by Abraham Jacobs
Our bodies are very intricate and delicate machines capable of adapting to daily stresses and an ever-changing environment. However, this adaptation comes at a price, which is how we feel on a day-to-day basis. Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers, and they communicate with every system in our body to change and regulate its functions. When hormone imbalances occur due to environmental factors, certain inherited diseases or lifestyle, it can alter our endocrine function and patients are led down the wrong pathway to be put on antidepressants, anxiolytics and other unnecessary medications that only compound the issues.
When hormones are out of balance, there can be a host of physical symptoms. A few of the most frequently encountered signs and symptoms include weight gain, irregular/ painful menstrual cycles, breast tenderness, hair loss, diabetes, polycystic ovarian disorder, pituitary disorders, hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, erectile dysfunction, loss of lean muscle mass, osteoporosis, age spots and liver spots.
Some symptoms are not as obvious and can be harder to identify as directly related to a physical condition such as hormone imbalance. Symptoms such as depression, anger/irritability, anxiety, brain fog, memory loss, insomnia, lack of sex drive, PMS, weepiness and suicidal thoughts can range from mild to severe. Recognizing that these symptoms can mean hormonal issues and seeking profes- sional medical advice is key in identifying the root of the problem and getting started on a path to restoring hormonal balance and getting the body back to optimal function.
Finding the right doctor is critical to success. The practice of medicine is an art that requires both proper testing and listening to patients, and then approaching a treatment plan together to help the patient look and feel better.
Dr. Abraham Jacob is a cardiologist certified in age management medicine and owner of the Heart and Vitality Center, located at 4100 W, 15th St, Ste. 112, in Plano. For more information, call 972- 596-7399 or visit HeartAndVitality.com.