Keeping the proper hormonal balance in the body is important to ensure proper functioning both emotionally and physically. When out of balance, symptoms many manifest in a variety of ways. Hormone replacement therapy has shown promise in helping to minimize symptoms and regulate hormones. The following hormones are key to the body’s balance.
This hormone is produced in the fat cells and ovaries and is responsible for oxygen metabolism, producing neurotransmitters and increasing the flow of blood in the body. A balanced level of estrogen is important to the balance of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine which affect emotions and moods. Serotonin improves mood and can cause depression when at insufficient levels. Norepinephrine increases alertness and produces a calming effect, however, an excess of it can cause anxiety. Estrogen plays a role in keeping both of these neurotransmitters in balance.
This hormone also influences neurotransmitters and is produced in the ovaries. It cause a stimulating effect and promotes an improved mood of well-being. When insufficient amount of progesterone are present, depression, or anxiety can result.
The thyroid hormone is important to regulating metabolism, weight, the cardiovascular system, and moods. An imbalanced presence of thyroid hormones is very common, both because of an excess and a lack of the hormone. Symptoms of the hormone in excess include hot flashes, weight loss, fast metabolism, increased heart rate, and anxiety. On the other hand, a lack of sufficient thyroid hormone causes a slower metabolism, weight gain, coldness, depression, and a slowed thinking process.
The adrenal glands produce this hormone used for energy metabolism. It is produced in the presence of stress whether physical or emotional. When cortisol is out of balance and being produced in excess, symptoms may appear including sweating, bruising, trauma, hypertension, infections, mood disorders, weight gain in the face, anxiety, and depression. Adversely, when cortisol levels are low a person can experience symptoms including weight loss, muscle pain, muscle weakness, tiredness, pain in the joints, mood changes, hypotension, and even vomiting. The following common conditions are the result of an imbalance of hormones.
This illness is thought to be the result of an imbalance of serotonin levels in the brain, which control a person’s mood. Many therapies are used, which increases the level of serotonin present in the brain, like Prozac for example. In addition to serotonin, other hormones such as cortisol, norepinephrine, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone have been suggested to play a role in depression when out of balance.
This is the condition within a woman, when her levels of progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone all decrease causing symptoms such as gaining weight, hot flashes, mood fluctuations, and insomnia. The addition of estrogen and progesterone has proven to reduce the symptoms.
The above mentioned hormones play key roles in regulating over all well-being in the human body. Because of their fundamental role in human functioning, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be crucial to helping patients find relief. HRT has proven to reduce symptoms caused by hormonal imbalances and many pain management doctors in Colorado, such as Dr. Brad Sisson at Colorado Clinic, are recommending it to reduce the consequences. A customized hormone therapy regimen can be created in order to treat many symptoms and conditions, including chronic pain.