19 Mar Things to Know About Hormonal Imbalance
Hormones are powerful chemicals that are produced in our bodies by our endocrine glands. These chemicals perform a number of important functions and they travel throughout the body around our bloodstream.
They instruct our cells and tissues about the functions that they are supposed to do.
They also play a major role in controlling various functions of the body and this includes reproduction and metabolism.
We may not understand the importance of hormones and their important functions unless a few of us suffer from hormonal imbalance. Too much of certain hormones or too little of it could cause problems to various important functions of our body.
Functional Medicine identifies the underlying cause of your hormonal imbalance issues.
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
We need to understand that our hormones play a big role. Excess secretion of certain hormones or deficiency of some hormones will manifest in many ways.
Here are some common symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance and these initial signs and symptoms should be taken carefully.
Abnormal weight gain even when food habits are moderate could point out the possible hormonal imbalance.
Sudden and unexplained weight loss.
Sudden accumulation of fat between the shoulders.
Stiffness, muscle aches and muscle tenderness.
Swelling, pain and stiffness of joints.
Abnormal sensitivity to heat and cold.
There also could be other symptoms such as constipation or in some cases irregular or erratic bowel movements.
The symptoms could be different in the case of women and it could lead to irregular or heavy periods, hair loss, acne, excessive hair on the skin, face and chin known as hirsutism.
Reasons for Hormonal Imbalance
There could be many reasons for hormonal imbalance. It could be because of some medications, chemotherapy for cancer patients, hormone therapies, growth of benign or malignant tumors, tumors in the pituitary glands, etc.
Some types of eating disorders could also lead to hormonal imbalances. Stress and some accident or trauma could lead to this condition.
Identifying the root cause and treating it accordingly should ensure restoration of the correct hormonal balance in most cases.
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