From Sleep to Weight Gain: 6 Symptoms You May Not Realize Can Be Caused by a Hormone Imbalance

From Sleep to Weight Gain: 6 Symptoms You May Not Realize Can Be Caused by a Hormone Imbalance

Tiny and powerful. That’s how we describe hormones

Made by your endocrine glands, hormones are tiny chemical messengers that travel in your blood regulating your mood, energy, and sex drive. Small shifts in blood hormone levels cause major changes in how your body functions and feels.

At The Lamkin Clinic in Edmond, Oklahoma, our functional medicine physician, Dr. Brian Lamkin, understands how a hormone imbalance affects physical and emotional well-being. Many people dismiss the symptoms caused by a hormone imbalance as a normal part of the aging process. That’s why we offer male and female bioidentical hormone evaluations.

In this blog, we want to share with you some of the symptoms you may not realize are caused by a hormone imbalance.

1. Sleep problems

Are you having a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep? Do you not feel well-rested when you wake up in the morning? A hormone imbalance may be causing your sleep problems.

Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone play an important role in regulating your sleep cycle, helping you reach that deep level of sleep your body needs to repair and rejuvenate itself. 

When production of these hormones start to decline, you may struggle with insomnia or daytime sleepiness — hypersomnia. 

2. Changes in mood

Depression and anxiety are common symptoms of a hormone imbalance. If you unexpectedly find yourself feeling low or sad, then you might want to schedule a hormone evaluation. 

An imbalance in sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone) or thyroid hormones are a common cause of mood swings, depression, and anxiety. 

3. Forgetfulness

Many people associate forgetfulness with aging. But your inability to recall names or remember why you walked into a room may have something to do with a change in hormone levels. 

Though problems with memory, concentration, and thinking are common in people experiencing a hormone imbalance, it’s not clear whether these cognitive changes are due to the hormones or the other symptoms: sleep problems and mood changes.

4. Lack of motivation

Your thyroid hormones control your metabolism, which is the system that turns food into energy. Your lack of motivation and chronic fatigue may be signs your thyroid hormones are out of balance. Changes in sex hormone levels also lower energy levels and motivation. 

5. Weight gain

Weight gain isn’t part of the aging process. If you’re gaining weight or having a hard time losing weight, you should get your hormone levels checked. Your weight challenges may be due to low thyroid hormone levels. 

We specialize in thyroid hormone balancing. Thyroid problems are common, yet many people fail to get the right diagnosis or treatment because most health care providers only check thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels when looking for thyroid problems. But TSH may not tell the whole story. 

When our patients come to us looking for help with medical weight loss management, we run a complete thyroid panel, including TSH, thyroxine (T4), and triiodide (T3).

Getting your hormones back in balance revs up your metabolism so you can finally reach your weight goals.

6. Feeling unwell

Many people with a hormone imbalance simply feel unwell and don’t know why. Low energy, lack of sleep, and depression take its toll. Getting your hormones checked and back in balance rejuvenates your physical and emotional well-being, helping you feel more like your usual self. 

Before you blame your age for all your health woes, you may want to have your hormone levels checked. We can help you get the answers and treatment you need so you can feel good again. Give us a call or book an appointment online today.

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