The journey from childhood to puberty, troubled teens, and awkward changes in the body, the rebellious streak, and ultimately the journey towards the evening of life – Most of us don’t attribute this to the endocrine system and hormonal changes, but the reality of aging and having a healthy life lies mostly in the balance of hormones. Unbalanced hormones are trouble. They are known to cause a variety of health issues.
What are hormones?The endocrine system is a complex network that works by sending chemical messengers that consist of hormones. Endocrine system consists of various glands that produce hormones to be released into the circulatory system. Release of these hormones in the endocrine system is determined by the nervous system. The endocrine system regulates:
- Sexual development
- Sensory perception
- Sleeping patterns
- Mood pattern and many more...
What is hormone imbalance (hormone disorder)?A complex system like the endocrine system that releases various hormones is subject to imbalances. When the secretion of hormones becomes too less or more, it results in hormonal imbalances. Hormonal imbalances or disorders arise due to endocrine disorders, stress, or as a part of natural aging. Hormonal disorders also arise due to endocrine disease conditions where there are lesions or cysts on concerned glands. They are even known to occur if there are infections, injuries, tumors, and genetic disorders. Signs and symptoms of hormonal disorders depend upon the gland in question and their functions. Signs and symptoms of hormonal disorders in men and women include:
- Weight gain.
- Brain fog.
- Infertility/decreased sexual abilities.
- Psychological problems like mood swings and depression.
- Stress, fatigue, and anxiety.
- Irregular menstrual cycles.
- Tenderness of breasts.
- Breast enlargement in men.
- Reduction of muscle mass.
- Loss of hair.
- Chronic acne.
- Digestive and gastrointestinal problems.