Hormones play a vital role in all your body’s key functions, so any imbalance can have a considerable impact on your physical and mental health. Ken Wamwiri, MSN, FNP-C, and his team at Evergreen Medical Clinic, in Arlington, Texas, have specialist expertise in identifying hormonal imbalances and correcting them using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). If you’re not feeling yourself, it could be your hormones, so call the clinic to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online. (817) 591-0822
Hormone Imbalance Q & A
What are hormones?
Hormones are chemical messengers released by the endocrine glands in your body. They convey signals from your brain to your organs, causing physical responses that affect how your body functions.
A familiar example is the adrenaline rush that you get when scared or excited. The feeling of fear triggers your brain into releasing adrenaline from the adrenal glands, so you’re ready to fight or flee if you need to.
Important endocrine glands include the:
Hormones regulate key functions such as growth and development, sex and reproduction, and your metabolism. Hormones are present in both men and women, but generally, women have higher levels of the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone, while men have higher levels of testosterone.
What happens when there’s a hormone imbalance?
Hormones work best when produced in the right quantity. If a gland starts producing too much or too little, it can have a significant impact on physical and mental health. Hormone production slows down with age and can be responsible for radical changes and symptoms such as:
- Brain fog
- Mood swings
- Unexplained weight gain
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Loss of interest in sex
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Insomnia or restless sleep
- Headaches and migraine
- Loss of muscle mass
- Muscle weakness
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Lower levels of stamina and endurance
- Lack of energy