For the longest time, the matter of hormones and issues related to them has been linked to the female human species. The most popular topic on the subject is menopause, and how it affects the woman. Nonetheless, several hormonal issues cut across both genders, and they may raise the need to see an endocrinologist or visit a hormone clinic.
Several issues are linked to hormonal imbalances in the body, and they may range from mild to severe, such that you will need clinical help.
The base problem lies in;
• Hypo-secretion-glands do not produce enough hormones
• Hyper-secretion- the glands produce too many hormones
• tumors in the gland- benign or cancerous tumors may grow in the endocrine glands
These issues will manifest themselves in several different ways-
• high blood pressure,
• excessive sweating
• , nervousness
• Cushing’s disease,
• kidney stones,
• accelerated metabolism,
• irregular heartbeat
Hypo-secretion may lead to
• weight loss,
• Addison’s disease
• energy loss
• mineralocorticoid deficiency,
• low blood sugars
• , involuntary muscle contractions (tetany),
• stunted growth,
Certain problems will require you to see an endocrinologist prevent further complications. This is because most endocrine disorders will affect a lot of body systems.
Most individuals will see an endocrine specialist only when referred to by their physician for an evaluation or further treatment.
Some of the health issues that necessitate an endocrinologist include
Diabetes- this condition occurs when your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, the hormone that is responsible for glucose utilization in the body.
Osteoporosis- this is a condition where an individual suffers from loss of bone mass and thinning bones. This is a result of hyperthyroidism
Thyroid disorder- this can either be the over secretion or under secretion of the thyroid hormone. Too much thyroid in the body over-activates the body while too little of it will make you sluggish
Hypogonadism- this is the clinical term for low testosterone levels. The most common symptoms of low T include shrinking testes, decreased sexual desire, and hair loss
Infertility- the root problem of infertility can either be the man or the woman, or both. A reproductive endocrinologist treats this disorder.
Growth disorder- this can either be premature or excessive growth. These disorders include short stature, delayed or early puberty, gigantism, Turner’s syndrome, acromegaly, and Klinefelter syndrome. Other complications may include learning disabilities, incomplete growth, or developmental delays.
Endocrinology tests carried out by an endocrinologist will take diagnostic tests for reasons such as;
• to learn whether the endocrine glands are fully functional
• quantify the levels of numerous hormones in the patient
• to establish the origin of an endocrinological issue
• to endorse a opinion
Some of the tests that your endocrinologists will prescribe include
• ACTH Stimulation Test
• Dexamethasone Suppression Test
• Oral Glucose Tolerance Assessment
• TSH Blood Test
• Bone Density Test
• Fine Needle (FNAB) Aspiration Biopsy
• CRH Stimulus Test
• Urine Collection Assessment
• Five-Day Glucose Sensor Assessment
Depending on the signs and symptoms, you may need to either see your endocrinologist or make an appointment at the hormone clinic.
You see a specialist because you are not sure of what the problem might be, and therefore you will need further tests before any medication or therapy. For some individuals, this step is not necessary because they understand their hormone cycle or the problem can easily be pinpointed.
At a hormone clinic, your hormone imbalance will be diagnosed, and a suitable bioidentical hormone replacement treatment will be prescribed. This can be bin the form of creams, sprays, patches, or pills. For most people, HRT is used to ease the symptoms accompanying menopause.
If you start experiencing menopausal symptoms, you can get the therapy immediately without having to schedule an appointment with your endocrinologist. The initial doses are on the low side, increasing gradually to meet your hormonal requirements. The effects of hormone replacement therapy may take a while to manifest, and you may experience side effects at the beginning.
The signs and symptoms of menopause in women include
• thinning hair
• decreased libido
• dry vagina or discomfort during sex
• moodiness, depression or anxiety
• weight gain
• Fatigue and low levels of energy.
In men, hormone replacement therapy plays a significant role in improving energy levels and preventing diseases. The signs and symptoms of menopause in men include
• difficulty concentrating
• lost muscle mass
• low sex drive
• balding/thinning hair
• difficulty achieving and maintaining an erection
• depression, moodiness or anxiety
The benefits of hormonal therapy include
• balance moods
• improve sleep
• enhance libido
• decrease menopause-associated hot flushes
• increase energy and vitality
• improve concentration and focus
• soothe anxiety
• reduce memory and cognitive issues
• minimize PMS symptoms
If you feel ready for hormonal replacement therapy or see an endocrinologist, don’t hesitate to call us at (205) 352-9141. We can help.