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Are Night Terrors Linked To Hormone Levels
A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more
27 year old female, not pregnant, cortisol, ACTH, prolactin, dhea, testosterone is high. What can cause all of these hormones to be elevated at once?
Hormones: It would be very helpful if you could give some more information about your symptoms and lab data. ...Read more
Can a normal, i.e. NON-pre-diabetic person's liver release glucose at night causing wake up levels to be 100-110? Gluc levels are terrific otherwise.
Psychiatry: enough serotonin in the brain helps human sleep, however, taking SSRI to increase Serotonin causes insomnia if taken before sleep. why?
Complicated: This is a very complicated neurotransmitter. To give an example, there are over thirty different types of receptors -- meaning that it can do over thirty types of things. Then again, each personal is his own complex mix of variations on this. But I should tell you that SSRI's don't "increase" serotonin, they regulate it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many studies say that HGH upregulates IGF-1. Intermittent fasting (8hour feeding window) boosts GH-levels. Why than is IF associated with LOWER IGF-1?
Not so simple: The regulation of IGF1 is more complex than just GH levels. Diet/weight loss and inadequate nutrition is well known to lower IGF1. GH levels spike in the AM, but with age GH levels are low, and there is not much you can do to elevate them. Exercise, stress reduction, weight maintenance are all good, but not necessarily related to GH. ...Read more
At 49, I am experiencing some perimenopausal symptoms, mostly insomnia. Would bio-identical hormones be recommended for that? Are they safe?
Bio-identical: Some are OK but others are not. I would not take any estrogen related hormones until you have checked with your gynecologist. Many ads on TV and radio say wonderful things about their product but it is almost always followed by a note "This product is not approved by the FDA". FDA is the group that approves or disapproves new drugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is body surges normal during the night if your in perimenopause? What causes these?They keep me awake,cant sleep.
How/Does Thyroid hormone production normally fluctuate along with female hormone cycle? Are you more likely to have hi/lower t4/t3 at certain times?
There is: no "DIRECT" connection between thyroid gland output and t-4/t3 ratios and "female hormones" except that the BINDING of the hormone itself is altered by female hormone levels...This does not generally effect the end point of Thyroid Hormone effects (on growth, muscles and other tissues) Hope this helps! Perhaps a more specific question can generate a better answer! Dr Z ...Read more
If the hormones like prolactin, tsh, estrogen, progesterone etc are high is the body taking stress and anxiety?
T Peaks in Early AM: Testosterone (t) waxes & wanes in a diurnal pattern that peaks in the early morning (accounting somewhat for our morning erections) and reaches its nadir (trough or low point) in the afternoon. That's why the endocrine society recommends checking your t on two separate mornings before arriving at a diagnosis of hypogonadism or low t. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could depression and anxiety which are linked to low serotonin levels be related to low adrenaline levels?
Possibly: Sanfran: some of the anti-depressants target norepinephrine. These include meds like Cymbalta and effexor (venlafaxine). So yes, it could be possible. That said, the serotonin/dopamine/norepinephrine theory of depression is just one part of understanding depression. I hope that helps! -- dr. Z (the healthy mind). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stress and cancer: No strong evidence that stress causes any cancer. However , those who attempt to manage their stress with risky behaviors such as smoking or drinking alcohol- can increase the risk to have cancer related to their behavior. Also, from experimental studies- it's suggested that stress can affect a tumor’s ability to grow and spread. Emotional and social support can help cope with psychological stress. ...Read more
Can really high levels of stress delay period and cause symptoms like exhaustion,increased temperature,swelling,sensitive breast &inability to sleep?
If estridol levels are normally very low in menopausal women, why do we need to treat symptoms with hormone therapy?
Perhaps: Since low vitamin d is widespread, 60% in usa, best to supplement, and get level up to 50-60. Is evidence that low levels cause some sleep disturbance, but not narcolepsy. However, vit d supplements may help control some of this better. Discuss necessary approach with your doctor. ...Read more
Diurnal rhythm: Why? Because that's how we are made. Sorry, I don't have a good answer as to why, but rather an explanation of what is, which is to say, testosterone levels follow a diurnal rhythm as you've noted, being highest in the AM and lowest in the early PM. That's why athletic commissions require testosterone levels be drawn prior to 10AM and throw out lower levels drawn in afternoon/evening. ...Read more
Can progesterone only pills be used to treat pcos and estrogen dominance where the androstenedione levels are high but testosterone levels are normal?
Im 20 and look bad and aged, will MS, chronic stress, insomnia, low hormones, sleep apnea, depression increase beta amyloids and make me old ?
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