Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Balanced Hormones for Life
As women and men age, we eventually go through a period of hormone decline. For some this is a slow insidious process. However for others it may be precipitous and profound. Hormone decline is often associated with rapid aging. Brain aging, bone aging, skin aging just to mention a few areas. For many, replacement of these hormones with bioidentical hormones may bring about safe and profound relief of symptoms, and may also be an important part of a proactive preventive health and wellness plan.
What are bioidentical hormones? Bioidentical hormones are hormones that are just like yours. The molecular structure of a bioidentical hormone is exactly (100%) the same as the natural hormones already in your body. In contrast, other (non-bioidentical) hormones, such as Primarin, Provera, PremPro, and birth control pills, are not the same as natural human hormones. They have a different molecular structure than human hormones.
Why is this important? The bodies of men and women have known natural hormones millions of years. The human body knows how to utilize them, process, them, and metabolize them. On the other hand your body has never seen the artificial hormones before, and does not know how to process them. These chemicals have hormonal activity, just as plastics, and pesticides have hormonal activity, but they are not true hormones. Thus the artificial hormones have a greater incidence of side effects, such as strokes, blood clots, and breast cancer.
What are the symptoms of hormone decline? Some of the most common symptoms in women include: hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, weight gain, brain fog, low libido, vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, anxiety, depression, and feeling more emotional.
Hormone decline may also contribute to osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. As men lose their testosterone they often lose muscle mass, and gain fat mass. They also become more grouchy, and less interest in sex, and may experience erectile dysfunction, Men with low testosterone also have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cognitive decline depression, Parkinson’s disease, bone fractures, and they have an overall increased mortality.
How do I get my hormones tested? At McMinn clinic we perform advanced testing of many sorts, including hormones.
Where do we go from there? Based on your symptoms and on your lab results, if your hormones are out of balance, we will recommend a customized program of hormone balancing, lifestyle changes, and proper nutrition in order to get you “optimized.” We track and monitor your hormones in order to keep them at optimal levels.
Bio-identical hormone therapy is a powerful tool to help you be the best that you can be in mind, body, and spirit.