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Your body has its own unique hormonal balance, which is just as individual as your DNA. While there are healthy ranges for hormone levels, there is never one exact number that will suit everyone. Having an incorrect balance of hormones, in any capacity, can lead to a host of health issues and adverse effects. Some of the most common signs of hormonal imbalances include:
Hormone replacement therapy is a term most commonly used for menopause treatment in women and testosterone depletion in men. In women, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is most often used to replace the hormones that are lowered during menopause. For men, HRT can be used to help treat the symptoms associated with hypogonadism and andropause—two common conditions caused by testosterone depletion.
However, there are also other issues that may result in hormonal imbalances. Understanding the causes of hormone loss or depletion is critical to finding the best solution. Men and women have different hormone needs as they age and as their lifestyle changes. Depending on your health and lifestyle needs, one or more different hormone replacement therapy options may be offered to you. Keep reading to learn more.
HRT is an effective way to relieve many of the most common symptoms of pre-menopause, menopause, and post-menopause. It has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes, and osteoporosis. Additionally, HRT for women can help to increase libido, help to keep skin looking young and reduce wrinkles, improve mood, and even help to reduce body fat. Certain types of HRT can contain both progesterone and estrogen, while others have only estrogen, and sometimes testosterone is used as well.
Men can start to experience a depletion of testosterone in the body as early as their mid-20s. Testosterone depletion can result in a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms including:
For men who have unnaturally low levels of testosterone, HRT can help to decrease many of these symptoms while boosting your overall mood and health. Depending on your needs, our medical team may recommend testosterone injections, topical testosterone gel, or testosterone patches to help raise your testosterone levels.
Replacing the body’s own natural estrogen has been shown to help offer improved protection from heart attack and heart disease. It can also assist with the relief of menopause symptoms, help preserve bone density and muscle mass, and reduce the risk of diabetes in women. Additionally, optimal levels of estrogen will ensure an optimal metabolic rate and better cholesterol by decreasing LDL (bad) and increasing HDL (good) levels.
The ultimate target of estrogen replacement is for the proper function of systems and organs like:
Progesterone primarily acts as an agent to balance estrogen, which is why they are often used in tandem. However, it can also assist in improving metabolism, enhancing thyroid hormones, and improving mood and sleep quality. It is also known to behave as a natural diuretic, aiding in preventing fluid retention in women.
Testosterone is the hormone that is usually lacking in men who present with some type of hormone deficiency or imbalance related to their sexual function or overall energy levels. Testosterone can assist with energy, mood, sexual function and libido, strength and muscle mass, and bone health. As men age, or due to health issues, there may be a reduction in the amount of testosterone produced by the body. As such, hormone replacement therapy may be required.
Testosterone levels are maintained by the brain and the sexual organs, but as the body changes and ages, these can get out of sync, and men may find themselves in need of hormone replacement. This therapy targets the reproductive and sexual organs, bones and muscles, and the brain.
Like many areas of the body, the endocrine system will also feel the many effects of aging. This can include an impact in the production of Human Growth Hormone, or HGH, which is required for new cell growth, as well as cell regeneration and reproduction. This hormone is produced in large quantities in children and young teens, but the production declines with age.
The resulting effects include things like reduced cell production and regeneration abilities, leading to early signs of aging and an inability to generate new cells in the various systems of the body. There are many potential causes of a deficiency in HGH, but it is generally diagnosed as an Adult Growth Hormone Insufficiency (AGHD) whether it is caused by age or another issue.
Replacing or supplementing the production of Human Growth Hormone in the body can do a lot to combat the various effects on the body related to not having enough of this hormone in the first place. The longer that you go without replacement therapy, however, the more likely some of the aging effects may not be reversible. If you suspect an issue, it’s best to talk to your doctor right away.
The body is full of hormones that can get out of sync or have issues producing appropriate levels over time. There are also a number of health conditions and other issues that can create hormonal imbalances of all kinds. The best thing that you can do is get routine blood work as a part of regular checkups so that your doctor can monitor your levels.
Things like a thyroid hormone insufficiency can lead to health issues related to metabolism, obesity, and fatigue, for example. If left untreated, that can even create further problems down the road. The body is a delicate machine and everything has to be in optimal condition in order for it to work to the best of its capacity. When hormones are missing, it can result in a lot of different health issues and symptoms.
Getting the body back into balance, no matter what hormones are lacking, is going to be the first step to getting to a place of general wellbeing. When your body is where it should be, you will feel like the best version of yourself and be able to enjoy much more out of life.
Deciding on the best course of action for your hormone deficiency is a decision that you will have to make on your own. It’s important to understand all of your options and think about what is going to best suit your needs, as well as what you are comfortable with. Most importantly, you should always work with qualified healthcare professionals to figure out where your hormones are out of balance and how to get them back where they belong.
Hormone replacement therapy can be a safe, effective, and very helpful treatment option for men and women. However, hormone therapy does have some risks, depending on your medical history and lifestyle. It’s important to work closely with your healthcare provider to discuss the benefits and possible risks of beginning HRT. Give us a call today or contact our team online for more information and be sure to schedule an initial consultation.
XCellR8 Health Clinic uses the highest grade hormone replacement therapies that are FDA approved to provide the highest level of patient care. Synthetic hormones have a variety of negative side effects, but our approach to bioidentical hormone therapy, also known as BHRT, can help you avoid these. Learn more about our therapy process by browsing our website, then book your appointment (888-994-0875) for your blood lab analysis. This is the first step toward a younger, healthier you!