Your Endocrine system consists of a collection of glands that produce hormones to regulate metabolism, growth and development, sexual function, reproduction, sleep cycle, and mood balance, among other things. Disruptions in production of hormones or dysregulation in the relationship between individual hormones or endocrine glands themselves, can result in health problems over time.
Some examples of health concerns caused by hormonal disruption include but are not limited to the following:
- Weight gain, hypo or hyperthyroidism, fatigue
- PMS, PCOS, infertility, menstrual cramps, fibroids, Menopausal symptoms
- Insomnia, sleep disruption
- Low libido, sexual dysfunction
- Allergies, immune dysfunction
The best way for your Naturopathic physician to understand what is happening in your endocrine system is to assess and compare the levels of hormones being secreted. When assessing sex and adrenal hormone balance, for example, a sampling of saliva levels of hormone is particularly useful. What is measured from a saliva sample is considered the “free”, or bioavailable level of that hormone; in other words, the active level of hormone that is producing the desired effects in the body.
The Comprehensive Hormone Panel offered through Sage Clinic is a salivary hormone test that will provide you and your doctor with the active levels of the hormones Estradiol (E2), Progesterone, Testosterone, DHEA, and Cortisol levels taken at intervals over a 24 hour period.
Based on this information, your doctor will now have insight into the health and balance of adrenal or sex hormone production in your body. If deficiency, excess or dysregulation of these branches of the endocrine system are present, it can result in deep disruption of energy balance, immune function, libido, menstrual cycle regulation, resilience under stress, and blood sugar balance.
Have your hormone levels assessed and treated today to prevent the onset of chronic disease tomorrow!