As women and men approach mid-life, the so-called “signs of aging” begin to appear, affecting daily function and overall health. You, like so many others, may dismiss joint pain, insomnia, fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, and a low libido as an inevitable part of the aging process, but these are symptoms of hormone imbalance.
The good news is, hormone imbalances can (and should) be treated. Hormone imbalances can do more than just affect your quality of life. Research has shown that low levels of testosterone can increase the risk of diseases, like diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Low levels of progesterone have been shown to affect sleep, and in women, too much estrogen (known as estrogen dominance) can contribute to certain cancers.
If this sounds like hormonal imbalance symptoms that you are living with… stop suffering, and start living! A hormone doctor that specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy like Dr. Kenneth Varano will be able to determine the cause of symptoms related to menopause, perimenopause, andropause, adrenal fatigue, and thyroid disorder while developing a customized hormone treatment plan designed to restore normal hormone levels again.
First things first… what are hormones? Hormones are the body’s vital chemical messengers. While trekking to tissues and organs throughout the bloodstream, hormones manage mood, sexual function, metabolism, growth, and development. Even slight changes in natural hormone levels can have significant consequences.
Conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is centered on the practice of synthetic hormones. Synthetic hormones similar to nandrolone, estradiol, methyl, and progestin, are chemically-based, man-made patented hormones. Hence, treatment is undifferentiated for every patient and not modified to their specific needs.
As one of the most innate choices available for achieving natural hormone balance, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has been an active treatment option for both men and women for more than 80 years. Sourced from natural plant extracts, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy offers a wealth of unique benefits that make it distinct. First, bioidentical hormones are constructed to be structurally identical to the natural hormones created by the human body. “Bio” is defined as the science connected with living organisms and “identical” indicates they are a structural equivalent to the body’s natural hormones. This verifies that the bioidentical hormone compound will form precisely onto receptors and maintain an even system stability with hormone treatment. Also, the composition of bioidentical hormones expands the quality and outcome of treatment while decreasing unpleasant side effects. All hormone treatment plans are custom-created and personalized to the unique need of each patient.
Are Bioidentical Hormones Safer, More Effective than Conventional Hormones?
The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) was the largest study ever conducted to assess the safety and efficacy of conventional hormone replacement therapy. The study was halted early when subjects began to experience adverse health outcomes, including stroke and cancer when taking traditional forms of estrogen and/or progestin (synthetic progesterone).
The study has since been reviewed and analyzed by experts the world over. Many have concluded that the design of the survey was flawed and that conventional forms of therapy come with certain risks.
Bioidentical hormones, however, have been tested in numerous clinical studies and continually produce positive outcomes that enhance health and quality of life. The FDA has even approved some bioidentical hormone therapy products, like testosterone pellets. A 2015 survey found that 60 percent of clinicians are prescribing bioidentical hormones citing safety and effectiveness as their primary reasons for this choice, followed by patient demand.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
Women come into contact with a variety of hormonal fluctuations during life from puberty to pregnancy and childbirth to menopause. The constant changes associated with the ups and downs of hormone imbalance can instigate symptoms at any age. Symptoms such as severe weight gain, mood swings, insomnia, low sexual desire, anxiety, and constant fatigue can be due to high testosterone in women (low testosterone in women also!), progesterone insufficiencies, estrogen variations, and early thyroid symptoms in women. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help reestablish natural hormone balance and help ease symptoms, as well as reduce the risk of disease. With the appropriate hormone treatment plan, women will experience a reprieve from symptoms and see:
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
Testosterone levels in men operate many important functions in a man’s body. During the aging process, natural hormone levels start to decline, and symptoms of low testosterone in men begin to appear and progress in their mid-30’s. Low testosterone in men is one of the most common hormone imbalances and can host symptoms such as hair loss, weight gain, depression, erectile dysfunction, and muscle loss. Combined, these signs of low testosterone in men can genuinely deteriorate the quality of life and wellbeing. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a straightforward, trouble-free and efficient way to reinstate normal testosterone levels in men. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has proven successful in addressing all of the symptoms of low testosterone in men, as well drive down the risk of certain diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular conditions.
Hormone physiology is complex and quite delicate—you do not want to trust just any physician with your hormone health. Dr. Kenneth Varano is a hormone specialist, and a distinguished member of the BodyLogicMD network, a network of physicians that specialize in integrative medicine and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
At YoungerMeMD, Dr. Varano and his team begin every hormone treatment plan with advanced laboratory hormone testing that assesses more than 50 biomarkers to get a complete picture of your health. Dr. Varano then spends more than an hour with you during your first consultation to discuss your symptoms, medical history, lab results, and lifestyle. He uses this information to partner with you and develop a comprehensive treatment plan, specifically tailored to address the root cause of your health concerns while achieving your goals. His hormone treatment plans include a variety of integrative medicine therapies, including bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, pellet therapy, platelet rich plasma therapy, nutritional guidance, and targeted supplement regimens.
If you are ready to transform your life with expert care from a highly trained physician who specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, contact YoungerMeMD today. At YoungerMeMD, in Philadelphia, Dr. Varano, and his team can help you achieve your best health ever. Dr. Varano is among the top physicians in Philadelphia specially certified to help you achieve your health goals, including addressing symptoms of hormone imbalance. Get started on a customized treatment plan designed to fit your lifestyle and ensure you reach optimal wellness. Begin your journey now, contact YoungerMeMD to schedule your first appointment.
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