Testosterone plays a large role in how women manage their feelings and reactions. An excess of testosterone may result in intolerance to stress and a tendency to jump to anger, anxiety, irritability or anger. On the flip side a woman with Testosterone deficiency will experience feelings of fear and social withdrawal.
For many women, these symptoms are straining their personal relationships; interrupting day-to-day life and making them feel like they don’t know who they are anymore. If this is you and you’ve been told by a health care practitioner or close companion “it’s all in your head” or you’re beginning to think that you’re going crazy, well think again.
Testosterone is called the “male hormone” but women have testosterone and when it’s out of balance, it can make her miserable to not only others, but to herself as well.
If you have high testosterone you may experience increased facial hair, acne, and increased level of aggression or hostility, you may even begin losing your hair. Low testosterone can leave a woman feeling timid, depressed, anti-social and fearful of things that others find meaningless. Feelings aside, there are risks associated with testosterone imbalance. High testosterone carries with it risks of breast and endometrial cancer, and especially blood sugar disorders that may lead to diabetes. Low testosterone brings the risks of osteoporosis and cognitive disorders such as depression and poor memory.
Testosterone imbalances can occur at any age, even in young women. One of the most common occurrences in young women that have elevated testosterone is acne on the face, back and chest. They can also see an unusual rapid weight gain and a rise in blood sugar and the inability to tolerate sugars and carbohydrates. This may lead to PCOS and eventually diabetes.
I offer a simple and accurate saliva test to my clients, which, when analyzed by the lab, produces a clear picture of what’s going on. If a problem is identified, I then work with my clients on an individual basis to balance their system, not with drugs, but naturally.
Karen Roth, MS, CNC holds a Masters of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition and is an author, and active member of the National Association of Nutritional Professionals, The Holistic Chamber of Commerce, and the Menopause Type Network®. Offices located in both Santa Clarita and Encino. Contact Karen Roth at 661-428-9636 or visit www.karenrothnutrition.com.
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