Aging is a process. It’s a process of getting grayer, getting fatter, getting more tired, and for women … feeling less feminine as wrinkles develop, bones weaken, hair grows in unwanted places, etc. sex becomes a distant memory.
The body’s production of hormones naturally decreases with age. Decreased hormone production – not birthdays – is what causes so many to look, act and feel “old” long before they actually are.
What are these things called hormones?
Hormones are chemical messengers produced in endocrine glands, such as the ovaries, the thyroid, the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal. They control most major functions in the body, from simple needs like hunger to complex systems like reproduction, as well as controlling emotions and mood. Each hormone has a particular job, but at the same time they interact with each other. When all hormones are at their optimal levels this interrelationship creates a delicately and precisely balanced system. An over-production or under-production of one hormone may adversely affect the function of one or more other hormones.
Unbalance can occur for many reasons, such as illness, or poor nutrition, but the most common cause of hormones becoming unbalanced is aging. There’s not much you can do about getting older, but there is something you can do about re-balancing out-of-whack hormones so that you’ll feel younger. That’s the purpose of Bio-identical Hormone Therapy.
Bio-identical Hormone Therapy is a two-step process:
- The unbalanced hormone(s) must first be identified. This is done through a Comprehensive Blood Panel Test, which includes a consultation with our Hormone Specialist about your test results and options available for correcting any deficiencies or imbalances.
- Bio-identical hormones are used to correct the problem. As the name implies, bio-identical hormones are exact chemical replicas of the hormones your body makes (or used to make) naturally. The bio-identical testosterone used in hormone therapy thus is identical to your own testosterone. Synthetic replicas should be avoided at all costs, as should any doctor who recommends them to you.
How do you know when it’s time to consider hormone therapy?
Your body is the best gauge of “when.” It starts producing unwelcome changes that really annoy you, such as:
- Weight gain that is diet- and exercise-resistant
- Hot flashes
- Feeling cranky, unfocused; brain fog and forgetfulness
- Wrinkles, sagging skin
- Lack of energy
- Low libido
- Weakened bones
The best way to find out if these changes are related to hormone levels is to take LivingYoung’s Comprehensive Blood Panel Test. Some of the symptoms above could be attributed to other causes such as micronutrient deficiencies or more serious health issues, but if you have many or all the above symptoms, chances are they are hormonal in origin. The Comprehensive Blood Panel Test will definitively either place the blame on hormone levels or rule them out completely.
Hormones included in our women’s hormone therapy program include:
- HGH / Sermorelin
- Thyroid Hormone