Hormones play an essential role in regulating body processes such as sexual reproduction, muscle and soft tissue repair, joint inflammation, libido, and protein synthesis and conversion of macromolecules. Sometimes we associate the term “hormones” with puberty and sexual activity. But the reality is, hormones levels are absolutely essential to some of the body’s most important processes. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider monitoring your hormone levels.
1. Hormone levels are affected by more than just age.
In addition to sexual activity/puberty, the average individual associates the term “hormones” with age. The incorrect assumption is that “low hormone levels are only for old people”. This is NOT true. Testosterone and Estsrogen levels are impacted by a large variety of factors outside of age. Some of these factors include: diet, physical activity, stress, medication side effects, and sleeping habits.
Because there are a lot of factors that can impact hormone levels it’s important to monitor them so you have all of the information available to make lifestyle changes for your health.
2. Hormone imbalances are more prevalent than we realize.
The average individual will experience 2-3 hormone imbalances at different periods in their life. Some individuals experience the average 2-3 imbalances and THEN some, with symptoms developing chronically. We may be surprised by the amount of “inexplicable” symptoms we experience daily that are attributed to hormone imbalances.
3. Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy has proven effective at addressing the symptoms of hormone imbalance.
Hormone Imbalance (from the standpoint of Testosterone and Estrogen) can cause any of the following symptoms:
- weight gain
- loss of libido
- mood swings
- hair loss
- lack of motivation/depression
- interrupted sleeping patterns or trouble sleeping.
Therefore, if there is a way where we can alleviate some of the symptoms, would it not benefit us to try it?
Keep in mind that testosterone and estrogen are not the only hormones in the body. There are over 50 hormones essential to body function. Due to the complexity of these fascinating molecules, it’s important to consult your physician so they can analyze your symptoms and recommend the best treatment options.