Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormones
Douglas Lord, M.D. of Nava Health & Vitality Center treats a number of conditions that are associated with hormonal imbalances. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help relieve several conditions that are the result of hormonal decline.
Some of these conditions include:
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can greatly improve the symptoms associated with adrenal fatigue syndrome. Adrenal fatigue is a stress related syndrome that occurs when prolonged periods of high stress wears down the adrenal glands, causing them to convert valuable sex hormones into cortisol, which is a hormone that counteracts the inflammation caused from stress. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue usually include mental and physical exhaust, salty food cravings, feeling burned out, feeling more awake after 6pm, trouble getting out of bed, and insomnia. Replenishing hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help men and women suffering from this condition to feel more awake, improve sleep, reduce mental fogginess, have more energy, and reduce food cravings.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help men and women to improve moods and reduce outbursts of anger, anxiety, depression, and sadness. Hormones affect brain chemistry, which affects moods. When hormones are at lower levels or are drastically fluctuating, men and women can experience moodiness and an overall reduced sense of wellbeing. Bioidentical hormone replacement can replenish hormones that promote receptors in the brain that transmit feelings of calmness and contentment, which improves overall moods.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help to resolve hormone imbalances because it uses hormones that are identical in molecular and structural function to the hormones produced in the human body to replenish deficient hormones. Because hormones are associated with almost all bodily functions, a deficit can have negative effects on the body. Bioidentical hormones can help people to restore hormone balance without the adverse side effects, and many people have been able to improve sexual desire and function, sleep, energy, emotions, muscle tone, mental cognition, bone health, and their overall sense of wellbeing through the use of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Many women and men going through hormone decline experience night sweats. This is because the hypothalamus, which is the body’s temperature control center, gets mixed signals with hormone decline, and it cannot regulate body temperature. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help both men and women to balance their hormones and reduce hot flashes, cold chills, or night sweats, and it can also improve sleep.
Hyperthyroidism is caused when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, and because thyroid hormone controls many aspects of metabolism, too much of this hormone can speed up metabolic functions to cause adverse health effects. Some of the issues that can occur with hyperthyroidism include sudden weight loss, a faster heart rate, increased bowel movements, anxiety, heart palpitation, bulging eyes, and increased metabolic functions. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help people with hyperthyroidism because the treatment for this problem often involves stopping the function of the thyroid gland all together, which leaves a deficit. Bio-identical hormones can help patients to restore a healthy weight, prevent bulging eyes, calm their heart rate, and reduce anxiety.
Anxiety and Depression
Men and women that are suffering from anxiety and depression may be suffering from these issues because of a hormone imbalance. Many people experiencing hormone loss can improve this condition with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Because hormones impact moods and brain chemistry, replenishing deficient hormones with bioidentical versions can help to reduce both depression and anxiety.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is an autoimmune condition that is characterized with a feeling of mental and physical fatigue that lasts more than 24 hours. In this condition, people may also experience swollen lymph nodes, a chronic sore throat, body aches, flu-like symptoms, mental fogginess, and insomnia. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may be able to help improve the immune system by replacing deficient hormones. Several people with Chronic Fatigue have been able to use bioidentical hormones to improve energy, sleep, and mental clarity and reverse the symptoms associated with chronic fatigue.
Many people suffer from sleeping issues, and a large percentage of people experiencing insomnia may be struggling with it as a result of hormonal decline. In women, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has helped to regulate sleep disturbances that result from the estrogen decline that occurs during perimenopause and menopause. In men, bioidentical hormones have helped to regulate the hypothalamus, which helps to control the body’s sleep cycles. Both men and women have been able to improve their sleep with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Falling hormone levels in both men and women can lead to low libido. In women, perimenopause and menopause are the times when they usually experience a reduced sex drive. In men, andropause can lead to a lack of desire for sexual activity, reduced sex drive, and eventually, erectile dysfunction. Supplementing deficient hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help both men and women to regain a healthy sex drive, which can rekindle intimate relationships and improve feelings of youthfulness.
Weight Loss Resistance
Usually imbalances in estrogen and progesterone are to blame for weight loss resistance. In women going through perimenopause and menopause falling estrogen levels can cause the body to hold onto body fat because it contains estrogen, and a lack of progesterone causes water retention because it is a natural diuretic. In men, a lack of testosterone can cause a rise in estrogen, which in turn suppresses testosterone leading to a slower metabolism and more body fat. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help both men and women to replenish deficient hormones and correct imbalances. Many women and men have been able to lose weight with the help of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Countless individuals suffer from pain and inflammation in various parts of their bodies due to traumas, old injuries, or autoimmune conditions. Several natural therapies or medications may be able to reduce pain, and balancing hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can also help to lower inflammation to reduce pain. In the body, hormones help to regulate pain receptors, and a lack of hormone balance can increase the activation of pain receptors. Replenishing hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can reduce sensations of pain and improve a person’s overall quality of life.
Douglas Lord, M.D., a Columbia Bioidentical Doctor, has had great success in helping men and women to reduce the consequences of these conditions and improve overall health and wellness levels.