Are you noticing some unpleasant symptoms popping up and aren’t sure where they are coming from? It could be your hormones. Both men and women can experience hormone imbalance as a part of aging, and there are plenty of other hormone problems that are related to specific medical conditions.
At Lakepointe Direct Primary Care in Lewisville, Texas, Dr. Marcelo Brito helps patients who are suffering from the unpleasant side effects of hormone imbalance, including weight gain and even erectile dysfunction.
The hormones most people are familiar with are the sex hormones (estrogen and testosterone). However, other hormones greatly affect your body, including hormones produced by the thyroid, hormones produced by the pancreas, and many others.
As women and men age, their bodies slowly make less and less of specific sex hormones. This can lead to side effects that disrupt normal daily life.
For women, lower estrogen can mean irregular bleeding, a resurgence of acne, night sweats, hot flashes, memory issues/brain fog, and vaginal dryness.
For men, lower testosterone (low-T) can mean fatigue, lack of libido, problems with getting or maintaining an erection, reduced red blood cell count, and balding.
Thyroid issues can lead to the under or overproduction of three different hormones. These regulate basic body functions, like temperature regulation, mood, and appetite.
Loss of appetite or sudden intense cravings for more food can be a sign of an imbalance in thyroid hormones. Many patients struggle with weight gain as a side effect of a thyroid issue and require medical weight loss assistance to help them get back to their desired body size.
Signs of a thyroid issue include continual fatigue, muscle weakness, inability to withstand heat, nervousness, hyperactivity, and/or irritability. Low thyroid can also contribute to muscle weakness and joint pain.
The hormone for which the pancreas is famous is insulin. Insulin is what releases sugar from blood cells, lowering blood glucose and keeping your body healthy.
If your pancreas isn’t making enough insulin, you can end up with diabetes. It’s critical to get your blood sugar levels checked regularly as you age. Early intervention can help your body get back on track.
Signs of insulin imbalance include numbness or tingling in the feet or lower legs, constant fatigue, loss of appetite and weight, blurry vision, frequent urination, or even wounds that refuse to heal.
Need help? Schedule an appointment at Lakepointe Direct Primary Care to start learning more about how hormonal imbalances may be affecting your health and mood. To get in touch, call 972-573-7228 or book an appointment online.