SYMPTOMS of Hormone deficiency include:
Weight gain, loss of muscle mass, degenerative diseases (diabetes, cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis), compromised immune system, wrinkling and thinning of skin, depression and stress, cognitive decline, insulin resistance, decreased libido, fatigue, and sleep disorders.
Replacing hormones to OPTIMAL LEVELS has been shown to help alleviate age-related changes.
Menopause typically occurs between the ages of 40-55 years. Menopause is a normal, natural event that represents a woman’s transition into new phase of life. The end of one’s monthly cycle and the end of childbearing years signals a time for re-establishing one’s health and life goals.
Common symptoms of menopause are:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweat
- Difficulties with sleep
- Decreased libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Urinary tract infections
- Memory changes
- Skin changes
Your hormones are like a symphony where all the players are in tune with each other. Hormones signal your body to perform certain functions and help regulate many functions, like growth, sex drive, hunger, thirst, digestion, metabolism, blood sugar, cholesterol, fat placement, and hair growth. Hormones are produced in glands like the ovaries, testes, adrenal gland, thyroid, pituitary and others.
Estrogen has over 400 functions in the body. Estrogen levels will change naturally over time, decreasing in middle age through menopause. Women who supplement with bio-identical estrogen notice positive changes in their muscle tone, skin smoothness, wrinkles, hair texture and sex drive. Estrogen helps prevent osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and heart disease. Estrogen helps relieve hot flashes, temperature fluctuations, vaginal atrophy, urinary incontinence, and urinary tract infections.
Symptoms of low estrogen:
- urogenital atrophy
- Sagging skin and breasts
- Increased skin wrinkles on face
- Mood swings
- Decreased libido
Progesterone works alongside estrogen. It counterbalances estrogen’s stimulation of uterine growth and bleeding. Progesterone enhances the positive effects of estrogen on bone, cholesterol, plaque formation, mood disorders and urogenital atrophy. Progesterone has protective effects against breast cancer, has a mild tranquilizing effect and enhances your overall sense of well-being.
Low progesterone may be caused by stress, low thyroid, antidepressants, excess arginine (amino acid), sugar, saturated fats, and vitamin deficiencies such as Vitamin A, B6, Vitamin C and zinc.
Symptoms of low progesterone include:
- Mood swings
- Pain and inflammation
- Low HDL cholesterol
- Excess menstruation
Testosterone plays an important role in the body and is an essential hormone that neither men or women should be without as they age.
Although Testosterone is the primary male hormone, women also benefit from it. At optimal levels, testosterone increases bone density, enhances energy and sex drive, improves emotional well-being, decreases body fat, increases muscle mass and strength, lowers blood pressure, and modulates cholesterol levels. Testosterone keeps skin from sagging (especially eyelids).
Low testosterone symptoms in women:
- Muscle loss
- Weight gain
- Low self-esteem
- Decreased HDL
- Dry and thin skin
- Droopy eyelids
- Saggy cheeks
DHEA is the most abundant hormone in the human body. DHEA has a profound effect on the immune system, sex drive, metabolism and one’s emotional stability. Its effect on the immune system is by regulation of stress hormones. It is also a powerful antioxidant. Other health related benefits include support of brain function, helps the body cope with stress and protect against heart disease through its effects on lipids.
Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland. It regulates circadian rhythm as well as the deep stages of sleep. Studies suggest that the immune system is stimulated during periods of deep rest. Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant, anti-cancer agent and essential hormone.
The thyroid gland regulates temperature, energy, metabolism and brain function. At OPTIMAL levels, thyroid hormone breaks down fat, normalizes cholesterol, wards off heart disease and improves memory.
Thyroid deficiency results in fatigue, increased cholesterol levels, increased risk of coronary artery disease, slowed speech, depression, and immune dysfunction. Other changes include thinning hair, skin and brittle nails.
Failure of memory and lack of mental clarity can be helped with pregnenolone. Nicknamed the “mother hormone”, pregnenolone is a precursor and necessary building block to DHEA, which in turn can convert to testosterone, estrogen and progesterone.