What are hormones?
Hormones are chemicals in the body that are produced by the endocrine glands (hormone glands). The hormones move through the body and regulate functions such as appetite and digestion, sleep patterns, mood, sex drive and fertility.
When the body produces too much or too little of a hormone, we suffer from hormonal imbalance. Temporary imbalance is not dangerous in itself, but in the long run it can affect health negatively.
What hormonal imbalances affect men?
Testosterone is the hormone most associated with male hormonal health along with cortisol, insulin and thyroid hormone. If any of these become unbalanced, it can result in, for example, male menopause, adrenal fatigue or problems with the thyroid gland.
Symptoms of hormonal imbalance
Everyone experiences fluctuations in hormones from time to time. Usually there is no danger with some imbalance now and then. But if you suspect something is wrong, these symptoms may be good to keep an eye on.
- Sudden weight loss
- You sweat more than usual
- Difficulty sleeping and headaches
- Dry skin or rashes
- Worry, depression or anxiety