Diseases Caused by a Hormonal Imbalance

By Kristina Copeland, eHow Contributor
  • A hormonal imbalance can cause many different physical ailments, syndromes and diseases, from cancer and autoimmune diseases to an overactive thyroid. Being well-informed can help to correct a hormonal imbalance before it has time to create serious medical problems.
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  1. Cancer

    • Women with a hormone imbalance are more likely to develop uterine, cervical or breast cancer, while men with a hormone imbalance are more likely to develop prostrate cancer.

    Autoimmune Diseases

    • According to the Hormone Foundation, lupus and other autoimmune diseases may be caused or aggravated by an imbalance in hormones (see Resources).

    Cushing’s Syndrome

    • Cushing’s syndrome is caused by chronic high levels of cortisol in the body, either produced by the body or by taking cortisol-like medications such as prednisone. It can cause a host of problems, such as weight gain, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, infertility and decreased sex drive, among other issues.


    • This disease occurs when there is any over-production of growth hormones by the pituitary gland, which causes bones to grow at an abnormally fast rate. According to the Mayo Clinic, it usually affects middle-aged adults. It is also known as gigantism when it affects children (see Resources).


    • Hyperthyroidism (also known as an overactive thyroid), can occur as the result of an overproduction of the hormone thyroxine. Hyperthyroidism can cause problems such as rapid weight loss or gain, a rapid heart beat, tremors, nervousness, fatigue and goiters. It could also be an indication of another autoimmune condition, such as Grave’s disease.


    • If you suspect that you have a hormone imbalance, make it a priority to see your physician. You may need a referral to an endocrinologist who can help to get your hormones balanced before any major health issues arise.

    • Problems Caused by Hormone Imbalance

      By Adam Cloe, eHow Contributor
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      Hormones are a type of chemical within the body synthesized to communicate between tissues and to regulate various processes. When the levels of different hormones become imbalanced, diverse changes in the body may occur. These changes can be especially prominent in women, who have multiple hormonal cycles affecting different parts of their body.

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      1. Reproductive Tissues

        • Hormonal imbalances can cause endometriosis, uterine fibroids and fibrocystic breasts.

        Psychological Effects

        • Hormonal imbalances can also cause depression and anxiety, as well as feeling of fatigue.


        • Hormonal imbalances can cause some portions of the body to lose hair, and can also promote the growth of hair on the face.

        Musculoskeletal Changes

        • Hormonal imbalances can cause osteoporosis, water retention and weight gain.

        Neurological changes

        • People with hormonal imbalances may experience headaches, “foggy” thinking and dizziness.