Homeostatic imbalance occurs when there is a condition of disequilibrium in the body’s internal environment due to an interruption in the interplay of the body’s regulatory processes. It can be caused by an external disruption, such as a hot day, that can result in the loss of body fluids and the minerals they contain.
It can also be caused by an internal disruption, such as a fall in blood glucose levels if you forget to eat breakfast, or a psychological disruption such as stress. This results in an unstable internal environment that increases the risk of illness. It is responsible for many diseases and physical changes in old age.
Homeostasis can also be disturbed when certain pathological situations are present in the body and overwhelm the controls and mechanisms that have been behaving in a healthy and life-sustaining manner.
The stability of the homeostatic mechanism is achieved, for the most part, by a series of mechanisms that balance the input and output of signals, chemicals and fluids. Inefficiencies in homeostatic balance are the main culprit in normal aging signs for example: breakdown of skin, the dulling of mental processes, and the decreased ability of the person to perform physical activity.
Diseases such as diabetes and gout are such that develop due to this imbalance and need medical intervention to correct them. The common condition of dehydration is also attributed to homeostatic imbalance. It is treated simply by introducing electrolyte-rich fluids back into the system to reestablish homeostasis.
Issues of homeostatic imbalances are common but can be corrected through taking necessary meals that are nutritious and balanced.