Impact of an Imbalance

Impact of an Imbalance

Impact of Hormonal Imbalances

Thyroid Imbalances

  • Thyroid hormones regulate metabolism and an imbalance can lead to changes in weight, mood and energy levels.
  • Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland is overactive and produces excessive hormones, leading to symptoms such as weight loss, rapid heart rate, and anxiety.
  • Hypothyroidism is due to an underactive thyroid gland where insufficient hormones are produced. Symptoms include weight gain, fatigue and depression.

Sex Hormone Imbalances

  • Sex hormones help regulate sexual development and fertility.
  • An imbalance of sex hormones such as oestrogen and testosterone can cause various symptoms, including irregular menstrual cycles, male/female pattern baldness and fertility issues.
  • In females, a condition known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) can occur, associated with an imbalance of sex hormones causing irregular periods, weight gain and often cysts in the ovaries.

Insulin and Glucagon Imbalances

  • A balance between insulin and glucagon hormones maintains stable blood glucose levels.
  • An excess of glucose can lead to type 2 diabetes with symptoms such as frequent urination, excessive thirst and weight loss.
  • Insufficient insulin and an excess of glucagon can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious condition typically observed in type 1 diabetics with symptoms of high blood sugars, excessive thirst, frequent urination and a fruity breath odour.

Adrenal Hormone Imbalances

  • Adrenal glands produce a range of hormones including cortisol, which helps the body respond to stress.
  • An excess of cortisol leads to Cushing syndrome with symptoms such as weight gain in the face and upper body, thin skin that bruises easily and weakened bones.
  • Insufficient cortisol production leads to Addison’s disease with symptoms such as fatigue, weight loss, darkening of the skin, and low blood pressure.

Remember, the early detection and treatment of hormonal imbalances is key to restoring balance and maintaining optimal health. Ensure to contact a healthcare professional if you are experiencing any unusual symptoms.