Hormone balance controls not only the aging process, but also growth and human development. The hormones that are released into the blood and act as messengers enable communication between organs, mobilize defenses and regulate the balance of nutrients. Measuring hormone concentrations thus plays a major role in menopause, cycle disorders, unfulfilled desire to have children or thyroid disorders.
What are hormones?
Hormones are messenger substances that maintain balance in the body with the help of the nervous system. They control important processes in the body, such as body temperature, growth, metabolism, but also the nutrient balance. They are also responsible for water balance and the body’s defenses. They determine a person’s sex life, and the sex hormones testosterone and estrogen are among the best-known hormones. Because hormones influence and control so many processes in the body, measuring hormone status is important, especially when there is cause for concern about processes in the body.
What is the hormone status?
Hormone status reveals deficiencies and overproduction of hormones. Blood is drawn from the test subjects to examine hormone concentrations and determine any deficiencies or overproduction. After the blood is drawn, the sample is analyzed in a laboratory for the various concentrations of the individual hormones.
What are the indications of hormone imbalance?
Hormone status should be measured for health complaints. These can be very diverse:
- Sleep problems
- Unexplained weight gain and loss
- Chronic fatigue
- Skin problems
- Concentration disorders
- Depressive moods
All these problems can be based on hormone imbalances. In the case of low mood and depression, for example, it could be a deficiency or overproduction of serotonin, estrogen, or testosterone. Hormone status can provide clarity in diagnosing a problem, and the overproduction or deficiency of the particular hormone can be targeted.
When should hormone status be measured?
Depending on gender and age, an imbalanced hormone status can become apparent in different ways. In women, men as well as in children, it can manifest itself through different symptoms.
Hormone status in women
A woman’s body goes through many hormone-dependent processes of change during her lifetime. From sexual maturity in puberty to the monthly cycle – the preparation for the implantation of a fertilized egg. A disturbance of the hormone balance can thus often be recognized by deviations from the regular cycle or when the intensity or duration of bleeding changes. Other impairments, such as sleep disturbance, etc., can also indicate a hormone disorder.
The hormone status helps to identify the hormones that cause the disorder. It is particularly advisable to have a hormone test done if you have an unfulfilled desire to have a child, because a hormone disorder can also be to blame here.
Hormone status in men
In men, hormone imbalance often manifests as depression or moodiness, increased sweating, and unexplained weight changes. However, other features of this may include erectile dysfunction and impotence. Loss of muscle mass may also indicate an imbalance of hormones. If there is a cause for concern, hormone status should be checked, as a permanent lack of hormones can lead to osteoporosis.
Hormone status in children
Especially in children, it is necessary to make sure that hormones are in balance and there is no deficiency or overproduction. Even before birth, the right hormone level is important, which is why the mother’s hormone level should also be in balance. The maturation and development of the organs and the development of the nervous system are dependent on a balanced hormone status. If this is not the case, growth, emotional development and control functions of the metabolism may be impaired. A so-called newborn screening helps to diagnose hormone disorders in time and to treat them early. If children are found to have weight loss, poor concentration, restlessness, growth disorders, fatigue or reduced performance, hormone status can provide timely clarity and enable effective treatment.
The hormone status at Probatix
If you have decided to have hormone status done, the next step is to have blood drawn. The hormone status is checked by the family doctor or gynecologist. After successful blood sampling and analysis in the laboratory, you will then receive the result. However, many test persons have the same problem: the back and forth of papers and documents and long waiting times at doctors’ offices for short concerns such as taking blood. Through our innovative software, users can access their blood values faster and retrieve them more easily. Thus, it is not necessary to make an appointment with the doctor for every blood sample, but the blood sample can also be taken at the local pharmacy and the result is transmitted via Probatix. Discussing results is thus easier and more efficient for everyone involved.
Hormone status should be done for sleep problems, anxiety, unexplained weight gain and loss, chronic fatigue, skin problems, cancer, mood swings, and similar complaints. Men, women and children may also exhibit various symptoms of hormone imbalance.
Blood is drawn from the subjects and the sample is then sent to the laboratory for analysis. After the sample has been examined, the results are communicated to the test persons and possible defects or overproduction are communicated.
With the measurement of hormone status, hormone disorders can be treated in time. Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, among other things, can thus be quickly detected and properly managed by the attending doctor.
With Probatix, it is now very easy to have your hormone status checked regularly. Simply register at my.probatix.de and make an appointment!