Major Depressive Disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7% of the U.S. population. Depression is a severe despondency and dejection, accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy. Many of the symptoms of a hormone imbalance are similar to symptoms of depression like lack of energy and difficulty in maintaining concentration or interest. Some patients who believe they are suffering from depression could be suffering from a hormonal imbalance.
Hormones are biochemical compounds produced by various organs and glands in your body and essential to a functioning life. Without hormones, we could not survive, a woman cannot become pregnant, and a man could not get a woman pregnant. A child cannot grow without hormones; we would never sleep, or fight infections or handle stress.
Balance is very important to proper hormone and bodily function. Some hormones are dependent upon one other, like estrogen and progesterone. When hormones become imbalanced, our endocrine system will normally respond in opposite: if one hormone raises, another hormone will fall. Let’s point out that our endocrine system is instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, and sexual function and reproductive processes. These are processes that happen slowly, like cell growth.
When imbalance occurs it is wise to have your hormonal levels tested. Without testing it’s impossible to know what is wrong with your hormones. Always consider testing before you consider treatment. It sounds like common knowledge, but people tend to jump into treatments before tests and sign on to a treatment plan without completely understanding what is going on with their body. With the right testing doctors are capable of finding the right treatment because of what they learn from the results of the test.
The average American female and male over 35 suffers from some form of hormonal imbalance! Poor diet, stressful lifestyles and declining popularity of physical exercise can contribute to men and women developing hormonal imbalances at younger ages. The effects of imbalance increases, become more devastating and harder to treat the longer they go on and as we get older. However, proper diagnose and evaluation may be difficult since most symptoms occur gradually. Sometimes it might be the symptoms we would label insignificant that could indicate an imbalance; to list a few, fatigue, poor sleep, light headedness, salty or sugary cravings, digestive disorders, liver disorders, decreased sex drive, hot flases, sinus problems and anxiety.
Hormonal imbalances are not limited to just women. It is the every-day-onslaught we put ourselves through in our stress-induced lifestyles: overworked, physical and mental strain, sleep deprivation, noise pollution, late hours, surgeries, medications, injuries, inflammation, pain, toxicity, ingestion of chemicals, poor diet of packaged and processed foods, blood sugar issues, allergies – the list is endless!
Help is available. It is important to test your hormone levels and double check when an irregularity occurs in your body’s function. It is also wise to start cutting out the situations and items that may be causing stress and strain on your body. Simply changing your diet can go a long way to the road of better health.