What Are Hormone Disorders?
Endocrine disorders are disorders related to the body’s endocrine glands. The endocrine system produces hormones, which are chemical signals sent out, or secreted through the bloodstream. Hormones help to regulate body processes such as appetite, breathing, growth, fluid balance, feminization and virilization, and weight control.
The endocrine system consists of several glands, including the pituitary gland and hypothalamus in the brain, adrenal glands in the kidneys, and thyroid in the neck; It also includes organs like the pancreas, ovaries and testes, as well as the stomach, liver and intestines, which also secrete hormones related to digestion. The most common endocrine disorders are related to improper functioning of the pancreas and the pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands.
Common endocrine disorders include:
- Diabetes mellitus
- Acromegaly – overproduction of growth hormone
- Addison’s disease – decreased production of hormones by the adrenal glands
- Cushing’s syndrome – high cortisol levels for extended periods of time
- Graves’ disease – type of hyperthyroidism resulting in excessive thyroid hormone production
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis – autoimmune disease resulting in hypothyroidism and low production of thyroid hormone
- Hyperthyroidism – overactive thyroid
- Hypothyroidism – underactive thyroid
- Prolactinoma – overproduction of prolactin by the pituitary gland.
These disorders often have widespread symptoms, affect multiple parts of the body, and can range in severity from mild to severe. Treatment depends on each specific disorder, but often focuses on adjusting hormone balance using synthetic hormones.
When hormone levels in a young person are not optimal, doctors offer alternatives to correct it. When the same situation happens to an older adult, it may be considered normal (due to aging). At Wellness Architects, we work on correcting and balancing hormone levels to prevent the damage that may be caused by the lack of these in the body. With Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) the patient will feel healthier and more energized.
At Wellness Architects, we do not use the same frame of reference for hormonal levels that clinical labs and physicians use in their practices. We use optimal ranges to evaluate patient outcomes and thus, replenish hormone levels as necessary. Prevention proves to be essential, since erratic hormone levels may lead to diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, as well as osteoporosis, muscular atrophy, and sleep disorders. By restoring adequate hormonal balance, immunity is promoted, consequently preventing conditions associated with aging.
You may contact one of our representatives to see how Wellness Architects can help you improve your hormone levels.