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Hormones are tiny – but that doesn’t mean they aren’t powerful. These little chemical messengers have a huge impact on your physical, mental, and emotional health. They control many vital functions of your body, including appetite, weight, mood, and which is why hormone imbalance can cause a range of symptoms and health issues depending on which hormones are affected and to what extent.

Hormonal imbalances typically arise during middle age in both men and women, as there is a natural shift in hormone levels that occurs during this time. In particular, women may experience a variety of symptoms during menopause and peri-menopause, including hot flashes, sleep disturbances, and mood swings.

Men also experience a similar shift in hormone levels during middle age, as testosterone production gradually decreases. This can lead to symptoms such as reduced muscle mass, decreased libido, and decreased energy levels.

Over time, these symptoms can accumulate and become more noticeable, especially when combined with other symptoms such as sleep disturbances and hot flashes. This can make it clear that there is an underlying hormonal imbalance that needs to be addressed.

If you suspect that you are experiencing a hormonal imbalance, you may have a variety of symptoms that occur intermittently or persist over an extended period of time. In any case, you should seek medical assistance from a qualified professional who specializes in treating hormonal imbalances.

Causes of Hormone Imbalance

Hormonal imbalances can be caused by various factors, as our bodies are intricate systems in which a small change can trigger a chain reaction that affects multiple bodily functions. This is particularly true of hormones, which exert a significant influence on our mental and physical performance.

The most common cause of hormone imbalance is the natural aging process. As both men and women age, hormone levels shift in the body. Men start producing less testosterone, and women stop producing estrogen entirely after menopause.

While not everyone over the age of 40 experiences symptoms of hormonal imbalance, a significant number of individuals may exhibit mild to severe symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Therefore, undergoing a comprehensive hormone level checkup is beneficial to identify any potential imbalances.

In our fast-paced modern world, stress is a prevalent cause of hormonal imbalances. Whether it’s due to ongoing chronic stress resulting from a life that is constantly on the go or due to a single or series of intensely stressful events, stress triggers the production of cortisol in the body. Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, significantly impacts the entire body when at high levels in the body. Women of all ages are particularly susceptible to hormonal imbalances caused by stress.

Certain diseases can lead to hormone imbalances as well. Examples of such diseases are diabetes, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, thyroiditis, and Cushing syndrome. Typically, these diseases initiate a hormone imbalance, and then it becomes more severe as the diseases progress. It is important to treat these diseases to regain good health, which may also help restore normal hormone function. In some cases, additional hormone therapy may be required to bring the body back into hormonal balance.

When your hormones are functioning in a healthy way, your endocrine glands produce and release the right amount and mix of hormones needed for the everyday functions of your body.

But as you age, or have shifts in your health, or experience stress, your hormones will decrease production. That means your hormones, and your body, will be out of balance. And that leads to some serious symptoms that affect your health and your quality of life.

How Hormones Function

Hormones regulate key functions throughout your body – and there are several different kinds of hormones. They control your metabolism, growth, fertility, immune function, and much more.  

Testosterone

Although testosterone is commonly considered a male hormone, both men and women require sufficient testosterone levels to function at their best. A lack of testosterone can lead to low energy levels, brain fog, low stamina, loss of strength and muscle mass, weight gain, anxiety, and low sex drive.  

Estrogen

Estrogen is actually a collection of three hormones: estradiol, estrone, and estriol. Both men and women naturally have estrogen – it’s also not just a female hormone. However, it plays a much more significant role in women’s health, especially as they age. During periods of transformation such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, estrogen plays a crucial role. To prevent conditions such as estrogen dominance, it is necessary to maintain appropriate levels of estrogen carefully.  

Progesterone

For both men and women, progesterone is critical for multiple functions in the body. Low progesterone levels can cause symptoms such as sleep disturbances, low immune system function, memory loss, weight gain, and mood swings. Low progesterone levels are often associated with signs of aging, and progesterone is a precursor hormone that concerts to estrogen, testosterone, or cortisol.

Cortisol

Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. Nearly every cell in your body has receptors for cortisol – it can affect many different parts of the body, including blood pressure, blood sugar levels, inflammation, and salt-water balance.  

Your body releases cortisol in response to fear or stress, including chronic stress, which can lead to significant long-term damage to the body. When cortisol builds up in the body, you can experience lowered immunity, higher blood pressure, and weight gain that you just can’t seem to shake.

DHEA

DHEA is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland. It’s a hormone that actually helps produce other hormones, including estrogen and testosterone. As a result, DHEA is essential for maintaining hormone balance. Your natural levels of DHEA peak in youth and then decline as you age.

Low levels of DHEA have been found in people with diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, and other serious health conditions. DHEA has the potential to decelerate the aging process, enhance libido and athletic performance, as well as facilitate healthy weight maintenance.

Hormone Health

Hormones are chemical messengers produced by various glands in the body. These hormones work together in various ways, affecting almost every function of the body, including growth and development, metabolism, sexual function, and mood regulation.

It is important to keep a healthy balance of hormones for your overall health and well-being. However, as you age, this becomes more difficult to maintain, and hormone imbalances can cause a variety of symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, low libido, and more.

Therefore, it’s essential to be aware of the signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalances and seek medical attention if necessary. Working with a qualified, experienced medical provider who can run detailed lab tests and measure the levels of your hormones is vital to finding balance and health again.

Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

The signs of hormonal imbalances may not always be obvious and can be similar to symptoms of other conditions. Also, these signs can vary from person to person since everyone’s body responds differently to internal hormone shifts and external stressors.

However, there are several typical symptoms that may indicate a hormonal imbalance. These symptoms can include:

  • Night sweats 

  • Hot flashes  

  • Muscle loss  

  • Heavy or painful periods

  • Weight gain  

  • Insomnia  

  • Fatigue 

  • Depression 

  • Anxiety 

  • Mood swings 

  • Irritability  

  • Brain fog  

  • Trouble concentrating  

  • Lowered energy levels  

  • Low libido or sex drive

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