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Saturday, 25 August 2012

Estrogen levels

Estrogen Aromatization

Testosterone is the primary substrate used in the male body for the synthesis of estrogen, the principal female sex hormone. Although the presence of estrogen male seem quite unusual in men, It is structurally very similar   to testosterone. With a slight alteration by the enzyme aromatase, estrogen is produced in the male body. Aromatase activity occurs in various region of the male body,including adipose, liver, gonadal, central nervous system and skeletal muscle tissue. In the context of the average healthy male, the amount of estrogen produced is generally not vary significant to one`s body disposition, and may even be beneficial in terms of cholesterol values. In larger amounts however, it does have potential to cause many unwanted effects including water retention, female breast tissue development(gynecomastia) and body fat accumulation. For these reasons many focus on minimizing the buildup or activity of estrogen in the body with aromatase inhibitors such Arimidex and Cytadren or anti-estrogen such as Clomid or Nolvadex, particularly at times when gynecomastia is a worry or the athlete is attempting to increase muscle definition. 

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