Hormones control vital aspects of our physical and mental health including growth, metabolism, memory and mood. They control almost everything we do, from how we think, sleep, eat and cope with stress. When just one of our hormones fluctuate, the change can have significant consequences on our health. While the fluctuations during peri-menopouse and menopause may be smooth for some women, for many others, it is completely overwhelming. The key is not necessarily the level of a particular hormone, but how that level affects the overall balance. Every woman’s state has its own required symphony of interrelated hormones to create hormonal harmony. The following are some examples of how hormone imbalance can affect health.Sleep Disturbances
High or low levels of cortisol may affect sleep, as may low levels of estradiol. For some postmenopausal women, difficulty sleeping is directly related to hot flashes and night sweats, which are often signs of hormonal imbalance. Once hormonal imbalances are addressed, sleep issues may resolve.Weight Gain
High levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, can cause unstable blood sugars and may increase sugar cravings. High estrogen levels may interfere with thyroid gland function and result in weight gain. High levels of testosterone and/or DHEAs may be associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition that makes it difficult to lose weight.Hot Flashes
Having too little estrogen can be associated with hot flashes, but so can supplementing with too much estrogen. Maintaining the right amount of estrogen is one factor in controlling hot flashesBone Loss
Testosterone and estradiol are instrumental in building bone, yet high cortisol tends to break down bone. High cortisol accelerates bone loss and also interferes with the bone-building action of testosterone.Breast Cancer
A common pattern of hormone imbalance shows up in women with breast cancer: above range estradiol, below range progesterone, above range evening cortisol and out of range DHEA’s.Depression
Laboratory data (Rocky Mountain Analytical) shows that 2 of 3 women who self-reported depression or difficulty coping and 7 of 10 who reported irritability had at least one hormone out of range. While it is not a guarantee that restoring hormonal balance will lessen these mood symptoms, many report relief from mood disorders when hormonal balance is achieved.
This Hormone Imbalance Symptom Test is intended to be a guideline for determining whether a hormone imbalance may exist. Each section relates to a particular hormonal imbalance. The greater the number of symptoms that are checked in each section, the greater the likelihood that a hormonal imbalance exists. We encourage those individuals with 2 or more symptoms in any one section to discuss the possibility of a hormonal imbalance with a medical professional. There are variety of hormone tests that can be used to identify the specific hormonal imbalance. To learn more about hormone imbalance testing please click here.
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