Hormone Imbalances That Affect Your Mood
A beautiful sunshine morning can be enough to kickstart a great day… except for you. No, you’re the one who people steer clear of as you grumble your way through the office and plop into your desk chair. Maybe that isn’t you though; maybe you want to have a good day but it seems like being Johnny Raincloud is your latest lot in life.
What’s the deal with your mood? You didn’t used to be sullen, grumpy, disappointed, or snarky all the time. You want to be happy and energetic but it seems like your mood is working against you. Here are five hormone imbalances that may be influencing your everyday perspective.
Adrenal fatigue is expressed by an imbalance in cortisol, the body’s natural stress hormone. It’s caused by poor chemical communication between your brain and your adrenals (not your adrenal glands). Symptoms of adrenal fatigue may be lack of energy in the afternoon followed by a “second wind” in the evening, difficulty staying asleep, and even a low sex drive.
Men need estrogen. No, that’s not a typo; men need a certain level of estradiol (estrogen in men) to maintain healthy hormone balances. Research shows that an improper balance of estrogen can actually increase the mortality rate in men with heart disease. (NCBI)
Insulin resistance is most commonly present in type II diabetes, but many adult men can experience insulin resistance as a pre-diabetic metabolic syndrome. Insulin is a fat-storing hormone, which means your body may start accumulating unwanted body fat as a response to your pre-diabetic condition. You may feel jittery or fatigued before or after meals and irritable if you miss a meal.
Low testosterone is one of the most common hormone imbalances in aging men. Low testosterone can cause irritability, mood swings, feelings of anxiety or depression, and even fits of anger in some instances. Restoring your testosterone levels to a healthy range can help alleviate many, if not all, of the mood-related symptoms.
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