Who is affected by Hormone Imbalance?
Hormone imbalance occurs almost universally with aging. The most commonly decreasing age-related hormones include DHEA (from the adrenals), IGF-1 (from the pituitary), melatonin (from the pineal gland), as well as the sex hormones (testosterone, estradiol, and progesterone). Levels of thyroid hormones also commonly decline in both men and particularly in women after the age of 55.
Why do our hormone levels change as we age?
There are a variety of factors involved in determining what the extent of hormone changes in any individual will be. Genetics play a role, as does lifestyle. As we become more sedentary, our body responds accordingly. The hormone levels change as a result of decreased sensitivity to communication between the brain and the organs that make hormones. Interestingly, there may be some positive changes associated with the hormonal dysfunction of aging. A decrease in hormones, such as growth hormone may help protect older individuals from disease like cancer and atherosclerosis.
What are Biodentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are those hormones that have been manufactured to have the same molecular structure as the hormones that your own body makes. Because bioidentical structures cannot be patented, companies produce intentionally different synthetic hormones such as Premain, Prempro, or Provera.
What can I expect from bHRT?
At Oswego Progressive Medicine we have found that the greatest success in treating hormone imbalance is to use an individualized approach. Instead of using a one-size-fits all type of hormone replacement therapy we first gather information through laboratory test of hormone levels. Depending on what is warranted, we then prescribe a precise dose of bioidentical testosterone, estrogen, progesterone or DHEA through a compounding pharmacy. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to predict how an individual’s body will react to the therapy, so each patient must be carefully monitored to ensure relief of symptoms with the most minimal dosage possible. Once we have restored the proper hormone levels, we will monitor the hormone levels yearly.
Can hormones be re-balanced?
In short, the answer is yes. We have found that many patients can experience dramatic changes in their symptoms through the use of medical-grade nutritional supplements, endocrine support, as well as dietary and lifestyle adjustments. In fact, we recommend that all of our patients begin with this approach as a foundation to their overall health. Unfortunately, even with this approach, many individuals experience irretractable symptoms, these individuals are the best candidates for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.