Hormone Health MD Bioidentical Blog

July 6, 2008

Don’t Feel Like Yourself Anymore? It’s Probably Your Hormones!

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      Have you had the feeling you’re not quite yourself anymore? Perhaps if you’re a woman it’s hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, weight gain, loss of sexual interest, irritability or fatigue. It can also be depression, panic attacks, weird dreams, urinary tract infections and urinary leakage, lower back pain, bloating, gas and indigestion.  There may also be memory lapses, aching ankles heels, knees, wrists, shoulders and heels. If you are over 40 years old, you may be experiencing the symptoms of changing hormones and hormone loss.

          As women age, their ovaries are programmed to shut down their function. This occurs over many years called the peri-menopause. First there is a decrease in progesterone and then a decrease in estrogen.  Testosterone, present in small amounts also starts to falter. Thyroid and adrenal function can also decrease.

          Men are not immune to hormone changes, although it happens more gradually. Changes may start to be noticed in the 40’s to 50’s age range. Mental fatigue, inability to concentrate, feeling burned out, depression, loss of initiative, sore joints and muscles, decreased stamina, increasing cholesterol, triglycerides, hypertension, and diabetes may all be associated with decreased testosterone.

          We experience the ravages of aging because we lose our hormones  with age. The goal of anti-aging medicine including hormone, nutrient, and lifestyle therapy is to keep the individual functioning at as close to a middle age level as possible. Men and women are offered little in the way of medical information or preventative treatment for the symptoms of hormonal and nutritional decline. Instead they get a cocktail of sleeping pills, anti-depressants, and pain medication, and  are told to accept that they are “just getting old”.

          Bioidentical hormone therapy, using the same identical molecular structure as the hormones in the human body, can eliminate symptoms and  maintain bone, memory, mobility, and heart health in men and women.

          There is still much confusion in the population concerning  hormone therapy. The “bad press hormone therapy has gotten in past years revolves around a large study called the Women’s Health Initiative which studied women on non-bioidentical  hormones (Premarin made from pregnant horse urine and progestins) which  increase cancer and strokes. Bioidentical hormones  in proper doses are not known to have these effects, alleviate symptoms, and have great benefit.

          Recent studies show that women on bioidentical hormones have a lower incidence of breast cancer than the general population. In addition, they maintain bone density preventing or improving osteoporosis. Women on hormones have a lower incidence of Alzheimer’s disease than those who are not. In addition, the incidence of macular degeneration and cataract formation is lower. Estrogen is the important hormone in women for maintaining heart health. In men, the most important hormone is testosterone, accounting for heart health, bone health, and brain health.

          Twenty-five percent of our population, the Baby Boomers,  are passing into older age. The goal is to keep functioning at a high physiologic level and continuing to make contributions while avoiding the decline of health that  burdens family and society.  What a benefit!

For further informattion contact:

Aref Bhuiya M.D., 5655 Lindero Canyon Rd., Ste. 202, Westlake Village, CA 91362, 818-597-3223.

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Welcome to my blog. It’s about informing men and women about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy that can provide optimal health and vitality for your whole lifespan. Currently, the average lifespan of a man is 78 years and 83 years for a woman. You could easily live into your 90’s with a prudent lifestyle. But who wants to live to be 90 if we can’t sleep, have no energy, lose our memory, lose our minds (Alzheimer’s), lose our eyesight, lose our muscles, break weak bones, are depressed, have no sex drive, develop multiple diseases of aging, and wind up in a nursing home?

We now have the means now to change all that. We age because we lose our hormones. By replacing our hormones and nutrients we can avoid the symptoms of hormone loss like hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and low libido, and stay healthy for the rest of our lives. Estrogen in women and testosterone in men are reponsible for heart health, bone health, brain health, and eye health.

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For further informattion contact:

Aref Bhuiya M.D., 5655 Lindero Canyon Rd., Ste. 202, Westlake Village, CA 91362, 818-597-3223.

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