The function or malfunction of your hypothalamus underlies everything going on in your body. And the past ten years or so, science has proven what I’ve seen clinically in my healthcare practice.
Your hypothalamus is at the root of many diseases.
Menopause or Andropause
Going through the change of life – menopause or andropause for men – is classic hypothalamic dysfunction.
And you don’t have to be middle age to experience hot flashes, brain fog, low libido, aging skin, loss of lean body mass from low sex hormones.
Hypogonadism or Premature Ovarian Failure
Young men with hypogonadism, which means they’re not producing enough testosterone and young women with premature ovarian failure, which means they’re running out of eggs and sex hormones before 35 years of age, suffer from hypothalamic dysfunction.
PCOS, Infertility, Thyroid, and Adrenal Issues
Polycystic ovary syndrome is almost always rooted in hypothalamic dysfunction. Infertility and irregular periods often indicate problems in the hypothalamus. Thyroid issues, either hyperthyroidism – too much thyroid hormone – or hypothyroidism – too little thyroid hormone – often have a central component meaning the hypothalamus is involved. Most adrenal issues are caused by an inefficient hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis.
Many gut issues are rooted in hypothalamic dysfunction. Your hypothalamus and your gut are connected. It’s the hypothalamus that actually controls hunger hormones, detoxification pathways, and nutrient absorption.
Mood Disorders, Eating Disorders, and Learning Disabilities
Mood disorders – anxiety and depression – are rooted in hypothalamic dysfunction. Learning disabilities including autism have been shown to involve hypothalamus dysfunction. Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia have been shown to shrink the hypothalamus. Chronic depression and bipolar conditions do too.
Addiction and Metabolic Syndrome
Addictions are rooted in the hypothalamus. That’s because addictions are dopamine-driven and dopamine is controlled by the hypothalamus.
Metabolic syndrome, characterized by high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and high cholesterol, is an inflammatory condition that is rooted in the hypothalamus and causes more hypothalamic dysfunction.
Downstream medicine treats metabolic syndrome with multiple drugs – antihypertensives, statins, antidiabetic medications – all of which are appropriate with lifestyle management yet without practicing upstream medicine and treating the inflamed hypothalamus – the patient is dependent on pharmaceuticals for life.
Autoimmune disorders are also rooted in hypothalamic dysfunction. Your hypothalamus produces prolactin which controls the immune system.