The goal of hormone replacement therapy is to replace hormonal deficiencies and create an optimal balance using hormones that are biochemically similar to the hormones that the human body produces naturally.
These hormones are known as bio-identical hormones, they are compounded hormones that are customized for individual patients by pharmacists with special training. Synthetic hormones are also made in a laboratory but they are not identical to your natural ones. Bio-identical hormones are the most natural form of hormone replacement therapy for men and women.
Estrogen is a hormone that declines in women just prior to menopause. It is associated with the symptoms of accelerated aging, osteoporosis, heart disease, loss of skin elasticity, vaginal dryness, and depression. Bio-identical Estrogen replacement therapy can delay or prevent these symptoms associated with menopause and the aging process.
Progesterone is a hormone that keeps Estrogen in balance and is an important part of HRT for women, even in those cases where a woman’s uterus has been removed. There is a wide range of hormonal imbalances that are not due to estrogen deficiency. It is vital to keep levels of thyroid and Adrenal hormones in balance as well.
Both men and women need Testosterone for optimal health. It is needed for libido, muscle mass and strength, leanness, and a general sense of well-being, positive mood, and sharp mental function. Women who have low levels or non-detectable testosterone levels suffer from a loss of libido, an increase in body fat, and osteoporosis. A loss in testosterone in men can lead to atherosclerosis, increased risk of heart disease, obesity, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. There is no evidence that testosterone therapy causes prostate cancer although it can cause undetectable cancer to grow larger if present. Andropause is often referred to as male menopause. This is a state in which the hormonal balance of men is deficient and they may suffer decreased libido, decreased sexual function, fatigue, loss of muscle mass, and depression. Some men describe it as a feeling of sudden and rapid aging. The cause of this condition is often multifactorial, being a result of adrenal fatigue as well as low levels of Testosterone, DHEA, and Growth Hormone.
DHEA is produced in the adrenal glands. It declines gradually as we age usually beginning around the age of 30. DHEA plays an important role in lowering cholesterol, healthy heart function, controlling weight gain, and the prevention of arthritis, diabetes, and senility.
Cortisol is also produced by the adrenal glands. It is an important hormone for the body as a whole. An imbalance in cortisol can contribute to colon or bowel pain, conjunctivitis, bronchitis, asthma, skin rashes, allergies, mood swings, and fatigue. It also has a relationship to diabetes.
Hormonal imbalances can severely affect the quality and overall health of men and women. The resulting negative symptoms, discomfort, and illness impact your social, personal, and work life. These imbalances can be treated and corrected resulting in a more vibrant and healthy life.
They are medical messengers that go around the body and police its activity.
Watch Dr. Tuakli explain Bio-Identical Hormones, Estrogen, Testosterone and Progesterone.
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Men and women may present with a variety of symptoms when their hormones are unbalanced. Examples include: Depression, Decreased Libido, Dizziness, Forgetfulness, Hot Flashes, Insomnia, Irritability, Night sweats and Anxiety.
In women, hormones can become imbalanced as early as age 35, even if they are still having normal menstrual cycles. Hormone imbalance can lead to fatigue, memory loss, dizziness, and irritability. This is in addition to symptoms commonly associated with menopause such as night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia, depression, skin dryness, and headaches.
A person may not need to begin hormone replacement therapy (HRT) until they are deficient. There are also many herbs, supplements, and vitamins that can effectively treat symptoms associated with andropause, menopause, and perimenopause.
“Before I met Dr Tuakli I felt extremely tired most of the time, fuzzy headed, and very short on patience with my family and people in general. Since I started using bioidentical hormones my energy level has increased dramatically and I am able to think much more clearly. I have also noticed enhanced intimacy with my husband”
- Linda K
“Hi Doc, I just wanted to let you know that I am doing magnificently fantastic with my program I have a new lease on life!!!! Thank you a Zillion times. I can recall phone numbers again and I am back on target at work. I have lost 5 pounds without even trying over the holidays. Thank you for being such a wonderful doctor.”