Hormone replacement therapy is the practice of restoring your hormones to optimum balance. When your hormones are balanced, you feel great – as a matter of fact, you feel more like you did when you were 21. (Can you harken back to those days? Remember waking up and not thinking about your back or your legs?)
When your hormones are out of balance, you can feel it. You’re not near 95-years-old, but every day you wake up, you imagine the way 95 feels, reality is not that far off from how you feel.
Hormone Replacement Therapy, or HRT, restores your energy, vibrancy and excitement for life and returns you to an overall sense of well-being.
At what age do you feel the best, both mentally and physically? In your early 20’s you have more energy, more vigor and more vitality. That’s when your hormone levels are at their highest. Let’s just look at men for a second. A normal testosterone level for a 55 to 65-year-old male is 532 ng/dL, while optimum levels are closer to 900-1100.
Do you want to be like every other 60-year-old man you know? Wouldn’t you rather have hormone levels that are the same as a 25-year-old?
Women, wouldn’t you find it absolutely fabulous if you could return to the way you felt in your mid to late twenties?
Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Improve Health Beyond Sexual Wellness?
Hormone replacement therapy impacts your life well beyond simply increasing your sexual drive and desire. From a pure energy standpoint, patients describe HRT as a “fountain-of-youth” of sorts.
As both men and women age, hormone levels drop and you don’t feel like you did when you were 25-years-old or even 30. As a matter of fact, during those years, you didn’t even notice your body – it’s only as you age that you begin feeling the weight of age. Hormones play a huge role in that process.
When your hormones are not in balance, you feel like you are closer and closer to 95-years-old.
No one wants to feel like they’re 95-years-old… not even 95-year-olds.
Hormone replacement therapy does not prevent aging, but it will prevent some symptoms of age from impacting you. Chronically low levels of sex hormones in both men and women are associated with long-term complications including osteoporosis, premature heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
So what other symptoms are caused by unbalanced or decreased levels of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone?
Low Estrogen Levels
Ask any woman who is in perimenopause or has gone through menopause, how they feel.
On second thought, don’t ask.
Most people know that hot flashes and night sweats are part of the process. What most people don’t know is the other symptoms, such as anxiety, mood swings, irritability, insomnia, depression, trouble with memory and concentration, hair growth on face, painful intercourse, panic attacks, weird dreams, urinary tract infections, lower back pain, bloating, gas, indigestion, bone loss, pain in the ankles, knees, wrists, shoulders and heels, hair loss, frequent urination, snoring, sore breasts, palpitations, varicose veins, urinary leakage, memory loss, weight gain, migraine headaches, skin feeling crawly and dizzy spells.
Yes, these are all symptoms of menopause. Ladies under 35, there is no intent to scare you.
For a woman with deficient estrogen levels, providing natural bioidentical hormone replacement can often produce marked improvement in many of these symptoms.
Sidenote: that’s the first time we’ve used the word bioidentical hormone replacement. What this essentially means, is a bioidentical hormone is fully natural, it is not created in a lab. It is a hormone that is 100% organic.
Are Low Levels of Progesterone Bad? And What In the World is Progesterone?
Progesterone is a hormone that regulates various functions in the body, and is most well-known for assisting women in pregnancy.
Many of the same issues experienced when living with decreased levels of estrogen also occur with lower levels of progesterone.
Symptoms of progesterone loss include anxiety, depression, irritability, mood swings, insomnia, pain and inflammation, osteoporosis, decreased HDL cholesterol and excessive menstruation. Hormone replacement therapy and, more specifically our Hormone Optimization Therapy, can help alleviate many of these symptoms.
Men also produce progesterone, though only small amounts of it. It is mainly generated in the testes and adrenal glands and is required for bodily functions such as development of bone density and regulating blood sugar levels and regulating body temperature.
Symptoms of low progesterone in men are fractures, reduced libido, depression, body fat and development of fatty tissue in the chest area, a reduction in facial hair and low levels of energy leading to exhaustion and fatigue, an increase in the frequency of urination and an increased risk of developing a heart condition.
Low Testosterone Isn’t Good Either
Testosterone is a hormone found in all humans; it’s commonly known that men have much higher levels of testosterone than women. Testosterone is responsible for all sorts of various functions in men and women.
In men, testosterone is involved in making protein and muscle formation, helps manufacture bone, improves oxygen uptake throughout the body, helps to control blood sugar, regulate cholesterol, maintain a powerful immune system, prevent Alzheimer’s disease, aids in mental concentration and memory and improves mood.
In women, testosterone increases sexual interest, a sense of emotional well-being, helps maintain muscle mass and strength, maintains memory, helps the skin from sagging, decreases excess body fat, maintains bone strength and builds bone and elevates levels of norepinephrine in the brain. In addition it inhibits the development of amyloid plaque in the brain that leads to Alzheimer’s Disease.
Symptoms of male testosterone loss are fatigue, loss of energy, depression, irritability, anger, anxiety, nervousness, loss of memory and concentration, decreased libido and drive, loss of erections, decreased intensity of orgasms, backache and joint aches, loss of fitness, feeling over-stressed, decline of physical abilities, bone loss and elevated cholesterol levels.
Symptoms of testosterone loss in a woman include muscle wasting, weight gain, fatigue, low self-esteem, decreased HDL cholesterol, dry and thin skin with poor elasticity, thinning and dry hair, droopy eyelids, sagging cheeks, thin lips and anxiety.
This all sounds like it can’t be fixed. Our Hormone Optimization Therapy can help alleviate many of these symptoms, if not most of them.
If you are interested in learning more about Hormone Optimization Therapy and if it’s a fit for you, please call our Live Well Center at 480-752-7600. The Live Well Center is located in suite #25 at Warner Family Practice and patients can enter that suite from the south side of the building.
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