Hormonal changes are a natural part of the aging process and can occur for various reasons, including genetic factors, environmental influences, and changes in lifestyle. These changes are different for men and women and often occur gradually over time.
Hormonal Changes in Women
Menstrual Cycle and Menopause
Women typically experience significant hormonal changes during their reproductive years. The menstrual cycle involves fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone. As women age, they enter perimenopause and eventually reach menopause, leading to a decline in estrogen and progesterone production.
Hormonal Decline in Later Years
Beyond menopause, women continue to experience a decline in estrogen levels, impacting bone health, skin elasticity, and cardiovascular health. Hormonal changes can also affect libido and vaginal health.
Hormonal Changes in Men
In men, the primary sex hormone is testosterone. Testosterone levels tend to decline gradually with age, starting around the age of 30. This decline can lead to changes in sexual function, muscle mass, and energy levels.
The male equivalent of menopause is referred to as “andropause.” While not as abrupt as menopause, andropause is associated with a gradual decline in testosterone levels and may cause symptoms such as fatigue, reduced libido, and mood changes.
Bone Density and Muscle Mass
Testosterone helps to maintain bone density and muscle mass. Its decline can contribute to a gradual reduction in bone density and muscle strength, increasing the risk of osteoporosis and frailty.
General Factors That Influence Hormone Changes
Genetic factors can determine how individuals experience hormonal changes with age. Family history can influence the timing and severity of these changes. The tendency for hair loss and certain endocrine disorders is linked to genetics.
Environmental & Lifestyle Factors
Lifestyle factors, including diet, exercise, and exposure to environmental toxins, can influence hormonal balance. A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent some of the effects of aging on hormone levels.
Certain health conditions, medications, and medical treatments can also influence hormonal balance. For example, hormonal changes may occur as a result of diabetes, thyroid disorders, and/or medical treatments.
Treatment at Regenerative Medical Institute
Understanding the natural aging process and its impact on hormonal changes can help individuals make informed decisions about their health. At Regenerative Medical Institute, we take the time to learn about our patients’ health history and provide guidance to develop customized treatment plans for symptoms of aging.
To learn more about our health services, visit our website or call us at 877-573-3737 to schedule a free consultation at our office in Greenville, SC.