BioIdentical Hormone Therapy
A simple procedure that provides you with a leaner body, youthful skin and make you feel young again:
Hormone And The Aging Body
Successful aging is one of the most important needs of our fast aging population, and one of the main factors that contribute to healthy aging is maintaining a balanced hormone throughout the aging process. In general, women live ⅓ of their lives in hormone deficiency while for men, andropause (age related testosterone decline) remains frequently underdiagnosed and untreated. Hormone decrease in age is common and is related to the decreased production from the pituitary, adrenal and gonads (ovary and testis).
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
Symptoms of hormonal imbalance is different for each individual but could be summed up below. The individual may exhibit one or several of the symptoms:
|Symptoms Of Hormonal Imbalance|
Hormones & Anti Aging Treatments
Many of the symptoms listed in the table above is closely associated with aging. Hence hormone supplements is now widely used to help reverse the effect of aging and improve the quality of life. Below is a brief list of the most popular anti aging hormone and what they do in the body.
|HORMONE||DESCRIPTION||ANTI AGING CLAIMS|
|DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone)||Produced in the adrenal glands and is the precursor for testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. DHEA reaches its peak in our 20s and naturally declines as we age.||Some feel that supplemental DHEA can improve energy, strength, immunity and decrease fat|
|hGH (human growth hormone)||Produced by the pituitary gland in the brain and supports growth in childhood as well as tissue and organ maintenance throughout life.||Taking hGH in adulthood may increase muscle mass, reduce body fat, and increase libido. However some have experienced side effects such as swelling in the arms and legs, and joint and muscle pain can occur.|
|Estrogen and Progesterone||Produced primarily in the ovaries prior to menopause and play important roles in pregnancy and menstruation. A healthy balance of progesterone to estrogen can also help to maintain bone strength, a healthy heart and good brain function, among other things.||Supplementing with hormones during menopause can make a difference for some women’s hot flashes, vaginal dryness, insomnia, concentration,|
|Melatonin||Produced in the brain when we’re exposed to dim lighting to prepare us for sleep. After puberty, our melatonin levels decrease, sometimes making it more difficult to fall asleep as we age (especially after 40).||Research has indicated that supplemental melatonin neutralizes oxidative damage and inflammation to help delay the process of aging.|
|Testosterone||Produced in the testes in men and the ovaries and adrenal glands in women. It is tied to sex drive in both men and women and can help regulate bone mass, fat distribution, muscle strength and the production of red blood cells and sperm in men, but testosterone naturally decreases as we age.||Some men have had great results from supplementing with testosterone. Increases in memory, prevention of frailty, strong libido and strength have all been reported.|
|Thyroxine (T4) and Triiodothyronine (T3)||Every cell in the body depends upon thyroid hormones for regulation of their metabolism. The normal thyroid gland produces about 80% T4 and about 20% T3, however, T3 possesses about four times the hormone "strength" as T4.||Better libido, weight loss.|
Bio Identical Hormones are chemically and structurally identical to the hormones produced naturally by the human body. This makes BHRT essentially different from conventional Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) which usually uses synthetic and non bio-identical hormones. In a nutshell, BHRT seeks to supplement the hormones already available in your body. It allows the body to function at optimal levels, boosting energy and helps the body to gain youthful appearance.
As BHRT utilizes hormones that are similar as hormones produced by the body, the introduction of BHRT is safe and would not be rejected by the body. However the amount of Bio Identical Hormones introduced is important to be monitored to ensure the safety and efficacy of the therapy, hence it is essential to take this treatment with the consultation of a qualified medical practitioner.
BHRT: A Personalized Treatment
One of the key advantages of BHRT is the ability to customize the therapy according to each individual’s hormone requirements, to enable them to undergo the therapy at the minimum effective dose. This customized treatment is available via pharmacy compounding, where individual ingredients are mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form required by the patient.
As it is important to identify the strength and dosage required by the individual patient, initial laboratory testing of the various hormone levels is essential to enable the medical practitioner to determine appropriate levels of hormones (estrogen, testosterone and etc) to be created by the compounding pharmacy. After administering the hormone the patient would be monitored closely through regular testing to ensure that the treatment provide symptoms relief with minimal dosage required.
As with all medical treatment, there are risk involved in subscribing to any medication/treatment. Please consult a qualified medical practitioner to understand your options and the optimal treatment for yourself.