How well do you understand hormones and their affect on your body? Unfortunately, many myths about hormones abound, and with those myths come a slew of“old wives' tales" about how to handle hormone conditions. Understanding the truth behind these myths is a key component in taking control over your health. Here are some of the most common myths surrounding hormones, and a little more about the truth behind those myths.
Myths About Hormones and Age
One of the most common myths about hormones is that they affect only those in middle age. Hormones may be more prevalent in middle-age years, but in reality, hormones affect the body throughout life. They are a major factor in puberty, for example.
Myths About Menopause
Menopause is another area where myths are abundant. For instance, many women think that they can stop hormone replacement therapy when menopause is complete! This could lead to health consequences which is why it is so important to understand what menopause is and how it affects the body. Some people mistakenly assume that hormone changes common to menopause affect only women. Men, around the same time of life, also experience shifts in their hormones as they age.
Myths About Menstruation
Menstruation and PMS are other areas where myths are common. The uncomfortable symptoms of PMS can be difficult to live with, and that's why having a clear understanding of what they are and why they occur is important.
Myths About the Thyroid
The thyroid is part of the endocrine system that is often misunderstood. Some mistakenly believe that thyroid disease affects only women. While only 2 out of every 10 cases of thyroid disease occurs in men, the condition can clearly affect both genders. The symptoms are similar as well, so it's important that both men and women understand the truths about thyroid function and thyroid disease.
Getting the Truth About Hormones
Do you believe any of these common hormone myths?
Arming yourself with accurate hormone and endocrine system facts will allow you to be proactive with your health. If you are still not sure what is right and what is wrong when it comes to the endocrine system, talk to a qualified health care provider, preferably an endocrinologist.
This infographic was provided by Hormone Health Network. Hormone Health Network focuses on helping educate people on the topic of hormone health.
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