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Research has confirmed: hormone replacement is the answer to the
natural aging processes like weight gain, muscle atrophy, low energy levels and sex
As we age, hormone levels naturally start to decline. Due to environmental
factors, this affects men and women alike at younger ages. The National Institute on Aging
instructed several major U.S. universities to study the relationship between aging, low or
unbalanced hormone levels, and the development of diseases. They concluded that hormones
deficiencies were major contributors to the diseases of aging such as heart disease, bone loss,
mental and physical virility. Worldwide research of the past twenty years has also confirmed the
tremendous health benefits of hormone therapy.
Bio-identical hormones are natural
plant based hormones that are exactly like the hormones we make ourselves. Each person has their
own hormone blueprint that is to be best for them and levels can be measured and adjusted to
match each blueprint. Bio-Identical hormones are formulated by compounding pharmacists in more
convenient effective forms than standard drugstore brands. Being able to individualize a dose is
superior to other traditional “one size fits all” synthetic hormone therapy, having more health
benefits and fewer side effects.
While no one claims to have the fountain of youth,
hormone therapy holds great promise for promoting healthy longevity. Our Bio-Identical Hormone
Replacement Therapy may be the answer you’ve been looking for!
The following is a brief description of many hormones that
decrease as we age. Some or all of these hormones may be supplemented during hormone replacement
- Testosterone: Testosterone is an important hormone secreted by the adrenal
glands, testes, and ovaries. It contributes to energy, muscle mass, strength, endurance,
decreased fat, increased exercise tolerance, enhancement of well-being, and psychological
status. Testosterone protects against cardiovascular disease, hypertension, obesity and
arthritis. It leads to improved lean muscle mass, increased libido, and sexual performance.
It prolongs the quality of life by decreasing the diseases of aging. Testosterone levels
dramatically decline after the age or forty in both men and women. The most common symptom
of declining testosterone, andropause (male menopause) is fatigue and is often experienced
by men in their mid-forties. Testosterone is extremely important in the female as well as
the male, making supplementation absolutely recommended for both.
- Estrogens: Estrogens are secreted by the ovaries. Men also make a small
amount of estrogen from the conversion of testosterone, but environmental factors called
Xenoestrogens, have contributed significantly in the increase of estrogen in men causing
symptoms of moodiness, fatigue, weight gain in the abdomen and gynecomastia (swelling of the
breast tissue). In women, estrogen protects against heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis,
Alzheimer’s disease and memory disorders. It protects against vaginal atrophy (skin
thinning), incontinence and prevents symptoms of menopause including hot flashes and night
sweats as well as improves balance by improving the visual somatosensory system in the
central nervous system. Estrogen deficiency as well contributes to increased face wrinkles,
decreased energy, depression, mood swings, decreased libido and insomnia. The use of
estrogen replacement during menopause is a classic example of optimizing hormone levels to
- Progesterone: Progesterone is secreted by the ovaries during the second
half of the menstrual cycle. It is only produced from an ovulating ovary. During
reproductive years, it prepares the uterine lining for embryo implantation. After menopause,
progesterone supplementation protects against uterine and breast cancers, osteoporosis,
fibrocystic breast disease and ovarian cysts. Most U.S. physicians prescribe synthetic
progestins that cause side effects such as bloating, headaches, fatigue, and weight gain.
Natural progesterones are as effective and generally do not cause these side effects.
- DHEA: DHEA is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands located above the
kidneys. This hormone is precursor to the sex hormones: testosterone, estrogen, and
progesterone. DHEA promotes an anabolic (protein building) state. It reduces cardiovascular
risk by increasing fat metabolism, stimulates the immune system, restores sexual vitality,
improves mood, lowers cholesterol and reduces body fat. Recent studies point to DHEA as an
anti-stress hormone, reversing the effects of stress on the immune system.
- Thyroid Hormones: Thyroid hormones are metabolic hormone secreted by the
thyroid gland that regulates blood circulation, body temperature, metabolism and cerebral
function. It contributes to energy levels, temperature regulation, and body warmth. It
increases fat breakdown, resulting in weight loss as well as lowering cholesterol. It
protects against cardiovascular disease, improves cerebral metabolism and helps to prevent
cognitive impairment. Thyroid hormone is probably the safest and most beneficial cholesterol
lowering agent, yet it is infrequently used for this. Thyroid function is best evaluated by
laboratory levels along with clinical correlation of symptoms to indicate primary
hypothyroidism and tertiary hypothyroidism.
- Pregnenolone: Pregnenolone is a parent compound to many other hormones,
mainly estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, DHEA, and cortisol. Pregnenolone also functions
as a memory enhancer and is a factor in cell repair, particularly in the brain and nerve
tissue. Pregnenolone protects brain function and protects against brain cell injury.
- Cortisol: Cortisol is secreted by the adrenal glands. It is the hormone
responsible for the body’s ability to handle stress. Stress can be emotional or physical,
yet both have the same cortisol response. Prolonged stress can markedly deplete cortisol
levels. This leads to adrenal fatigue and eventual “burn out”. Low cortisol levels
contribute to fatigue, poor immune defenses and depression as well as inhibit the
effectiveness of antidepressant medication often making depression more difficult to treat.
- Melatonin: Melatonin is secreted by the pineal gland located at the base of
the brain. It is a circadian rhythm hormone-fluctuation according to the amount of daylight
and affects sleep patterns. Research has shown that cells rejuvenate and repair during the
deeper stages of sleep. It is during these sleep stages that the body produces natural
killer cells or CD4 cells. Melatonin increases the deep stage of sleep and stage IV sleep,
thereby increasing and enhancing immunity. Improved sleep patterns serve to energize the
body and improve mood. Melatonin has powerful antioxidant effects that contribute to a
disease and cancer prevention.
- Insulin: Insulin is secreted from the pancreas gland and is critical for
the glucose (sugar) transport to every cell for energy. If insulin levels are too low or too
high, the functions of the cells are greatly impaired. Hyperinsulinemia (too high of
insulin) contributes to a metabolic syndrome called Insulin Resistance Syndrome (IRS).
Seventy- five percent of American adults have this hormone condition and IRS worsens with
age. Insulin Resistance Syndrome often results in high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol
and/or triglycerides, obesity, gout, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Polycystic Ovarian
(PCOS) is also now known to be caused by insulin resistance.
The Research Is In
The results coming in from recent research now demand that we look
at aging itself as a significant factor causing diseases. We are changing our medical thinking
about whether diseases that occur with aging are really normal and if there are modalities to
slow down, or even reverse this process.
What we now know is that much of the
deterioration of aging is preventable with hormone replacement therapy. Other researchers
realized the importance of supplementing other aging hormones. Scientists at the Gerontology
Research Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Baltimore, Maryland , examined the
roles of sex hormones: estrogen, testosterone, DHEA with age-related disturbances of the
muscles, bone metabolism and body composition. They restored these sex hormones levels to those
of younger healthier people and discovered improvement in both physical and psychological
functions. The findings of improved cardiovascular function improved cholesterol levels,
decreased body fat, increased lean mass, body mass, improved energy, increased muscle strength
and endurance were all recognized as valuable benefits of hormone replacement therapy during
The theory behind supporting hormones to promote health can be understood by
our experience with insulin. Before the identification, production and administration of
insulin, many people died as a result of diabetes. Once scientists were able to synthesize and
replace insulin, the severe changes caused from diabetes were profoundly improved. This advanced
technology leads hormone research beyond just treatment of diseases but can be a focus on
correction of hormone deficiencies associated with aging and therefore age related ailments and
diseases.. Restoring hormone levels back to what we had during our healthy youth (ages 25- 30)
has been clearly shown to reverse many of the unfavorable effects that appear as we
Complete Medical’s experienced team helps you understand how you got where you
are and how to get back to the youthful you. Once you complete your assessment, we guide you
through a specialized treatment specific to your unique profile. Come see why so many people
have increased their enjoyment of life with our Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy