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Abby's Magazine - July/August 2015 | Page 21 Aromatase is an enzyme responsible for a key step in the synthesis of estrogens. It is responsible for the aromatization of androgens (compounds that stimulate or control male characteristics). Androgens are precursors to all estrogens in men and women. The primary and most well known androgen is testosterone. Hyperaromatization is defined as excess conversion of testosterone into estrogens. Testosterone hyperaromatization is almost always accompanied by insulin resistance. Men and women who are overweight, diabetics or taking testosterone beware! Men with low testosterone, low libido, lessening muscle tone, difficulty losing weight, and gynecomastia (breast enlargement) likely have hyperaromatization. What is Aromatase & Hyperaromatization? • Recent research shows that boys, like girls, are beginning sexual development much sooner than historically normal. Boys are now developing six months to two years earlier than the medically accepted standard based on previous studies. • Precocious puberty can affect both physical and psychological health, including raising the future risk for hormone-related cancers. • The trend raises serious questions about environmental factors that are spurring this development, as it cannot be explained through genetic changes. • Xenoestrogens (estrogen- mimicking chemicals) behave like steroid hormones and can alter the timing of puberty, and affect disease risk throughout life. In adults, such chemicals have been linked to decreased sperm quality, stimulation of mammary gland development in men, disrupted reproductive cycles and ovarian dysfunction, obesity, cancer, heart disease and more. • Top environmental offenders include plasticizing chemicals such as BPA, BPS, and phthalates, many agricultural chemicals, and food-related substances like MSG, bovine growth hormone (rBGH) and soy products. • Research has confirmed the existence of a previously unknown class of estrogen- mimicking metals referred to as "metalloestrogens". These metals, which are added to thousands of consumer products, including vaccines, have been identified as being capable of binding to cellular estrogen receptors and mimicking the action of physiological estrogens. Your Childs Health: Early Puberty in Boys & Girls By Abby Sayler

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