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Different hormones work together to help you function at your highest capacity. The following is a list of the most common hormones that help regulate the human body.

Estrogen:

A woman’s ovaries produce this natural hormone. Not only does it regulate the menstrual cycle, but it is also responsible for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, keeping bones strong and protecting the skin’s elasticity.

Estrogen levels peak in the 20’s and gradually decline. After menopause the estrogen is no longer produced by the ovaries.

Low estrogen can manifest itself as:

  • Hot Flashes
  • Dry Skin
  • Sleeplessness
  • Bladder Problems and Infections
  • Urine Leakage
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Memory Loss
  • Vaginal Infections
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis and Joint Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Decrease in Sexual Interest/Function
  • Weight Gain Around the Middle
  • Difficulty Losing Weight Even With Diet and Exercise
  • Increase in Insulin Resistance (which can lead to diabetes)
  • Increased Cholesterol
  • Low Energy (especially late in the day)
  • More Wrinkles and Aging Skin

Testosterone:

This is a natural hormone that is produced by a man’s testicles. It is also produced in small amounts in women by the ovaries and adrenal gland. It controls lean muscle mass, bone density, red blood cell levels, sexual and reproductive functions and an overall feeling of health and well-being.

Testosterone levels peak in the 20’s and then begin to decline. Andropause (male menopause) and low testosterone in women may include:

  • A Decrease in Sex Drive
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of Energy
  • Decreased Strength
  • Mild Depression and Anxiety
  • Weight Gain
  • Increased Body Fat
  • Muscle Wasting Despite Adequate Calorie and Protein Intake
  • Decline in Muscle Tone
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Decreased HDL (Good Cholesterol)
  • Dry, Thin Skin and Hair
  • Osteoporosis

Progesterone:

Progesterone is an important female hormone that plays a role in menstruation and pregnancy. It’s produced in the ovaries before menopause and is also produced by the adrenal gland.

When progesterone levels decline, it can result in a variety of different medical problems:

  • Weight Gain
  • Irritability
  • Cramps or Bloating
  • Low Libido
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Mood Swings and Hypersensitivity
  • Insomnia
  • Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
  • Decreased HDL (Good Cholesterol)
  • Pre-menstrual Migraine Headaches
  • Osteoporosis

DHEA:

DHEA or dehydroepiandrosterone, is another sex hormone, that’s produced in the adrenal glands, and in small amounts in the brain and skin. This is the most common steroid hormone in the human body. The body metabolizes it into other sex hormones, including estrogen and testosterone.

In the 20’s DHEA levels start declining. Women have lower levels of DHEA and lose it more quickly than men. The body’s decline of DHEA results in certain symptoms and they often include:

  • Weight Gain
  • Decreased Energy
  • Decreased Muscle Strength
  • Difficulty Dealing with Stress
  • Irritability
  • Joint Pains

Thyroid Hormone:

The thyroid hormone is the body regulator that interacts with every body system. They are critical in the regulation of metabolic rate, the way your body synthesizes protein and they also control bone health in partnership with the human growth hormone.

Hypothyroidism or low thyroid hormone levels is very common.

The symptoms of hypothyroidism can include:

  • Weight Gain
  • Cold Hands and Feet
  • Intolerance to Cold Temperatures
  • Low Body Temperature
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Low Energy
  • Fatigue
  • Dry Skin and Hair
  • Hair Loss
  • Memory Loss
  • Constipation
  • Abnormal Menstrual Cycles
  • Decreased Libido
  • Dizziness
  • High Cholesterol
  • Poor Concentration
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle and Joint Pains
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Muscle Weakness

Understanding hormone levels and how they function in your body is a complex task that requires medical expertise and a full range of testing. If you suspect your hormones are not operating properly, call us today and make an appointment. We’re happy to help you determine a hormonal plan that’s specifically designed for your body’s individual needs.

Cortisol:

Unlike other hormones, cortisol is the only hormone that increases with age. Like DHEA, it is made in the adrenal gland. It’s often called the “stress hormone”. Cortisol deficiency, also known as adrenal fatigue, can include many symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Feeling of Being Overwhelmed
  • General Feeling of Un-wellness
  • Decreased Immunity
  • Decreased Sexual Interest
  • Lack of Stamina
  • Loss of Motivation or Initiative
  • Poor Athletic Performance