I'm male, 61, 5'8". 137lbs., exercise regularly (aerobics and weights), high sex drive, no symptoms of estrogen dominance except for BPH symptoms which are getting worse and not improving with saw palmetto. I eat a mostly paleo type diet with lots of saturated fat. I read that high saturated fat causes estrogen dominance and I would normally dismiss this as party-line, conventional, phobic nonsense except I'm now wondering about it due to the pronounced BPH symptoms. Could there be any truth to a diet high in saturated fat causing estrogen dominance?
Overweight people are particularly prone to estrogen dominance. Fat cells (adipose tissues) produce a weak form of estrogen (estrone). People in developed countries have more estrogen dominance because they eat more food contaminated with xenoestrogens than their Third World counterparts. Estrogen dominance is often a disease of wealth. Many women in perimenopause, which usually occurs from about age 35 to 50, are deficient in progesterone because they ovulate less frequently. They have lower levels of estrogen than young women, but are technically estrogen dominant because of the progesterone deficiency. Their hormones are unbalanced as they head towards menopause and the end of childbearing, which happens in most women from age 51 to 60.
Look into supplementing Calcium D-Glucarate to detox the estrogen from your liver and stabilize your testosterone.
I'm a woman but have only been taking it two months and just came back from the doctor with amazing lab results from adding it to my daily regimen. My estrogen and testosterone levels were perfect for the first time in forever.
There's a lot of evidence that it works well on prostate health, Google it. I found this in a quick search which might help shed some light on it as well. Glucarate Report link
Selenium happens to be good for the prostate.
Saturated fat is not a problem, especially when considering what else, exactly, would you be eating instead?
I have heard that the lignans in flax seed bind with and neutralize estrogen.
I don't think a high sat fat diet on its own would be enough to cause BPH as an outgrowth of estrogen dominance. Maybe it could exacerbate an existing imbalance, but I don't think it would straight-up cause one.
At 137 on an adult male frame of 5'8", you run pretty light. Maybe there's something else going on there...
(I'm 5'2" and only a few pounds lower than you. But then again, maybe that means you're just right and I'm a fatty! I think as a society, we've lost our ability to judge what a "normal"/healthy body size is, so I might be speaking out of turn.) :-/
When eating a paleo diet there is much to consider before looking at the meat. How long have you been eating paleo. If you have been eating the same way for at least a year and have been performing very well up until lately then it shows that something has either been sneaking up on you or there is some sort of deficiency some where. What is your blood type. Do you consume lots of carbs or is fat your main source of energy. Can you give a little more insight as to what you eat.
Yes there is truth to that. Fat cell are said to convert testosterone to estorgen but it would have to be more fat than you have. If you have BPH you need to look for other solutions with a doctor. According to Super Beta Prostate reviews that I've read Saw Palmetto isn't much better than a placebo. I's suggest switching it out for something like Super Beta Prostate that contains more beta-sitosterol.
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