Testosterone. Prolactin. Estrogen. Thyroid. Progesterone. Cortisol. Androgyn. These are just some of the hormones that determine how you look and feel, from your skin to your mood to your muscle mass to your libido.
When your hormone levels rise or fall out of healthy ranges, your physical and sexual health is much harder to maintain — and your life feels far, far from ideal. It’s important to note, too, that no hormone acts in isolation. For instance, low thyroid hormone levels can actually lead to low testosterone levels. This is why looking at the big picture matters.
Here are three of the most common imbalances. Sound like you?
Men: Typically men experience low testosterone as they age. Loss of muscle mass, low libido, and softer erections are common effects of a testosterone imbalance. Others signs may be difficulty concentration, fat gain, and depression.
Women: Irregular menstrual periods are common when women produce too much testosterone. You might see a greater chance of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and its symptoms, such as obesity, acne, and excessive or thinning hair.
Men: An excess of estrogen in men can look similar to testosterone deficiency. If you have too much estrogen, you might experience headaches, prostate enlargement, weight gain, or hair loss.
Women: When you have too little estrogen, you may experience symptoms similar to menopause, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, night sweats, memory problems, or lethargy. If you have too much estrogen, you might notice rapid weight gain, mood swings, weepiness, and anxiety. Your libido may take a dive, too.
Men: As U.S. News & World Report writes, “The thyroid regulates the energy production and metabolism of every cell in the body, so changes in its function can affect every system and look very different from person to person.” In general, however, men with hypothyroidism, or low thyroid, may experience foggy thinking, low libido, emotional insecurity, hair loss, fatigue, and erectile dysfunction, among other symptoms. Men with hyperthyroidism, or high thyroid, may feel fatigue, heart palpitations, increased bowel movements, and muscle weakness.
Women: Hypothyroidism is more common in women than men. In fact, the American Thyroid Association reports that one woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime. When this hormonal imbalance is in play, symptoms might include depression, foggy thinking, tiredness, muscle or joint stiffness, dry or itchy skin, and shortness of breath during exercise, among many others.
Hyperthyroidism in women can look like weight loss, irritability or nervousness, more bowel movements, lighter periods, and trouble sleeping.
Do contact us if you recognize yourself in any of these symptoms, as you may be dealing with a hormonal imbalance. Remember, feeling vital depends on healthy hormones AND healthy diet, nutrition, lifestyle, and proper supplementation with vitamin and nutriceuticals. They work together to make you feel young again.