Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that control bodily functions like reproduction, digestion, metabolism, or development and growth. Hormones must exist in a precise balance - too much or too little of a certain hormone can disrupt that balance and lead to health problems.
The causes of hormone imbalances can include: autoimmune diseases, tumors, environmental factors, injuries and trauma, stress, diet or eating disorders, medications like steroids, aging, lifestyle, or hormone therapy. Certain hormonal imbalances have genetic roots. Your normal hormone balance can also be impacted by normal transitions in the life cycle that trigger dramatic fluctuations in hormones - like puberty, aging, pregnancy, or menopause.
Women are more likely to suffer from imbalance in thyroid hormones, estrogen, and progesterone, while in men, testosterone imbalance is more common.
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men. Excess testosterone does not cause but can fuel prostate cancer in men who develop it.
Some sources suggest that up to 80 percent of women suffer from hormonal imbalances, and many suffer with conditions like estrogen dominance - which is the most common hormonal imbalance and can lead to cancers like endometrial or uterine cancer - and never even realize it.
The risks of hormone imbalances can be considerable, and symptoms should never be ignored.
Because hormones play an integral role in a myriad of bodily processes, there is a wide range of symptoms that could signal a hormonal imbalance, and your particular signs and symptoms will indicate which hormones or glands are not functioning properly.
Hormonal conditions - affecting any gender - could cause a combination of the following signs or symptoms:
Hormonal imbalances can cause a variety of conditions, and some of these conditions, in turn, can lead to additional hormone imbalance. Some common hormone-related conditions include:
Conventional physicians often don't test for hormonal imbalance, and when they do, they often don't administer the right testing or test often enough to detect changes in hormonal balance.
At One Agora Integrative Health, we understand that your hormones are an essential piece in putting together the puzzle of your health symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms of a hormonal imbalance, our goal is to discover the root causes behind these symptoms, so that we can diagnose and treat your condition successfully.
For example, if we suspect an imbalance in thyroid hormones, we will perform a comprehensive thyroid panel testing for: TSH, T3, T4, free T3, free T4, reverse T3, and antibodies. We will target each cause with the appropriate treatments until each symptom has been resolved.
For female hormone conditions like PCOS, the complex interaction of hormones ranging from insulin to androgens requires a complex array of diagnostic tools and testing. Sometimes, even if the condition leading to hormonal imbalance is completely normal (e.g., menopause), the symptoms are problematic and hormone testing and therapy can profoundly impact a woman's quality of life.
At One Agora Integrative Health, each treatment plan is as unique as the individual we are treating. To accomplish long-term hormonal balance, we tap all treatment options - from hormone therapy to medication, supplementation, medical nutrition, and lifestyle management.
Our goal is to achieve your unique optimal levels of hormones, using a customized variety of the following treatment tools:
Compile your symptoms checklist with any treatment requests - and we'll test and treat the root causes of your condition until your hormones can be normalized and you feel like yourself again! Call One Agora Integrative Health at (952) 234-5898 or contact us online today.
One Agora Integrative Health Clinic
9220 James Ave S.
Bloomington, MN 55431
Phone: (952) 234-5898