Hormones control most of your body’s functions, so when they’re balanced, you thrive. But when levels of one hormone are low, there’s a domino effect that throws your systems out of balance, leaving you constantly fatigued and putting you at risk for serious diseases. Dr. Shaw specializes in helping you keep your hormones in balance, especially hormones produced by the adrenal glands like cortisol and DHEA.
What is the impact of imbalanced hormones?
Endocrine glands must produce and release a precise amount of hormones to keep you healthy, but this system is easily disrupted by chronic stress, poor diet, and certain illnesses.
In today’s high-stress world, hormones often become unbalanced, producing symptoms such as fatigue, digestive problems, sleep disorders, weight gain and sugar cravings.
How are you affected by high cortisol levels?
Cortisol, a hormone produced by your adrenal glands, regulates your metabolism, helps you form memories, and serves as an anti-inflammatory agent. But when your cortisol levels are too high for an extended period of time, it can lead to:
- A suppressed immune system
- Mood swings
- Cardiovascular disease
What is DHEA?
The adrenal glands also produce dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which your body turns into the sex hormones:
Adrenal fatigue causes a deficiency in DHEA, and that impacts the balance of your sex hormones. Aside from boosting the levels of sex hormones in your body, restoring DHEA also helps increase bone density; support weight loss; improve insulin resistance; relieve depression, and treat adrenal fatigue.
If you suspect you have adrenal fatigue or you’re considering taking DHEA supplements, contact Dr. Steve Shaw to schedule a consultation before you buy supplements. DHEA and cortisol exist in a precise ratio in your body, which must be maintained for optimal health. Taking a supplement without knowing your existing hormone levels may throw the ratio out of balance.
How is hormone balance restored?
To restore your hormone balance, Dr. Shaw will conduct a thorough evaluation of your current hormone levels. He’ll start by evaluating your medical history and performing a thorough examination. After that, he’ll discuss any stressors in your life, along with your dietary habits and other lifestyle factors. Lastly, he’ll conduct tests to determine your hormone levels.
Once he has gathered all of this relevant information, Dr. Shaw can develop a treatment plan customized to fit your specific needs.