Even when we don’t acknowledge them, our hormones are always there. Sometimes working for us and for others, it feels like they are working against us. They work behind the scenes and play an important role in how we act, think, feel, and even in how we look.
Hormone levels can fluctuate for many reasons throughout life but the most commonly, the associated symptoms tend to appear as we age. These symptoms affect our overall health and well-being, but with the right therapy, they can be only temporary.
Below is a list of the top 10 reasons you might want to consider Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy:
Cataracts and Macular Degeneration (MD) are estrogen-related diseases. One study showed that women who experienced menopause earlier in life had a 90% increased risk of developing symptoms of age-related macular degeneration later in life as compared to women who underwent menopause at an older age.
9. SKIN & COMPLEXION
Estrogen contributes to the skin’s elasticity, moisture and increases collagen. When estrogen levels decline, the aging skin on your face is affected more than other areas of your body.
8. WEIGHT LOSS
Excess estrogen in perimenopause or unbalanced estrogen in menopause can cause weight gain or make it more difficult to lose weight.
7. ENHANCED LIBIDO
Testosterone is the most abundant biologically active hormone in women. It is bone-protective, breast-protective, can build muscle and yes, can definitely enhance sex drive.
6. BONE LOSS
The loss of estrogen at the time of menopause is associated with an accelerated bone loss. Low DHEA levels are associated with an increased rate of fractures and the bone building effects of testosterone are well documented.
5. MEMORY & COGNITIVE FUNCTION
For many women, a hormonal imbalance results in memory loss or mind fog. It may also leave you at greater risk of cognitive issues such as dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.
A study led by Dr. Dale Bredesen, MD, of the Mary Easton Center for Alzheimer’s disease Research, Dept. of Neurology, UCLA shows a reversal of memory loss in nearly all of his patients within three to six months. This program includes hormone replacement.
4. HEART HEALTH
Loss of hormones can also be linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that if estrogen is initiated within 10 years of menopause there is: a 60% reduction in coronary calcification, a 50% reduction in cardiovascular events, and a 35% reduction in overall mortality (including cancer).
3. LOWERED RISK OF BREAST CANCER
Studies show that “Natural progesterone with estrogens confers less or even no risk of breast cancer as opposed to the use of other synthetic progestins.”
2. QUALITY OF LIFE
Get rid of your hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, weight gain, irritability, anxiety, fatigue, and low libido.
AND THE #1 REASON TO CONSIDER HORMONE REPLACEMENT..
1. FOR THE SAFETY OF THOSE AROUND YOU!
Okay.. so you probably aren’t a real danger but any one of the symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance is enough to make anyone a less pleasant version of themselves.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help you feel like yourself again. The premise is to copy nature. Use hormones that are identical in structure and function, to what your body produces. And by saliva testing, we can measure each individual hormone to see what is low or sub-optimal. Like most things in life, balance is key.
If you are interesting in saliva tests and bio-identical hormone replacement, please contact Tanya Kibler, RPh, Consultant Pharmacist and Director of Women’s Health at Kennebec Pharmacy.
Tanya Kibler is a consultant pharmacist and the Director of Women’s Health at Kennebec Pharmacy & Home Care. She has specialized in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement and saliva testing for over 17 years and won the Innovative Pharmacist Award. Tanya has spoken at numerous seminars throughout the state and enjoys educating both practitioners and the public. When not working, Tanya loves spending time in the sun with her 4 children in Camden.
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