Hormones Control Everything
Too often we attribute things being off with our health as just normal parts of life, or at least as normal parts of aging. Poor sleep, gaining weight, being tired for no real reason, and just generally not feeling 100% are just a handful of the things you may write off as “just how things are.” It’s also likely that you have tried to fix them in one way or another with little to no effect. Sometimes these problems, and many others, do have one particular cause that is easy to solve – it could be because of your hormones.
What are Hormones?
Hormones are a diverse group of signaling molecules that are transported to different parts of the body by the bloodstream so that they can deliver instructions to various organs. Basically, they are a microscopic mail service that can regulate everything from the growth of your muscles to your changes in mood. They are present and important from the moment you are conceived to the moment that you pass away.
Hormones are commonly thought about in respect to their heavy involvement in reproduction, pregnancy, the growth of children, and puberty, but they also affect the metabolism, sleep, and how we handle stress and anxiety. Unfortunately, hormones don’t always stay balanced, and there are a few times in a person’s life where hormone imbalances are more common.
Hormones in Women
Women typically go through significant hormone fluctuations during pregnancy, after giving birth, and during menopause.
During pregnancy, a woman’s body is flooded with an abundance of different hormones. This is necessary for a number of functions like maintaining the pregnancy and preparing the body for childbirth and motherhood. At the same time, some hormones can be thrown out of balance. Many women suffer from insulin resistance during pregnancy, also known as gestational diabetes. Though gestational diabetes is usually manageable, it sometimes requires treatment, and while it normally goes away after pregnancy, it can increase the risk for Type 2 Diabetes later in life.
After the birth, or postpartum, estrogen and progesterone levels crash hard, which can lead to complications like postpartum depression. Sometimes hormone levels don’t go back to normal like they should. For example, pregnancy can cause the thyroid to slow it’s production of thyroid hormones, which are vital to the proper functionality of the metabolism. This is one of the reasons why many women struggle with losing weight after giving birth.
Eventually the production of these sex hormones slows down or comes to a stop. Menopause is when a woman loses the ability to reproduce, which happens due to their body no longer producing progesterone or estrogen. The woman may experience a range of symptoms that relate to hormonal imbalance like weight gain, hot flashes, loss of libido, and mood swings. Changes to the menstrual cycle will also occur until it eventually ceases.
A woman’s hormones don’t always wait for a major life event, and it’s actually quite common for imbalances to occur without being triggered by a major life event, despite presenting many of the same symptoms. These instances are even more likely to be put to the wayside because “this is what having two kids does to you” or “because you’ve just been really stressed lately.” It’s important to know that that isn’t how it has to be, and the path to feeling your best is right at your fingertips.
Hormones in Men
Decrease in testosterone production is usually much more gradual in men, and normally begins slowly declining after the age of 30. However this decline sometimes occurs more drastically, leading to the male having low testosterone. Lowered testosterone levels can cause loss of muscle mass, hair loss, lower libido, fatigue, changes in mood and memory, and increase in body fat. Often times men notice these issues when they don’t get the same results from exercise as the normally would, or are more tired after physical activity, and many times their sex drive and performance in the bedroom suffers as well.
Being obese also has a strong connection to low testosterone. Fat actually causes testosterone to be metabolized into estrogen, which is how women maintain estrogen in their bodies even after they stop producing it during menopause. For men however, this metabolization causes lowered testosterone and increased estrogen, having negative effects on the man’s health. Losing weight is the obvious solution to this problem, but with lower testosterone, you aren’t able to get the same benefits to your metabolism and exercise, causing weight loss to become much more difficult. This often requires Testosterone Replacement Therapy to rectify, which can help get your testosterone levels back to normal, and allow you to focus on other parts of your health.
The clear link between testosterone deficiency and chronic conditions means that ignoring the signs of low testosterone and just thinking how you are feeling is because of aging can lead to serious health issues in the future.
Treatment for Hormonal Imbalance
With the numerous signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance, it can be difficult to know if you have one or what you should be looking for to tell. The feeling of something being off with our health but not really being sure what exactly is wrong is common, and that’s where Ways2Well comes in.
We put you in the driver’s seat. You no longer have to sit and wonder if you have hormonal imbalances, and then pray that they correct themselves, or that the new diet you are trying will solve all of your woes. Our medical team is well versed in recognizing the potential signs of a hormonal imbalance, and then use comprehensive blood panels to give us an advanced look at what’s going on inside your body. This information will reveal the root cause of the nagging symptoms you may be experiencing, whether they are hormone related or not. From there, Ways2Well offers customized treatment plans and a multitude of hormone therapies that can mitigate or correct the problem, and help your health get back on course.