Hormonal deficiencies cause most of our symptoms of aging. Your personalized anti-aging program will restore your hormone levels to those normally found in a 20 to 30 year old, so you can look and feel younger. Many of the degenerative diseases of aging develop in part due to declining hormone levels. Declining hormone levels zap our energy, health, longevity, and contribute to chronic illnesses, cancer, and heart disease.
From conception, hormones, which are produced by the different endocrine glands, serve as messengers from your brain, telling your internal organs how to function. A decrease in the production of hormones begins at middle age and diminishes in a linear fashion until old age. Science shows insufficiency of hormones is a major element in the process of aging. Throughout the body, hormones stimulate a magnitude of life-giving processes that maintain health, harmony, growth, and repair.
Estrogen is secreted by the ovaries. Estrogen protects against heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and cognitive loss, such as memory disorders; protects against vaginal atrophy and urinary incontinence; prevents symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and temperature deregulation; and improves balance by improving the vaginal somatosensory system in the central nervous system. Estrogen deficiency can result in urogenital atrophy, incontinence, sagging breast skin, increased facial wrinkles, increased fatigue, depression, mood swings, and decreased libido. Synthetic estrogens have been shown to be harmful, so it is of extreme importance that any estrogen prescribed be a natural estrogen, not synthetic estrogen.
Progesterone is secreted by the ovaries and reduces symptoms of premature menstrual syndrome. Progesterone protects against uterine and breast cancers, osteoporosis, fibrocystic disease, and ovarian cysts. It also dramatically decreases menopausal symptoms.
Testosterone is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, testes, and ovaries. Testosterone contributes to muscle mass, strength and endurance, decreased fat, increased exercise tolerance, enhancement of well-being and psychological status; protects against cardiovascular disease, hypertension, body fat and arthritis; leads to improved lean muscle mass, increased bone density, decreased cholesterol, improved skin tone, improved healing capacity, increased libido and sexual performance; and prolongs the quality of life by decreasing the diseases of aging. Testosterone is present and extremely important in both men and women; therefore, supplementation is recommended for both sexes.
Thyroid hormone is a metabolic hormone secreted by the thyroid gland. Thyroid hormone regulates temperature, metabolism, and cerebral function; contributes to energy levels and body warmth; increases fat breakdown, resulting in weight loss as well as lower cholesterol; protects against cardiovascular disease; improves cerebral metabolism; and helps prevent cognitive impairment.
Pregnenolone is also a precursor to other hormones. It functions as a memory enhancer and is a factor in cellular repair, particularly in the brain and nerve tissue. Pregnenolone protects cerebral function and protects against natural injury.
DHEA is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands and is a precursor to other sex hormones. In addition to having its own hormone effect, DHEA results in a shift to an anabolic or protein building state. It reduces cardiovascular risk by increasing lipolysis or the breakdown of fat, stimulates the immune system, restores sexual vitality, improves mood, and decreases cholesterol and body fat. Recent studies point to DHEA as an anti-stress hormone, reversing the effects of stress on the immune system.
Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
HGH has been called the “fountain of youth” in Japanese studies. HGH is made in the pituitary gland and slowly decreases as we age. It is a healing hormone, and helps in building muscle, makes stronger bones, improves thin skin, aids in weight loss, reduces cardiovascular diseases, and helps brain function. Athletes have abused this medication, so the FDA doesn’t allow physicians to prescribe HGH unless lab tests show a definite need, not just low normal levels.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement
I use only natural (NOT SYNTHETIC) bioidentical hormones for replacement hormones. Natural bioidentical hormones are identical to those naturally occurring in our body and are a safer alternative to synthetic hormones. Synthetic hormones often have numerous dangerous side effects.
With NATURAL bioidentical hormonal replacement, most individuals realize benefits associated with a more youthful metabolism including: a decrease in symptoms, increased energy and vitality, an improved mood and outlook on life, an improved body composition, and a stronger immune system.
The bioidentical hormone replacement program is not a “cookbook” program. It is designed specifically for each patient by using a complete medical history, comprehensive lab work, and the patient’s desires to create each individual’s program.
An initial visit for the hormone program will consist of:
- Obtaining a history
- Discussing your health desires
- A partial physical exam
- Ordering necessary lab tests
In your first follow up visit, we will:
- Discuss lab test results
- Discuss and order medication needed
- Discuss life changes needed
- Discuss and order vitamin and mineral supplementation
- Answer any questions