This Is What Happens to Your Body When Your Hormones Are Imbalanced

Do you ever feel like your body is changing for the worse but you can’t pinpoint the cause?

Hormonal imbalances often go undetected because many of the symptoms they cause overlap with a stressful lifestyle, poor diet, and lack of exercise. But if your body isn’t working the way it used to, you may want to look into your hormonal health. 

Some of the everyday products you use may be negatively impacting your endocrine system. Many cosmetic products and even foods contain parabens, which are considered to be endocrine disruptors.

But sometimes it’s not the external environment that causes a shortage or a surplus of a certain hormone. Stress, aging, or even a genetic predisposition can throw your hormones out of whack and cause a lot of problems. 

As advocates of prevention, we at Active Future Solutions want to share a few of the symptoms experienced by both men and women who suffer from hormonal imbalances. Keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive, and the best way to check your hormonal health is by getting your blood tested regularly. 

1. Hair loss

Too much testosterone or too little testosterone can lead to hair loss in both genders 

In women, having slightly elevated levels of testosterone can trigger hair loss on the top of the scalp in a “Christmas tree” pattern. Age and underlying conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are common causes for these hormonal imbalances. Fortunately, once the hormones are balanced, the hair loss stops.

Despite common belief, men with thinning hair don’t have more testosterone, but they have hair follicles that are more sensitive to dihydrotestosterone, a stronger form of testosterone associated with hair loss. In fact, males suffering from hair loss often have lower circulating levels of free testosterone.

2. Fatigue and weight gain 

Weight gain and fatigue are usually tell-tale signs that hormone levels are dropping as you age. 

When a man’s androgen levels drop, his body composition changes and he ends up gaining more fat in the midsection. 

But men don’t just experience fatigue and weight gain due to aging. Even at a young age, men can have low levels of free testosterone if they store more fat. Being overweight is a catch-22: fat tissues produce an enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen, and low testosterone leads to even more weight gain. 

In women, low estrogen is associated with a slower metabolism. In animal studies, it has been shown that estrogen regulates appetite and energy levels. Women who hit menopause are also known to have difficulty losing weight.

3. Mood swings and depression

An array of hormones affect the way you feel. 

In women, too little or too much estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol can lead to mood swings and depression. This usually occurs as women age and their hormonal levels drop, but imbalances can happen after pregnancy, or due to an underlying condition or medications as well.

On the other hand, men can experience mood swings and depression due to low levels of testosterone. 

4. Insomnia 

Melatonin is a hormone that regulates your body’s internal clock and sleep patterns. When you have a melatonin deficiency, your sleep quality decreases dramatically.

Fortunately, melatonin supplementation and a few lifestyle changes are effective at fighting insomnia and improving sleep quality in both genders.

Don’t let hormonal imbalances decrease your quality of life 

If you suspect any changes in your hormone levels and live in Rochester Hills, Michigan, contact our team at Active Future Solutions to schedule an appointment and get expert advice.

We provide testing and tailored therapies to balance your hormones and help you live life to the fullest. 

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