Hormone Optimization

Hormones play a role in our everyday life. Hormone response is as unique to each person as their own fingerprints. Optimization of the sex hormones can help with many different conditions. The goal for healthy aging is to help create a hormonal balance that is right for you. Replacing the hormones that we lose during the aging process is necessary for both men and women. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is practiced at nutrIV Therapies. The problem with synthetic hormones is that they waste energy by giving incomplete messages to cells, which then fail to produce a balanced hormonal response.

Men very often need testosterone as they age. Some studies have shown more than 38% of men over the age of 45 are low in testosterone and may have some related symptoms due to this testosterone loss. Men often understand that the loss of testosterone is what can lead to fatigue, weight loss issues and low libido. Though, women lose testosterone as they age as well. Typically women start losing testosterone between the ages of 18-30. They can suffer the same symptoms as men but need a much lower amount than men to replenish their diminished supply.

Testosterone
Low levels in both sexes associated with reduced bone density, libido, lean muscle mass. Low levels in men associated with increased CV risk. One of the big myths is that only men need testosterone. Frequently, women need testosterone too. The same signs that are seen in men are also seen in women. The dose of testosterone is nearly 10% of that of men but still needed. Having your testosterone checked as part of any yearly exam is always recommended. Typically a good sign for wondering if testosterone may be low is feeling fatigued and drained in the 3PM to 5PM time frame.

Helps with:
-       Concentration and memory
-       Sleep
-       Anemia
-       Decreases body fat
-       Increasing lean muscle mass
-       Increased physical or work performance
-       Low bone mineral density
-       Elevated mood
-       Increased sexual desire and function
-       Increased energy, motivation, initiative, self‐confidence

 

Women are in need of estrogen and progesterone as well as testosterone. Sometimes, progesterone can be used as a sleep aid in men but it is not a hormone men need. Women lose progesterone and estrogen as they age. After menopause a drop in estrogen as much as 90% occurs within only 1-2 years. This drop is what leads to many of the post-menopause symptoms women feel. Brain fog and hot flashes are the most common things women start to notice.

Estrogen
This hormone has over 400 functions in the body. Hormone replacement therapy helps with relieve of symptoms, prevention of memory loss, heart health, bone production, and growth and repair. Medically, natural estrogen means that it is the same chemical structure that you are born with.

Helps with:
-       Increases metabolic rate
-       Improves insulin sensitivity
-       Regulates body temperature
-       Helps prevent muscle damage
-       Helps maintain muscle
-       Improves sleep
-       Reduces risk of cataracts
-       Helps maintain the elasticity of arteries
-       Dilates small arteries
-       Increases blood flow
-       Inhibits platelet stickiness
-       Decreases the accumulation of plaque on arteries
-       Enhances magnesium uptake and utilization
-       Maintains the amount of collagen in the skin
-       Decreases blood pressure
-       Decreases LDL and prevents its oxidation
-       Helps maintain memory
-       Increases reasoning and new ideas
-       Helps with fine motor skills
-       Increases the water content of skin and is responsible for its thickness and softness
-       Enhances the production of nerve-growth factor
-       Increases HDL by 10 to 15%
-       Reduces the overall risk of heart disease by 40 to 50%
-       Enhances energy
-       Improves mood
-       Increases concentration
-       Maintains bone density
-       Helps prevent glaucoma
-       Decreases lipoprotein(a)
-       Acts as a natural calcium channel blocker to keep arteries open
-       Increases sexual interest
-       Reduces homocysteine
-       Decreases wrinkles
-       Protects against macular degeneration
-       Decreases risk of colon cancer
-       Helps prevent tooth loss
-       Aids in the formation of neurotransmitters in the brain such as serotonin which decreases depression, irritability, anxiety, and pain sensitivity

Progesterone
This hormone plays a large role in the menstrual cycle for women. It does quite a bit in the body and is needed sometimes before menopause even happens. Progesterone can aid in pregnancy in women who have fertility issues. It is also sometimes used in men as a sleep aid. On the other hand, synthetic progesterone, called progestins, do not reproduce the same actions of natural progesterone. Some adverse effects of progestins are increased appetite, weight gain, fluid retention, irritability, depression, headaches, decreases energy, bloating, breast tenderness, decreases sexual interest, acne, hair loss, nausea, insomnia, interferes with the body’s own production of progesterone, and remains in the body longer.

Helps with:
-       Balance the estrogen
-       Improves sleep
-       Has a natural calming effect
-       Lowers high blood pressure
-       Helps the body use and eliminate fats
-       Can lower cholesterol
-       Increases scalp hair
-       Increases metabolic rate
-       Natural diuretic
-       Natural antidepressant
-       An anti-inflammatory
-       Stimulates growth of new bone
-       Helps improve libido
-       Enhances thyroid hormones
-       Promotes the immune system
-       Neuroprotective.

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