Hormone deficiency isn’t a disease unique to those who are aging. In fact, it can happen at any age.
Hormones play a crucial role in everyone’s health and well-being. They are responsible for the stimulation of growth throughout your entire life. They regulate your wake-sleep cycle, cause mood swings, and regulate metabolism.
You can even blame them for your hunger cravings. Hormones prepare your body for mating and the phases of your life – from puberty to parenting to menopause.
But what happens when your hormones aren’t being produced and released at the levels they should be?
Hormone deficiency can be referred to as hormone imbalance or hormone disturbance.
There is a long list of hormonal conditions. The most common ones that you will hear about are adrenal disorders and pituitary disorders.
Adrenal disorders are caused by too little or too much of a particular hormone. Two of the most significant adrenal hormones are cortisol and aldosterone.
The adrenal glands also produce adrenaline and androgens. When your adrenal glands to make enough cortisol, you can suffer from adrenal insufficiency which involves symptoms that include fatigue, weight loss, decreased appetite, and muscle weakness.
Pituitary disorders can result in tumors, affect growth in children and teens, and cause major hormonal dysfunctions. The pituitary gland produces and stores many different hormones including prolactin, the growth hormone, and luteinizing hormone.
Prolactin affects sex hormone levels from women’s ovaries and men’s testes, affecting fertility. It is also the hormone that stimulates breast milk production after women give birth.
The growth hormone stimulates growth in children and teens. In fact, it is vital for helping maintain healthy body composition and well-being at all ages.
Understanding Your Endocrine System
Your endocrine system is the collection of all your glands that are responsible for secreting hormones directly into the circulatory system. Think of your endocrine system as the network that ensures that the chemical messages carried by your hormones reach organs responsible for our health and well-being.
When there is a disruption in production of hormones, the imbalance can cause problems in our growth, sexual development, and other bodily functions. In women, the three main types of sex hormones are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
Yes, women carry the principal male sex hormone, testosterone, in their bodies. In fact, they play a role in our mood, libido, energy, body fat, and even helps protect us from osteoporosis. This means that low testosterone in women can affect sexual desire, lead to depression, and cause muscle weakness.
And when you have low estrogen levels, you may start experiencing symptoms of premature menopause such as irregular or missed periods, mood swings, and hot flashes.
The average age of onset of natural menopause if 51. However, premature menopause can happen before the age of 40 due to estrogen deficiency.
While premature menopause is not considered a disease, pituitary disease, thyroid disorders, and genetic diseases are. And they could have been caused by an estrogen deficiency.
Your hormones play a vital role in the normal function of your body which is needed to protect you from disease.
So when there is a disturbance in their levels such as a deficiency, you can bet that your body will make sure you take notice and urge you to find ways to restore the balance.
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