WHY ARE HORMONES IMPORTANT TO MANAGING OUR HEALTH?
Hormones are chemical messengers that carry messages to our important organs regulating everything from temperature and metabolism to blood sugar levels and reaction to stress. Many changes attributed to old age are due to the decrease in male and female hormone levels.
Men start experiencing a decline in testosterone beginning at age 30 and sometimes earlier. Women also start to become testosterone deficient around the same time. It is a little known fact, that optimizing testosterone in both men and women is important for optimal health.
IS THERE A NATURAL WAY TO BALANCE HORMONES?
So, Where do these hormones come from? The beauty of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is that we are using hormones with the exact same molecular structure as the hormones naturally produced in your own body. These hormones are plant based and naturally derived. Using bioidentical hormones is proven to be safer than synthetic hormones that are traditionally used in Hormone Replacement.
HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
Perhaps the most common medical treatment of hormonal imbalance is the prescription of bioidentical or synthetic hormones. This is known as hormone replacement therapy.
Bioidentical hormones, which can include estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, and testosterone are derived from a natural substance.
Synthetic hormones are created to mimic the effects of natural hormones. In recent years, many doctors have become concerned about the side effect of synthetic hormones.
Originally, when hormone therapy became popular in the 1940s. Women going through menopause were able to stabilize their mood swings and feel better. They all used synthetic hormones, which were supposed to be the miracle that kept women as young, happy individuals, rather than experience symptoms of old age.
But, in the 80s and 90s, problems began to surface regarding synthetic hormone therapy. An increased risk of breast cancer and bone loss caused many women to stop using synthetic hormones.
Unfortunately, this was and is, the only type of HRT most women know. In 1992, the Women’s Health Initiative ran an extensive study tracking women using hormone therapy, particularly the combination of estrogen and progestin. The study was supposed to run for 15 years; however, in 2002, the study was terminated. What shocked the medical community was this: The excess risk of cancer facing women taking the drugs makes continuing the study unethical.
WHAT DOES BHRT PROTECT?
BHRT protects your brain, heart, bones, and reproductive system. They protect you against major diseases that occur in old age including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, dementia, osteoporosis. In fact, research indicates that having optimized hormones protects against all cause mortality.
Optimal hormones provide increased energy, vitality, strength, improved memory, and cognitive function. Having optimal hormones can help protect against and combat excess weight gain.
BHRT- BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy uses hormones that are chemically the same as those that the body naturally produces. These bioidentical hormones are created using plant estrogens, while the hormones normally used in traditional therapy are synthesized using horse urine. Extensive research indicates that hormones that have the same molecular structure as the natural hormones produced by the human body are safer than synthetic hormones.
BHRT can be used to regulate hormones as you age, or when hormone levels drop due to a major illness or disease. Some of the symptoms associated with a decrease in hormones include:
Because hormones also help control your body’s communication and immune system, BHRT can also help decrease your chances of developing serious health conditions, such as diabetes and dementia. It can also improve your skin, reducing wrinkles and reducing signs of aging. For cancer patients, BHRT can lower pain levels and help relieve symptoms such as headaches and incontinence.
WHAT CAN I DO TO BETTER UNDERSTAND MY HORMONES?
Your Path to individual health restoration is a personalized plan. While there are no easy answers, a careful understanding of male and female hormone and biochemical systems can be designed to optimize hormones. Many times, this uncovers underlying conditions which may be impacting your health.
TESTING AND SOLUTIONS
Most men and women benefit from hormone testing which can give us a detailed understanding of the status of their stress regulation, organ functions and sex hormones. This usually begins with a simple blood test and a urine or saliva test for hormone activity.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
1. Ask for a Symptoms Checklist from our staff.
2. Schedule a consultation with our medical professionals to discuss your symptoms.