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Hormone Imbalance: How Thoroughly Researched Are the Claims? (Spoiler: Not Very)

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If you are a walking, breathing female, you have probably been told that your hormones were out of balance more than once. Or, if you have consulted Dr. Wiki or Dr. Google, you probably also thought that your tiredness/irritability/any emotion but a positive one/ was due to the fact that your hormones weren’t doing what they were supposed to.

Hormones. Get in LINE.

Endocrinologist (aka hormone expert) Dr. Rosie Worsley explains how the term “hormone imbalance” is frankly, misused: "There is no medical diagnosis for 'hormonal imbalance'," she says. "[It] is very imprecise. What hormone are you talking about? What sort of imbalance?” (1)

Touché, Dr. Worsley. Touché.

In other words, although the vast majority of us like to grossly oversimplify science, some parts of the human body are not exactly simple. In fact, there are 50 different hormones that help to govern human health, although when many are speaking about a hormone imbalance they are often speaking about the female-specific hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone. Many of the Internet-searched fear-based hormonal claims are also related to a product. (Grrr…marketing!) Scared readers are much more likely to buy the cream or powder or supplement that is touted as a cure all.

One way to know if your hormones are in balance is if you are menstruating (obviously if this is the age bracket that you pertain to). Estrogen, testosterone and progesterone rise and fall at different points of every woman’s cycle. They can be low or high at specific points of the month and that ends up being what can be called “normal.” (2)

Although hormone balancing diets are all the range, it turns out there are none that exist that are scientifically backed. Eating well is good for you, but even if you eat all the seeds and pulses in the world, it doesn’t mean that you will change the level that your estrogen is meant to be at that particular time of month.

Sources:

 

1.     Hormones: A Balancing Act? Jean Hailes For Women’s Health. https://jeanhailes.org.au/news/hormones-a-balancing-act Retrieved 26 September 2019.

2.    Pawlowski, A. Do Younger Women Need “Hormone Balancing? Experts Clear Up The Hype. The Today Show. https://www.today.com/health/do-younger-women-need-balance-hormones-feel-better-t126391 Retrieved 26 September 2019. 

3.    Hall, Harriot. The Hormone Myth. Science-Based Medicine. https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-hormone-myth/ Retrieved 26 September 2019.

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4.    Greer, Melissa. What Women Need To Stop Believing About Hormonal Health. Best Health. https://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-you/girlfriends-guide/myths-hormonal-health/ Retrieved 26 September 2019.

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