Hormone Replacement Therapy
From Potomac Rejuvenation Center in Washington DC
With the amount of conflicting information out there, many men and women are confused about hormone replacement therapy. Potomac Rejuvenation Center, in Washington DC, provides bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, which can significantly improve quality of life among those who are lacking a specific hormone. The Potomac Rejuvenation Center has a physical location in Washington DC, offering clients an alternative to online-only clinics, with personal, one-on-one individualized services.
What Do Hormones Do?
In both men and women, hormones are the “chemical messengers” which are secreted by cells or glands throughout the body. These messengers allow the body to function properly on a daily basis. The primary sex hormones in the body are testosterone for men, and estrogen for women, however there are many more hormones which also play important roles in the body. As we age, hormone levels drop. While this is perfectly normal, hormone levels may drop too low, too soon, in otherwise healthy people. The following is a list of symptoms which may signal a hormone imbalance in men or women.
- Lack of energy;
- A diminished sex drive;
- Loss of height;
- Mood swings;
- Hair loss;
- Decreased muscle strength;
- Weight gain;
- Thyroid issues;
- Obesity, or
- The development of Type II diabetes.
Hormone Therapy Facts for Women
When a woman stops having her monthly period, and can no longer bear children, this is known as menopause. During menopause, a woman will produce fewer female hormones, both estrogen and progesterone. Fluctuations in hormone levels can result in hot flashes, sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness and mood fluctuations. Lower estrogen levels can also result in progressive bone loss, which is particularly rapid during the first five years after menopause.
Bio-identical hormones can be the most highly effective prescription medication when used to treat adverse symptoms of menopause. In light of more recent research, such hormone supplementation is considered both safe, and effective for many women, when used for fewer than five years. For women worried about an increased risk of uterine cancer when using estrogen therapy, it has been shown that using progesterone, along with estrogen, can actually reduce the risk of uterine cancer, making the risk of developing this cancer equivalent to that of women not taking estrogen.
Hormone Therapy Facts for Men
Many people consider hormone replacement therapy only a female issue. In fact, a man’s testosterone levels peak in his late teens, beginning a gradual, steady decline of about 1-2 percent per year from age 30 on. Testosterone, produced by the testicles, is required for red blood cell levels, bone density, muscle bulk and sexual and reproductive functions, therefore many men may worry about declining levels of this hormone.
How Diet and Exercise Can Help
Proper diet and exercise can go a long way toward relieving the symptoms of low hormones, both for women and for men. For women, a low glycemic diet can close the estrogen/progesterone imbalance, helping to reduce symptoms associated with it. Dairy products, refined sugar, processed foods, excess caffeine and excess alcohol and drugs should be avoided by men and women. Environmental toxins and heavy metals should be avoided when possible, and a healthy BMI should be maintained. Regular exercise is essential for both men and women, balancing cardio workouts with strength training. Still, this may not be enough to elevate hormone levels to optimal production.
Why Bio-Identical Hormones?
Bio-identical hormones are identical in molecular structure to the hormones men and women make in their bodies, yet are synthesized from plant chemicals. Bio-identical estrogens are synthesized from yams and soy and included 17 beta-estradio, estrone, and estriol. Bio-identical progesterone is finely ground progesterone which allows to be better absorbed. Technically, the body cannot distinguish bio-identical hormones—whether women’s hormones or testosterone for men—from the ones your body produces. Bio-identical hormones for men, match a man’s natural hormones, molecule by molecule, allowing the body to incorporate the hormones with far fewer adverse side effects associated with synthetic hormones.
How PRC Can Help
If you have been feeling sluggish, both mentally and physically, and have additional symptoms of low hormone levels, schedule a consultation to find out if hormone replacement therapy with Potomac Rejuvenation Center, in Washington DC can help. We can help you re-balance your hormone levels, regaining your energy and vitality.