Hormone health affects us all, especially women. Those little messengers buzzing around our bodies can have a big impact on our well-being. Everyone can benefit from understanding the ins and outs of their hormones because balanced hormones are crucial for a happy, healthy life. In this article, we’ve compiled five key things you need to know about your hormones. So, grab a cup of tea, get comfy, and let’s dive into understanding hormone health!
‘Normal’ does not mean optimal
‘Normal’ does not mean optimal! What do we mean by this? Normal hormone ranges listed on blood labs differ from optimal hormone levels. Normal hormone ranges are values that the majority of the population fall into. The ranges assist doctors in diagnosis and treatment decisions, but they don’t tell you what your optimal levels are. Although your hormones might be in the normal range, this does not mean they’re optimal for your general health, physical and mental performance, and longevity. For many lab results, values within the normal range can be susceptible to increased risk of mortality and certain diseases. It’s important to talk to a doctor that understands what optimal ranges are, so that you can feel your best.
Regular hormone testing is key
Has it been a while since you checked in on your health? This is your reminder to check in on yourself, your health, and your hormones. Scheduling regular check ups is important, but so is checking your hormones. If you’ve never gotten your hormone levels checked, this can be a pivotal step in taking control of your health. From mood swings to energy fluctuations, hormonal imbalances can wreak havoc on your daily life. Take a proactive step towards better health by scheduling a convenient blood lab with Evolve Telemedicine. The Evolve team can help you easily get your blood labs completed and interpreted by a physician from anywhere you are.
Menopause doesn’t have to be scary
Aging can be scary- but it doesn’t have to be! Each stage of life offers new challenges and difficulties of their own, but working to maintain a healthy body both physically and mentally is vital to living a long, healthy, and balanced life. Menopause, for example, can be a challenging phase for some grown adults. Due to a natural part of aging, menopause causes significant changes to hormone levels which can lead to fluctuations in energy, mood, and overall well being. However, balancing your hormones through Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), can combat the common effects menopause inflicts. Bioidentical hormones are artificial hormones made from plant estrogens and are chemically identical to the human body’s hormones. They can replicate estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. BHRT is widely used by both men and women to treat the symptoms of age-related deficiencies. Consider talking with the Evolve team for an individualized treatment plan depending on personal hormone levels.
If it doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not
If something doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not. There’s no better person who knows your body like you do, so, when your body feels “off” it probably is. It’s easy to go undiagnosed when you’re told your lab results are within normal range, and nothing seems to alarm the doctors. However, your health encompasses the way you feel too. For example, thyroid disease can go easily undiagnosed. According to the American Thyroid Association, an estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. And of that population, a whopping 60 percent are unaware of their condition. This is problematic because thyroid diseases may produce unwanted side effects that impact the comfort and happiness of an individual.
You are your best advocate
YOU are the best advocate for your health. Since you’re able to recognize your own body’s desires and responses best, you have the power to clearly communicate your goals and needs to others. This is the first step in gaining support, setting boundaries, and achieving your health objectives. By being your own advocate, you can overcome challenges, feel more confident, and effectively problem-solve to achieve your optimal hormone health.
Now you’re armed with what you should know about your hormone health! Remember, it’s all about taking charge and making informed choices for your well-being. If you have any concerns or want to dive deeper into your hormone journey, why not schedule an appointment with the experts at Evolve? They can provide personalized guidance and support to help you optimize your hormone health. Let’s celebrate women by embracing self-care, listening to our bodies, and taking that proactive step towards a healthier, happier you. You’ve got this!