Most of our hormones are produced by various glands in our body. Although we have several glands throughout our body producing hormones, as a whole, these glands are all part of our endocrine system and are intimately related. Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, triiodothyronine (T3), thyroxine (T4), cortisol, melatonin, growth hormone, insulin, epinephrine, and norepinephrine are just a few of the hormones that we all (both men and women) have in our bodies. Because our hormones are interconnected and affected by one another, if one hormone becomes unbalanced, other hormones will often times become unbalance in an attempt to compensate for the initial hormonal excess or deficiency. More and more research is coming out showing that many chronic health conditions are due to hormonal imbalances.
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalances:
- Weight gain or loss
- Mood swings
- Loss of libido
- Prostate problems
- Decreased urinary flow
- Incontinence (loss of urine)
- Decreased muscle mass
- Dry skin, brittle nails and thinning hair
- Hotflashes & nightsweats
- Irregular and difficult menstrual cycles
- Blood sugar problems
- Breast masses and malignancy
There are many reasons why someone may suffer from hormonal imbalances, but a few common causes include stress, recent illness, medications, pregnancy, and aging. It is best to assess hormone levels to identify potential excesses or deficiencies through blood, saliva and urine samples. There are many options for treatment to correct hormonal imbalances including dietary and lifestyle changes, botanical medicine, homeopathy, and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Mercer has great success in identifying and correcting hormone imbalances. Call 541.516.1045 today to schedule an appointment.