Natural – Bio Identical – Hormone Replacement Therapy
Many of the most common signs of aging including fatigue, weight gain, joint pain, and poor libido are a direct result of a loss of hormones in our bodies. As we grow older our hormone production slowly decreases, leaving us feeling much different than we did in our youth. As a solution, natural hormone replacement therapy can be used to help replenish hormone levels and reverse the effects of aging.
OUR ANTI-AGING THERAPY PROGRAM
At Z Med Clinics (Internet Medical Clinics™ ) we have a unique approach to hormone replacement therapy as a part of our anti-aging program:
- We only use natural, or bio-identical, hormones.
- We optimize hormone levels for each individual patient based on age, sex, and other clinical factors.
- We dose hormones twice a day to mimic your own body’s natural hormone patterns or use sustained released formulations.
- We treat issues addressed by pills, creams, or hormone pellets.
HORMONE OPTIMIZATION: THE BELL CURVE
Hormone levels are optimized for each individual on a bell curve, very much like the way the bell curve is used in school grading. For example, when you take a test in school your grade depends on where your score fell along the bell curve. Although the students who were on the low end of the bell curve passed, they didn’t do as well those who were at the upper end.
This works very much the same way with hormone levels. When you are tested for hormones most laboratories look at whether or not you fall within a “normal rage”. However, these ranges are not scaled based on a patient’s age, race, sex, or other underlying medical factors. Therefore, they most often are an inaccurate representation of how well your hormones are working in your body.
When we are younger we tend to have hormone levels at the upper end of the bell curve. However, as we age our levels begin to decline, sliding us further and further down the curve. At Z Med Clinic (Internet Medical Clinics™ ) our healthcare providers help replace patient hormone levels until they are back up to the upper end of the curve, just like when you were younger.
For example: A patient may present with symptoms of of thyroid hormone deficiency such as weight gain, fatigue, depression and fluid retention, but have a thyroid hormone level within a “normal range”. In most cases this patient would not be treated with thyroid hormone replacement, but rather with medications to combat the symptoms such as anti-depressants. However, at Internet Medical Clinics™ our specialists recognize that although this patient hormone was within normal ranges, it was at the low end of the bell curve and needed hormone replacement to bring it back up to the upper end. This sort of hormone optimization would alleviate all of those symptoms due to a decrease in thyroid hormone production.
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NATURAL BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONES
- Estrogen and Progesterone Replacement for Women
Estrogens are hormones that cause feminizing effects in the body. There are hundreds of different types of estrogens available in nature and created synthetically; however there are only two that are made naturally in women: Estriol and Estradiol. According to a large research study conducted on women and hormones, these are the only two that can be safely used in replacement therapy. Other synthetic or plant estrogens such as Premarin®, Premphase ® and Prempro® can cause significant health risks when used in women.
At Internet Medical Clinics™ we use bio-identical hormone replacement, which means natural estrogen and progesterone, in order to ease symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings, fatigue, poor energy, slow metabolism, weight gain, an inability to focus and concentrate and other discomforts associated with menopause. Natural bio-identical estrogen and progesterone can be taken as a cream or capsule or through the insertion of a timed-released pellet under the skin placed three to four times a year.
- Natural Thyroid
Humans make 2 kinds of thyroid hormones: Thyroxine 3 and Triiodothyronine 4. When a patient is suffering from insufficient thyroid hormone he or she may experience weight gain, poor energy levels, hair loss and hair thinning, swelling, cold extremities, depression and sleep disturbances. Natural thyroid replacement given twice daily as an oral tablet can help alleviate these uncomfortable symptoms.
- Natural Testosterone and DHEA (Dihydroepiandosterone)
Testosterone and DHEA are two types of hormones known as androgens, which cause masculinizing effects on the body. Both plants and animals make many types of androgens as well as scientists can make unique synthetic androgens. However, men and women only make two major androgens: testosterone and dihydroepiandosterone (DHEA). These are the only two that should be used in humans for hormone replacement. For men and women testosterone and DHEA replacement helps significantly with decreased libido, loss of muscle and bone strength, decreased exercise tolerance, mental sharpness and recovery from injury. The preferred route of administration of testosterone is as an insertion of a timed released pellet under the skin twice a year. It may also be used as a cream-used twice daily or as an intramuscular injection every 7-10 days.
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- Natural Cortisol
As we get age our adrenal glands, located on top of the kidneys, can burn out and cease to produce appropriate levels of the hormone called cortisol. This causes what is called “adrenal fatigue”, or a general feeling of tiredness in many patients. Cortisol is usually supplemented as a capsule taken in the morning and titrated to a level that gets the patient feeling his or her best.
Anti-oxidants are small substances found in food that are very important in neutralizing harmful chemicals that damage our cells and tissues. We encourage our patients to take a daily natural anti-oxidant regimen which can help protect the organs which produce hormones and prevent further decline in production levels. It is recommended that you eat six servings of raw fruits and vegetables a day in order to maintain healthy antioxidant levels.
The society we live in today makes us exposed to many substances that are alien for the body. The environmental changes and our stressful lifestyle brings a shift in the hormonal balance in our body, and as we start to age, all of this adds up to impact the ability of our body to work towards attaining the optimum hormone level. Common symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance and the inability of our body to produce the required levels of hormones include fatigue, memory loss, weight gain, insomnia, poor libido, confusion, joint pain, and irritability to name a few. These hormone imbalances make both men and women suffer, especially the latter in their pre and post menopausal years. Men and women should both understand that natural (bio-identical) hormone therapy can optimize hormone naturally in the body, which can help in improving the quality of life.
Z Med Clinic has the resources and expertise to provide bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to men and women who have noticed a dip in their energy levels, and other symptoms common with hormonal imbalance.
Whether it’s estrogen and progesterone replacement, natural thyroid replacement, natural cortisol replacement, or natural testosterone hormone therapy for men, we can help you with advanced treatments to overcome the symptoms and enable you to lead a better and more fulfilling life.
We use bio-identical hormones that are similar in structure to hormones that are naturally produced inside our body. Once you are diagnosed with hormonal imbalance, we will make sure that it is corrected, and all the signs and symptoms associated with this condition are completely eliminated.
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