Friday, April 15, 2011
Take Charge of Your Life with Bio-Identical Hormones
An alternative for those Who Prefer to Stay Young.... Naturally
Bio-Identical Hormone replacement therapy gets your life back in balance, naturally. BIHRT topical creams and capsules work to correct hormonal deficiencies that can be present from birth using only natural plant based ingredients. Hormones play a very important role in therapeutic issues as well as issues as of general wellness. Men and women from as young as 20 years of age may be affected by symptoms of hormonal decline.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a very exciting and natural alternative to hormone therapy. These bio-identical hormones, derived from all natural plants (soy, ect.), provide a supplement to men and women with low levers of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Oral or topical administration of the drugs are available, and can be specifically tailored and dosed to meet your body’s needs. No two person’s physical chemistry are alike, so these custom-compounded drugs can be personalized to fit your preferences.
When should you start
Thinking about Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement?
This question is just like, “When should I start thinking about my own health?” If you are concerned about your health and want a good quality of life, there is no specific time or age when you should start thinking about BIHRT. Hormonal deficiencies can be present from birth. That is one reason why tests for hypothyroidism are mandatory in all newborn babies – the thyroid hormone is essential for normal physical and mental development of a baby. As far as overall wellness is concerned, hormones play a very important role in therapeutic issues as well as issues of general wellness. For starters, BIHTR can be used to deal with issues related to the onset of adolescence like acne or mood swing. Those in their 20s might be aided by BIHRT in dealing with post partum depression, night sweats, or infertility, while BIHRT can help alleviate bloating PMS, migraines, breast tenderness, fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, decreased attention spa, and weight gain for those in their 30s.
For those in their 40s and beyond, sleep disorders, migraines, hair loss, hot flashes, depression, decreased bone mass, bloating weight gain, and low libido can be treated with BIHRT, Basically BIHRT can be used under supervision at any age (excluding pediatrics), provided that there are signs and symptoms of hormone deficiency evaluated and documented with lab investigation. When a women stops ovulating and has not had a period for a year, she is considered menopausal. In men, hormonal decline is much more gradual. For both men and women, however, the effects of this decline do not occur in a single instant. Some of these effects include low energy, low libido, slow cognitive function, decreased well-being, depression, weight gain, muscle lose, and even osteoporosis. In addition, women may suffer from hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness and painful intercourse.
How do hormone levers play a role
In our Bodies & and in the Aging Process?
This is the most important question. Earlier it was thought that our hormones decline because we age, but now it is confirmed that we age because our hormones decline. The neuro-endocrine system is a complex network of chemicals from the nervous system and the endocrine system that governs the release of our hormones and other vital body processes. When we are young, our hormones work together to regulate many bodily functions, including our responses to heat and cold and our sexual activity. Different organs release various hormones all under the governance of the hypothalamus, a walnut-sized gland located within the brain.
The hypothalamus sets off various chain reactions whereby an organ releases a hormone which in turn stimulates the release of another hormone, which in turn stimulates yet another bodily response. The hypothalamus responds to the body’s hormone levels tend to be high, accounting for, among other things, menstruation in women and high libido in both sexes. With advanced age, lower levels of hormones can have disastrous effects on the way our bodies function. The growth hormone, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, melatonin and thyroid all have specific functions and activities both alone and in conjunction with other hormones. The shortage of these hormones accelerates the aging process.
Hormones are vital for repairing and regulating our bodily functions, and when aging causes a drop in hormone production, it causes a decline in our body’s ability to repair and regulate itself. Moreover, hormone production is highly interactive. The drop in production of any one hormone is likely to have an effect on the whole mechanism, signaling other organs to release lower levels of other hormone which will cause other body parts to release lower levers of yet other hormones. Thus, hormone replacement therapy, a frequent component of any anti-aging treatment, helps to reset the body’s hormonal clock and so can reverse or delay the effects of aging. If our hormones are being produced at youthful levels, the cells of our bodies are stimulated to be metabolically active; thus, we stay young.
What are the advantages
of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
• Alleviate symptoms caused by natural decrease in production of hormones by the body
• Re-establish a hormonal balance
• Give the protective benefits which were originally provided by naturally occurring hormones
• Have been used successfully for cramps, PMS, fibrocystic breasts, weight gain, mood swings, reduced libido, hot flashes, night sweats, depression, insomnia, arteriosclerosis, and osteoporosis, to name a few.
What are the risk
of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
As with any prescription medication, the pros and cons of using BIHRT must be carefully weighed. Studies show, however, that BIHRT in physiological doses (equivalent to what your body used to make) produces significantly fewer negative side effects than synthetic hormones. Many patients have reported no negative side effects while using BIHRT. By transdermal application of the bioidentical hormones, they are absorbed directly into the bloodstream.
By this method, the patient can affectively eliminate the first-pass effect, in which the hormone is metabolized in the liver to produce harmful metabolites. This alternative route of administration is a more consistent and natural way to introduce medication into the body with minimal side effects, if any. Although bioidentical hormones are natural and safe, they are still hormones and need judicious monitoring by a trained physician. Unsupervised and inaccurate dosing can cause usual side effects, as with any medicine.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am in my late forties and seem to gain weight regardless of what I eat. Is there anyway to help me lose weight without taking diet pills?
Obesity has become a pandemic. In the United States approximately 119 million Americans, or 64.5 percent of adult Americans are either overweight or obese. Worldwide the obesity rate amongst adults are also on the rise along with weight related illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. Two thirds of those who manage to diet and lose weight end up gaining it all back with many ending at a higher weight that when they started. One very important factor is hormone balance. As we age there is a parallel decline of essential hormones. Out bodies start getting soft; retain water and fat builds up. This fat is resistant to any methods of weight loss. Unfortunately most commonly used quick fixes are temporary and the weight comes back again. With busy lifestyles, you are forced to eat the conventional low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet, with lots of processed foods creating a condition known as insulin resistance. It won’t let you burn fat when you exercise and your body converts every calorie it can into fat-even if you are dieting. If you will heal your body from inside with proper hormone balance and nutrition and work to reduce stress in your life, this balance will help you maintain your ideal weight for the long term.
I am male 52 years old. I exercise regularly and watch my diet but I do not have the strength and stamina I used to. Is there my way to regain muscle tissue and possibly my sex drive ?
Men are no different form women when we look into the hormonal interactions. The primary difference is low testosterone levels. For men, this low testosterone state is equivalent to menopause in women and is known as “andropause” new term for which is “menopause” It comes with deficiencies of other endocrine hormones and can be a part of syndrome called hypogonadism. Low testosterone levels leads to decreased lean muscle mass and bone density and makes you prone for increased body fat, especially around the waist, not only under the skin but also inside the body including around your body organs, the intestine, liver, etc. This decreases your capacity to do exercise; an increase load on your cardiovascular system causing fatigue and weakness. It creates metabolic imbalances in the body and increases insulin resistance with the further accumulation of fat. By having a youthful and flexible cardiovascular system you have good blood flow to the spongy muscles of penis which improves erection, performance and sexual pleasure. Testosterone also helps to maintain your cognitive function such as emotions, mood and memory thus prevents conditions like Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
I want to start Bio-Identical Hormone replacement but my doctor wants me to wait until I reach menopause. Why?
Menopause is defined as a single day – 12 months after your period. Your physician’s suggestion that you wait until you have passed this milestone reflects an antiquated view of a women’s transition from premenopause to menopause. The majority of women experience their severest hormonal related systems in the months and even years leading up to this milestone. To wait for this single day would be to subject women to a year or more of unnecessary hot flushes, night sweats, mental fogginess, and bone loss. Ideal approach is to start addressing these symptoms as soon as they appear or even earlier on the basis of the blood work. They often begin a year or two before the final menstrual period, a time called perimenopause. We recommend smooth transition from normal cycling through menopause rather than to wait for a somewhat arbitrarily defined date.
What is involved with Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Your evaluation begins with a comprehensive medical history, followed by laboratory testing with which we check your blood’s cell counts, chemistry, lipid panel, metabolic panel and hormone levels, including the sex hormones, growth hormone and thyroid hormones. Next step is clinical evaluation and addressing the deficiencies with Bioidentical Hormone Supplementation, for optimal health. For the best possible effect it should be in conjunction with proper nutrition, exercise and stress reduction.