Four percent of U.S. adults regularly use prescription sleep aids, and nearly 7 percent of people live with depression. However, many don’t realize that these hormone changes or imbalances may be the cause of unrelated symptoms. Hormones regulate just about everything in the body — from how we process energy to how we feel to when we go to sleep — so if those hormones are out of whack, the body and mind feel completely misaligned.
While poor diet, medications and disease can cause hormonal imbalance, hormonal changes can worsen more as you age. Luckily, bio-identical hormone therapy can help rebalance your hormones, so you feel better and live a healthier, more active lifestyle. Let’s take a look at some common reasons you may need bio-identical hormones.
You’re gaining inexplicable fat weight
Several hormones work together to regulate how you process energy. For example, insulin helps regulate the amount of glucose in the blood, and high cortisol can increase appetite and your chances of gaining weight around your middle. Additionally, if you’re in your 40s or 50s, your estrogen and/or testosterone levels drop, making it harder to build muscle and keep excess weight off. Bio-identical hormones can help recalibrate these hormonal balances so that you have more control over your weight.
You feel anxious and depressed
When our body releases the fight or flight hormone adrenaline into the body, we may feel agitated or anxious. Our bodies may respond to this over-stimulation by trying to “numb out,” which leads to feelings of depression. Instances such as this can be diagnosed as either anxiety or depression, but those symptoms could be a sign of hormonal imbalance.
You’re “too young” to have cognitive decline
Around the 40s or 50s as the hormones change, a mental fogginess and trouble remembering may set in. This leads people to panicking and fearing the worst: what if it’s dementia, Alzheimer’s or general cognitive decline? The good news is that it’s probably not any of those things. Rebalancing your hormones can help you think more clearly and remember things you’ve started to forget.
You can’t stay asleep
Your circadian rhythms tell you when to wake up and when to go to sleep. Hormonal changes can cause these rhythms to get out of whack, so you’re tired during the day and can’t sleep at night.
You feel hungry even after a good meal
Hormones help regulate how much you eat and tell you when you’re full so if you’re still hungry when your mind is telling you you’ve eaten plenty, bio-identical hormone therapy may be able to help.
You’re losing muscle mass
Drops in testosterone make building and gaining muscle mass more difficult as we age. This may increase your risk of joint and bone injuries, as well as falls. Bio-identical hormones can return your muscle-building capabilities to a healthy level.
You’re tired even after a good night’s sleep
Being tired after a good night’s sleep may be caused by your hormones not properly regulating your energy output. Your body could be storing that energy as fat, which leaves you feeling sluggish in the morning. Bio-identical hormones can help re-establish the normal balance between energy production and usage and storage.
How can bio-identical hormone therapy help you?
The Midwest Integrated Medical Center team builds a completely personalized bio-identical hormone profile based upon your unique needs, so you’re never taking something you don’t need. You receive exactly what your body needs to thrive. Regulating some of your major hormones like estrogen or testosterone can help other hormones function more effectively.
Bio-identical hormones can be delivered through:
- Subcutaneous (under-the-skin) implant
How you receive your therapy depends on your lifestyle, goals, overall health and medical history. If you’re suffering with these symptoms, get a complete hormone analysis to see if bio-identical hormones may be right for you. Book online today.