Bio-identical hormone therapy is one of the secret weapons in the anti-aging war. Depending on which hormones are used to treat which conditions, they can be put to work to manage symptoms of stress, regain that better sex life you've been missing, or just restore your sense of vitality and enthusiasm for life. side effects tend to include fresher more beautiful skin, a better physique and a lot more unsolicited compliments.
They are real hormones extracted from natural sources such as wild yam, soy beans. They have the same molecular structure than the hormone produce by our bodies. So different to other forms of HRT these hormones don't interfere with your own body hormones production, their action is by topping up the levels of your own hormones. This is a very important quality which doesn't cause side effects such as weight gain, and they are safer than a synthetic hormone. Hormones work as a team and when there are deficiencies they can become something else to correct the unbalance. This quality is only present in Natural Bio-identical Hormones.
There are more than 100s of hormones produce by the body that have been discovered in recent years, but their use has been neglected. Hormones are the most important sources of energy the body has. They regulate every function of the body, brain function (thyroid, estrogens,pregnenolone, HGH among others), body temperature, body weight, body metabolism, lean and fat mass, energy levels and confidence, falling in and out of love and libido.
The hormones more needed in a day to day life are; the sex hormones such as male and female which are found in men and women (Estrogens, Progesterone, Testosterone), but differ in the blood levels a hormone such as testosterone is present in men and women but the blood levels are 10 times higher in men . Thyroid, cortisol, melatonin, pregneneolone, Human Growth Hormone.
We are all subject to fluctuating levels of hormones production from an early age, male and females, these changes are more obvious during the adolescence, mid thirties when there is a physiological decline very sharp in women, the peri-menopause that is the period of time 10 years before the menopause, and finally the menopause in women defined by the cessation of periods and high levels of LH and FSH (which are releasing factors that are produce by the brain and stimulate the ovaries to produce hormones).
In men the decline of hormones is more gradual (unless they are suffering from hormones deficiencies such as an underactive thyroid that can interfere with the production of testosterone), when the decline of testosterone occurs in the midlife this is known as Andropause. A lot of younger women can suffer from hormonal disorders at an early age such as: menstrual period irregularities, polycystic ovaries, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, fertility problems. There is a natural decline of hormones with age, but there are other factors that can affect the production of hormones such as:
The prolonged use of the contraceptive pill can have effect on your hormone production levels, libido and can cause premature ageing.
So anyone can be suffering from Hormones Unbalances, at any age. In the clinic we see patients from 18 to 80+.
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms your hormones could be out of balance:
Very often when patients come to see me they know they have problems with their hormones, and very often use the term “ feeling hormonal ”. This means they feel out of tune, tired or exhausted unable to cope with life.
For some of them these symptoms are the result of the normal hormones decline due to the aging process such as the Menopause and Andropause. Unfortunately there is an increasing number of young male and female adults that has been suffering from hormones unbalances going back to childhood and adolescence and somehow have been robbed of happiness, a quality of life and success. I see more young men with hormones deficiencies most commonly thyroid affecting their testosterone production and young women exhausted all the time, lacking libido, with weight problems as a result of ovarian dysfunction. The good thing is that these problems can be fixed. I find it extremely rewarding to be able to bring back them to a happy and successful life at work and emotional relationships.
Balancing the hormones is like tuning a musical instrument, it is necessary to do a proper clinical, and endocrine assessment, a physical examination and obviously a test in blood and urine. To identify the right hormones deficiency is of paramount importance in terms of success on the treatment, too much or too little of them causes symptoms, so the secret is in finding the right balance.
Nutrition plays an important role in the activity or function of the hormones. Quite often people panic about getting old and rash to the Gym exercising for hours, not eating the right diet to enhance the hormones production, they could be doing more harm than good as if they are already suffering from deficiencies they are using the little amount of energy left ( using more hormones), as a result there is an acceleration of the ageing process. During exercise men use a lot of testosterone and women use estrogens and testosterone, so too much exercise can cause premature aging.
The duration of the treatment depends on the cause of the deficiency. Improved quality of life, Younger looks better hair, thicken skin and less wrinkles by stimulating collagen and water retention in the skin, it eliminates hot flushes and night sweats, stops mood swings and depression. The memory for language and concentration largely improved or back to normal if no other nutritional or hormonal deficiencies present, good energy levels specialy in the evenings, better sleep, protective effect over cardiovascular system, reduces cholesterol, reduces cystitis, and more pleasure during sex, fuller breasts.
Progesterone is produced during the second part of the menstrual cycle after ovulation, it has a calming effect, it helps sleep, gets ride of water retention, it improves sexual desire, lowers cholesterol, protects the breast and uterus against estrogens excess so as a result less risk of developing uterine fibroids, endometrial cancer and breast cysts.
One the most complex and common deficiencies that go undiagnosed. Treatment with thyroid hormone restore to normal energy levels unless adrenal glands are compromised, weight loss, it lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, cardiovascular system protection, improves circulation, improves digestion and bowel function, Improves brain function including restoring memory and concentration to normal unless there are other hormonal deficiencies or underlining illness.
Restore energy levels, eliminate joint pains, weight gain, calm an able to cope better with stress, improves allergies, skin eczema and asthma. Eliminate joint pains, improves memory. Stops low blood sugars and low blood pressures. Well being factor.