The following health problems are linked to hormone imbalances:
- Endocrine disorders (e.g., hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and Addison’s disease)
- Menopause and andropause
- Hair loss
- Erectile dysfunction and other sexual dysfunctions (e.g., low libido)
- Mental disorders (e.g., depression and anxiety)
If you or a loved one developed a health issue related to a hormonal imbalance, our physicians at Anti-Aging & Regenerative Associates offer various treatments to restore your hormone levels. Alternatively, you can come to our Port Orange facility for an appointment to confirm whether your symptoms stem from low/high hormone levels.
1. Endocrine System
The endocrine system contains several glands that produce hormones and release them to the body. If a patient is suffering from a hormone imbalance, their endocrine system should be examined to determine where the hormone imbalance is occurring and which other biological systems it is affecting.
For example, endocrine disorders that stem from hormone imbalances include:
- Diabetes mellitus
- Addison’s disease (hormone deficiencies caused by the adrenal gland)
- Graves’ disease (a form of hyperthyroidism)
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (a form of hypothyroidism)
- Prolactinoma (a pituitary gland disorder)
- Acromegaly (a disorder involving an overproduction of growth hormones)
- Cushing’s syndrome (a disorder where the patient has high cortisol levels for too long)
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2. Menopause and Andropause
As people age, their hormonal levels naturally drop. For women, this process is referred to as menopause and may cause symptoms, such as:
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings
- Irregular periods
- Vaginal dryness or pain during intercourse
- Urinary incontinence or other bladder dysfunctions
- Night sweats
- Bone density loss
- Weight fluctuations
Women may go through menopause during their 40s or 50s, though some women may experience perimenopause symptoms as early as their 30s. Once women go through menopause, their estrogen and progesterone production stop, which causes the severe hormonal drop.
Men and Andropause
Men also experience hormonal deficiencies as they age, though at a much more gradual rate. As men reach their 40s or 50s, they can lose one to two percent of testosterone per year. Testosterone deficiencies can reveal symptoms such as:
- Mood swings
- Muscle mass loss or loss of strength
- Bone density loss
- Weight gain
- Erectile dysfunction
- Self-esteem issues
- Hair loss
Hormone deficiencies can lead to bone density loss, which can lead to bone-related conditions, such as:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help patients reduce bone density loss. A study published in Bone found that women who participated in HRT were able to increase bone density in their spines and prevent further bone density loss from occurring.
4. Hair Loss
Low testosterone levels can lead to hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) in both men and women, though male-patterned and female-patterned baldness may present differently, as described by Healthline. For example, men may develop a receding hairline as they lose hair, whereas women may experience hair thinning that forms in a “Christmas tree” pattern. Each patient is different, though.
There are treatments that can encourage hair restoration, especially if the patient’s hair loss stems from a hormonal imbalance. One of our physicians can discuss different treatment options with you in an appointment.
5. Erectile Dysfunction and Other Sexual Dysfunctions
Testosterone largely affects sexual functions in both men and women. Men who suffer from low levels of testosterone may develop erectile dysfunction, which can affect their sexual performance. Mayo Clinic also notes that low testosterone levels can decrease sperm count over time.
Though women have significantly lower testosterone levels than men have, any hormonal imbalance can also affect their sexual health. Current Opinion in Urology notes that hormonal imbalances can lead women to suffer from:
- Reduced libido
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Lowered self-esteem
- Sexual arousal disorder
If you have noticed significant changes in your sexual behavior or performance, you may want to consult a physician to test your hormone levels.
Hormonal imbalances can affect the metabolic functions in both men and women. Hormones encourage the body to use starch and blood sugars to produce energy. So, when a patient has a hormone deficiency, their body may not produce energy efficiently, which can lead to fat buildup. This was confirmed in a study published in Climacteric: The Journal of the International Menopause Society.
For women, low estrogen levels can cause weight gain. For men, low testosterone levels can cause weight gain and muscle loss.
7. Mental Health
Hormonal imbalances can cause changes in people’s moods and may lead to mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Healthline also notes that hormonal imbalances can be a byproduct of experiencing too much stress, so examining all factors involved in your situation is crucial to pinpointing the overall cause of your health problems.
The Aging Male: The Official Journal of the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male released a report that found that men who had low levels of testosterone were more likely to experience symptoms of anxiety and depression. The Journal of Affective Disorders also linked low hormone levels (i.e., estrogen and progesterone) for women with mental disorders, noting that they were more likely to develop mood disorders like depression and other stress-related illnesses.
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Whether you need to boost your testosterone, estrogen, or other androgens, our physicians at Anti-Aging & Regenerative Associates can address your current symptoms and work toward improving your health from a whole perspective. We offer treatments like hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to address hormone imbalances.
Call (386) 366-7418 today to schedule an appointment at our Port Orange facility. Before any treatment, we will make sure to give you a physical examination and perform appropriate lab work so that you receive the treatment you need.