Health, Women Health

Are Your Hormones Unhappy ?

Symptoms of hormonal imbalance
Image showing different side effects of hormonal imbalance

Hormones are chemical messenger in human body travelling around your bloodstream and, instructing tissues and organs what to do. Hormones controls various functions in the body like metabolism and reproduction.

Too much or too little of any hormone creates an imbalance in the body and can cause serious unwanted effects.

Hormones are just like a recipe, too much or too less of any ingredient can affect the final product. Some of the hormonal changes are normal with aging but few hormonal changes results in serious symptoms which require fixation either by lifestyle and diet or by medications.

Common Symptoms

Hormones play a basic role in overall health and a broad range of symptoms can indicate hormonal imbalance. Hormonal changes effects both men and women and can be responsible for following symptoms:

  • Constipation or frequent bowel movements
  • Fatigue
  • Insulin resistance
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Increased thirst/hunger
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Infertility
  • Blurred vision
  • Thinning of hairs
  • Frequent Urination
  • Muscle aches / stiffness
  • Sweating

Symptoms In Women

PCOS/PCOD is the most common hormonal imbalance in women. Normal hormonal cycles can change during puberty, pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause.

Specific symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women are :

  • Acne
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia and sleep difficulty
  • Bloating
  • Irregular or missing periods
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Heavy periods
  • PMS
  • Fertility issues
  • Hair loss
  • Joint pain
  • Low libido
  • Hirsutism
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Tender breasts
  • Heart palpitations
  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Brittle hair and nails

Symptoms In Men

Testosterone is an essential hormone plays an important role in male development. Low testosterone production can cause variety of symptoms, like

  • Development of breast tissue/ Gynecomastia
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Muscle loss
  • Decreased libido
  • Infertility
  • Decreased beard growth
  • Osteoporosis

Causes Of Hormonal Imbalances

Our lifestyle habits and environmental factors -can effect our glands which produce hormones in our body and can be responsible for hormonal imbalance. Symptoms depends on hormone or gland affected. Common causes are:

  • Extreme stress
  • Diabetes ( Type 1 or Type 2)
  • Overactive or under active thyroid levels
  • Poor diet and nutrition
  • Hormone therapy
  • Tumours
  • Medications
  • Cancer treatment
  • Hypogonadism
  • Thyroiditis

Diagnosis & Treatment

There is no single test to diagnose a hormonal imbalance as different different glands have different functions, and symptoms of imbalance also varies. Diagnosis is made by assessing symptoms you have and diagnostic evaluation is done accordingly. Always seek guidance and help from a qualified medical professional or preferably an Endocrinologist for proper evaluation and treatment. Lastly I will be leaving a link about top 10 Hormone balancing food which can help you keep your body and your endocrine system healthy on routine basis.

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