What are the risks of not fixing your hormonal health?
Unfortunately, hormonal imbalances don’t just get better on their own. I wish they did…
Once your body gets so off-centre, it’s as though it begins a downward spiral…and fast!
When you were younger you were “fine”. Then suddenly you had:
- Mood swings;
- Heavy periods;
- Monthly migraines;
- Sore boobs;
- Bad skin;
- Terrible sleep;
And you felt tired…like ALL of the time.
Hormonal imbalances can have various effects on the body, and not addressing them can lead to several health risks.
The specific risks depend on the hormones involved and the nature and severity of the imbalance.
Here are some general health risks associated with untreated hormonal imbalances:
1. Fertility Issues
In women, hormonal imbalances can disrupt the menstrual cycle, leading to irregular periods, fertility issues, and complications during pregnancy.
Even though women’s health is my jam and men’s health is not my forte, it’s also worth noting that in men, imbalances may affect sperm production and fertility.
2. Metabolic Disorders
Hormonal imbalances, especially those related to insulin, thyroid hormones, or cortisol, can contribute to metabolic disorders such as PCOS, diabetes, obesity, or metabolic syndrome.
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3. Bone Health
Hormones play a crucial role in bone health.
Imbalances, particularly in oestrogen and testosterone, can lead to decreased bone density, increasing the risk of osteoporosis and fractures, even before menopause hits.
4. Cardiovascular Issues
Hormonal imbalances may contribute to cardiovascular problems, including high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart disease.
5. Mood Disorders
Hormones play a major role in regulating mood, and imbalances can contribute to mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.
With PCOS, you’re actually a whopping THREE TIMES more likely to develop both of depression and anxiety.
It’s ALSO worth mentioning up to 70% of women remain undiagnosed and I believe that’s because doctors are misinterpreting the criteria so, of course, there are now a lot of women out there, sad and stressed, with no answers and no tools either.
If you suspect you have PCOS, or have been tested for it in the past and were told after testing that you didn’t have PCOS, I highly recommend you do this test:
6. Thyroid Disorders
Imbalances in thyroid hormones (closely linked to sex hormones) can lead to conditions like hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, affecting metabolism, energy levels, and overall well-being.
7. Endocrine Disorders
Untreated hormonal imbalances can lead to the development of various endocrine disorders, disrupting the proper functioning of glands and organs.
8. CANCER RISK
Some hormonal imbalances may increase the risk of certain types of cancer.
For example, hormonal imbalances in oestrogen and progesterone are associated with an increased risk of uterine and breast cancers. PMID: 37575755
9. SLEEP DISTURBANCES
Hormonal imbalances can affect sleep patterns, leading to insomnia or other sleep disorders including cortisol, melatonin, oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone, insulin, leptin and ghrelin.
10. SKIN ISSUES
Hormonal imbalances can contribute to skin problems, such as acne, excessive hair growth, or thinning hair particularly the more toxic form of testosterone known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT), insulin and cortisol, progesterone and oestrogen.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE HORMONAL IMBALANCE SYMPTOMS
It’s important to note that the specific health risks depend on the particular hormones involved and the underlying cause of the imbalance.
If you suspect you may need help with hormonal imbalance, I’d love to help guide you on what your next steps should be including dietary and lifestyle changes, possible supplementation that may support you and recommended testing that might be required or other interventions depending on the specific condition.
Ignoring hormonal imbalances can lead to worsening symptoms and potential complications, so seeking advice with a trusted professional is crucial.