Both men and women experience similar aspects of aging that can affect your state of mind and quality of life. Many are caused by hormonal imbalances that can make you feel “off,” without any specific “symptoms” you can pinpoint. However, the issues caused by hormone imbalances do not have to be accepted as a normal part of aging. In fact, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is available in the Peoria area to help correct some of the least desirable symptoms caused by age-related hormone imbalances.
Although 80% of women suffer from hormone imbalances at least once in their life and men will see 14% of their hormone levels drop every 10 years, many people are unaware treatments do exist. Here are five aspects of aging you can tackle with BHRT.
Your thyroid hormone affects almost every cell in your body. It helps regulate body temperature, metabolism and brain function. Symptoms can include fatigue, weight gain, muscle cramps, depression and decreased libido. With optimal thyroid levels, both men and women can see improved energy, weight maintenance, mood and libido. It can also safely reduce cholesterol levels.
DHEA is secreted by the adrenal glands. When DHEA levels are optimized you can enjoy increased energy, reduced visceral fat and decreased glucose levels. The hormone has been used as an anti-cancer supplement but can also fight the effects of stress to improve your immune system.
Many people do not realize that Vitamin D is actually a hormone. It naturally protects against bone loss, osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer and dementia. A boost in Vitamin D can greatly reduce common effects of aging while reducing the risk of cancer, dementia and heart disease.
Melatonin aids in sleep. A deficiency can negatively impact your physiological well-being as without proper sleep you can suffer from a number of health-related issues. With proper sleep regulation, you can improve blood pressure maintenance as well as the fact that melatonin is shown to decrease incidence of several cancers, prostate, breast, lung, pancreas and colon. In hand with fatigue, improper levels of melatonin can cause insomnia, restless sleep, depression, confusion and forgetfulness.
Although testosterone is associated with men, women also produce and need testosterone. It is required for both men and women to maintain muscle mass, strength, endurance, decreased fat, and psychological well-being. Testosterone also protects against health issues including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, weight maintenance and arthritis. Without proper testosterone levels men and women can experience decreased muscle mass, loss of sex drive, and depression. Men can also experience erectile dysfunction.
Estrogen is unique to women. It is secreted by the ovaries, but once menopause begins, productions halts. Estrogen has been shown to protect women from heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, memory disorders. It is also vital to maintain sexual health as it protects against vaginal atrophy and a decreased libido. However, it also protects against some of the most distressing signs of aging including urinary incontinence, sagging breast skin, wrinkles, increased fatigue and depression.
Another hormone specific to women called progesterone protects against uterine and breast cancer, osteoporosis, fibrocystic diseases, and ovarian cysts. Proper levels of progesterone promote overall mental well-being as it fights anxiety. It is also used to effectively treat postpartum depression and the symptoms of PMS such as mood swings and migraine headaches.
Natural hormones are safer and more effective than the traditional hormone replacement therapy which is synthetically created. Contact us to receive more information on our hormone treatments.