Why Hormones Matter

Posted by Healthworks Nutrition
Date: 31-01-2017

Unlike other parts/processes in the body that we can actually see – hormones can seem quite elusive, with many not really understanding what part they play in our overall well-being.¬†Hormones are produced by the glands in the endocrine system; the thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, pituitary gland, adrenal gland, pancreas, ovaries and testes. They’re vital to many processes in the body including metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sleep, mood, reproductive and sexual function to name a few. As you can imagine, harmony of hormones is fundamental to well-being regardless of gender; and if something is off with your hormones, you can expect any of the following symptoms:

Men

  • Bone loss
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Memory loss
  • Apathy, depression, grumpiness
  • Breast enlargement
  • Weight gain
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (prostate enlargement)

Women

  • Weight gain
  • Depression/difficulty coping/irritability
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Irregular periods
  • Hair loss/thinning
  • Hot flashes
  • Bone loss
  • Breast cancer

If any of these symptoms are resonating with you – it might be time to book an appointment with Dr. Baljit Khamba to discuss a hormone panel test. The test is a simple saliva test that you can take home and return to us once complete.

Why test saliva vs. blood? According to our laboratory – Rocky Mountain Analytical – saliva measures hormones that actually made it into tissue, because hormones pass through saliva gland tissue before getting into saliva, whereas blood measures hormones that might eventually get to tissue. So all in all saliva is a much more accurate way to measure hormone levels. Additionally, the stress of getting a needle may raise cortisol in some people which would skew the results.

If you’d like to find out more about Dr. Khamba before booking your appointment, you can read more here¬†or call us on 780-417-1799.

 

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