Every system in the body, at every age, is controlled by hormones. So why is it that hormonal problems in children and teenagers are ignored?
Of course, the same question can be asked about hormonal issues in adults.
Part of the explanation lies in the fact that doctors are given relatively little knowledge about hormones during their training. Much of what they do learn is based on studies done by drug companies. As a result, if a person has a problem at any age, most likely they will wind up on a synthetic medication rather than treating the underlying cause naturally.
Perhaps the most common hormone that is out of balance in children or teenagers is adrenaline. When levels are elevated, it is not unusual for young people to be prescribed psychoactive drugs to treat ADHD or ADD rather than treating the underlying problem of too much adrenaline. They are placed on stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall that can have lethal side effects, or anti-depressants, which can lead to suicide.
In addition, there is an epidemic of childhood obesity, which represents a hormonal imbalance in almost all cases. The fact that they are not eating correctly or not being active, of course, enters into the equation as well.
However, even if they diet and exercise and lose weight, it will return unless the hormonal imbalance is taken care of. For example, if they put out too much adrenaline, it will cause a rise in blood sugar. This will stimulate the release of insulin, the hormone that puts on fat around the middle. Girls low in progesterone will have cramps and PMS and migraine headaches caused by estrogen dominance. Estrogen is a hormone that puts on fat around the hips, thighs, and buttocks. If placed on BC pills, they will stop making progesterone and will have nothing to protect them from estrogen and can wind up with fibroids, PCOS, endometriosis, plus other problems.
Another hormonal issue ignored in young people is an underactive thyroid, the hormone that controls metabolism in every cell and thereby can have significant influence on one’s health (including weight issues). In addition, there is an epidemic of type II diabetes in young people. In almost all instances, it is caused by problems related to a hormone called insulin. The question of course arises, “if diabetes is caused most often by an excess of insulin, why do they treat it with insulin or drugs that increase insulin?”
Health care in this country will not change unless people become more proactive and informed and demand better approaches from our practitioners. If you would want to have more information about hormones, I would recommend my reader-friendly book, “The Miracle of Bio-identical Hormones“. There is a chapter about children and hormones. Healthcare practitioners might be interested in a manual I wrote which carefully delineates the approach to wellness I have utilized. The book can be obtained via Amazon or my office, and the manual is available via my office.