Estrogen, Testosterone, and Progesterone play important roles in the body. Aside from sexual activity, these hormones also regulate essential functions like sleep cycles, muscle recovery after physical activity, joint health, digestions, and moods.
It’s also important to acknowledge, that the values of these hormones are not absolute. That is to say, it’s not as simple as having the “right amount” of estrogen, or exactly “x mg of testosterone”. We also have to consider the balance between these hormones aka their values relative to those of the other hormone levels.
Hormone imbalance can be caused by a variety of conditions other than age such as stress level, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, lack of vitamin d, poor sleep cycles, blood sugar, and even changes in medication. It’s important to recognize symptoms of hormone imbalance. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it may be time to consult a physician and have your hormone levels checked:
- chronic fatigue
- mood swings
- loss of appetite
- sudden weight gain
- increased joint pain
- hair loss
- depression and anxiety
Remember, all of these symptoms above can have other causes. Therefore, any decisions made regarding your health should be made after consulting a medical professional.
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