You’re a healthy person. You work out, eat a healthy diet, and stay as active as possible. You have learned how to manage stress levels and make choices that honor and protect your energy.
And yet, you’re experiencing health issues that make it harder to enjoy your life.
This situation can be incredibly frustrating, and it’s all too common. If this sounds familiar, you may be one of the millions of Americans who struggle with hormonal imbalances. But the good news is: There are treatment options to help you feel like yourself again.
What Role Do Hormones Play In Men And Women
When you think of hormones, you probably think of reproduction. However, the truth is that hormones affect every area of your health. When that delicate balance is thrown off-kilter, it can wreak havoc on your mind and your body.
This problem doesn’t just affect women; hormone imbalance can cause just as much damage to men as well. When men experience hormone imbalance, it often happens so gradually that it’s hard to detect.
How Do Hormonal Imbalances Occur
Imbalance can occur for a number of reasons; however, the most common reason is simply natural aging. As men and women age, and particularly when women go through menopause, hormone production slows.
For women, pregnancy, hysterectomy, extreme weight gain, and lack of sleep are also contributing factors. Men generally experience hormonal imbalances due to adrenal fatigue (usually from prolonged periods of stress) and thyroid issues.
Symptoms Of Hormonal Imbalances In Women
Men and women both have a delicate balance of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Because men and women’s bodies are different, however, they experience different symptoms of hormone imbalance, despite the fact that it’s the same hormones.
We all live busy lives, and multitasking has become the new norm. While everyone feels tired from time to time, a pervasive sense of exhaustion that doesn’t seem to be helped by rest and nutrition can be caused by an underlying hormonal imbalance.
Depression Or Anxiety
Unfortunately, these two issues seem to go hand in hand. Hormone imbalances can cause both anxiety and depression. This can be good news, especially if antidepressants haven’t been working for you. Hormone replacement therapy with bioidentical hormones may be just what the doctor ordered.
Unexplained Weight Gain Or Loss
Unexplained weight gain is a tell-tale sign of hormone imbalance. If you’ve overindulged over the holidays or haven’t been moving as much, weight gain is to be expected. But if you’re putting on pounds despite no change in your diet or activity level, a hormonal imbalance is the likely culprit.
Interestingly, unexplained weight loss is also an indicator of imbalanced hormones. It can be tempting to ignore that sign since many of us struggle to remain at a healthy weight; however, this weight loss is often accompanied by fatigue and can lower your quality of life drastically.
Where are my keys? Where are my sunglasses? Where is my phone?
We’ve all been there; forgetfulness happens to all of us from time to time. However, if you seem to be forgetting more than you’re remembering, and thinking clearly is a struggle, you’re dealing with brain fog. This can feel like your mind’s eye is cloudy, and it’s another symptom of an underlying problem.
Everyone has their baseline libido level. Maybe yours has always been high, maybe it’s lower than most, or maybe it’s somewhere in the middle. Wherever your baseline lies, you know when that level decreases significantly. You may be tempted to blame this on aging alone, but oftentimes a hormone imbalance is the culprit.
Symptoms Of Hormonal Imbalances In Men
Many of the above symptoms apply to men as well. That said, there are five symptoms that are unique to men. Read this list and see if HRT is something you or the man in your life should pursue.
Loss Of Muscle Mass
If you’ve noticed that you’re not as physically able as before, this is a cause of concern. The same goes for a loss of muscle mass despite no change in your workout regimen. This happens when your body doesn’t produce as much testosterone as before.
Gynecomastia is the development of large breasts in men. Remember how men and women both produce estrogen and testosterone? When men begin producing less testosterone, the balance between those two is off. This can cause men to become estrogen dominant, which causes an enlargement of the breast tissue.
Hair loss can be caused by a number of different things, including hormone imbalance. Generally caused by an excess of testosterone, it can also be caused by a deficiency in other hormones.
Yes, we have a pill for this. That being said, if you know what’s causing your erectile dysfunction, wouldn’t it be better to treat the underlying issue rather than taking an endless supply of little blue pills?
Using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to restore your balance comes with so many health benefits, it’s really a no-brainer.
This one might surprise you. Urinary issues in men, including incontinence and UTI’s, have been linked to low testosterone.
What Can You Do?
In the past, we have had to simply accept these issues as a natural part of aging—but no more. Thanks to the development of bioidentical hormones and hormone replacement therapy, you can give your body exactly what it needs to continue living a vibrant, healthy life, regardless of age.
Contact Matrix Age Management for a consultation today and see how Dr. Proffer can help you bring your body back into balance.