Anti-Aging Q + A
Why do I age?
You may be blessed with great genes. You may eat properly and exercise regularly. But eventually the aging process will begin to take its toll. Aging is an intrinsic process that actually begins after you reach your sexual maturity. After that, nature is not as concerned about protecting your body and ultimately your mind. There are several things that happen to advance your aging process. At AMI, you can take steps to counteract this process by slowing, stopping and even reversing many of the negative effects of aging and truly roll back time, live longer, and look great!
What are hormones and what do they do?
Hormones are the most influential natural chemicals in your body. They carry messages to your organs and bodily systems telling them when and how to operate. Hormones give you the ability to protect your mind and body. They keep your skin and bones and overall health strong. In essence, they help to keep you young. The fact is that when your hormones decline rapidly your aging process advances rapidly, too
So, hormones guide nearly every function in your body. Many of these are beneficial hormones like melatonin, important for restful deep sleep, HGH or Human Growth Hormone for repair and rebuilding, your sexual hormones – estrogen, testosterone and progesterone, which give you your femininity and masculinity, and thyroid hormones, which allow you to efficiently burn your fuel and produce the energy for everything you do every moment of your life. As you age, hormone production decreases and results in the deterioration of physical and mental capabilities. But it does not have to be this way. Bioidentical hormones are molecule for molecule identical to your own. Under a trained physician’s guidance, the proper use of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can properly balance your hormones to restore your health and allow you to look and feel great.
Why do hormones decline?
Hormones decline as we age once we reach our sexual maturity. Contrary to popular belief, our body slows the production of some vital hormones fairly early in life — even as early as your teen years. The human body was never designed to live as long as we are living today. Advances in healthcare, vaccinations, sanitation and food preservatives have drastically increased life span. However, the glands that produce our hormones do not regenerate and continue to decline, producing fewer hormones with each passing year. As we age, it becomes increasingly important for both men and women to keep their hormones balanced to protect against fatigue, mood swings, disease, obesity and to enjoy an overall healthier sense of well being.
Melatonin production can start to decline by age 15
Men, by the age of 70, have approximately 10% of the hormones they had when they were 25.
Women lose testosterone production at a rate of 1%-2% per year from age 25. By 40 to 50, they begin to lose vital health protection when their estrogen production falls.
Is hormone replacement just for women?
Hormone replacement is just as important for men’s health. Proper individualized replacement programs using these hormones will make you feel and function years younger, while at the same time protecting you against the diseases and infirmities of aging.
Are there any negative side effects of hormone replacement?
When administered properly, HRT and BHRT are safe and have no adverse side effects Perhaps the only negative side of all the scientific and clinical information on hormone replacement is that it is just a way too good to believe. Let’s face it, when the average person is told that there is an anti-aging therapy that does all the following, it’s just too much to take seriously:
- Increases exercise performance
- Improves overall energy levels
- Enhances sexual performance
- Re-grows the heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, brain, and other organs that atrophy with aging
- Causes an average of 14. 4 pounds of fat loss in 6 months without dieting and an 8. 8% increase in muscle mass without exercising
- Improves cardiac function
- Lowers blood pressure
- Causes the skin to be tighter and thicker and have less wrinkles
- Improves mood and sleep
- Increases mental function
- Improves injury healing
- Strengthens bones
- Lowers LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL
- Improves immune function
If there are any side effects, they usually occur due to a hormone dosage being too high. Our trained physicians evaluate your progress closely through blood tests and follow up visits to assure your hormones are balanced correctly. However, BHRT is a science in-and-of itself and must be administered by a skilled physician. AMI’s team of physicians specialize in HRT and BHRT and have extensive medical training on the policies and procedures in accordance with the American Medical Association. There are many different therapies and medicines available to you in the world of Anti Aging. Some are more effective and safer than others. We pride ourselves in offering you the latest and safest in Anti-aging and Rejuvenation Medicine.
Hormonal Replacement is The Key
The major difference between you at age 50 and you at age 25 is hormonal. Hormones are molecular messengers which control healing, tissue regeneration, immune function, sexual function, memory and mood, strength, body composition, skin thickness, energy, digestion, and virtually every other aspect of human function. When they hear the word “hormone” most people think only of the sex hormones, but there are many other hormones beside these. Other important hormones are growth hormone, thyroid hormone, and the adrenal hormones. Age related hormonal deficiencies are the primary cause of all the diseases and symptoms of aging.
What are those free radicals I hear so much about?
Free radicals are molecules made from electrons which leaked from oxygen in our cells. These molecules are nasty renegades that begin to damage your DNA, proteins and lipids by stealing more electrons from other cells. The result is a serious increase in aging, Alzheimer’s disease, heart and vascular disease and cancers.
Even though your body has its own defense with its own anti-oxidants, there is much more you can do to slow your aging process from free radicals. While we can’t eliminate free radicals, there are many things we can do to reduce their effects. By eliminating smoking, drinking, and eating processed food; by working out, reducing stress, and paying attention to what goes on around us; these are just a few of many examples we can do to minimize the effects they have on us.
Does diet and exercise have anything to do with free radicals?
Are you still eating too much sugar, soda pop, and junk food? Are you not working out or getting enough exercise is your routine? What you eat and how much exercise you get play very important roles in how many free radicals you have inside you. It’s hard to believe but over 50% of the US population is overweight!! Well, we may not have cared in our teens and twenties, but we may have brought on high levels of insulin which can lead to insulin resistance later in life. All of this is a major contributor to accelerating our aging. We can show you what you can still do to slow your aging process by eating better and exercising for a healthier, longer life.
What about the environment?
You are constantly being bombarded by chemicals and elements in the environment which, over time, can cause many serious health problems. Lead, aluminum, arsenic, mercury and other “heavy metals” contribute to disorders and diseases and accelerate your aging process. We will show you how to detoxify you and your home for a longer healthier life.
What Can You Do About Aging?
By having your blood chemistry, lifestyle, and hormone levels carefully assessed, you can begin the initial steps to take control over your hormonal and metabolic health. AMI has physicians that only prescribe safe and effective HCG, HRT, and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). Coupled with a proper diet, weight loss, stress reduction, lifestyle changes, and carefully selected, high grade supplements that help you combat the oxidation in your body, you can dramatically roll back time, live longer, and look great!
What is Anti-Aging Medicine?
Anti-Aging is one of the newest specialties in medicine. At AMI, we have the greatest respect for your aging process. It is those who are aging who tend to be the wisest about the important things in life. But, it is also the aging who, until now, suffered the most from the deterioration of their bodies and minds.
By our 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond, much of your hormonal production has begun to sharply decline. Hormones are those most important natural messengers telling our organs and systems how and when to function at peak performance. Without them our body and mind falls into a fast decline.
With advances in the practice of anti-aging medicine, we are able to take more control over the negative effects of aging on our body and mind.
Come on a medical adventure with us to a life of great health, vitality and longevity. Look and feel great! Call us today. And be sure to take the free anti-aging survey on this site.
I understand hormones and free radicals, so what is this Bioidentical Hormone Therapy I keep hearing about?
As women and men age, their hormones decline. This decline creates hormonal imbalances which cause negative side effects. For women, they may suffer from hot flashes, weight gain, night sweats, fatigue, loss of libido and much more.
Although a man’s loss of hormones are less obvious, he is still losing them. Testosterone loss will show itself through symptoms such as low energy, loss of muscle mass, a slower metabolism resulting in weight gain and decreased strength in erections.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy (or BHRT) is a hormonal therapy that uses plant-derived hormones identical in chemical and molecular structure to ones produced by the human body. These hormones include testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, thyroid and many others for treating menopause and andropause. They are essentially molecule for molecule identical to your own hormones. These hormones cannot be purchased from a regular pharmacy or produced by a pharmaceutical company. They are compounded specifically for each individual patient in a special pharmacy, not synthetically modified by a drug company. BHRT hormones are made specific to each patient and only prescribed by a doctor. After the treatments have started, we closely monitor the results of BHRT to ensure results that are safe and effective. Numerous studies have been done attesting to the safety of natural hormones for men and women. Bioidentical hormones have been successfully used by men and women for decades. In well known medical journals, researchers have reported that the bioidentical hormones, estrogen and testosterone, are not only safe but also have a positive impact on some diseases like osteoporosis and prostate cancer.
There are several important hormones you may receive while at AMI as our patient. Bioidentical Hormone therapy can assist you in slowing, stopping and even reversing many of the negative effects of aging and truly roll back the hands of time. Call us today to see how you can experience our safe and effective treatments from our medical staff.
Am I a candidate?
Are you a man or woman somewhere between your 30’s and your 70’s who wants to learn more about weight loss and anti-aging treatments? Are you simply curious to find out where in the aging process you are? If so, take our free and quick weight loss and anti-aging survey. It only takes a couple of minutes!
What happens next?
The first step in the process is to fill out our contact form. Within 48 hours, you will receive a call to answer any questions and schedule an appointment with our Medical Concierge. Our center is usually booked out for initial appointments two weeks in advance. You can also call us to see if there are any available openings earlier if you are ready to begin.
During your initial visit, you will complete a questionnaire which asks about current and past health and living habits. Next, you will meet with one of our highly-trained weight loss and anti-aging doctors to review your health history, perform testing, (which includes a physical) and receive consultation.
If it is likely that you could benefit from treatment, you will undergo saliva, urine, and/or blood sampling which will reveal the levels of nutrients and hormones present. This testing will tell if your blood chemistry is accelerating the process of weight gain and aging.
Between the first and second appointments, your lab test will be analyzed and assessed. During your second visit, the test results will be given and the doctor will carefully explain the findings to you. We will suggest an action plan and your treatment will begin immediately!
To ensure your treatment is producing the desired results, your doctor will schedule follow-up visits with you. Keep in mind that everyone is different, and no one size (dose of medicine) fits all. The correct amount of hormone replacement and HCG is determined based on laboratory results, individual goals, severity of symptoms, age, gender, and body size. Once the patient and doctor have determined that the treatment is working, the amount of follow-up visits tapers off.
Once your hormones are rebalanced and replenished, you can begin to return to a more healthy and vibrant way of life.
Do I need to come back?
To ensure the treatment is producing results as it should, the weight loss and anti-aging doctor will schedule follow-up visits with the patient. The doctor will assess blood work, urine, and or saliva testing to determine hormone and nutrient levels.
Each patient receives a personalized treatment plan, based on the individual’s goals. Once the patient and doctor have determined that the treatment is working, the amount of follow-up visits tapers off.
What results can be expected?
Results differ between women and men. Female patients of our center can expect to see improvements in their energy levels, cognitive concentration, heart health, weight management and loss, skin tone and fitness, as well as an improved sense of health and prosperity.
Male patients of our center can expect to see improvements in their libido, energy levels, concentration, heart health, lower body fat percentage, greater muscle mass and improved memory.
How much is treatment at AMI?
Our center is focused on improving your life by taking control of it. The cost is determined by the type of service undergone, and also the type and amount of supplements prescribed and purchased from us. Treatment at our center is dependent on lab tests done. This testing will be billed to the patient’s insurance company. The lab tests are generally covered by insurance. The center will provide patients with all the information needed specific to each visit.
Because each individual has unique and specific needs, cost varies from patient to patient. Find out more by calling a weight loss and anti-aging representative. Call us at 1-866-343-8362.
The Center for Weight Loss and Anti-Aging doesn’t accept insurance, although the lab testing done in conjunction with treatment is usually covered by insurance.
When should I consider Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Don’t wait if you are experiencing symptoms of hormone imbalance. In general, hormones begin to decline after the mid-20s and hormone imbalance symptoms are frequently present by the mid-30s. Any time you are ready to look younger and feel better is a good time to start.
How will Hormone Replacement Therapy help me?
- Enhance the quality of your life
- Increase mental sharpness
- Enhance muscle tone
- Restore sense of wellbeing
- Diminish mood swings
- Restore libido
- Improve energy levels
- And much more…
Will My Insurance Cover HRT and BHRT?
Insurance will usually cover your blood work. However, they don’t cover the consultation and products.
What exactly is hormone modulation?
Hormone modulation is the science of optimizing hormones that once may have been in abundance when we were young but are no longer being adequately produced by the body. The goal of hormone management is to modulate our hormones to the levels at which our immune system is the strongest, our metabolism is most efficient, and our ability to build muscle, rather than fat is the greatest.
How long before you can actually see results?
While this varies with each person, some people feel results within days. You can expect to feel results within three to six months after beginning hormone management. Often the results of proper modulation are manifested by what you don’t feel; i.e., sick, tired, moody, etc.
How long do I have to be on these therapies?
You should give your program at least six months to see significant benefits. Your body needs that much time to heal and rebuild. You should stay on the program for as long as you want to optimize your health.
What happens if I stop the program?
You will have gained time while on the program, but if you should elect to stop, you will experience no accelerated aging. Should you stop the program, your body will simply begin to age again at the normal rate.
At what age should a person start such a program?
It’s never too late for any adult to begin the nutraceutical program. A person does not need to begin hormone modulation therapy, however, until such time when the body begins to lower its own hormone production. Our thorough blood tests and assessments help us determine exactly where you may be most deficient and how we can best help you. Every person is different and will have different needs and may need different adjustments as far as hormone modulation go.
Will the treatment interfere with my currently prescribed medications?
Answer: Generally no. In some instances, medications may actually be reduced or no longer needed. Your AMI will be able to advise you best on this and will be happy to work with your own doctor should you so desire.
Will AMI be taking over as my doctor?
Absolutely not. As a wellness program, AMI is happy to communicate with your health care team, and/or any specialists you may be seeing. AMI encourages you to continue your usual visits with your regular doctor.
How soon can I start?
You can call AMI right now and you will be given all the information you need to enroll in our program and the necessary paperwork for your initial blood test, evaluation & assessment. Once we receive your results (usually 5-7 days), you will need to follow up with your AMI physician so he can explain to you the details of your personalized program and the amount of hormones you will be prescribed. You will also be given instructions as to the proper way to self-administer the hormones at home. You will then receive your shipment every month delivered straight to your door. So all-in-all, you could be started in as little as two week’s time.
What are some benefits of human growth hormone?
- Reduce body fat
- Increase muscle mass
- Higher energy levels
- Enhance sexual performance
- Restoration of vital organs
- Stronger immune system
- Increase bone density
- Lower cholesterol and blood pressure
- Faster wound healing
- Smoother, firmer skin
- Re-growth of hair
- Sharper vision
- Elevated mood
- Improved cognition
What are some of the menopause symptoms?
- Weight gain
- Night sweats
- Thinning hair
- Brittle nails
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings
- Loss of sex drive
- Vaginal dryness
What are some of the symptoms of male hormone imbalance?
- Loss of energy
- May become apathetic towards ideas and goals
- Lose zeal
- Weight gain
- Diminished sex drive
- Loss of muscle mass
- Loss of strength
What to expect from AMI?
Every client undergoes a comprehensive evaluation to determine their current health status as well as any hormonal or nutritional deficiencies. This evaluation can also help identify risk factors for age related diseases. When hormonal or nutritional deficiencies are diagnosed, our physicians prescribe the highest quality hormones and pharmaceutical grade supplements to safely maximize your body’s potential. Our comprehensive evaluation is specific to each individual and consists of a combination of procedures managed by a certified physician.
What are the procedures?
- Physical Examination
- Evaluation and Orientation with Physician
- Comprehensive Lab Chemistries
- Cardiovascular Analysis
- Cholesterol Panel
- Basic Hormonology
- Women’s Hormone Profile
- Men’s Hormone Profile
- Body Composition Analysis
- Lifestyle and Nutritional Assessment