The hormones in your body regulate essential bodily functions such as metabolism and reproduction. Hormones are specialized chemicals that send vital messages to your organs, allowing them to work correctly.
When your hormones are imbalanced, you experience various uncomfortable symptoms which can affect your life.
Dr. Timothy Scott Beck and the Life Point Medical team have experience treating conditions caused by hormone imbalances. Dr. Beck helps you understand your hormones and gives you tips to keep your hormones at a healthy level.
He also offers hormone replacement therapy when necessary to help you feel your best.
Why hormones are essential
Hormones are chemical messengers traveling throughout your body to keep your organs functioning correctly. Many types of hormones affect different areas of your health, including your:
- Sleep Cycle
- Sexual function
There are about 50 known hormones in the human body, each with a particular function. The endocrine system distributes most of your hormones throughout your body.
It doesn't take much to throw one or more of your hormones out of balance. Even a tiny change in your hormones can lead to a downward spiral in your health.
Hormone imbalances can either be temporary or long-term. Temporary hormonal imbalances usually resolve with home measures you take to stay healthy.
Long-term or chronic hormonal imbalances typically require treatment to keep your hormones at a healthy level. Without treatment, your health and quality of life are negatively affected.
Signs your hormones are balanced
You cannot see your hormones, so how do you know if they're at a healthy level? Well-balanced hormones come out in signs and symptoms in different areas of your body.
Dr. Beck helps you understand the signs that signal your hormones are well-balanced. Five vital signs of healthy hormone levels include:
1. Healthy, glowing skin
Skin issues like acne or excessive dryness are signs of specific hormone imbalances. When your skin is soft and has a healthy glow, it's a great sign of healthy hormone levels in your body.
2. Sleeping well
Your hormones are responsible for your sleep-wake cycle, which is essential to your health. If you sleep eight hours a night and feel refreshed in the morning, your hormones are likely healthy and balanced.
3. Increased energy
Chronic fatigue is one of the significant signs of a hormonal imbalance. When you feel energized and healthy, it's a good indication that your hormone levels are within a normal range.
4. Improved mood
When you suffer from anxiety or depression, one or more hormones are likely imbalanced. If you're experiencing a better mood and feel happy and content, your hormones are likely at a healthy level.
5. A healthy metabolism
Hormones play a significant role in your metabolism, which is why unexpected weight loss or weight gain signals an issue or imbalance. Your hormones are balanced if you're at a healthy weight and have no problems gaining or losing weight on your own.
Symptoms of unhealthy hormone levels
Just as there are vital signs of healthy hormone levels, many symptoms signal a problem. Dr. Beck advises you of the following symptoms that can mean your hormones are imbalanced:
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Extreme fatigue
- Thinning hair
- Acne breakouts
- Irregular periods
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Decreased sex drive
- Hair loss
- Depression or anxiety
Not feeling yourself or noticing changes in your health could indicate a problem with one of your many hormones. It's always a good idea to get checked out when you see any changes to your physical or mental health.
Dr. Beck may recommend hormone replacement therapy for various hormone imbalances. He evaluates your overall health and interprets bloodwork to determine the best treatment route for you.
When your hormones are out of balance, don't hesitate to call the Life Point Medical team today at 706-782-0016 or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Beck at our Clayton, Georgia, office.