I went through a serious bout of stress from my job a couple of years ago and ended up leaving.
My hair thinned, I started getting fat round my waste and on my chest giving me the dreaded man boobs look. The stress and lack of sleep got so bad at times that I often forgot what day it was and could not sleep or stop my hands from shaking.
Now the problem remains and I can't get rid of it. My DHEA is fine and so is my testosterone. One year off work and I keep accumulating fat on my chest. I'm a man in my early 40's.
I believe this is caused because the stress resulted in raised cortisol which robs my body of progesterone. Progesterone acts as an opponent to Estrogen.. And that's the key point here.
Can anyone explain this to me..... How do you become estrogen dominant if your progesterone levels are normal? Does estrogen just keep overproducing after a past spike in estrogen due to depleted progesterone? I'm wondering why this imbalance between progesterone and estrogen remains and why my body hasn't corrected it after so long. Can a serious bout of stress really do this?
Yes I've upped my B6, C, and B12 and all my other B vitamins. I take multivitamins and have always eaten healthy. Don't drink or smoke and exercise regularly. I have a single mutation of the MTHFR gene C677T so I take a Methyfolate supplement to make sure I absorb enough folate. This I believe helps other B vitamis to absorb.