Hormonal Imbalance Symptoms, Risk Factors and Treatment

Aligned Modern Health in Chicago, IL | Hormonal Imbalance Information

Are you constantly feeling tired and depressed? Have you been unable to lose weight, or noticed sudden weight gain? Is your skin breaking out like a teenager, but you’re well into your 30s? If you’re noticing these types of problems, you may have a hormone imbalance. Whether you have been professionally diagnosed with an imbalance or are wondering if you have one, Aligned Modern Health is ready to assist you in making the necessary changes to get back on the road to wellness.

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Information About Your Hormonal Imbalance Diagnosis

Hormone imbalance is becoming increasingly common in modern Americans, but what many who have these disorders don’t realize is the fact that hormone imbalance is not “normal.” In a healthy, functioning person, hormones should be in balance to support the functions of the body. When hormones are out of balance, it’s because something in the body is also not functioning properly.

Risk Factors for Hormone Imbalance

Hormone imbalance happens for a reason. If you have a hormone imbalance, it’s critical that you understand why. Some common risk factors for developing hormone imbalances include:

  • Age
  • Obesity
  • Poor diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Stress
  • Toxins in the diet

If you eat the standard American diet, live a sedentary lifestyle and have a tendency to be overweight, you are at higher risk for developing a hormonal condition. Reducing these risk factors can also help reduce your chances of developing a hormone imbalance.

Finding the Root Cause

If you’ve been diagnosed with a hormone imbalance, it’s critical to get to the root cause of your problem before deciding on a course of treatment. While hormone replacement therapy can help your symptoms, it does not address the underlying cause. Aligned Modern Health takes an approach that believes in getting to the root cause of health concerns, illness and disease, including hormone imbalances.

At Aligned Modern Health, we work with our patients to find those lifestyle factors that are contributing to their imbalances. This starts with a comprehensive blood analysis, followed by a salivary cortisol test to detect adrenal problems. A complete GI panel and tests for food sensitivities will also help pinpoint the cause of the hormone trouble.

Once we’ve identified potential causes of the problem, we work with patients to create a roadmap of lifestyle and behavioral changes that will help heal their bodies, and reduce the stress on their endocrine system. Sometimes hormone replacement therapy is used in conjunction with these lifestyle and behavioral changes, but for many patients changes in diet and lifestyle can help reset the body and reduce the symptoms of hormone imbalance. If you have been diagnosed with a hormone imbalance, Aligned Modern Health has the tools to help you take control over your health and wellness so your body can restore the natural balance of hormones.

Do You Have Hormone Imbalance or Low Hormone Levels?

Perhaps you have just started your journey toward better health, and find yourself wondering whether or not you might have a hormone imbalance. Here are some insights that may help guide your research.

Hormone Imbalance Symptoms

If you find yourself asking, “Do I have a hormone imbalance?” learn to spot common hormone imbalance symptoms. Some symptoms to watch for include:

  • Bloating
  • Problems with menstruation
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats and hot flashes
  • Acne
  • Memory fog
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of libido
  • Breast changes

If you are suffering from these symptoms, make an appointment with Aligned Modern Health to discuss your hormone levels. A blood test will help us determine if you have an imbalance and what course of treatment is best to help correct that imbalance.

What to Expect From Your Appointment

At your appointment with Aligned Modern Health, our goal will be to get to the root cause of your symptoms to provide a good roadmap for treatment. First, your doctor will thoroughly review your health history, including a look at your family history, to rule out other health conditions that might be causing your symptoms. Be prepared to be candid at this appointment, as this will help your doctor get a more accurate diagnosis.

To diagnose hormone conditions, our team may take blood and saliva tests, discuss your health and family history, and look at your overall lifestyle. If this testing shows that you have low hormones or another imbalance, you will be provided with a treatment plan. Often, hormone imbalances respond well to dietary changes and lifestyle changes. Removing inflammatory foods from the diet, for instance, can help heal the thyroid and restore a normal hormone balance. Sometimes additional hormone replacement is necessary to bring balance.

If you wonder if you have a hormone imbalance, make an appointment with Aligned Modern Health for a thorough evaluation. With the help of our team, you can start feeling better and restore balance to your body through natural means. Contact Aligned Modern Health today to schedule an appointment.


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