Night sweats in men are considered to be severe hot flashes that occur in the night. Male night sweats often result in extreme sweating which drenches a man’s night wear and bed sheets. These night sweats interrupt sleep and leave a feeling of intense heat or a slight chill.
What Causes Night Sweats in Men?
Night sweats in men are not caused by external heat, but instead by the malfunctioning hypothalamus (the temperature control center in the brain).
The hypothalamus receives false signals (caused by a hormonal imbalance) that the body is overheated and causes the body to react immediately to e xpel this non-existent excess heat.
Men who have very low levels of testosterone may experience night sweats, according to the Mayo Clinic.
As a man begins to age, his levels of testosterone will decrease gradually until he begins to experience the symptoms of andropause, which is basically the male equivalent of menopause.
Night sweats are just one of many symptoms that come along with andropause. In an effort to reduce the symptoms associated with andropause, many men choose to undergo hormone therapy procedures.
Night sweats are also common in men who have reduced testosterone levels as a result of hormone therapy to treat prostate cancer.
The low testosterone levels that are found in andropausal men are commonly the cause of the false signals sent to the hypothalamus. High cortisol (stress) levels and poor diet and fitness may contribute to night sweats in men.
Lymphoma is a form of cancer that attacks the lymphatic system. Since lymphoma interrupts your immune system, it can cause severe night sweats as well as itchy skin, fatigue and uncontrollable chills.
Certain respiratory infections can cause night sweats in both men and women. Respiratory infections are commonly overlooked when diagnosing night sweats, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Pneumonia, a bacterial infection that affects your lungs, can cause both fever and chills, which can lead to night sweats, according to MedlinePlus.
The Epstein-Barr virus can cause infectious mononucleosis, which can also lead to night sweats. The AAFP reports that night sweats are more common during the acute phase of this infection.
Since night sweats in men are often caused by a hormonal imbalance of testosterone and/or cortisol, treatment with natural bioidentical hormones is suggested.
Once the hormones are put back in balance, the male night sweatsare likely to end.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy with a BodyLogicMD affiliated physician can balance your hormones and offer a customized nutrition, supplement and fitness program.
With balanced hormones and a proper nutrition and fitness plan, relief from your male night sweats is only a start.
Other symptoms caused by your hormone imbalance such as muscle loss, low sex drive, hair loss, weight gain, fatigue and many more are also likely to diminish.
Contact the BodyLogicMD bioidentical hormone doctor nearest you to schedule an appointment and learn more about night sweats in men treatment that includes bioidentical hormone replacement.
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