Hormonal Imbalance

Valley Endocrine

Endocrinologists located in Fresno, CA

When you’re contemplating hormone imbalances and how they’re affecting your life, you may not think endocrinology. But you should because it’s the endocrine system that produces those hormones after all. A nationally recognized endocrinologist, Paul Norwood, MD, leads the team at Valley Endocrine in Fresno, California, and is an expert in hormone imbalances and what they do to your health. You’ll also love the warm and people-centered atmosphere at Valley Endocrine. Call for an appointment or schedule your visit online.

Hormonal Imbalance Q & A

Valley Endocrine

What is a hormone imbalance?

Hormones are chemicals produced by glands or organs within your endocrine system. These substances act as tiny messengers that travel throughout your body, telling organs what to do and when to do it. Thyroid hormones, for instance, regulate your breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, and the rate at which you burn calories.

Hormones must exist in very precise levels to do their job. Too much or too little of a hormone creates an imbalance, which can cause reactions throughout your body. A smidge too much thyroid hormone, for instance, can leave your heart racing and your skin sweaty.  

What do hormones control?

It’s hard, maybe impossible, to describe a body function that hormones don’t regulate. Along with the previously mentioned heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure, hormones also help regulate:

  • Metabolism and appetite
  • Digestive processes
  • Sleep cycles
  • Ovulation and other reproductive processes
  • Sexual function
  • Mood
  • Hair and skin health
  • Growth
  • Body temperature

For women, hormones are also in charge of their transitions into perimenopause and menopause. Men can experience the effects of age-related hormone imbalances as well when testosterone production slows and muscle mass or hair growth declines.

What are the symptoms of hormone imbalance?

Symptoms of a hormone imbalance often depend upon the hormone affected and may include:

  • Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
  • Excessive sweating
  • Infertility
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Changes in mood, sex drive, or motivation
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Dry skin, brittle hair, or skin rashes
  • Brittle bones (osteoporosis)
  • Changes in blood sugar or cholesterol levels
  • Increased thirst, fatigue, and increased urination
  • Water retention, headaches, or blurred vision

This is only a sampling of the symptoms hormone imbalances can cause.   

What is the treatment for hormone imbalance?

Treatment depends on what’s fueling the hormone imbalance. It’s critical to discover which hormones are out of balance and the effect their imbalance may be having on other hormone levels.

Dr. Paul Norwood begins with a thorough physical exam, a careful review of your medications and medical history, as well as an in-depth discussion of your symptoms. He may ask you when the symptoms started when they’re at their worst, and what makes them better. Blood tests and other diagnostic are also invaluable for designing an effective treatment plan.

If a hormone imbalance is affecting your life, call Valley Endocrine or schedule your appointment online.