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Hormones

Now Available, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy!

“Normal is not optimal, and optimal is best!”

Benefits of Optimal Thyroid Levels:

    • Decreased fatigue
    • Decreased aches and pain (very helpful in Fibromyalgia)
    • Decreased body fat
    • Decreased cholesterol
    • Decreased risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease
    • Helps infertility
    • Increased metabolism
  • Increased energy levels and motivation
  • Improved hair, skin and nails
  • Improved temperature regulation (not so cold anymore)
  • Improved cerebral function, cognition and memory
  • Improved sense of well-being
  •  Improved depression, can augment effects of antidepressants
  • Optimal levels prevent osteoporosis (too high or too low are bad for bone health)

Symptoms of too much thyroid:

  • High heart rate
  • Palpitations
  • Increased sweating
  • Tremor
  • Nervousness

Take each morning 30 minutes before eating or taking any vitamins, minerals, or calcium. If your thyroid medicine wears off in the afternoon, consider splitting your dose in half and taking half in the morning and half at lunch time or late afternoon. Do not take before bedtime as it may make cause difficulty sleeping.

Benefits of Testosterone Replacement, and maintaining optimal levels in both men and women:

  • Increased cardiovascular protection
  • Decreased heart attack and stroke
  • Overall decreased risk of cancer
  • Increased bone density
  • Increased HDL (good) and decreased LDL (bad) cholesterol, decreased triglycerides
    (this benefit is only true for transdermal testosterone, injectable testosterone can have the opposite effect)
  • Protection against Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline
  • Improved healing
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Decreased insulin resistance, fasting blood glucose, and A1C
  • Decreased abdominal and visceral fat, decreased waist circumference
  • Decreased diastolic blood pressure
  • Decreased anemia
  • Decreased breast cancer
  • Decreased depression (both prevents and treats)

Side effects: acne, hair growth (for men side effects are rare with the transdermal
preparation)

Risks: Transference!!! To female spouse, pregnant women, or children.

Cons: controlled substance (be careful to dose correctly, if you use too much and run out,
cannot be refilled early), cost (can be expensive depending on the dose and preparation).

Benefits of DHEA:

  • Decreased abdominal fat
  • Decreased insulin resistance
  • Decreased breast cancer
  • Decreased fatigue
  • Decreased cortisol
  • Decreased cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis
  • Improved cognition
  • Improved immune response (antioxidant)
  • Increased bone formation and density
  • Increased libido
  • Increased sense of well-being and improved mood
  • Overall live longer, happier, healthier!

Side effects: acne, by far the most common, usually only seen in women, and can be treated by lowering the dose.

Make sure to take in the morning, taking before bedtime could make it difficult to sleep.

Benefits of Melatonin:

  • Improved sleep
  • Decreased urination during the night
  • Overall reduced risk of cancer
  • Helps lower blood pressure
  • Decreased migraine and cluster headaches
  • Improved immune system
  • Improved quality of life

Symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency in Women:

  • Decreased libido and energy
  • Decreased sense of well-being
  • Decreased strength
  • Decreased vaginal lubrication
  • Decreased genital arousal
  • Decreased orgasmic ability
  • Decreased skin elasticity
  • Increased wrinkles
  • Increased hot flashes
  • Increased anxiety and depression
  • Increased urination at night
  • Increased incontinence
  • Increased vascular headaches
  • Increased stress and relationship problems

Benefits of Estrogen Replacement in menopausal women:

  • Decreased fatigue
  • Decreased bone loss
  • Decreased fractures
  • Decreased cortisol and visceral fat
  • Decreased fasting glucose, insulin, A1C, insulin resistance and diabetes
  • Decreased cardiovascular disease, decreased plaque thickening
  • Decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease (after 10 years of HRT)
  • Decreased heart attack and stroke
  • Decreased macular degeneration and cataracts
  • Decreased cancer risk overall, decreased colorectal cancer risk in particular
  • Decreased wrinkles and sagging skin/breasts
  • Decreased mood swings
  • Decreased hot flashes
  • Increased libido
  • Increased bone density
  • Increased HDL (good) cholesterol, decreased LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • Improved balance

The most common symptoms of too much estrogen, the “5 B’s:”

Bloating, Breakouts, Breast tenderness, Bleeding, Bitchiness (crying, mood swings)

We have to make sure your estrogen levels are opposed, or balanced by optimal levels of Progesterone. Unopposed estrogen can increase your risk for breast and endometrial cancer.

Contraindicated: active hormone-sensitive cancer, history of clotting (personal or family)

Caution with use: women > 65, women > 10 years post-menopause, or women with high BMI, smoking history, hypertension, high cholesterol, or diabetes.

Benefits of Progesterone for all Women:

  • Decreased cardiovascular disease
  • Decreased risk of breast and endometrial cancer
  • Decreased headaches
  • Decreased bloating
  • Decreased risk for DVT and PE (blood clots)
  • Decreased risk of diabetes
  • Decreased fatigue
  • Decreased weight gain
  • Decreased depression
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved arousal and vaginal lubrication during sex
  • Many “feel good” benefits

Women who use hormones have a 30-50% lower all-cause mortality rate!