Good health, do you have it? Compare your health to where it should be with the symptoms that accompany low levels of our most important hormones; thyroid, estrogen progesterone and testosterone. This is theÂ list that I got when I first visited my hormone therapy doctor. I hope you find it as informative as I did.
Thyroid: The thyroid gland runs the metabolism of the body. It is critical for overall well-being to have thyroid levels well over the 400 mark. Levels below 375 are unhealthy andÂ that includes free T3’s and T4’s not just TSH. Common symptoms of having a low thyroid are: inabilty to lose weight (despite dieting and exercising), cold hands and feet, dry skin, mild depression, chronic tiredness (despite plenty of sleep), constipation, brittle finger nails, hair coming out when brushing, forgetfulness, mood swings, irritability and anxiety, to name a few. Many medical studies now show that low thyroid almost always means high cholesterol.
Estradial (Estrogen): Estrogen is most commonly thought of as the female hormone. ForÂ 40 years, women have taken this hormone to prevent hot flashes, vaginal dryness, rapid aging, saggy, wrinkly skin, anxiety, weight gain, insomnia, incontinence from menopause. It is a woman’s best safeguard against diseases that accompany age. They say natural estrogens (not synthetic) also protects against heart disease in women over 35 years of age.
Progesterone: Progesterone is one of the most powerful natural mood elevators known. Being deficient in it you are more apt to be emotional. Women who are still menstruating, will have worsened PMS and will have moderate to severe menstrual problems such as heavy bleeding and cramping and endometriosis. When progesterone levels are optimal, sound sleep is restored, the chance of heart disease is much less, and bones become stronger, many women who have had hysterectomies have been told they do not need progesterone. This is simply not true. Low progesterone levels in any woman will cause permature aging, higher chances of heart disease, osteoporosis (thinning of the bones), migraine headaches, mood swings, fluid retention. uterine fibroids, ovarian or breast cysts, infertility problems and anxiety/panic attacks.
Testosterone: Although a woman has only a small amount of testosterone when compared to a man, it is extremely important for women. Testosterone begins its decline when a woman is in her early 30’s. Testosterone enhances sex drive and mood, while working to maintain bone health and lean muscle mass. Men who are low in testosterone generally lack initiative, are moody, grumpier and have a low libido. They also tend to gain weight more easily around the middle. Women low in this hormone will tend to be “flabbly” instead of muscular, will be more prone to thinning ofÂ the bones, and will have little to no interest in sex. In general, men and women low in testosterone tend to be much more passive about things – they lack the drive or assertiveness they had when they were younger. Raising testosterone levels in women and men brings back muscle tone, sex drive, and general vigor and vitality overall.
Do you see yourself in any of those descriptions? If you do please go online and check out Bio-identical hormones and compounding pharmacies, it might be the best thing you do for yourself this year.
More things to think about.