Has growing fatigue kept from you doing the things you love after a long day at work? Do you find yourself reaching for extra layers to bundle up at home, despite the thermostat being at a comfortable setting? Has the scale been climbing despite eating a proper diet and exercising regularly? Have you been told that these kinds of symptoms are a “natural part of aging”? Oftentimes the underlying cause is a hormonal imbalance – which can happen at any age!
Imagine a hormone imbalance like a recipe: too much or too few of a single ingredient can determine how well the meal comes out. Certain hormones do naturally fluctuate as you grow older. However, some hormonal shifts can occur when the endocrine glands mix up the ingredients.
At Radiantly Healthy MD, we go above and beyond the “typical bodily changes with age” and hone in on the cause behind the symptoms. Dr. Hunton and her team offer uncontested expertise and alternative treatments that can bring your system back into balance. Solutions often include lifestyle interventions, nutrition, supplements and sometimes prescription and compounded medications. Our team takes great pride in working directly with our patients to create a comprehensive treatment plan that can help you live your best life. Contact us today to schedule your consultation if you believe you may be experiencing a hormone imbalance!
Common Symptoms of a Hormone Imbalance
Ultimately, the symptoms you experience will depend on which production of hormones are lacking or which glands aren’t performing as they should. Some common indications of a hormone imbalance can include:
● Weight gain
● Lack of energy/muscular weakness
● Constant fatigue
● Increased sensitivity to colder or warmer temperatures
● Discomfort or swelling of the joints
● Difficulty falling or staying asleep
● Hair thinning
● Decreased libido
● Anxiety and depression
Both men and women can also experience symptoms tailored to their gender such as erectile dysfunction and vaginal dryness, respectively.
Causes Behind a Hormone Imbalance
It may be necessary for patients to undergo laboratory evaluation of blood, saliva or urine in order to properly pinpoint the cause behind your symptoms. Some causes that can lead to a shift in the body’s hormonal levels are:
● Hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism
● Certain medications
● Autoimmune conditions
● Lifestyle choices
● Sleep problems
● Nutritional imbalances and insufficiencies
● Digestive issues
● Changes of life: puberty, menopause or andropause, and post-childbirth
● Extremes of physical activity: both over-exercising and being too sedentary
● An injury or physical trauma including surgery and other medical procedures
● Environmental exposure to hormone ‘mimickers’ – such as BPA which the body senses as an estrogen