If you could ask your great grandmother if she ever had any hormonal imbalances or hormone problems, she probably would have given you that “deer-in-the-headlights” look. Why? Because hormonal problems just didn’t seem to be a major problem back then. My, how times have changed.
You don’t have to look too far today and the discussion of hormones is all over the place, whether it’s on TV, the internet, best-selling books, or being promoted by some celebrity (think Suzanne Somers). Health problems caused by some type of hormonal imbalance seem to be as common as the common cold these days. Although awareness is increasing, millions of women that suffer health problems from some type of hormonal disorder don’t realize what the cause is.
And the problem isn’t limited to just women. Men are experiencing low testosterone (Can’t lose that extra weight around your waist?), andropause, adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, as well as other issues.
Hormonal problems can exhibit symptoms like:
- Hot Flashes
- Low Libido
- Weight Gain
- and more
But why are we as a society experiencing such problems? There are a number of factors including:
- Environmental toxins
- Chemical exposure (cleaning products, hygiene products, work place chemicals, etc.)
- Internal toxins
- Poor Diet
- Hormone-Altering Birth Control Drugs
- Estrogenic chemicals/plastics
- Synthetic hormone products in diary/meat
- Food Sensitivities/Allergies
While this list isn’t all-inclusive, it does show us why “great grandma” didn’t experience all the hormone problems we do today. Our society and culture have changed. Girls are experiencing their first menstrual cycle much earlier than girls did years ago. We are exposed to a whole host of products, chemicals, drugs, and stresses that didn’t exist years ago.
Hormones play a role in almost every aspect of the function of your body. If you have health problems that you or your doctor have not been successful in resolving, contact Dr. Sayed Shah, MD today as an integrative medicine approach looks at the body differently than traditional medicine. There are specific and advanced tests we can run to pinpoint the problem and end the mystery surrounding hormones.