Hormone Imbalances

The endocrine system is comprised of glands which regulate the body by secreting hormones directly into the bloodstream. This important system is instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, sexual function, and reproductive processes. If you have been told to just suffer with your hormonal symptoms call today to schedule with Dr. Melanie. She takes the time to listen and get to the root cause of your issues using a thorough intake and extensive labs. To help bring balance to your body she will develop a personalized plan which may include dietary changes, supplementation, and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Contact us at (317) 344-9840 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Melanie in Indianapolis or via virtual consultation — and start your path to healing today.

Common Issues of Endocrine System Imbalances

“There is a close relationship between the thyroid gland and other glands of the body, particularly the adrenal glands, the sex glands (ovaries and testes), and the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland.” – Overcoming Thyroid Disorders by David Brownstein, M.D.

The overall health of your endocrine system relies on the health of each of its glands because they are all related.

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Common endocrine system imbalances include:

Adrenal Fatigue

Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include difficulty getting up in the morning, fatigue not relieved by sleep, salt cravings, increased effort to do everyday tasks, decreased libido, fuzzy thinking, a decreased ability to handle stress, and more. After recognizing the symptoms of adrenal fatigue, the proper, natural treatment can be determined for each individual.

Insulin Resistance

There are many early warning signs associated with insulin resistance. Acne, ankle swelling, burning feet, infertility, irregular menstrual cycles, water retention, high blood pressure, and weight gain are all associated with insulin resistance issues. Some individuals also experience decreased memory, depression, and fatigue.

Thyroid Imbalances

The thyroid has a variety of important roles to play. It regulates cholesterol, sleep cycles, metabolism, and body weight. A properly working thyroid also provides energy, helps strengthen bones, and keeps skin and hair healthy. An individual’s fertility and menstrual cycle are also dependent on the thyroid. 

Sex Hormone Imbalances

The gonads in females are the ovaries and in males the testes. The testes secrete testosterone and the ovaries secrete progesterone and estrogen. These hormones play a critical role in our reproduction as well as our development. Symptoms of imbalance can include headaches, constipation, acne, and more.

Hormone Imbalances Caused by Menopause or Perimenopause

Women experiencing menopause or perimenopause may experience a variety of symptoms due to a hormonal level decline or imbalance. Symptoms of a hormone decline or imbalance due to menopause or perimenopause can include night sweats, mood swings, hot flashes, fatigue, and more.

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

  • Difficulty getting up in the morning
  • Fatigue not relieved by sleep
  • Salt cravings
  • Increased effort to do everyday tasks
  • Decreased libido
  • Decreased ability to handle stress
  • Fuzzy thinking
  • Mild depression
  • Increased PMS
  • Poor memory
  • Increased time to recover from illness, injury or trauma
  • Becoming light-headed when standing up quickly

Symptoms of Insulin Resistance

  • Elevated triglycerides
  • Low levels of HDL
  • High blood pressure
  • Waist circumference greater than 40" for men
  • High blood sugar
  • Abdominal obesity
  • Waist circumference greater than 35" or more for women

Thyroid Imbalance Symptoms

Underactive Thyroid (hypothyroid)

  • Menstrual bleeding changes
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Infertility
  • Hair loss
  • Depression
  • Cold hands & feet
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
Overactive Thyroid (hyperthyroid)
  • Menstrual disturbances
  • Nervousness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Weight loss
  • Weakness
  • Hyperactivity
  • Heat intolerance
  • Goiter
  • Fatigue

Sex Hormone Imbalance Symptoms

  • Brain fog
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal pain
  • Night sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Low libido
  • Insulin resistance
  • PMS
  • Irritability & mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Headaches
  • Low thyroid function
  • Sore or swollen breasts
  • Fatigue
  • Weight issues
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Acne
  • Excessive facial hair
  • Irregular periods

Hormone Imbalances Caused by Menopause or Perimenopause

  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hot flashes
  • Pain during sex
  • Fatigue
  • Low sex drive
  • Weight gain
  • Problems sleeping
  • Mood swings
  • Memory loss
  • Foggy thinking
  • Loss of muscle mass

Sources

  • The Women’s Hormone Guide by Kimberly Balas & Janet DeVoogd
  • Adrenal Fatigue by James L. Wilson
  • Overcoming Thyroid Disorders by David Brownstein, M.D.

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