As we age, both men and women experience a decline in the production of hormones critical to good health and longevity. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can be used to balance hormone levels as they change.
BHRT is used to treat:
- Perimenopause and menopause
- Insulin resistance
- Adrenal and thyroid disorders
- Improve symptoms of cancer
The body produces hormones that communicate between the cells of the body, and control most of the body’s basic functions including, sex drive, immune function, energy, mood, digestion and appetite. Even small changes in a person’s hormone levels can have a big impact on his or her quality of life. BHRT can help alleviate the symptoms of hormone imbalances and help a person feel vital and happy.
Frequently when people think of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy they think of estrogen and progesterone for women and testosterone for men, but men and women have many critical hormones that should be monitored regularly including:
- Growth Hormone (HGH)
- Thyroid (T3 and T4)
- Testosterone (critical for both men and women)
Symptoms of hormone imbalance include:
- Irritability or anxiety
- Loss of memory or loss of concentration
- Reduced sex drive, erectile dysfunction, decreased intensity of orgasm
- Decrease in muscle mass or increased weakness
- Weight gain
- Loss of energy, fatigue, depression, loss of ambition
- Heart disease
- Poor sleep quality
- Increase in cholesterol levels
- Decrease in the production of red blood cells sometimes leading to anemia
Age Management Medicine at the Anti-Aging and Wellness Clinic Includes:
- Bioidentical hormone therapy
- Stress reduction
The anti-aging experts at the Anti-Aging and Wellness Clinic use medically supervised bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to slow the aging process and rejuvenate their male and female clients. Restoring natural hormone levels can result in improved insulin levels, reduced cholesterol, reduced body fat, increased muscle mass, reduced pro-inflammatory cytokines, increased energy, improved cognitive function, increased libido and a reduced risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.
The Anti-Aging and Wellness Clinic Also Recommends:
- Making dietary changes
The nutritional experts at the Anti-Aging and Wellness Clinic recommend reducing the intake of inflammatory foods and foods that contain empty calories. Increase your intake of foods high in fiber and antioxidants.
- Stress Management
Try incorporating natural stress relievers into your daily routine; exercise, essential oils, and meditation.
Exercise helps reduce stress, weight gain, and inflammation and can help improve sleep
What Role do Hormones Play?
Growth Hormone (HGH) helps to regulate body composition, body fluids, muscle and bone growth, sugar and fat metabolism, and heart function. The benefits of HGH therapy include: increased energy levels, improved exercise performance, increased lean muscle mass, hair growth and stronger bones.
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It functions as a precursor to sex hormones including testosterone and may help lower inflammation, improve bone density, increase muscle mass, protect against depression, reduce cognitive decline, aid in weight loss, improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of diabetes.
The Thyroid (T3 and T4) regulates the energy production and metabolism in every cell in the body. Because it more commonly affects women, many doctors overlook the thyroid in men. In men thyroid function can lead to lower levels of usable testosterone, a loss in cognitive function, a decrease in sex drive, erectile dysfunction, hair loss, high cholesterol, fatigue, depression and anxiety.
Cortisol can help control blood sugar levels, regulate metabolism, help reduce inflammation, and assist with memory formulation. It has a controlling effect on salt and water balance and helps control blood pressure. Elevated cortisol levels can lead to short-term memory loss, loss of muscle and osteoporosis.
Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain. It helps regulate other hormones and maintains the body’s circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is an internal 24-hour “clock” that plays a critical role in when we fall asleep and when we wake up. When it is dark, your body produces more melatonin.
Insulin is produced by the pancreas and helps control blood sugar levels, stores glucose, stimulates lipid uptake, and inhibits the breakdown of glycogen, lipids and protein. Low levels of insulin can lead to weight gain, headaches, fatigue, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Testosterone is an anabolic steroid and promotes increased sexual stamina, sexual desire, muscle and bone mass, growth of body hair, fights depression, and strengthens your heart.
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy may be an option to help people who have symptoms associated with hormone levels that are low or out of balance. At the Anti-Aging and Wellness Clinic our focus is your health and vitality. By optimizing hormone levels, replacing nutrient deficiencies through natural methods and providing education on disease prevention and wellness we can help you optimize your health; decreasing body fat, increasing muscle mass and muscle tone, improving insulin and hormone levels naturally, increasing energy levels and sexual vitality and improving mental acuity.