Hormone Disorders

DO YOU FEEL IMBALANCED?

When most people think of the word “hormones,” they usually mistakenly link it to women… But the fact is it doesn’t matter what sex you are, your hormones are ultimately controlling just about every facet of your body…

Hormone Disorders

“I took sleeping pills to get a good night’s sleep, but in the morning I’d feel groggy so I’d drink coffee and eat something sweet to stimulate my body. The adrenaline rush wore off by late morning. If I didn’t have a late afternoon appointment I’d take a nap before dinner and work until midnight or later because I couldn’t get to sleep, and the next day start the whole cycle over again.

This lifestyle was taking its toll on me. While overall I seem healthy, my doctor said I must deal with my overweight (about 40 lbs.), elevated blood pressure and high cholesterol. While I was more than willing to do this, it is not as easy as it sounds. The stress was driving the high fat, fast food eating habits and the difficulty in sleeping. This in turn was fueling the weight problem, high blood pressure and high cholesterol…”

When most people think of the word “hormones,” they usually mistakenly link it to women. But the fact is, it doesn’t matter what sex you are, as discussed in Chapter Two, your hormones are ultimately controlling just about every facet of your body.

Do you remember what the ‘master over your entire hormonal system is?’ Exactly… your hypothalamus. If you’ve forgotten about all the things it controls, make sure to go back to Chapter Two and you’ll understand why balancing your hormones by nourishing your brain is so ultimately essential.

Hormone Disorders include the following conditions:

1) Sleep Disorders — Involve any difficulties related to sleeping, including difficulty falling or staying asleep, falling asleep at inappropriate times, excessive total sleep time, or abnormal behaviors associated with sleep. More than 100 different disorders of sleeping and waking have been identified. They can be grouped in four main categories: 1) Problems with falling and staying asleep, 2) Problems with staying awake, 3) Problems with adhering to a regular sleep schedule, 4) Sleep-disruptive behaviors.

2) Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) — Involves symptoms that occur in relation to the menstrual cycle and which interfere with the woman’s life. An exact cause of PMS has not been identified. However, it may be related to social, cultural, biological, and psychological factors. PMS can occur with apparently normal ovarian function (regular ovulatory cycles). As many as 50-60% of women with severe PMS have an underlying psychiatric disorder.

3) Sex Dysfunctions — Broadly defined as the inability to fully enjoy sexual intercourse. Specifically, sexual dysfunctions are disorders that interfere with a full sexual response cycle. These disorders make it difficult for a person to have or enjoy sexual intercourse. While sexual dysfunction rarely threatens physical health, it can take a heavy psychological toll by bringing on depression, anxiety, and debilitating feelings of inadequacy.

4) High/Low Blood Pressure — Blood pressure changes during the day. It is lowest as you sleep and rises when you get up. It also can rise when you are excited, nervous, or active. Still, for most of your waking hours, your blood pressure stays pretty much the same when you are sitting or standing still. That level should be lower than 120/80. When the level stays high, 140/90 or higher, you have high blood pressure. With high blood pressure, the heart works harder, your arteries take a beating, and your chances of a stroke, heart attack, and kidney problems are greater.

5) Obesity — Occurs when a person eats more calories than the body burns up. There are usually many complex contributors, including genetic, biological, behavioral, nutritional and cultural factors. The root causes are excess consumption of food, a lack of physical activity or both. The easiest and most widely accepted method of determining whether you are obese is by measuring your Body Mass Index, or BMI. To calculate your BMI, follow these steps: 1) Multiply your weight in pounds by 705; divide by your height in inches; divide this number by your height in inches a second time. 2) A normal BMI = 18.5-24.9; overweight = 25.0-29.9; obese = 30 or greater; and morbidly obese = 40 or greater. (online BMI calculator at https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm) If one parent is obese, there’s a 50 percent chance that his or her children will be obese. When both parents are obese, their children have an 80 percent chance of obesity.

Signs & Symptoms of Hormone Disorders:

Sleep Disorders

Awakening in the night;
Difficulty falling asleep;
Excessive daytime drowsiness;
Loud snoring;
Episodes of stopped breathing;
Sleep attacks during the day;
Daytime fatigue;
Depressed mood;
Anxiety;
Difficulty concentrating;
Apathy;
Irritability;
Loss of memory (or complaints of decreased memory);
Lower leg movements during sleep;

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Common Symptoms:

Headache;
Swelling of ankles, feet, and hands;
Backache;
Abdominal cramps or heaviness;
Abdominal pain;
Abdominal fullness, feeling gaseous;
Muscle spasms;
Breast tenderness;
Weight gain;
Recurrent cold sores;
Acne flare-ups;
Nausea;
Bloating;
Constipation or diarrhea;
Decreased coordination;
Food cravings;
Less tolerance for noises and lights;
Painful menstruation;

 

More Severe Symptoms:

Anxiety or panic;
Confusion;
Difficulty concentrating;
Forgetfulness;
Poor judgment;
Depression;
Irritability, hostility, or aggressive behavior;
Increased guilt feelings;
Fatigue;
Slow, sluggish, lethargic movement;
Decreased self-image;
Sex drive changes, loss of sex drive;
Paranoia or increased fears;
Low self-esteem;

Sex Dysfunctions

A man may have a sexual problem if he:

Ejaculates before he or his partner desires;
Does not ejaculate, or experiences delayed ejaculation;
Is unable to have an erection sufficient for pleasurable intercourse;
Feels pain during intercourse;
Lacks or loses sexual desire;

A woman may have a sexual problem if she:

Lacks or loses sexual desire;
Has difficulty achieving orgasm;
Feels anxiety during intercourse;
Feels pain during intercourse;
Feels vaginal or other muscles contract involuntarily before or during sex;
Has inadequate lubrication;

Other Causes and Symptoms:

Injuries, ailments, and drugs are among the physical influences which can affect sexual response and performance;
Chemicals and other environmental pollutants depress sexual function;
Traumatic events such as rape or incest, feelings of guilt, a poor self-image, depression, chronic fatigue, anxiety, certain religious beliefs, or marital problems may have psychological factors;
If a man operates under the misconception that all sexual activity must lead to intercourse and to orgasm by his partner, and if the expectation is not met, he may consider the act a failure;

High/Low Blood Pressure

High Pressure Symptoms:

Headache;
Dizziness;
Blurred vision;
Nausea;

Chronic High Blood Pressure Organ Damage Symptoms: (People often do not seek medical care until they have symptoms arising from the organ damage caused by chronic (ongoing, long-term) high blood pressure.)

Heart attack;
Heart failure;
Stroke or “mini stroke” (transient ischemic attack, TIA);
Kidney failure;
Eye damage with loss of vision;
Peripheral arterial disease;
Outpouchings of the aorta, called aneurysms;

Low Pressure: (Some people with low blood pressure are in peak physical condition with strong cardiovascular systems and a reduced risk of heart attack and stroke. However, low blood pressure can signal an underlying problem, especially when it drops suddenly or is accompanied by these signs and symptoms)

Dizziness or lightheadedness;
Fainting (syncope);
Lack of concentration;
Blurred vision;
Nausea;
Cold, clammy, pale skin;
Rapid, shallow breathing;
Fatigue;
Depression;
Thirst;

Obesity

Asthma;
Diabetes;
Gallstones;
Heart Disease;
High Blood Pressure;
High Cholesterol;
Lipid Problems;
Liver Problems;
Menstrual Problems;
Osteoporosis;
Trouble Sleeping;