Hot Flashes and Night Sweats Are Not Always Hormonal

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Discussing the non hormonal reasons men or women might experience hot flashes and night sweats.

It is a part of conventional wisdom and common medical knowledge that hot flashes are caused by hormonal changes.  While it is true that hormonal changes can cause hot flashes and or night sweats, hormonal changes are NOT the only possible causes of hot flashes and night sweats.  In this Healthcast we discuss other possible reasons that men or women might experience hot flashes.  This matters because of the near universal belief that these events are caused by hormone imbalances.

At BioBalance Health both men and women get their hormones balanced through the use of inserted pellets of testosterone and estrogen. When the hormones are correctly balanced, a follow up conversation and an examination of lab tests and symptoms will identify whether or not hot flashes or night sweats are still a concern.  If the patient is still suffering from either of these events, then an investigation into possible causes is undertaken. Since hormonal balance has been eliminated as a possible cause, what else could be going wrong to produce these results?

In this Healthcast we examine several of the other possible causes of hot flashes or night sweats. It is not a complete list, but it does cover many of the most common potential causes.

Among those other causes we discuss, are:

  • Blood pressure
  • Ace Inhibitors
  • Hyperthyroidism or Hypothyroid
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Allergies, especially to alcohol
  • Autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia
  • Viral infections like Hepatitis, Mono, Lyme Disease
  • TB
  • Cancers, especially blood cancers
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Low blood sugar

Each of these can result in having the symptoms of night sweats or hot flashes. It is important to determine what is going on and then find a treatment for that specific thing.  Having the right approach and the right treatment can save your life, it can help you feel better and it can eliminate the disturbing symptoms that disrupt your sleep.

The most recent research results are emphasizing the importance of good sleep patterns, especially as we age. While you sleep your brain empties itself of the toxins that have been built up during the day and your body can work to reduce inflammation and help you rest and heal. Therefore it is most imperative that you find out what is causing you to have either hot flashes or night sweats and find the correct medical treatment for them.  Speak to your doctor about these concerns and do not just assume that your hormones are out of balance.

This Health cast was written and presented by Dr. Kathy Maupin, M.D., Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Expert and Author, with Brett Newcomb, MA., LPC., Family Counselor, Presenter and Author.  

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