Have you ever tried walking on a balance beam? It isn’t easy, even if it’s just a few feet off the ground. And if you’re out of balance while you’re walking, off you go. Just watch the gymnastics competition at the Olympics, and you’ll see that even for seasoned athletes, it’s hard to do.
Your body is also subject to being out of balance, although it’s a different kind. We’re talking about hormonal imbalance, and it affects both men and women in many different ways.
Are you experiencing hormonal imbalance?
Hormones are produced in different glands within your body, and they serve as messengers telling your organs what to do. They also handle your body’s metabolism and reproduction.
In men, the main hormone is testosterone. In women, it’s estrogen, and to a great degree, progesterone. If your body puts out too much of the hormone, or not enough, your body goes into hormonal imbalance.
The symptoms for both men and women include weight gain, fatigue, weight loss, muscle weakness, depression and anxiety and sweating, among others. For women, specific symptoms include irregular periods, atrophy, stomach problems, night sweats and more.
In men, the symptoms can include breast tenderness, erectile dysfunction, a loss of muscle mass, decreased sex drive, hot flashes and trouble concentrating.
What causes hormonal imbalance?
There are various medical conditions that can trigger hormonal imbalance, including diabetes, hyperthyroidism, thyroid problems, tumors, medications, stress and injury. In women, hormonal imbalance can also be caused by menopause, premature menopause, pregnancy and other life changes.
The reasons menopause can cause hormonal imbalance is that as women age, their bodies stop producing estrogen. The same happens in men, but their bodies stop producing testosterone. Either way, the reduction in hormone production can cause the hormonal imbalance.