Dealing with natural hormonal changes can be difficult. The occasional and infrequent fluctuation in hormone levels is natural. However, a major imbalance can have serious consequences. Symptoms often go unnoticed because of how generalized and non-descriptive they are. If you’re ever questioning, do not hesitate to come into ReLive Med and get your levels checked. These are among the most common signs of hormone imbalance.
Feeling “tired” seems to be a normal part of life with most working adults. However, feeling tired can be a signal of a hormone change. If you feel a change in your energy, don’t ignore it. This can range from not being able to get out of bed in the morning to go feeling a huge energy crash mid-afternoon. The fatigue can come from your thyroid, insulin, estrogen, progesterone and/or suprarenal hormones.
For many, fatigue comes with or results in a change to your sleep cycle. Hormones control your circadian rhythm. Low levels of progesterone are known to cause the 3 a.m. insomnia, while the low level of estrogen may induce hot flashes and night sweats that disrupt an otherwise peaceful night. If you find yourself counting sheep too many times during the night, then your hormones need to be evaluated!
Cortisol is the hormone associated with stress. From an evolutionary standpoint, this can help you stay prepared and alert when faced with danger. However, your thyroid, the gland that produces hormones, can cause an overproduction of this chemical. As a result, this will exacerbate anxiety symptoms, even when there is no clear and present threat to safety.
Muscle mass decrease is an enormous indicator that your hormones are imbalanced. A lack of balance in males where there is too little testosterone will result in musculoskeletal weakness, increase of weight, and loss of bone density. Females may also have this imbalance; age and anxiety are very much associated with decreased levels of testosterone. ReLive Med offers testosterone replacement therapy to improve your these levels.
Although many women are vigilant about their weight, rapid weight changes are significant indicators of a hormonal catastrophe. A symptom of insulin resistance can be an increase in weight gain in the abdomen or arm. Heavy breasts are often associated with skewed estrogen levels, and weight gain in the hips and thighs may originate from thyroid problems. If you are concerned about your estrogen levels, we can help you get started with a plan that may include Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).
Understanding how your hormones relate to your overall well-being helps you keep active, energetic and happy. Talk with us more at ReLive Med and get your hormone levels tested if you have any of these signs and want to learn more about our services.