Hormones are powerful transmitters communicating messages to all your bodily systems. If there are imbalances in your hormone levels, you could experience some severe and distressing effects, but A New You Health & Wellness -The Woodlands, in Texas, can help. Their board-certified endocrinologist can test you for hormone imbalances and design a hormone therapy program to bring everything back into harmony. Call the office today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.
Hormones are potent chemicals that transmit messages from your brain to the rest of your body. They come from various glands that form the endocrine system, including:
Hormones regulate essential functions like growth and development, sex and reproduction, and metabolism. Men and women have mostly the same hormones, except for the male and female sex hormones. Men have higher levels of the male sex hormone, testosterone, and women have higher levels of the female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone.
Hormone imbalance arises when one or more of your glands start producing too much or too little hormone, which upsets the balance of hormonal activity around your body.
The effects of hormone imbalance depend on the hormone involved and whether it's making too much or too little hormone.
Some of the more common hormone imbalances include:
When women get to middle age, typically between 45 and 55, they stop ovulating and reach menopause. Levels of estrogen drop dramatically, causing symptoms like:
Adrenal dysfunction can cause a wide range of symptoms, including fatigue and general malaise.
Insulin comes from your pancreas and controls blood sugar levels. An imbalance or lack of insulin causes diabetes, which can be life-threatening.
If testosterone levels fall, men can find they experience symptoms such as:
An excess of thyroid hormone can make your heart race and cause unintended weight loss. Not enough thyroid hormone can make you gain weight and feel lethargic.
Hormone therapy restores the balance of hormones in your body.
Conventional hormone therapies use synthetic hormones created in a laboratory, which could be more difficult for your body to absorb. As a result, conventional hormone therapy might be less effective, while also being more likely to cause side effects.
At A New You Health & Wellness -The Woodlands, the team uses bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) instead. BHRT comes from plant hormones that are modified to make them identical to your body’s natural hormones. That means BHRT is easier for your body to absorb and use.
BHRT also has the advantage that the pharmacist prepares every prescription to an exact specification for each patient, so you get only what your body needs.
If you have symptoms that could be explained by a hormone imbalance, call A New You Health & Wellness -The Woodlands today to arrange some tests, or book an appointment online.