9/03/2014

9 Signs of Hormonal Imbalance and How to Fix It:

Hormones work as chemical messengers in our body. We go through hormonal changes from birth to death. They cause changes in our bodies over time including:
  • Reproduction
  • Growth & Development
  • Metabolism
  • Mood
  • Sexual Function
If your hormones are imbalanced it can destroy your health even if your diet is optimized.
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Knowing if you are suffering from hormonal imbalance is important. Here are some of the most common signs of hormonal imbalance and ways to fix it:
1- Gaining Weight Persistently
If you are gaining weight consistently despite a healthy diet and appropriate physical activity it can be a sign of hormonal imbalance. It can be due to unaddressed or emerging insulin resistance. Some thyroid problems can also cause weight gain. You need to see your doctor for further evaluation. In the meantime, it’s highly recommended to avoid processed foods, sugar (soda), and wheat. Here is a useful guide if you have thyroid problem.
2- Insomnia
If you are suffering from insomnia and having difficulty sleeping it can be a sign of hormonal imbalance. Try to optimize your sleep and take antioxidants. Make sure to include quality lean protein, especially at dinner. Try exercise and yoga to improve your sleep. Also avoid these common habits that may cause insomnia. To learn how to manage insomnia follow this link.
3- Chronic Stress
Chronic stress depletes adrenal functions which leads to low levels of progesterone and other important hormones. Try to work on becoming stress-free. A healthy diet and changing your environment can help you reduce stress. Also here are some useful ways to manage stress in your life.
9 Signs of Hormonal Imbalance and How to Fix It
4- Excessive Sweating
If you are have night sweats and hot flashes it can be due to hormonal imbalance. Write down your routine, what you eat and drink, how you feel, and what kind of emotions cause your temperature to rise. Work on these areas next time when you get hot flashes.
5- Cravings
Eating abnormally or feeling that you still want to have more even after eating can be an indicator that something is amiss. It’s due to hormonal imbalance like adrenal fatigue or insulin resistance. Eliminating sugars, dairy/ wheat products and alcohol will help you control your cravings and improve your digestion. To learn more about how to improve digestion click here.
6- Depression
Feeling depressed and rejected is a sign of hormonal imbalance. If not clinically caused it can mean you’re not feeding your body what it needs. Listen to your inner self and treat your body in a good way with a healthy diet, exercise and proper nutrients. You may want to consult with a mental health professional for further evaluation. Here is a useful guide on causes and treatment of depression.
7- Fatigue
Feeling tired by the end of first half? Or feeling sluggish while working? Hormonal imbalance could be the reason for your fatigue. A proper diet enriched with nutrients and eliminating wheat and grains may help stabilize your blood sugar. It’s very common that gluten-intolerance causes fatigue. Here is a guide to fix fatigue.
8- Low Libido
This is one of the most noticeable signs of hormonal imbalance. Often imbalance in sex hormones, thyroid or other endocrine glands is the underlying cause of low sex drive. It also happens due to lack of sound sleep. Work on your sleeping habits and optimize your sleep. To learn more about how to boost your libido visit this link.
9- Digestive Problems
Slow digestion and gastric problems are also among common symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Hormonal problems during perimenopause is one of the most common causes of digestive problems for women between the ages of 45 and 55. This is a useful guide to improve digestion naturally.
9 signs of hormonal imbalance
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice
9 Signs of Hormonal Imbalance and How to Fix ItBy PositiveMed-Team

Edited By Stephanie Dawson
[Last Updated on March 4th 2014]
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A 41-year-old man developed an acute illness at the age of 9 months during which, following a viral illness with headache, he developed severe weakness and wasting of the limbs of the left side. After several months he began to recover, such that he was able to walk at the age of 2 years and later was able to run, although he was never very good at sports. He had stable function until the age of 18 when he began to notice greater than usual difficulty lifting heavy objects. By the age of 25 he was noticing progressive difficulty walking due to weakness of both legs, and he noticed that the right calf had become larger. The symptoms became more noticeable over the course of the next 10 years and ultimately both upper as well as both lower limbs had become noticeably weaker.

On examination there was wasting of the muscles of upper and lower limbs on the left, and massively hypertrophied gastrocnemius, soleus and tensor fascia late on the right. The calf circumference on the right exceeded that on the left by 10 cm (figure1). The right shoulder girdle, triceps, thenar eminence and small muscles of the hand were wasted and there was winging of both scapulae. The right quadriceps was also wasted. The wasted muscles were also weak but the hypertrophied right ankle plantar flexors had normal power. The tendon reflexes were absent in the lower limbs and present in the upper limbs, although the right triceps was reduced. The remainder of the examination was normal.

Figure 1

The patient's legs, showing massive enlargement of the right calf and wasting on the left

Questions

1
What is that nature of the acute illness in infancy?
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What is the nature of the subsequent deterioration?
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What investigations should be performed?
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What is the differential diagnosis of the cause of the progressive calf hypertrophy?

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QUESTION 1

An acute paralytic illness which follows symptoms of a viral infection with or without signs of meningitis is typical of poliomyelitis. Usually caused by one of the three polio viruses, it may also occur following vaccination and following infections with other enteroviruses.1 Other disorders which would cause a similar syndrome but with upper motor neurone signs would include acute vascular lesions, meningoencephalitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis.

QUESTION 2

A progressive functional deterioration many years after paralytic poliomyelitis is well known, although its pathogenesis is not fully understood.2 It is a diagnosis of exclusion; a careful search for alternative causes, for example, orthopaedic deformities such as osteoarthritis or worsening scoliosis, superimposed neurological disorders such as entrapment neuropathies or coincidental muscle disease or neuropathy, and general medical causes such as respiratory complications and endocrinopathies.3

QUESTION 3

Investigations revealed normal blood count and erythrocyte sedimentation rate and normal biochemistry apart from a raised creatine kinase at 330 IU/l (normal range 60–120 IU/l), which is commonly seen in cases of ongoing denervation. Electromyography showed evidence of denervation in the right APB and FDI with polyphasic motor units and complex repetitive discharges, no spontaneous activity in the left calf and large polyphasic units in the right calf consistent with chronic partial denervation. Motor and sensory conduction velocities were normal. A lumbar myelogram was normal. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the calves is shown in figure2.

Figure 2

Axial T1 weighted MRI scan (TR 588 ms, TE 15 ms) of the calves, showing gross muscle atrophy and replacement by adipose tissue on the left, and hypertrophy of the muscles on the right, with only minor adipose tissue deposition

QUESTION 4

The differential diagnosis of the progressive calf hypertrophy is given in the box.

Causes of calf muscle hypertrophy

Chronic partial denervation

  • radiculopathy

  • peripheral neuropathy

  • hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy

  • spinal muscular atrophy

  • following paralytic poliomyelitis

    Neuromyotonia and myokymia

  • Isaac's syndrome

  • generalised myokymia

  • neurotonia

  • continuous muscle fibre activity due to: chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculopathy, Guillain Barre syndrome, myasthenia gravis, thymoma, thyrotoxicosis, thyroiditis

    Muscular dystrophies

    Myositis

    Infiltration

  • tumours

  • amyloidosis

  • cysticercosis

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