The 'surprisingly common' condition could be why you feel constantly tired

Many of us experience feeling constantly tired
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People who feel constantly tired are being urged by doctors to go for a check up - because it could be down to a 'surprisingly common' medical condition.

Medics from home health test service Medichecks carried out a survey that showed energy changes to be the most common symptom of a hormone condition that can cause significant impacts on daily life. The survey of almost 590 female Medichecks customers found that energy changes were experienced by more than one-third (35.3 per cent) of women struggling with symptoms of a diagnosed hormone imbalance.

As reported by Gloucestershire Live, it includes conditions such as feeling tired all the time, general feelings of weakness and poor stamina or tolerance for exercise.

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The second and third most common symptoms were body changes and mood changes, cited respectively by 13.3 per cent and 10.4 per cent of women struggling with symptoms of a diagnosed hormone imbalance. Hormones are responsible for many body functions, including growth, metabolism and reproduction, as well as having profound effects on our mood and general wellbeing.

Participants with a hormone imbalance most frequently had an abnormal result with their Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), which affected 50 per cent of respondents with a hormone imbalance. The second and third most common hormone results reported to be abnormal were oestradiol and testosterone.

TSH stimulates the thyroid gland to produce and release thyroid hormones - and abnormal levels of TSH can cause several unwanted symptoms including fatigue, sleep dysfunction and increased tiredness.

As hormone imbalances present through a range of commons symptoms, they can be difficult to identify without a blood test, as reported by Gloucestershire Live.

Dr Natasha Fernando MRCGP, medical director at Medichecks, said: "Hormone disorders are surprisingly common. This survey found that just over half (50.5 per cent) of participants reported an abnormal hormone result in their last blood test.

"Our last analysis, looking at women who had checked their levels of luteinising hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), oestradiol, and testosterone, found that almost 2 in 5 (39.9 per cent) had at least one result outside the normal range. And this didn’t include the other 50+ hormones in the body, like TSH, cortisol, and prolactin.

"An abnormal hormone level doesn’t always point to a problem, but sometimes it’s a sign of an underlying condition or a prompt to make positive lifestyle changes. Whilst a slightly abnormal result may not always be of clinical significance, a very abnormal result may be a sign of an underlying issue that is causing the symptoms. Many hormone problems go undiagnosed as it’s easy for people to feel that their symptoms are just a product of getting older or feeling out of sorts. That’s why a blood test can be helpful.

"For symptomatic women, we want it to be as normal to check your hormone levels as it is to check your bank balance. A hormone blood test can help you identify whether your hormones are within the normal ranges, or if they’re out of balance, and may be contributing towards your symptoms."