7 Things That Can Happen To Your Body When Your Hormones Are Out Of Whack

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Hormones play a huge role in making sure your body is functioning properly and running smoothly. So when your hormones are out of whack, you're likely to notice a change whether it's physical or not. Being aware of the many different affects hormones can have on your body can help you get the necessary treatment you need.

We know hormones are important, but just how important are they? As Dr. Prudence Hall, M.D. author of Radiant Again & Forever, tells Bustle, you should think of hormones as your body's software. "Hormones perform vital functions, such as beating your heart, allowing the neurons to connect, and maintaining your blood pressure," Dr. Hall says. In fact, every function in the body is backed by some type of hormone. If we run out of hormones, She says, "we would live less than 24 hours."

That's because these chemicals basically act as messengers that carry important information through the blood stream and to the right recipient. It helps certain organs grow and develop, and gives signals to parts of the body to become active or turn off. "Without hormones, your body wouldn’t know what to do," Dr. Tania Elliott, Allergist, Internist, and Chief Medical Officer at EHE, tells Bustle.

When your hormones are out of balance, it can cause a number of different health issues from heart disease to diabetes to depression. So here's a breakdown of some of the things that can happen to your body when your hormones are out of whack, according to experts.