Endocrinology is considered the branch of physiology and the medicine concerned with endocrine system and hormones. The endocrine system is a series of glands that produce and secrete hormones that the body uses for a wide range of functions like growth, brain development and sleep cycles. Hormone disorders result from producing either too much or too little of a particular hormone.
Hormones are the chemical messengers that our body needs to tell our cells what to do, thus are vital to our health and well-being. All our cells have a receptor site for hormones. Hormones are an essential part of the metabolic process of living, and are important for the cells, organs, and metabolism. Our hormones decline through aging, menopause, disease, or trauma. This is when the accelerated aging process will start. We don’t lose our hormones because we get old; we get old because we lose our hormones.
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a natural method to treat symptoms of hormone imbalance. All hormones used in this therapy are identical to human hormones are found in yams and soy. We call these “natural” because they are natural to the body. The body naturally accepts and metabolizes these hormones. The doses are customized to patient’s specific hormonal needs.
Taking supplements leads to an enhanced level of total nutrient intake. Dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, and enzymes and come in different forms, including tablets, capsules, powders, and liquids. Supplements are compounded to be bio identical according to pharmaceutical standards. Every production batch is examined in a laboratory to ensure its purity and potency.
Blood tests determine deficiencies, and whether adequate replacement has been prescribed. In general, people will absorb, assimilate, and respond to hormones differently. For the full benefit of hormone replacement, the hormone levels should be optimal and protective. The goal is to achieve balanced, improved quality of life and prevent certain hormonal symptoms and diseases.
In general, menopause starts around the age of 51 but it can happen before you turn 40. This is called premature menopause. The age at which yours will start is mostly determined by your genes. Therefore, your symptoms may be the result of the hormonal imbalances of perimenopause, which can precede menopause by 15 years or more. Basically, the optimal health & hormonal balance can be achieved at every age, and if you give your body the support it needs at any time you can often have symptom-free menopause.
Yes, the Bio-Identical HRT will benefit your general health and your hormonal balance, whether you’ve had a hysterectomy or had your ovaries removed. In fact, the Bio-Identical HRT is especially relevant to women like you, given the heightened risks from long-term use of synthetic HRT. Natural hormone replacement therapy is advised for women under 40 who have had hysterectomy where it mimics the body’s natural progression.
Other bio-identical hormones that should be part of an optimal hormone replacement program are testosterone, thyroid, and DHEA. Both men and women need these hormones.
FACT : There is no doubt that any lumps or abnormal nodules should always be examined. However, an overactive or underactive thyroid can appear totally normal, and nodules can be completely benign.
TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is the most used measure for thyroid health but is not definitive. In fact, symptoms can still show despite a normal TSH levels. Your body struggles for more T3 hormone to stay healthy, but doctors have been fooled by the “normal” lab results which gives a healthy hormonal signal when the case is the other way around.
Our team of specialists look beyond just TSH where we listen thoroughly to the patient’s symptoms, study multiple blood tests and evaluate overall health to provide the best diagnosis and treatment. Even when TSH levels are normal, therapeutic trial of both T3 and T4 hormone are prescribed then carefully monitored over a period of several weeks. We adjust medications until blood levels are improved and the patient’s symptoms are relieved.
FACT : The symptoms of thyroid problems can be vague, and this is the reason why it is often misdiagnosed or confused with other hormonal conditions, particularly in women. Our specialists are well equipped to analyze multiple blood factors to identify a range of thyroid disorders. We look thoroughly in every patient’s case to provide the most effective treatment.
FACT : Symptoms of thyroid malfunction can appear at any age even though it is most common through mid-life and after the age of 60. For instance, hypothyroidism is often seen in healthy younger women following childbirth. Keep in mind that hypothyroidism can lead to severe complications, such as infertility and heart disease if left untreated.
If you have been diagnosed with low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, the doctor may have several medications to choose from.
Some of the available food supplements and prescriptions to treat low thyroid cases are dried and powdered pig thyroid. Even though we prefer natural treatments in general, we do not recommend it because the levels of T3 and T4 is not assured or controlled. It may be natural for pigs, but this product contains proteins and other ingredients that are not natural to the human body. Natural thyroid medication provides the adequate treatment to relieve your symptoms.
Dry skin, constipation, muscle weakness and many other physical changes can be associated with thyroid imbalance, but many patients suffer less obvious symptoms.
For instance, fatigue, foggy-thinking and depression are very commonly linked to low-thyroid but are mistaken for other health conditions. Patients suffer in silence with these symptoms that have a dramatic impact on the quality-of-life. It is vital to have a proper diagnosis and provide treatment for these symptoms that may improve within days of initiating treatment.