Hormone imbalances can lead to several different symptoms and generally affect more than one system in the body. Changes in equilibrium can cause increased vulnerability to infection and illness, changes in normal functioning of cells and organs and delayed recovery for patients. It is important to understand the systems involved as well as the consequences of abnormal levels.
The Endocrine System
The endocrine system is a sophisticated network made of different interconnected glands and organs that produce hormones. The system mainly functions similarly to the nervous system in directing proper organ and cell function via a communication process. Different hormones are regularly and naturally produced which are supposed to bind to specific receptor sites located in cells in various organs in order to direct processes such as metabolism, growth and development and other functions. Once hormones exist in scanty or very high amounts, functions can change.