Hormone Panels and You

When we think of hormonal imbalances we often think of menopausal women. While it’s true that women are more likely to deal with this problem, both men and women can go through hormonal imbalances. Men and women of all ages can deal with hormonal issues and it’s important to recognize the warning signs so that you can turn to an osteopath for the proper hormonal panels.

Know the Signs of a Hormonal Imbalance

It’s important to recognize when your hormones might be out of whack. It may be time to turn to your osteopath for a hormone blood panel test if you are experiencing these symptoms,

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle loss
  • Weakness
  • Weight gain
  • Sleep issues
  • Anxiety
  • Hot flashes
  • Dry skin
  • Loss of hair or thinning hair
  • Loss of sex drive or decreased interest in sex
  • Bowel changes
  • Erectile dysfunction

Types of Hormone Panels

When you turn to an osteopath, they will go through your medical history, asking you detailed questions about the issues and symptoms you’re currently experiencing. Based on these symptoms, and your background, age, and lifestyle, they will determine which hormone panels may be needed. Common hormone panels include,

  • TSH, free T3, and T4: hormones responsible for thyroid function
  • Insulin: a hormone produced by the pancreas that controls blood sugar levels
  • Growth hormone: measures pituitary function
  • Estrogen: measures one of the female hormones responsible for reproductive health
  • Estradiol: also a hormone measured to determine fertility
  • Testosterone: measures the male hormone responsible for reproductive health
  • Progesterone: measures the female hormone also responsible for fertility
  • DHEA: measures adrenal gland function

Reasons to Turn to an Osteopath

Wondering why and how an osteopath can help you? An osteopath is a medical professional that focuses on a more holistic and integrated approach to health care, which means that they will take all aspects of your current lifestyle and health into account to determine the most effective treatment options to balance hormones, whether through traditional hormone replacement therapy or supplementation and dietary changes.

It’s important to recognize when your hormones may be imbalanced; fortunately, an osteopath can help you get your hormones under control with the proper lifestyle changes and treatment options. Don’t ignore your symptoms. An osteopath can help.

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