What Can Hormone Testing Uncover?

Genesis Chiropractic - What Can Hormone Testing Uncover (1)Hormone testing can provide valuable insights into the functioning of the endocrine system, which plays a critical role in regulating various physiological processes within the body. Our bodies depend on all of the body systems working together as they were meant to do. This includes the release of hormones that tell our body systems what to do such as metabolism, growth and development, mood, immune function, and reproduction. 

For instance, estrogen has a profound effect on our moods and emotions. When there is a hormonal imbalance of the sex hormones, the person could suddenly become overly emotional without a known cause. 

Common Signs & Symptoms of a Hormonal Imbalance

Hormonal imbalances can manifest in a wide range of signs and symptoms, and the specific symptoms can vary depending on which hormones are affected and whether there is an excess or deficiency of a particular hormone. 

Below are some of the most common signs and symptoms of a hormonal imbalance:

  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Mood Swings
  • Muscle Mass Loss
  • Increased Sensitivity to Temperature Changes
  • Night Sweats in Women Undergoing Menopause
  • Flushed Face
  • New Skin Rashes
  • Lack of Mental Clarity & Focus
  • Tremors
  • Dizziness
  • Dramatic Weight Loss or Weight Gain
  • Reduced Bone Density
  • Nail Changes
  • Increased or Decreased Hair Growth & Changes in Texture
  • Loss of Eyelashes or Eyebrows
  • Infertility
  • Increased Body Aches or Muscle Spasms
  • High or Low Blood Pressure, Heart Rate and/or Respirations
  • Feelings of Overwhelming Anxiety or Impending Doom
  • Irregular Menstrual Cycles
  • Sleep Issues

It’s important to note that these symptoms are not exclusive to hormonal imbalances, and many other medical conditions can produce similar symptoms.  Anyone experiencing symptoms of hormone imbalance should follow up with their doctor to undergo hormone testing. Your doctor can order certain tests to help determine the underlying cause of the hormonal imbalance and which hormones are operating in a manner that is not intended.

What Are Causes of Hormonal Imbalances

Hormonal imbalances can occur due to various factors and underlying conditions. Some of the possible causes include:

  • Age
  • Lifestyle
  • Medications
  • Environmental Exposures
  • Genetics
  • Medical Conditions such as:
    • Diabetes
    • Thyroid Disease
    • Autoimmune Disease
    • Addison’s Disease
    • Turner Syndrome
    • Prader-Willi Syndrome
    • Cushing Syndrome
    • Pancreatitis & Many More

Women may have hormonal fluctuations during their monthly cycle, when pregnant, while breastfeeding, and during menopause. Men also undergo hormonal changes later in life. Contact Genesis Chiropractic to discuss hormone testing and schedule an appointment.