Estrogen is an important group of hormones responsible for the development of sexual characteristics and reproduction in women. Consisting of estradiol, estriol, and estrone (three hormones chemically similar to each other), estrogen is produced and released by the adrenal glands, fat tissues, and ovaries. Estrone and estradiol are produced mostly in the ovaries of women experiencing premenopause while estriol is produced and released by the placenta in pregnant women.
There is often a lot of discussion about weight as you grow older. There are those who cling to the idea that gaining weight is a natural part of aging, while others believe this is not so.
Produced by the brain, the thyroid gland, adrenals and reproductive organs, hormones are the “chemical messengers” of the body, regulating human growth, age-related developmental characteristics, metabolism, mental health and emotional responses.
Hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone also play vital roles in facilitating cell-to-organ messaging, stabilizing sleep patterns, managing stress and supporting immune system functioning.
Due to illness, disease, menopause or “andropause”, hormone production may decrease significantly enough to cause physical, emotional and cognitive symptoms that severely interfere with your health and quality of life.