How Does a Hormone Imbalance Affect You?
How much are your hormones affecting your life? The hormone system is a delicate one. When it is off, you can go from a strong-willed woman to a weeping mess in seconds — but why? Hormone imbalance is the culprit behind many chronic diseases, as well. To understand how hormone imbalance affects your quality of life, you need to know more about how this critical system works.
What are Hormones?
A hormone is a messenger. For example, when it is time for a woman to ovulate, the anterior pituitary gland releases the luteinizing hormone as a signal. Hormones control almost every vital function in the body, including:
- Tissue regeneration
- Sensory perception
They serve as triggers to start processes and end them. They provide communication between the organs and correct system malfunctions.
What Happens with Hormone Imbalances?
The process is complex because it relies on more than just the presence of a specific hormone, but on the quantity of it as well. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland to regulate circadian rhythms and sleep cycles. If there is too little in the blood stream, you may not get sleepy. Too much and you might have a hard time staying awake.
Women are especially susceptible to hormone fluctuations. It is a problem that affects them throughout their lives.
- PMS during their 20s and 30s
- Menopause in their 50s
- Osteoporosis in their 70s
Estrogen and progesterone are the hormones behind many of the problems women face.
What about Hormone Supplements?
There are a number of hormone supplements available that can help deal with imbalances and fluctuations. Bioidentical progesterone, for example, is a natural substance extracted from wild yam or soybean and is a duplicate for the hormone produced in humans. It is prescribed in premenopausal women to treat PMS and regulate the timing and flow of menstrual cycles. In menopausal women it is used in conjunction with an estrogen supplement to control menopausal symptoms.
There are other hormone supplements available, as well. Thyroid hormone replacements, DHEA supplementation, and human growth hormone are all on the market and promoted for weight loss and health management. Not all of them work as promised and some can have a negative effect on the body. For example, HGH, or human growth hormone, can increase fluid retention around joints when it is first started and can cause an increase in joint pain especially in patients with arthritis.
Rely on Dr. Waller to offer hormone supplements based on your individual needs. Over the counter hormones are unsafe in most cases and may actually affect your health in other, negative ways.