There are many different hormones in human bodies and each one of them is responsible for different activities in the body. Some may be responsible for your mood swings while the others may be responsible for weight regulations. Whatever may be the case, one thing that has to be noticed and take care of is that if these hormones do not work properly, there can be a number of health issues that can take place.

Production of the hormones

Some of the major endocrine organs of the body such as thyroid, brain, adrenals, reproductive glands, pancreas and many others are responsible for the production of different hormones in your body.

Working of the hormones

Different hormones are responsible for different activities in the body and hence it is important that proper amount of hormone is secreted from the organs. If the amount of hormones secreted is either high or less, then this causes hormonal imbalances in the body that can lead to illness.

To know the condition of the hormones, tests are done in labs by medical experts. In case of any kind of imbalance in the hormones, medicines are available to control the abnormality of the hormones. But in case if the hormones are all right, but still you are having health issues then the doctors may advise you other solutions related to weight reduction, depression or even ageing.

Some commonly faced hormone problems

There are some hormone issues that are commonly faced by many individuals. Here is a list of a few of them.

Insulin

This hormone is something related to diabetes and it is known by all now. The imbalance can be noticed also in people who still do not have the disease of diabetes yet them. The syndrome for diabetes is noticed when the hormone is produced by the body but it is being not properly used.

Symptoms that you may notice are:

  • Sweet cravings
  • Irritation on missing meals
  • High coffee intake
  • Tremors or jitters
  • Low memory
  • Blurred vision
  • Waist increased than hip
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Losing weight
  • Increased appetite

Test to be done are Fasting blood sugar, C-peptide, HghAlc and Serum insulin.

Cortisol

Cortisol is responsible to regular stress sin the body. In imbalance in the cortisol level can lead to fatigue, depression and also at times some of the issues related to dysfunction of the brain. To solve this issue, the best way is to do things that help in releasing stress.

Some of the symptoms that help in knowing about cortisol abnormality are:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches mainly in afternoon
  • Issues related to blood sugar
  • Inflammation
  • Weaker nails
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Slow starts in the mornings
  • Salt and sugar cravings
  • Sleep related issues
  • Lesser sex drive

Thyroid

Thyroid hormones are beneficial for almost the whole body but there are many such thyroid issues that are not easily tracked even in lab tests such as that of the Graves’ disease.

Symptoms of thyroid imbalance

  • Depression
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Thinner eyebrow at the outer side
  • Thinner hair scalp
  • High hair fall
  • Dry skin
  • Fatigue
  • Experiencing cold all over
  • Excessive sleep
  • Weight gain
  • Infrequent bowels

Estrogen

Estrogen imbalance depends upon all the three types of estrogens found in the body. Some of the major health issues such as heart diseases and also cancer can be due to imbalance in the estrogen level.

Symptoms that you might feel

  • Bloated feeling
  • Fast weight gain
  • Tenderness of breast
  • Mood swings
  • High bleeding during menstruation
  • Depression
  • Headaches due to migraine
  • Cervical dysplasia
  • Emotional
  • Insomnia
  • Issues related to gallbladder
  • Brain fog

Salivary and blood test can let you know about the level of estrogen in your body.

Progesterone

As an increase in the estrogen level in the body can be very harmful, the hormone progesterone helps in control the hormone estrogen. The imbalance of this hormone will lead to problem for both the genders.

Symptoms to understand the imbalance of progesterone

  • Anxiety
  • Cyclical headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Infertility
  • Painful breasts
  • PMS
  • Unhealthy skin
  • Weight gain

Blood and salivary tests can detect imbalance of this hormone.

Testosterone

Many of the men and women face problems such as low testosterone that leads to a number of health issues such as heart disease, breast cancer and also lower sex drive. It is said that men suffering from low testosterone have high chances of dying.

Some symptoms faced by women with high testosterone;

  • Acne
  • Infertility
  • Cramps in mid section
  • Ovary cyst and PCOS
  • Uncontrolled blood sugar
  • Excessive hair growth on arms and face

Some symptoms faced by women with low testosterone

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Lower sex drive

Symptoms faced by men

Unlike women, men do have secreted estrogen but there still there is estrogen present in the body due to a process called aromatization. This causes lower levels of the hormone testosterone which can be known by various symptoms such as:

  • Lower sex drive
  • Irritability
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Weight gain
  • Enlarged breast

DHEA panel and blood and saliva test can confirm the levels.

Leptin

Leptin is the hormone that is known to control and store body fat that is used as energy later. Due to abnormal functioning of this hormone, more amount of hormone may get stored in the body.

Symptoms experienced are:

  • Food cravings
  • Weight gain
  • Stress

The hormone imbalance can be known by serum leptin test.

Source: The Hearty Soul