You may not know this, but a bean-sized gland, located in your brain (behind your nose and between your ears) secretes hormones that influence almost all of your body. What is this bean-sized gland, you ask?
It’s your pituitary gland–and if it’s out of whack, the your entire body will be out of whack.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the rare disorder called hypopituitarism (yes, it’s a mouthful,) is caused by the pituitary gland failing to produce adequate supplies of these necessary hormones. Without them, patients experience symptoms such as fatigue, weight loss, muscle weakness, and a decreased sex drive. Children with this disorder are generally short in stature.
Those diagnosed with hypopituitarism require life-long treatment and medications to control their particular symptoms.
One blogger, Katie Osborne, has been exploring the link between diet and health. She embarked on a special diet thinking she was having an intolerance to certain foods, but instead of feeling better, her condition worsened. She is currently being tested for hypopituitarism because her doctor suspected her symptoms were not related to food allergies, but were probably caused by hormonal imbalances.