Your hormones impact nearly every function of your body, including energy levels. Feeling tired, sluggish, having impaired sleep, and never enjoying an abundance of energy are not just signs of aging, they’re symptoms of a much deeper issue: hormone imbalance. An imbalance of various hormones can keep you from living life to the fullest. The condition not only robs you of precious energy for daily living, but it can steal your zeal for work, family, exercise, and even sex. Men and women concerned with low energy and increasing fatigue can experience the energy benefits of HRT (hormone replacement therapy).
Testosterone, although well known as the male hormone, plays a significant role in boosting energy, improving sex drive, and sustaining muscle mass in both men and women. Low levels of testosterone in men or women can lead to serious consequences, such as weight gain, moodiness, and endless fatigue.
Testosterone assists the body in building proteins for muscle maintenance and energy. It is crucial to sexual desire and arousal, including stamina and, in men, the ability to achieve erection. Testosterone also contributes to multiple metabolic functions including bone formation, liver function, and production of blood cells in bone marrow. Testosterone also increases neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, supporting energy production, controlling mood swings, and improving libido.
Fatigue, poor focus, diminished libido, and uncontrollable emotions are signs that your testosterone levels may be out of balance. Aging can take a toll on testosterone levels, namely because stress—especially chronic stress—can cause erratic fluctuation in cortisol levels, inhibiting production of testosterone and inducing symptoms, such as low energy levels.
Find Balance Before, During, and After Menopause
Women who are premenopausal, currently experiencing menopause, or postmenopausal are often affected by hormone imbalances that can drastically impact quality of life. Women in the various stages of menopause suffer from fluctuating hormones levels, including sharp changes in estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone, which can affect energy, sleep, and mood.
In recent years, study after study has uncovered convincing evidence that hormone therapy, particularly bioidentical hormone therapy, is highly effective and beneficial for the treatment of menopause. The concerns over risk have largely been resolved through careful study and an assessment of the benefits to quality of life. More than 15 major medical organizations, including the North American Menopause Society, American Medical Association, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, support the energy benefits of HRT in menopause, as well as for relief of moodiness, hot flashes, and weight gain.
Address Thyroid Disorders
Feelings of depression, moodiness, and fatigue can be signs of a thyroid disorder. Your thyroid controls several aspects of your metabolism, making it a key player in your energy levels. An imbalance of the thyroid and associated hormones can show signs such as low energy, brittle hair, unexplained weight gain, and foggy thinking.
T3, T4, and TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) are the functional hormones of the thyroid gland that must be in healthy balance to optimize metabolic functioning throughout the body. In healthy individuals, T4 is converted to T3, but for individuals struggling with thyroid dysfunction, conversion does not occur. This imbalance can occur with aging, poor dietary habits, toxic environmental exposures, and more. In some cases, the T4 may convert to reverse T3, an inactive form of T3, which can further degrade thyroid function.
Accurate testing is essential to addressing thyroid disorders and restoring energy. Traditional practitioners often exclusively test TSH and/or T4 levels, which is only a fraction of the whole picture. T3 plays a significant role in thyroid function—nearly 75 percent of all activity—and must be carefully observed and treated as well.
If you are suffering from sluggishness, mood swings, or low sexual desire, you need advanced testing of your hormone levels to identify issues of imbalance, and help from a qualified hormone specialist to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that will provide the energy benefits of HRT.
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