The endocrine system is a complex network of organs that are responsible for the production and management of hormones, chemical messengers in the body which travel through the bloodstream to control most of the body`s functions.
Hormones are produced by various glands throughout the body, out of which the most significant include the pituitary gland or “the Master Gland,” the hypothalamus ( responsible for body signals like mood, thirst, and sleep), parathyroid ( regulates the amount of calcium in the body), thymus ( affects the immune system and produces T-cells), pancreas ( controls blood sugar levels), thyroid ( it controls calorie burning and heart rate), pineal of thalamus ( produces melatonin), and the ovaries ( secrete estrogen, testosterone and progesterone).
Hormones circulate through the body but are designed to be picked up by the target when needed. So, what happens when something interferes? These interferences are known as endocrine disrupters and can act in many different ways, such as mimicking the correct hormone and then arriving at the destination, blocking the original hormone, blocking the hormone from bonding at the correct destination, or decreasing the effect the hormone should have.
When any of these endocrine disrupters occurs, it can cause a variety of symptoms. Some of the causes of these interrupters include diabetes, stress, tumor, chemotherapy or radiation, chemicals, weight gain, or injury.
Things That Happen To Your Body When You Have A Hormone Imbalance (WOMEN)
For women, a hormone imbalance is a monthly occurrence because estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone fluctuate due to the menstrual process. The same hormones fluctuate during pregnancy and menopause. The symptoms associated with these hormone imbalances include
- Abnormal bleeding – related to mensuration or not
- Difficulty getting pregnant or maintaining pregnancy
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Weight gain or loss
- Mood swings
- Thinning hair or increased hair growth on face, neck and body
Things That Happen To Your Body When You Have A Hormone Imbalance (MEN)
The hormonal imbalances in men are rarely spoken about, probably as their imbalance occurs as they age. Specifically, by the age of 40, they have half the production of the growth hormones that they had at age 20. The symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances in men are wide-ranging but here are the most common:
- Decreased sex drive
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Weight gain
- Possible thyroid dysfunction (hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism)
- Adrenal dysfunction (Andropause or Adrenal fatigue)
- Decrease in body hair
- Lower sperm count
- Decreased muscle mass