Hormone Therapy for Women
What are hormones?
Hormones are molecules that are manufactured in the endocrine glands, which include adrenal glands, testes, ovaries, thyroid, pituitary and pineal gland. As the body ages, the levels of hormones diminish. In addition, the specific hormone receptor sites in the cells tend to change with age and become less sensitive and more resistant to hormone stimulation, resulting in a decrease in cellular function, cellular repair, protein synthesis and cell reproduction. All in all, this results in the signs and symptoms of aging that can only be reversed by replacing our hormones to optimal levels to improve hormone effectiveness.
How to get started
Your age management health provider will conduct an initial consultation with you and draw blood for testing. Based on the results of these and other evaluations, your physician will formulate an optimal hormone replacement regimen that is specifically tailored to your needs. Your personalized program will include prescriptions and recommendations for appropriate dietary supplements, exercise and proper nutritional guidelines. This preventative medicine program is designed to help you feel, function and live your best while preventing age-related decline in healthy. With optimal bio identical hormone replacement, the focus is on a healthy quality of life for years to come.
Conventional medicine has always held the belief that aging is inevitable and that its progressive deterioration cannot be altered. Fortunately, there is an exciting revolution in science and medicine that identifies aging as a disease. We are now entering a new era in mainstream medicine that focuses on the preventative therapies in this new paradigm of care is hormone supplementation. Because many physicians assume that age-related hormonal declines are natural, the medical community as a whole has been very slow to offer hormone replacement therapy to the aging community. However, researchers from around the world have now shown that a hormonal deficiency associated with aging is no different from that of a younger person with a hormonal imbalance, and should be treated as deftly and as quickly as other hormone-related complications and diseases.
How and why you age.
Over the last 50 years, research in the fields of endocrinology and immunology has improved our knowledge as to how and why we age. Communication between the nervous, endocrine and immune systems makes it possible for us to adapt and survive in our environment, and hormones are the messengers between these systems. Hormones are molecules that are released into the blood stream and exert biochemical effects on receptor sites to regulate our body’s temperature, reproduction, growth, aging and immune functions. As messengers of the central nervous system, hormones instruct our organs on how to function. Unfortunately, both men and women experience a drop in these life-sustaining hormones as they age.
Hormonal Deficiency Symptoms include:
- Weight Gain
- Loss of Muscle Mass
- Degenerative Diseases (Diabetes, Cancer, Heart Disease, Osteoporosis)
- A Compromised Immune System
- Wrinkling and Thinning of the Skin
- Depression and Stress
- Cognitive Decline
- Insulin Resistance
- Loss of Sex Drive
- Sleep Disorders
Replenishment of hormones to optimal, physiological levels (not exceeding normal limits) has been shown to alleviate these age-related changes. Replenishing hormones is only prescribed for patients who have a diagnosed hypogonadism.
How hormones fit into the aging process.
As the levels of hormones decline, so do our physical and mental capabilities. We lose our energy, vitality, strength, physique and health. The deterioration seen in normal aging results in osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, muscle atrophy, sleep disorders, depression, mood disorders and decreased sociability. Much of this is caused by a decrease in hormones. By restoring these hormones to their youthful levels, it is possible to restore our zeal and energy as well as to strengthen and bolster our bodies and minds. We can improve and reverse many of the symptoms and signs that we have come to associate with aging. We can also regain our youthful resilience, which protects us from the stressors of daily life.
Biologically identical hormones
Structure is everything when it comes to hormone replacement therapy. Natural, biologically identical hormones mimic the shape and function of our own endogenous hormones. The body treats and processes them the same way it has processed its natural hormones for years. They are safer, with fewer side effects, and have been found to have a rejuvenating and proactive effect.
Unfortunately, many of the hormones regularly prescribed are not identical to those found in the human body. These hormones may somewhat resemble our own hormones and may accomplish some of the same tasks, but they are a far cry from what the body is used to and needs. As the body works to metabolize these foreign substances, it may produce toxic by-products, which can cause a wide array of side effects like bloating, mood swings, water retention and more serious problems such as cancer and heart disease.
In light of this, patients should insist on prescriptions from biologically identical hormones only.