Hormone imbalances often affect the reproductive system, particularly in women. Stress, infection and changes in the blood’s fluid and electrolyte balance influence hormone levels. Too high or too low hormone levels may indicate that the body is not responding to hormones in the appropriate manner.
Infections and medications such as blood thinners can also cause adrenal deficiencies.
Diabetes – 1 of the most common endocrine diseases which occurs when the body does not properly process glucose. This could be due to a lack of insulin; or the body is producing insulin but not dispensing it effectively. Diabetes can be linked to obesity, diet and family history.
Hypoglycaeamia – also known as low blood sugar, or low blood glucose. It occurs when glucose levels drop below normal. This typically happens as a result of diabetes treatment when too much insulin is taken. Yet this condition can sometimes occur in people not suffering from diabetes.
Hypothyroidism – occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone to meet the body’s needs, causing body functions to slow or even shut down completely.
Hyperthyroidism – means the body is producing excessive amounts of thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Since they regulate your metabolism, too high a level will cause symptoms related to a high metabolism. In short, hyperthyroidism speeds up some of your body’s processes.
However, not everyone with hyperthyroidism will experience all of the symptoms listed below. These are possible symptoms that vary based on how long your thyroid gland has been producing too much T3 and T4, how much extra T3 and T4 you have, and your age.