Estrogen and Men???

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: September 18, 2013

OMG! Does your man complain about his pants being tighter each time they come back from the cleaners? My husband refuses to buy pants with a larger waist simply because he can’t reckon with the fact his waistline really has grown as he’s aged.

This past winter, we had a Black Tie event to attend and he had some problems squeezing into his tux. He sat there miserable all night with his pants button unbuttoned, hidden behind his belt. I know the reason he didn’t eat that night was because he was thinking about his swelling midsection. As a good wife, I wanted to cut the legs off my Spanx so he could wear them, but I was too scared to suggest that to him. I simply tried to avoid looking at his expanding girth. I’ve learned this is quite a common problem with men his age.

In a recent NY Times article, Middle-Aged Men, Too, Can Blame Estrogen for that Waistline, the author discusses men and their pot bellies. It appears that estrogen, yes you heard me, the so-called female hormone, plays a role in men’s bodies contributing to the problem of their ever expanding waistlines. This may be the reason many of them need to buy bigger belts each year.

It was always thought testosterone deficiency was to blame for a lot of the problems men encounter at midlife. Now researchers are looking more into the estrogen aspect of men’s midlife health. Dr. Joel Finkelstein, Harvard Medical School was the lead author of a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine showing that lowered levels of estrogen have an effect on fat accumulation and other symptoms to midlife woes, including libido issues.

So next year, instead of coming up with a list of tight tux tips, I think I’ll have the pants altered for him before the “big” events. If this doesn’t work, I can always bring out the duct tape and wrap his midsection! Or maybe by then they’ll come out with Spanx for men.