About Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy
Hormones and Science
Having hormonal balance is key to living a life full of vitality and emotional harmony
A Hormone is a chemical messenger that is secreted (or released) into our bloodstream by specific organs known as glands. Hormones include not only the sex hormones Estrogen and Testosterone. Thyroid hormone, Stress hormones such as Cortisol, Melatonin and Vitamin D are also some of the many important hormones that create a symphony of balance in our bodies. They regulate (or control) many processes in our body, including blood glucose levels, water content in blood, general growth, and blood pressure. Our hormones affect our brain and heart, our skin, our stamina, our ability to maintain an ideal body weight, our sex life and our overall sense of well-being.
Unfortunately, very few physicians are trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy- although these hormones are biologically identical to those naturally occurring in women and men and have been proven safe and effective for many years.
Most often – women in peri-menopause and menopause are told that their symptoms are normal and to bear through them. Or- they are given anti-anxiety medication, anti-depressants and/or hypnotics to sleep. These and many other symptoms can be successfully addressed by Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Hormones for Women
Hormone Replacement Therapy is most often used for Menopause and Pre/Peri-menopausal symptoms. Although – hormonal imbalance may occur at any age due to genetics, environmental, and emotional stressors.
Traditionally, women were given synthetic (not chemically exact) estrogen and progestin therapy to treat Pre/Peri- Menopausal Symptoms. However, here at the Institute of Anti-Aging- we advocate and recommend the use of Bio- Identical Hormones rather than synthetic ones, whenever possible –for many very important reasons.
For one- because they are identically chemically structured as the actual hormone(s) we produce- there is less risks of mutations or side-effects that could lead to increased risks of Heart attacks, Strokes or Cancer.
There have been documented cases of the above in the Women’s Health Initiative Study – which were conducted with synthetic hormones- Estrogen and Progestin- which have an extra, un-natural chemical group attached to the molecule. This study was shut down early because of the devastating effects of these synthetic hormones.
Another benefit of using Bio-Identical HRT is that we can work with a compounding pharmacist to acquire high quality products AND compound them at dosages and delivery systems (capsules, creams, troches, suppositories) that are individualized for you! Something that we CANNOT do with Pharmaceutical brand and generics- which come in pre-determined dosages and forms. This ensures that you receive dosages that are specific to you– not too much or too little, AND in the formulations that are best for you and your lifestyle.
There is now an abundance of studies showing that starting Bio-Identical HRT at an earlier age- that is- before Menopause is actually protective. That they decrease the risks of specific cancers, decrease risks of Cardiovascular disease, and decrease the risks of Alzheimers’ disease in addition to the fact that they increase your quality of life.
At the Institute of Anti-Aging we only work with PCAB certified pharmacies further ensuring that you will receive only the highest quality compounded hormones.
True and comprehensive Anti-Aging Age Management will address – at the minimum-Testosterone, Estrogen, Progesterone, Thyroid, Vitamin D levels, Melatonin, Cortisol, DHEA, Pregnenolone levels- which may be unbalanced regardless of your age.
Hormones Health for Men
Men at mid-life are just as susceptible to an age-related drop in hormone production as women.
Andropause, the so-called male menopause, signifies the retreat of the key male hormone testosterone. As a man ages, his body naturally makes less testosterone. In fact, by the time a man is in his mid-forties, testosterone levels can be down by 40% of the levels that he had in his twenties.
Lifestyle factors such as excessive stress, weight gain and lack of exercise can lower levels even further – impacting stamina, drive and virility. Men tend to notice a subtle downward shift in strength and energy first, followed by lack of enthusiasm for life’s challenges like work and competition. A man may also lose interest in sex and the ability to perform.
These, and many other symptoms can be successfully addressed by Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
At the Institute of Anti-Aging we are skilled and highly effective in treating both Men and Women in all stages of their life.