It is almost impossible to talk about hormone therapy without mentioning the endocrine system. The foundations of the endocrine are systems of glands that are involved in releasing hormones. It is responsible for regulating metabolism, growth and development and sexual function, and also plays a part in determining mood. The glands of the endocrine system and the hormones they release influence almost every cell, organ, and function of our bodies.
Hormone levels can be influenced by factors such as stress, infection, and changes in the balance of fluid and minerals in blood. The every day stresses, environmental toxins, aging, unhealthy lifestyles will lead, sooner or later, to hormone imbalances that can begin as early as our mid 20s and worsen with time.
What is Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy?
Bio-identical hormone therapy utilizes hormones that are custom-compounded to match identically with those naturally made by your body to provide a safe and effective treatment for hormonal imbalances that affect women and men of all ages. These preparations are made at special pharmacies called compounding pharmacies, which make the preparation on a case-by-case basis for each patient. Stress, aging, genetics and unhealthy lifestyles contribute to imbalances of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, thyroid and growth hormone. If you feel tired, can’t sleep, experiencing hot flashes, depression, PMS, headaches, mood swings, low libido, gaining weight or just don’t feel your best, bio-identical hormone therapy may hold the key to improving your symptoms arising from PMS, Menopause and Andropause.
At Smart Aging ®, we look at your entire endocrine system using a series of diagnostic tools and based on your test results, we will compound bio-identical hormones that are best suited to your situation. We address bio-identical hormones in the context of the whole person: diet, exercise, lifestyle, relationships, and stress are all important elements to consider.