As a male you do need some estrogen.
Researchers at the University of California San Diego found that low levels of estradiol increased the risk of vertebral fractures in older men.
Research has also found that low estrogen is the driving force behind osteoporosis as men advance in age.
Could low E levels be effecting you?
It's possible, but based on my experience you're much more likely to be suffering from too much estrogen, not too little.
How can you tell where you stand?
Ideally, you should be tested. If you can't or won't test, then look at these factors.
Are you carrying weight from the mid section down? Specifically the hips, thighs, and butt.
A low estrogen male on the other hand will tend toward lower body weight.
This is a bit of a generalization, and there are exceptions, but low E men appear more thin and frail.
Think of it this way...
The chubby, round soft guy will typically have high E.
The thin, underweight, (and typically older) man, is more likely to have low estrogen levels.
Not sure where you stand?
Get the test!
Let's talk about testing for a moment...
The standard upper reference range for estrogen in men is <54.
According to "medical science", if you're below 54 pg/mL, you're good to go!
I have to disagree!
54 is too high!
If you're anywhere near 50 pg/mL, you're approaching the feminization zone, especially if you have low testosterone levels.
Estridol is a testosterone antoginaist. Too much combined with low T means you're going to start taking on feminine characteristics.
I like to see estridol at 30 or less. I think anywhere between 10 and 30 is the sweet spot for most men.
Stay in that zone, and you'll avoid all the physical problems mentioned above.
What is too low?
If you drop below 10, then you need to start worrying about hip fractures, osterporosis, mental decline, and heart disease.
Once you fall into that zone, it's time to take action!
What should you do?
If you go to a doctor for a solution, he's going to want to put you on direct hormone supplementation, and prescription medications.
Avoid the complications, the side effects, and the expense, and attempt to boost estrogen levels naturally first.
Foods that Increase Estrogen Levels!
Foods That Reduce Estrogen Levels!
If you have low E, avoid all cruciferous vegetables as they will reduce estrogen levels in your body.