Hormones need to be balanced or various health concerns can arise. There are times during a person’s life when hormone levels normally shift and change including menopause and pregnancy for women. Many hormone levels also decline as we age.
Genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors can all play a role in hormone production, and balance as well as determine how well our bodies adapt to naturally changing levels.
Estrogens help maintain healthy reproductive tissues, breasts, and certain skin cancers. Low estrogen levels can lead to hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and bone loss. Androgens like DHEA help with the regeneration of skin, bones, muscles, and other tissues.
Low DHEA levels can lead to fatigue, depressed mood, and reduced mental function.
Progesterone is involved in reproduction, nervous system health, and mood. Low progesterone levels have been linked to many of the symptoms of menopause including hot flashes, sleep disturbances, and irritability.