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Hormones are chemical messengers and signaling molecules that regulate various processes in the body. Many of them regulate processes that affect the entire body. For example, thyroid hormones are very important for the energy metabolism. As such, hormone system disorders and diseases often also affect the body as a whole.


In people with osteoporosis, bone density declines more than normal. This increases their risk of breaking bones. Osteoporosis can be treated with lifestyle changes and medication.

Overactive thyroid

The thyroid gland is classed as overactive when it produces more hormones than usual. This speeds up the metabolism and results in symptoms such as weight loss, perspiration or heart palpitations.


Women who have very high levels of male sex hormones may have excess hair growth on their body and face. This condition, known as hirsutism, can be treated in various ways.

Type 2 diabetes

In type 2 diabetes, the blood sugar level is raised because the body’s cells fail to respond properly to the hormone insulin and don’t absorb enough sugar from the blood.

Type 1 diabetes

With type 1 diabetes, the pancreas produces very little or no insulin. To supply the body with this essential hormone, people with the disease need daily injections of insulin.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a female hormone disorder in which there is an excess of male sexual hormones. PCOS can be treated successfully.

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome refers to set of symptoms that women may have before their monthly menstrual period. Typical symptoms include mood swings, headaches and abdominal pain.


Endometriosis is a gynecological disease experienced by women. For some, it is barely noticeable; for others, it causes severe pain. Find out more about the symptoms and treatment.

Gestational diabetes

Diabetes in pregnancy (gestational diabetes) increases the risk of certain rare birth complications. This risk can usually be reduced by a change in diet.


Acne can be very distressing. Various things can be done to alleviate the symptoms. However, it takes time and patience to improve the complexion of the skin.

Seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is a non-contagious inflammation of the skin. It causes red patches and oily flakes to form on the skin, especially on the face and scalp.


Being unable to have children due to a fertility problem can be very stressful and many couples seek medical assistance. Depending on the cause, there are various treatment options. 

Overactive parathyroid glands

Overactive parathyroid glands can cause bone degradation, kidney stones and cognitive impairments. This hormone disorder can often be cured with surgery.

Underactive thyroid

With an underactive thyroid, the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones. This slows down the metabolism. People affected often feel lethargic, have a low heart rate and constipation.

Broken heart syndrome

Broken heart syndrome refers to a disruption in the functioning of the heart muscle. It is often triggered by an emotionally stressfully event, such as the death of a loved one.

Excessive hair growth (hypertrichosis)

Hypertrichosis is increased hair growth – either on the entire body or only in certain areas. Depending on the cause, there are various treatment options.


A goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland. The most common cause is an iodine deficiency. Various treatment options are available.

Diabetes insipidus

Diabetes insipidus causes excessive urination and increased thirst. It is caused by a hormone that is missing or ineffective.