Hormones are produced by glands in the body and control most bodily functions – everything from very simple needs like hunger and sleep to complex ones like the onset of puberty and controlling the reproductive system. Even just small imbalances in your hormones can cause life-changing symptoms. Adrenal glands, for example, which produce Cortisol, together with adrenaline is responsible for your stress response. However, deficiency or excess of Cortisol affects blood sugar levels and can affect a woman’s sex drive and menstrual cycle, cause anxiety and depression and sleep disorders both in men and women.
Both men and women also make sex hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone which are sex hormones that control sex drive, cognitive function, mood, cardiovascular function, fertility, weight and body composition, lean body mass distribution and in women the menstrual cycle. Additionally sex hormones influence and in turn are influenced by Thyroid hormones. Other hormones control other necessary functions in the body. For example, leptin influences your body weight and fat, melatonin helps us get a good night’s sleep, and thyroxine helps regulate your heartbeat and control your metabolism.
Hormone Imbalances or physical conditions that create them? Which came first. Since the management and interaction of all your hormones is a complex web of interaction they are always influencing each other. Other reasons for hormone fluctuations are an underactive thyroid that doesn’t produce enough thyroxine which leads to slower metabolism and weight gain. Also, diabetes is a common cause of hormonal imbalances and can affect, not just the insulin hormone, but also other blood sugar-related hormones, sex hormones, and growth hormones.