Hormonal dysregulation

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Hormones play a major role in the body by acting as messengers. When there is a disturbance in their functioning, we talk about hormonal disorders. Essential to the proper functioning of our body, we must pay attention if we want to avoid serious health problems. 
Hormonal dysregulation occurs when either hormone is produced too much or too little by the corresponding glands.
Hormones are substances that are secreted by endocrine glands. These substances exist in very small quantities in our body, but they contribute to the good functioning of the organs and the maintenance of health. 
We often think of sex hormones (testosterone, estrogen), but these are far from the only ones. There are several dozens of different hormones that are classified into families according to the gland that secretes them. Among the best known, there are:
  • Pituitary hormones: growth hormone, prolactin, oxytocin, dopamine, etc.
  • Sex hormones: estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, relaxin, inhibin, etc.
  • Other hormones: cortisol, adrenaline, insulin, etc.
If the hormone levels are not well balanced in the body, it creates hormonal imbalance. Depending on the case, the symptoms are more or less apparent and cause various health problems and / or discomfort. Each hormone causes different results.

Causes of hormonal imbalance

In many cases there is no explanation for the hormonal imbalance, we can only see it and try to treat it. There are, however, certain periods that are conducive to hormonal imbalances (puberty, pregnancy, premenopausal and menopause, etc.). In some cases, it is also possible that the hormonal imbalance has a hereditary origin or that it is caused by a cancerous tumor.

Who is affected by hormone disruption? 

Hormonal dysregulation can occur at any time of life, regardless of the age and sex of the person concerned. However, some cases are more likely to suffer from hormone disruption:
  • Newborns
  • Teens
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women
  • Premenopausal and menopausal women.
  • Old people

The main symptoms 

The symptoms of hormonal imbalance are various and different depending on the hormone in question. The different associations of symptoms can enlighten a health professional about a probable hormonal imbalance. Here are some of the most common symptoms, but there may be many more:
  • Loss of libido
  • Decreases or increase in hairiness
  • Tired
  • Acne
  • Dry skin
  • Very fine hair
  • Brittle or striated nails
  • Constipation and other digestive problems
  • Sleep disorders: difficulty falling asleep, insomnia, or otherwise unable to sleep late.
  • Anxiety
  • Mood disorders
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Feeling of frequent cold
  • Heart that beats slowly
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Pallor
  • Pockets under the eyes
  • Loss of memory
  • Coordination disorders
  • Dizziness
  • hypersensitivity
  • Aggressiveness
  • Etc.

Diagnosis of hormonal dysregulation

If you notice several symptoms, it is recommended to consult a health professional. This one will ask you detailed questions in order to discover which hormone is according to him disordered in your organization. The list of your symptoms should guide it. He will then prescribe blood tests to validate his diagnosis, then he can propose an appropriate treatment.

Possible risks of complications

Although uncomfortable, the vast majority of hormonal imbalances are not detrimental in the long run. However, they can cause serious problems such as diabetes, infertility, obesity or serious acne.

Treatment of hormonal dysregulation

Treatment of hormonal imbalance is considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on the hormones involved. In most cases, it includes the use of so-called synthetic hormones (created in the laboratory) in order to rebalance the levels in the body.
It can also happen that the hormonal imbalance is caused by a tumor. In this case, it must be removed by surgery.

Prevention of hormonal imbalance

There is no known way to effectively prevent the onset of hormonal imbalance. However, a healthy lifestyle is encouraged:
  • Have a balanced diet
  • Make physical activity
  • Manage stress
  • Avoid abuse of any kind
  • Eliminate smoking
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