Bio-Identical Hormones for Health
A recent analysis from the Yale School of Medicine estimated that between 2002 and 2011 as many as 90,000 excess deaths may have occurred among hysterectomized women ages 50-59 who did not take estrogen. Many women stopped taking estrogen around 2002 because of fears of heart disease and breast cancer. It was later shown to be the synthetic hormones that were causing the problems. The natural, bio-identical hormones did just the opposite. Intriguing studies now suggest just the bio-identical hormones reduce cancer and vascular risks. For example, one study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed a 290% greater risk of blood clots with synthetic hormones versus a 30% less risk of blood clots with the bio-identical hormones. Also, a study published in the Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment found synthetic progesterone increased the risk of breast cancer by 69% while natural progesterone reduced the risk.
Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance
- Loss of erectile function
- Decreased strength and/or duration of erection
- Prostate problems
- Decreased urine flow
- Increased urinary urgency
- Early/accelerated hardening of arteries
- Bleeding changes/heavy or Irregular periods
- Tender breasts
- Vaginal dryness
- Increased facial hair
- Uterine fibroids
- Acceleration of appearance of aging
- Ovarian cysts
- Low sex drive
- Decreased stamina and/or flexibility
- Loss of strength and decreased muscle size
- Increase in body fat
- Bone loss
- Unexplained aches and pains in muscles and joints
- Heart palpitations
- Dizzy spells
- Frequently feeling cold
- Hot flashes/night sweats
- Apathy/burned out feeling
- Decreased mental sharpness
- Increased forgetfulness
- Feeling “stressed out”
- Poor sleep, insomnia
Men Need Hormones Too!
Eugene Shippen, M.D. says “I have never seen an older male in excellent mental and physical health whose testosterone levels were not well within the normal range. And the healthiest, most vital individuals are always in the high normal ranges. No other single factor in the male body is associated with more risk factors for heart disease than a lack of testosterone.”
According to the National Institute of Health your testosterone levels drop an alarming 90% from age 25 to 70! A recent study showed 50% of diabetics have low testosterone. In another study, men with low testosterone (defined as the lowest limit of the normal range for men) were 33% more likely to die within 18 years than men with higher levels. Another 8 year study showed men with low testosterone levels had an 88% greater risk of dying than those with normal levels.
Erectile dysfunction receives all the publicity, but some oft he earliest signs of testosterone deficiency are: fatigue, loss of muscle mass, depression, mood swings and irritability, weight gain, especially around the mid-section, mental fogginess, and prostate problems.
“The second half of life can indeed be the best ever, if hormone balance is truly understood,” states Robert A. Greene, M.D. Reproductive Endocrinologist.
You don’t want to hear your doctor say “you’re fine for your age.” Our physicians seek to enhance the quality of life, as well as the quantity … with a treatment plan formulated for you as an individual.
Scientists used to believe that hormones fell because of age. Today, most scientists acknowledge that aging occurs because hormone levels fall. By restoring hormones to ideal levels, we can help patients avoid age related illnesses, reverse biological age, and significantly improve the quality of people’s lives.
It is important not to just rush out and start taking hormones. You should be checked out by a physician trained in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. You want to receive optimally adjusted individual dosing with bio-identical hormones. You also want to be followed carefully by your physician to obtain results using protocols designed to protect you against cancer and cardiovascular disease, and improve quality of life and longevity.
Endocrinologist, Diana Schwarzbein, M.D., recommends the following:
1. Don’t take hormones without checking first to see if they are low
2. Take only bio-identical hormones
3. Mimic normal physiology as much as possible
4. Track the hormone levels and their effects
“It’s nice to not burst into tears over nothing and actually get a good nights sleep.”
“I’m not so irritable now and have a sense. of well-being again. My skin has improved and I can enjoy intimacy again, without discomfort.”
“I’m especially pleased with the blood analysis to find out what I need personally. Plus, the hormone cream syringes help, too; they make it easier to apply the exact amount of cream.”
“I have way more energy now and my sex drive and stamina have improved.”