9. Sudden Food Cravings
When we undergo a hormonal imbalance, our adrenal gland can have a two-fold effect on our food cravings. On one hand, it can spike the cortisol levels up due to chronic hormonal stress, and on the other hand, it eventually experiences a burnout, leading to an underwhelming production of cortisol.
Both these situations affect our blood sugar, which in turn affects our hunger. High levels of cortisol induce accelerated blood sugar levels, which lead to hunger pangs.
Similarly, low levels of cortisol lead to dangerously low blood sugar levels. Since sugar converts into energy in the muscles, low levels of sugar cause fatigue, sending a “hunger” signal to the body.
Another form of hormonal imbalance occurs when the thyroid gland creates fewer thyroid hormones than needed. This also contributes to low blood sugar and causes sugar cravings.
Cravings are common symptoms in premenstrual girls, when their bodies undergo a lot of hormonal changes.
10. Dry Eyes
Dry eye syndrome occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears for adequate moisturization, or when the tear film’s substituents (oil, water and protein) are out of balance.
It is uncomfortable and often painful and can be due to a hormonal imbalance in the body. Hormones help regulate eye function and directly affect eye health.
Testosterone (androgen) aids the functions of the meibomian and lacrimal glands, situated on the cornea. These glands maintain a healthy tear-film balance and regulate their production.
When you have a hormonal imbalance causing the testosterone production of your body to decelerate, it induces inactivity in these glands. This leads to dry eyes.
A 2013 study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism notes that chronic testosterone deficiency is a primary factor in dry eye syndrome.