The latest news on anti aging and HRT for men and women, plus information on menopause and andropause treatments.
Reversing the process of aging is almost impossible. However, with the advent of biotechnological advancement, hormone replacement therapy for a younger & healthier body helps improve life for men who’re into their middle age and beyond.
Sexual hormones see a steady downfall with increase in age in incidence and quantity for both genders. So far, however, the reduction in sex hormones has been considered crucial only in women, making them resort to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) during their menopause, to help them alleviate drastic menopausal symptoms such as osteoporosis, hot flashes, etc.
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
In distinction, male hormone replacement therapy (MHRT) for men has rarely been approved for fit, elder men. Current proof advocates that men might be able to stay trimmer, well-built, more contented, and virile for a higher duration of time if they consumed supplements to compensate for the testosterone that is lost as a result of aging.
Testosterone-replacement therapy has been put to test in various groups, and its impact is very evident especially in an overall improvement in functionality and well being. There have been inadequate scientific research of its lasting effects and experts remain worried that hormone supplements might increase the threat of the onset of prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Male HRT – A Treatment for Andropause
The consumption of testosterone by aging men, better perceived as male HRT and more specifically, androgen replacement therapy, has captured the interest of the medical community as well as lay people for the past ten years or more. Although information of the probable advantages and threats of male androgen replacement therapy is greater than before, there is still a good deal that needs to be found out. Though there are a considerable amount of possible benefits of male Androgen Replacement and statistics regarding the irrefutable impacts of such substitution have built up, but so far there have not been any large scale trials of this therapy.
Being the chief masculinizing hormone (androgen), testosterone stimulates bone and muscle growth and promotes development of male genitalia.
During the onset of puberty in young males, responding to an indicator from the hypothalamus in the brain, the pituitary gland induces specific cells in the testicles to augment the amount of testosterone production in the body. This hormonal rush brings about sex drive and sperm production, induces acne, facial and pubic hair, and cracks the voice. Testosterone is produced women as well but not to the extent to which it is produced in men.
In grown up men, the testicles create about seven milligrams of testosterone on a day to day basis, with production normally being elevated in the early morning than at other time of the day.
Andropause is a condition that affects many males, usually beginning during middle age. The result of low testosterone throughout the body, andropause can have a profound effect on mood, energy levels, and sexual drive and performance. This common occurrence is similar to the female menopause; but, unlike in the case of women, men do not have a clear indication such as the cessation of menstruation to mark this transition in the aging process. Andropause is distinguished by a drop in hormone levels- specifically testosterone, a crucial component in the male body that regulates everything from mood to muscle development and sustainment. The bodily changes experienced by men may be accompanied by changes in psychological disposition, increased fatigue, decreased interest in sex, and loss of physical agility or strength.
Andropause – Causes and Treatments
A gradual decline in testosterone levels occurs in all men and is a natural part of aging. However, many men will experience symptoms of andropause that affect the quality of their daily lives, and thus may choose to seek medical help. Although it is difficult to predict the timing and extent of one’s propensity for experiencing symptoms of andropause, knowledge about this phenomenon’s causes, symptoms, and treatments can help men continue to lead healthy and active lives no matter what their age.
Typical symptoms of andropause are loss of muscle, memory loss, lowered libido, higher rates of body fat, and aches and pains. It can also increase the risk for heart attacks and osteoporosis.
More Information on Andropause Symptoms
Testosterone replacement in men with andropause can be highly effective and beneficial in alleviating the harmful effects of drops in levels of testosterone. However, hormone replacement therapy which uses synthetic hormones is less preferred as compared to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Bioidentical Hormone Therapy (or BHRT) is a hormonal therapy that uses plant-derived hormones identical to ones produced by the human body. BHRT hormones are different from synthetic hormones because the synthetically manufactured drugs are made using inorganic chemical compounds. BHRT hormones are made specific to each patient, prescribed by a physician based on his unique medical condition and history, and supervised by the doctor to ensure the treatment is achieving the optimal health and well-being objectives.
More infomation on Andropause Therapy
BHRT for the purpose of testosterone replacement has proven to show the following results in men experiencing symptoms of andropause:
- Improvement in energy both physical, mental and emotional
- Alleviation in levels of irritability, infuriation, depression, anxiety and fatigue
- Improvement in mood and sense of well being
- Better sleeping patterns
- Increased libido and sexual performance
- Decrease in fat mass and improvement in body mass
- Better muscle performance
- Decrease in potential risk of heart disease
Testosterone therapy and its beneficial effects can also improve one’s attitude, reinforcing self-esteem and increasing confidence. Also, men with more properly balanced hormone levels experience increased energy that leads to sustained success in personal, professional, and social activities. For male patients andropause therapy is a treatment plan specific to each patient’s specific needs. Biochemically, androgen replacement should aim not only to reach normal levels of serum testosterone, but also to normalize levels of those secondary hormones that are affected by testosterone levels, such as dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and estradiol.
- Why do I age?
- What are hormones and what do they do?
- Why do hormones decline?
- “Interesting Facts”
- Is hormone replacement just for women?
- Are there any negative side effects of hormone replacement?
- Hormonal Replacement is The Key
- What are those free radicals I hear so much about?
- Does diet and exercise have anything to do with free radicals?
- What about the environment?
- What Can You Do About Aging?
- What is Anti-Aging Medicine?
- I understand hormones and free radicals, so what is this Bioidentical Hormone Therapy I keep hearing about?
- Am I a candidate?
- What happens next?
- Do I need to come back?
- What results can be expected?
- How much is treatment at AMI?
- When should I consider Hormone Replacement Therapy?
- How will Hormone Replacement Therapy help me?
- Will My Insurance Cover HRT and BHRT?
- What exactly is hormone modulation?
- How long before you can actually see results?
- How long do I have to be on these therapies?
- What happens if I stop the program?
- At what age should a person start such a program?
- Will the treatment interfere with my currently prescribed medications?
- Will AMI be taking over as my doctor?
- How soon can I start?
- What are some benefits of human growth hormone?
- What are some of the menopause symptoms?
- What are some of the symptoms of male hormone imbalance?
- What to expect from AMI?
- What are the procedures?
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 at 866-343-8362 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
Low Testosterone Levels
Low Testosterone is the lack of a steady flow of testosterone, or androgens. Testosterone levels peak during men’s late 20’s. As males increase in age, their ability to produce testosterone decreases thus resulting in low testosterone levels.
Without normal levels of testosterone, men often experience a decrease in sexual desire – loss of libido and poor erections (erectile dysfunction). Some other internal signs of low testosterone may result in mood swings, inability to concentrate, reduced energy, depression and osteoporosis (a decrease in bone mineral density) as well as, lowered sperm count and fertility. Outward signs of low testosterone include a decrease in body mass and strength due to a loss in muscle tissue and an increase in body fat. Also, men may experience a loss of body hair, breast enlargement can occur and male testes may become smaller and softer due to low testosterone levels.
In recent years, our understanding of low testosterone in men has changed. Many of the testosterone deficiency symptoms listed above have been associated with the aging process rather than due to hormonal changes that men go through. Millions of women experience similar hormonal changes; however the medical profession relates their symptoms to menopause. There is a male equivalent, andropause. The main difference is the way men and women experience this change in hormones. The testosterone change is not as obvious in men because the process is much slower.
Testosterone replacement methods include injections, gels, creams and testosterone patches. Many physicians recommend injections as the best testosterone replacement therapy.
Erectile Dysfunction is a medical condition , often referred to as impotence, where the male has the inability to gain and keep an erection during sexual intercourse. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) via testosterone often eliminates or reduces erectile dysfunction by increasing the male’s testosterone levels.
Erectile dysfunction is often the result of too little or low testosterone. Testosterone production increases dramatically at puberty, but as males get older, a gradual testosterone decline occurs. Too little testosterone may cause sexual difficulties and impotence. As many as 50 million men in the United States experience some sort of hormone deficiency. Hormone replacement therapy can help men regain their youthfulness and sex drive of their 30’s through HRT and BHRT.
Diminished Muscle Tone
Men often notice a drop in strength, a loss of muscle tone, and a prolonged period of time to recover from exercise as they age. The reason is declining testosterone levels result in muscle cells with smaller fiber size and therefore less strength. With the decrease in muscle mass, there is an increase in body fat. Testosterone replacement can improve muscle strength, stamina, vitality, and general sense of wellbeing. HRT and BHRT can help men regain their youthfulness of their 30’s.
Diminished muscle tone and weight gain go hand and hand. Aging men over 35 have an increase in percent body fat and reduction in muscle mass. These body alterations will lead to inevitable weight gain. HRT and BHRT can help men regain their youthfulness of their 30’s.
Lack of Focus / Loss of Memory
Poor Concentration is a feeling of mental fogginess. Our memory just isn’t what it once was or our ability to problem solve or do creative work has decreased. Men with hormone deficiencies sleep less and less soundly. Poorer quality sleep affects your REM (Rapid Eye Movement) which is important for all sorts of cognitive functions. Over time, those never getting a total of eight hours sleep will experience numerous problems including decreased concentration, extreme tiredness, decreased memory and decreased motor skills. So you can see how different deficiencies create other symptoms. Until you start treating the deficiencies causing the problems, the cycle of hormonal symptoms will not stop. HRT and BHRT can help regain your youthfulness of your 30s.
Hormone imbalance will often cause irritability, headaches and sexual difficulties in both men and women. Testosterone replacement therapy has been shown to improve mood and can restore a feeling of calmness. Many can stabilize their mood with HRT and BHRT.
Loss of Energy
The gradual decline of important sex hormones, especially testosterone, contributes to many factors leading up to the symptom, energy loss. Too often, men who have problems related to a low testosterone level are advised to treat only the symptoms of their conditions (such as taking antidepressant and/or cholesterol lowering). Recognizing the connection between hormones and the disease of aging is the first step to restoring a man’s youthful hormones and energy levels of their 30’s.
Loss of Bone Density
Bone loss is often referred to as a “silent disease” because it occurs without symptoms. Bone isn’t lost all at once, it sneaks up on you over a lifetime. Studies show that by their 40’s both women and men are losing bone at a rate of approximately 0.5 percent a year. We now know that a declining level of sex hormones plays a significant role in the development of bone loss and osteoporosis. Replacing your hormones through HRT and BHRT can help slow bone loss and in some cases partially reverse it.
Women suffering from early stages of menopause often experience hot flashes that range from feeling flushed, sweaty, to hot and cold, or feverish. Women describe their experience in different ways. Many say they literally feel like the heat is coming from the inside of their bodies and that this fluctuation in temperature can come in a flash or can last for days on end. The hot flashes occur when blood vessels open widely, letting more blood flow to the head and neck, causing heat, redness, and frequently perspiration. Sometimes it occurs at night (night sweats), followed by a chill. These hot flashes are usually over in a few seconds, but they always arrive unexpectedly and at the most inconvenient times. They are triggered by falling estrogen levels. For many women, there is a tremendous void in treatment of menopausal symptoms.
Estrogen is known as the great moisturizer! Menopause and the declining levels of estrogen are directly linked to signs of aging. As the face has many estrogen receptors, low estrogen often shows itself through wrinkles, dry skin caused by less productive oil glands as well as thinner, looser skin due to less collagen production. Replacing missing hormones can help combat the signs of aging that come with hormone imbalance. Hormone replacement therapy can help women regain their youthfulness of their 30’s.
Diminished Sex Drive / Low Libido
Testosterone is the hormone of sexual desire. Perimenopausal and menopausal women often experience a decreased desire for sex caused by an imbalance in the hormones: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Surgical menopause (i.e., removal of uterus and ovaries) causes immediate decline in testosterone by 50% as well as an 80% fall in Estradiol. The decline in libido continues steadily from approximately 30% of 30-year-old women to 50% of 50-year-old women. Women who are having normal periods in their 40’s and 50’s may still be 50% low in testosterone levels compared to 30-year-old women. Testosterone levels are reduced by more than 40% with estrogen replacement. This is because after menopause, the pituitary gland in our brain continues to secrete a hormone (LH) that stimulates the ovary to continue producing androgens. (Libido actually improves for some women after 50.) Adding replacement estrogen, however, keeps the pituitary from producing the androgen-stimulating hormones. Symptoms in addition to decreased or low libido and sex drive and decreased intensity of orgasm may include loss of energy and sense of well being, and affect as many as 50% of menopausal women.
Weight Gain due to Hormone Imbalance
Starting as early as 10 years before menopause, hormone levels decline. These hormone changes often result in an increased craving for sugar. During these menopausal years, the woman’s body is making less estrogen and her body tries to find hormones in other places such as fat cells. As fat cells generate estrogen, the body begins storing more fat. At the same time, the woman’s body is losing testosterone which leads to declining lean muscle. Since lean muscle is responsible for burning fat, the more muscle lost, the more fat will be stored and the more weight gained. These hormone imbalances make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight and nearly impossible to lose weight even with exercise.
One of the biggest reasons women do not take hormone replacement therapy during menopause is because they perceive they will gain weight. In fact, evidence shows women on hormones are less likely to gain weight than women who take nothing during menopause.
Everyone has a different progression of hormonal changes. During perimenopause and menopause, estrogen levels sometimes fly up extremely high and then crash down very low. These types of hormonal shifts will often precipitate mood swings, as well as irritability, headaches, sleep disturbances, hot flashes, and sexual difficulties. It is normal for menopausal women to be easily upset, especially considering their physiological changes.
Lack of Focus / Decreased Concentration
Some of the earliest symptoms of menopause are frequent waking at night and poor focus. These two symptoms are linked together because poorer quality sleep interferes with rapid eye movements (REM) during sleep. REM is critical to all sorts of thought processes such as problem solving and short-term memory. Going without adequate sleep over time can impair these cognitive functions, leading to a decreased ability to focus and concentrate, a decline in memory, and chronic fatigue. Until you start treating the hormone deficiencies causing the problems, the cycle of menopausal symptoms will not stop.
Sleep disturbances including difficulty in falling asleep and staying asleep are common occurrences among perimenopausal and menopausal women. Sleep occurs when body temperature begins to fall. Heat is lost through the skin and we become drowsy. Shifting hormonal levels during the night upset the mechanisms our bodies use to regulate our body temperature and as a result, we no longer obtain a good night’s sleep. Also, due to fluctuating hormonal levels, women are often awakened by night sweats or hot flashes in the middle of the night, making it difficult to sleep soundly enough to feel adequately rested. These changes in sleep may begin as early as 10 years before menopause. Trouble falling asleep as well as frequent weight gain are common occurrences which leave many women chronically fatigued. This is a result of hormonal changes occurring with menopause.
It has been reported that declining or fluctuating hormone levels in addition to chronically high levels of stress hormone can all lead to depression. Women are, therefore, especially vulnerable to depression starting during perimenopause and lasting into late menopause.
Frequently hot flashes and depression occurring with estrogen deficiency are treated with Prozac or similar antidepressants. These drugs are used to ease the flushes and depression, but why treat the symptoms when you should be treating the deficiency?
Studies have shown that women developing depression in the first few months of menopause responded well to hormone replacement without using antidepressants, so why not give women what they need?
Estrogen is known as the great moisturizer. It helps stop vaginal thinning and dryness that women often go through during perimenopause and menopause. Estrogen is also the great moisturizer for the skin, hair and eyes, and in fact there are estrogen receptors in the bladder and urethra, and if this is dry, you will get some mechanical friction and irritation, resulting in bladder leakage. Replacing missing hormones will relieve vaginal dryness, reduce bladder leakage, and improve the quality of your skin and hair.
A symptom not often mentioned but very common in menopause is bladder leakage, and this may occur in as many as 70% of women. Why do women experience urinary leakage? The vagina, bladder, and urethra all have estrogen receptor sites. Think of these like a lock and key, with estrogen being the key that fits in the receptor. These receptor cells are very sensitive to falling levels of estrogen. The bladder becomes more sensitive to many stimuli, resulting in an increase in the urge to urinate. In addition, low testosterone results in diminished muscle tone, making it harder to control the muscles that allow you to hold back the need to urinate. With these hormone deficiencies combined, they result in the bladder leakage problems.
Osteoporosis is a chronic degenerative bone disease. Bone loss is often referred to as a “silent disease” because it occurs without symptoms. Bone isn’t lost all at once, it sneaks up on you over a lifetime. Studies show that by their 40’s both women and men are losing bone at a rate of approximately 0.5 percent a year. We now know that a declining level of sex hormones plays a significant role in the development of bone loss and osteoporosis. Replacing your hormones through HRT can help slow bone loss and in some cases partially reverse it.