A hormone or endocrine imbalance can result when your endocrine system produces too much or too little of a hormone. Your endocrine system is a network of glands that produce hormones that regulate your body function, such as heartbeat, bone and tissue growth, metabolism, and even your sleep patterns.
Different parts of your body require, produce, and use different types of hormones, which are produced by your endocrine system. If for any reason that you produce too little or too much of any hormones, this lack or excess can cause more serious problems down the line, such as stunted growth, weight loss, abnormal sweating, fatigue, changes in skin, or even dehydration. This can be caused by, among many things:
- Your body’s endocrine feedback system is not working, leading to a lack of control on hormone production
- Complications from a disease or infection affecting hormone production
- Genetic disorders
- Injury or tumour directly affecting an endocrine-producing gland
Symptoms: Hot flashes (sudden waves of heat that come and go; may disturb sleep), weight gain, digestive disturbances, fatigue, insomnia, night sweats, depression, cloudy thinking, dry vaginal area (painful intercourse), dry skin and hair. Menopause typically occurs between ages 45 to 60 but can occur earlier than age 45. Menopause also occurs if the ovaries are surgically removed. During menopause, both estrogen and progesterone levels drop to low levels (especially progesterone).
In men, andropause typically occurs between ages 50-60. Men can experience lack of stamina, insomnia, ED, low interest in sex, poor muscle mass, slow recovery after exercising.
If you suspect that you are experiencing symptoms of a hormone imbalance, come visit us at our clinic to find out the best treatment approach for your condition.