The How and Why of Hormonal Balancing

As we age the level of hormones decreases.  Hormonal imbalances can contribute to adrenal fatigue, metabolic syndrome, thyroid disease, and sexual dysfunction.

Post Menopause Stress and adrenal fatigue are related. The adrenal glands are responsible for regulating the body’s response to stress by controlling the hormones released during stress. When stress is not well- managed and becomes chronic the adrenal glands are unable to function optimally. Cortisol is the main adrenal hormone used to manage stress. The adrenals secrete cortisol in response to low blood sugar, stress, exercise, and excitement. Cortisol is at optimal levels in the morning and gives your body that jumpstart that gets you going early in the day but the levels dissipate during the day.  Adrenal fatigue contributes to sleeping issues, susceptibility to infection, anxiety, depression, allergies, feeling cold, chemical sensitivity, and reduced tolerance for stress. Bioidentical hormone therapy balances your hormones, including the hormones released during stress, with customized prescriptions that fit your body chemistry and what your body needs. This, combined with an individualized nutrition /supplement and fitness program, maintains normal hormone levels and can effectively eliminate the symptoms associated with menopause and perimenopause.

Metabolic syndrome is a name created to identify risk factors that contribute to coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.  A symptom is noted when there is weight gain around the abdominal portion of the body and/or when there is a resistance to insulin.  As a result, blood sugars and fat levels rise.  People who have metabolic syndrome can also have excessive blood clotting and low levels of inflammation throughout the body. Metabolic syndrome is present if you have three or more of the following signs:PubMed Health. A service of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

~A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia. Atlanta (GA): A.D.A.M.; 2011.

~Blood pressure equal to or higher than 130/85 mmHg

~Fasting blood sugar (glucose) equal to or higher than 100 mg/dL

~Large waist circumference (length around the waist):

*Men – 40 inches or more

*Women – 35 inches or more

~Low HDL cholesterol:

*Men – under 40 mg/dL

*Women – under 50 mg/dL

~Triglycerides equal to or higher than 150 mg/dL

Thyroid disease is yet another ramification of hormonal imbalances. The symptoms are numerous and often overlap the other issues created by hormonal imbalances.  Symptoms are extreme fatigue, unexplained weight gain, depression, joint pain, headaches, dry skin, brittle nails, brittle hair, irregular, periods, constipation, hoarseness, unexplained cough, puffiness, hypertension, bruising, increased swelling, and the “forbidden” memory loss.

One of the most devastating results created by hormonal loss and imbalance is the loss of sexual function. This is where hormone replacement plays a critical role in your mental well-being.  Your state of mental satisfaction and happiness is important in the maintaining of a healthy lifestyle.  A healthy sexual life is part of the mathematical equation for the pursuit of happiness.  Without it, health issues can occur because health and sex truly go hand and hand.

The good news, for both men and women, is that hormone loss and imbalance is easily correctible. Through state-of-the-art diagnostic hormone testing, using saliva, urine and/or blood analysis, we can determine your hormone levels and your unique bioidentical hormone needs.

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