Did you know hormone havoc can present itself in some strange and mysterious ways? Your typical signs like fluctuating periods aren’t the only indication something’s amiss – if you’re experiencing any of these 6 not-so-obvious symptoms, it’s worth heading to your doctor.
Hormones play a crucial role in regulating various bodily functions, from metabolism and mood to reproduction and sleep and appetite – yep, your sugar cravings are caused by hormones. When these chemical messengers fall out of balance, it can wreak havoc on our health and wellbeing, raising our risk for chronic disease.
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Here are seven unexpected signs that your hormones may be out of whack:
While acne is commonly associated with adolescence, persistent breakouts in adulthood can be a sign of hormonal imbalance. Fluctuations in hormone levels, particularly androgens like testosterone, can lead to excess oil production, clogged pores, and inflammation, resulting in stubborn acne along the jawline, chin, and cheeks.
Hair loss is a hallmark sign of thyroid hormonal imbalances, but experiencing excessive hair shedding or noticeable thinning could also be indicative of other hormone problems involving oestrogen and testosterone. This is because they play a role in hair growth and retention, so an excess of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a byproduct of testosterone, can lead to miniaturisation of hair follicles, resulting in hair loss or pattern baldness.
Changes in Body Odour
The stench is coming from inside the house! Noticeable changes in body odour, particularly a sudden increase in body odour intensity or a change in odour type, may signal hormonal imbalance. Hormones influence sweat production and composition, and fluctuations in hormone levels can alter the scent of sweat. For example, an excess of certain hormones, such as cortisol or testosterone, can lead to stronger or more pungent body odour.
Changes in Appetite
Unexpected changes in appetite, including sudden cravings or increased hunger, can be linked to hormonal fluctuations. Ghrelin and leptin are hormones that regulate appetite and satiety, and imbalances in these hormones can disrupt hunger signals, leading to overeating or intense cravings, particularly for sugary or high-fat foods.
Disruptions in sleep patterns, such as insomnia, frequent awakenings, or difficulty falling asleep, may indicate hormonal imbalance. Hormones like cortisol, melatonin, and thyroid hormones play key roles in regulating the sleep-wake cycle, and imbalances in these hormones can lead to sleep disturbances and insomnia.
While mood swings are often attributed to hormonal changes during puberty or menstruation, persistent or extreme mood fluctuations can be a sign of hormonal imbalance, as can a consistent low mood. Hormones like oestrogen, progesterone, cortisol, and serotonin influence mood and emotional wellbeing, and disruptions in their levels can lead to irritability, anxiety, depression, or mood swings.
If you're experiencing any of these surprising signs of hormonal imbalance, it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and treatment. Addressing underlying hormonal issues can help restore balance and improve overall health – listening to your body and seeking professional guidance are crucial steps in maintaining hormonal harmony. Roxette was onto something – but it’s not just about your heart, it’s about your whole body!
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