The endocrine glands in our body secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream. Hormones are chemical substances that control and coordinate body functions. Any oversecretion or under-secretion of a hormone can cause health problems. When you have health issues involving hormone imbalance, call Envoque MD Scottsdale, AZ for a consultation with a hormone imbalance specialist.
Causes of Hormone Imbalance
Hormone imbalance disorders arise due to various factors. For instance, during menopause in women, there will be a significant reduction in the level of hormones estrogen and progesterone. Malfunctioning of the thyroid gland causes thyroid hormone imbalance. Use of contraceptive pills, uterine fibroids, polycystic ovary, obesity, breastfeeding, certain autoimmune diseases, tumors, and some medications cause hormonal imbalance.
Hormones and Their Significance
In obese persons, the estrogen level will be high since the fat cells produce estrogen. High level of estrogen can cause breast and uterine cancers. However, during menopause, there will be a drop in the estrogen level that causes symptoms such as hot flashes to headaches and joint pain. Losing weight helps to reduce the estrogen level and the cancer risk.
Thyroid hormone regulates the burning of calories. Deficiency of thyroid hormone causes hypothyroidism. The symptoms include weight gain, depression, and fatigue. Oversecretion causes hyperthyroidism. The excess secretion causes symptoms such as anxiety, increased heart rate, excessive sweating, and even diarrhea.
Before menopause, women may suffer from decreased testosterone level since the ovaries, and adrenal glands slow the production of sex hormones causing less libido. However, excess testosterone may cause polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) that shows symptoms such as irregular periods, male-pattern baldness, deepening voice, and excess body hair.
Aldosterone regulates sodium-to-water ratio in our body. In persons suffering from renal artery stenosis, the gland secretes more hormones. It causes a surge in blood pressure. A heart-friendly and kidney-friendly lifestyle can help to keep the blood vessels healthy. Avoid excess salt intake, reduce fat in diet, do exercise, and avoid smoking for a healthy lifestyle.
When under stress or pressure, the cortisol from adrenal gland spikes and provides a quick dose of energy. However, chronic stress continues to keep cortisol level high. It is risky since the hormone can suppress the immune system and cause accumulation of abdominal fat. When under stress, breathe deeply for two to three minutes with one hand on chest and the other on the belly. Make the chest stay still while the abdomen rises and falls. It calms you down and brings cortisol to normal levels.
At Envoque MD we offer you the best treatments for andropause, medical weight loss, thyroid treatment, and women’s hormone therapy. When your health is being impacted by a hormone deficiency, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy may be the best option. Our qualified medical team awaits you to offer the best services. Contact u today here at Envoque MD today for a free consultation with a hormone imbalance specialist.