at this website - it is a
    broad-based approach. They suggest the following initial tests to
    look for mail endocrinologic abnormalities:
    "The following initial blood tests are recommended for any man over
    age 40:
    Complete blood count and chemistry profile (to include liver-kidney
    function, glucose, minerals, lipids, thyroid (TSH) etc.)
    Free and Total Testosterone
    Estradiol (estrogen)
    Progesterone
    DHEA
    PSA
    Luteiizing hormone (LH)
    Homocysteine"
    Male Hormone Modulation Therapy, A male hormone imbalance is correctable by utilizing the proper blood tests and using available drugs and nutrients

    Please use any answer clarification before rating this answer. I will
    be happy to explain or expand on any issue you may have.

    Thanks,
    Kevin, M.D.


    From
    Google Answers: estrogen
    I have seen opinions that men with prostate cancer
    while on
    testosterone and DHT ablation theraphy (hormone theraphy)
    do not live any longer
    but
    have very diminished QOL
    ============================== ===============

    there are some (not very solid) studies that hold that
    proper 2/16 ratio of estrogen metabolites prevent (women breast) cancer.

    That opinion is often extended to men,
    that is why we eat DIM, I3C, brocoli extracts, brocoli and cruciferous vegetables.
    Also calcium D-glutarate and TMG to push it down.

    Many people have low gastric acids, have heart burn because of it, then they eat antacids, further killing any gasric acids.

    Without gastric acids only DIM have a chance to work.
    I3C, brocoli and cruciferous need gastric acids.

    People with low gastric acids (plus antacids) do not make a good use of food so thge lack minerals and other.
    They should eat (Betaine HCL)
    Betaine HCL is a gasric acid.

    It should not be confused with
    TMG=betaine
    ---------------------
    ..

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