Hormones travel throughout the body and through the blood act as messengers. Therefore, when their operation is disrupted, it can have serious health consequences. Here are nine symptoms that may indicate a hormonal imbalance.
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance: The Role of Hormones
A hormone is a natural chemical substance consisting of protein, which is produced by the endocrine system (endocrine gland) following stimulation. Hormones work in association with the nervous system and help regulate insulin levels, energy management, body temperature, reproduction, growth, digestion, mood, metabolism, blood pressure, etc…
According to experts, hormones are divided into three groups:
• The steroid group: these hormones are produced in the genital tract.
• The phenolic group: is linked to the production of adrenaline and thyroxine.
• The protein group: This group relates to parathyroid hormones, hormones produced by the pituitary gland and the hormones produced in the pancreas.
Hormonal imbalance can seriously disrupt the functioning of the body. Several factors can cause this, including stress, special treatment, special diet, genetic predisposition or poor nutrition.
9 Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
Libido refers to the sexual drive. It reaches its peak during adolescence and declines with age. However, if you find that you have a low sex drive it may indicate that the operation of androgens is disrupted. Androgens are hormones secreted by the testes and ovaries and play an important role in sexuality.
A feeling of constant fatigue and recurring sleepiness may indicate that hormones don’t work properly. Cortisol can also be responsible for this sensation. Indeed, chronic stress can increase cortisol levels in the body and disrupt the circadian rhythm, so lack of sleep and fatigue take over.
In addition, hyperthyroidism can also cause fatigue and a constant feeling of exhaustion because the hormone levels are still high.
Continuous Weight Gain
Weight gain can also indicate poor diet. However following states of stress, the adrenal glands produce cortisol in large quantities. This hormone, called stress hormone, has a hyperglycemic action, that is to say, it raises the level of sugar in the blood, increases appetite and promotes fat deposition, especially in the stomach and hips. This fat is often called “toxic fat” because it is a health hazard and promotes disorders such as cardiovascular disease, stroke or cerebral congestions.
Hormones play a very important role in regulating mood. When mood swings occur consistently, this may be a sign of hyperthyroidism. This is defined by excessive production of thyroid hormones that can disrupt the nervous system and show symptoms such as irritability, depression, nervousness, or mood swings.
Insomnia or Poor Sleep
At the time of menopause, women experience hormonal disruptions that can impact their sleep, mood or weight. A recent study has established a link between estrogen and sleep. The scientists followed two years menstrual cycles of 220 women aged 35 to 47 years. When asked about their sleep quality, 17% of the volunteers confirmed sleep disorders during ovulation. Moreover, testosterone can also affect sleep. In this situation, it is advisable to see a specialist.
Hormonal imbalance may also affect the intestinal flora. Indeed, the production of certain hormones that play a role in the digestive system such as cholecystokinin, gastrin and secretin may cause digestive disorders. If these occur, it is advisable to see a specialist.
Sweet cravings may be linked to a disturbance in the thyroid gland. A person who suffers from hypothyroidism (low production of hormones) can have urgent needs to eat sweet. Moreover, excessive production of adrenaline can also cause a desire to consume sweet foods. When adrenaline is produced in excess, the body draws on its reserves to produce energy. Consequently, the person feels like eating foods high in sugar.
Several reasons can hide behind hair fall. This phenomenon is caused by a hormone called DiHydroTestosterone (DHT) which binds to the follicles and disrupts the shoot. This hormone can be produced in men and in women and causes hair loss.
Hormonal imbalance can also cause excessive sweating. At the time of menopause, hot flashes can occur several times during sleep or during the day. In addition, adrenaline is a hormone well known to cause overproduction of sweat.