Men Need Progesterone, too!
(Newsletter from LongevityNews)

Progesterone is essential for male prostate health and to balance increasing
levels of estrogen. Progesterone can be thought of as a hormonal balancer,
particularly of estrogens. It enhances the beneficial effect of estrogens while
preventing the problems associated with estrogen excess. Progesterone also helps
create a balance of all other steroids. It also has intrinsic calming and diuretic
properties. It is important in women, but its importance in men for the
maintenance of prostate health is only now being appreciated.

Men and women have exactly the same hormones only in differing amounts. Women
have testosterone, androstenedione and even a prostate specific antigen (PSA). Men
have estriol, estrone, estradiol, progesterone, luteining hormone (LH) and follicle
stimulating hormone (FSH). As men age, their levels of estrogen rise, especially the
two most dangerous and potent estrogens- estrone and estradiol. A man over 50
literally has more estrogen than his postmenopausal wife! It is finally becoming clear
that this excess of estrogen in aging men is responsible for a variety of problems
such as adiposity, breast development, many cancers, prostate problems, baldness
and other problems that come with advanced age.

The prostate actually has progesterone receptors and to have a healthy prostate
gland the receptors must have enough blood progesterone constantly to keep them
filled. Studies on laboratory animals have actually reduced the weights of their
prostates just by giving them natural progesterone. As estrogen levels rise in men,
there is no parallel rise in progesterone. What is the most potent antagonist to
estrogen? Progesterone. It is progesterone that inhibits those harmful effects of too
much estrogen more than anything else. Thus, the need for natural progesterone

Help for inhibiting hair loss? We've all heard of 5-alpha reductase and how this is
what turns vital testosterone into unwanted dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Excess levels
of DHT are associated with baldness, prostate disease and a host of other illnesses
as men age. Progesterone is a powerful 5-alpha reductase inhibitor.
Many men have chosen to use transdermal progesterone based on the overwhelming
evidence we have from studies around the world on test animals, DHT, 5-alpha
reductase and prostate metabolism.

Men need only a fraction of that required by women.
A mere 2 ounces of progesterone cream will last a man 3-4 months.
It is really amazing to see how quickly women's PMS symptoms fade
and disappear when their hormones come into balance.

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