Educate Yourself To Stay Healthy With Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement

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In medicine there are many avenues to health.  Many will encourage exercise daily.  And this is good.  Others talk about a proper diet is most important…..you are what you eat.  And this is also true.  Weight control is seen as very important to live a long healthy life.
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All these concepts are essential to live life to the maximum.

But our hormones have the most influence on your health.  As Suzanne Somers says in her book,  AGELESS: THE NAKED TRUTH ABOUT BIOIDENTICAL HORMONES   “Hormones are our life force; the decline of hormones is the hallmark of aging.  Without hormone replacement, we will end up mere shells of our former selves.”

Too often we let others tell us what they think is best.  “Take this pill.” “Put on this cream.” “Join a gym.” “Meditate, and take vitamin supplements.” And we will try all these things to preserve, or regain the youth and health we once had.

A suggestion might be to educate yourself, and make your own decision.

When we  learn how extremely important hormones are, even essential to our health, the next question may be, “What do I do next?”

You can call our office for a free consultation to learn more.  In the meantime, there are many excellent books on this subject that will encourage one to take advantage of this “life force”, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Books on Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy:
(suggested reading)

“The Hormone Solution, Stay Younger Longer” by Thierry Hertoghe
“Stay Young and Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement”   by Jonathan Wright
“Testosterone for Life”   by Abraham Morgentaler
“The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Testosterone”  by Elizabeth Vliet
“Women’s Hormones” by Pamela Smith
The Testosterone Syndrome”  by  Eugene Shippen
“Bioidentical Hormones 101”  by  Jeffrey Dach
“You Don’t Have to Live With It”  by  Gino Tutera
“Natural Hormone Replacement”  by Jonathan Wright
“Natural Hormone Balance”  by  Uzzi Reiss

Low Testosterone In Men

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LOW TESTOSTERONE IN MEN CAUSES DECREASED MUSCLE MASS AND BONE DENSITY, INSULIN RESISTANCE (TYPE II DIABETES), DECREASED SEX DRIVE, LESS ENERGY, IRRITABILITY, FEELINGS OF DEPRESSION AND DEATH

Many studies have demonstrated that low testosterone is a risk factor for earlier death.  When one is told, “You are more likely to live if you are wearing a seat belt if involved in an accident.” it would be prudent to wear your seat belt.

In the following article low testosterone is shown to be related to many of the signs we normally call “aging”.  But the downward spiral of aging may actually be secondary to the loss of testosterone most men see after age 30.  If low testosterone can be brought back to normal (not just normal for age) many of these conditions may be reversible.  So often men are told by their physician, “Your testosterone is normal for your age.  It is expected that a man your age to experience erectile dysfunction.”  Do not accept this judgment!

Call our office for a free consultation to see if you may be a candidate for Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

ScienceDaily (Aug. 17, 2006) — Men who have a low testosterone level after age 40 may have a higher risk of death over a four-year period than those with normal levels of the hormone, according to a report in the August 14/28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Unlike women undergoing menopause, middle-aged men generally do not experience a dramatic decrease in the production of sex hormones, according to background information in the article. Testosterone levels gradually decline as a man ages, decreasing approximately 1.5 percent per year after age 30. The effects of low testosterone levels include decreased muscle mass and bone density, insulin resistance, decreased sex drive, less energy, irritability and feelings of depression.

Molly M. Shores, M.D., and colleagues at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and University of Washington, Seattle, studied the relationship between hormone levels and death in a total of 858 male veterans older than age 40 years. All participants received care in the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and had their testosterone levels checked at least twice between 1994 and 1999, with at least one week and no more than two years elapsing between tests. The men were followed for an average of 4.3 years and a maximum of eight years, through 2002.

About 19 percent (166) of the men had a low testosterone level; 28 percent (240) had an equivocal testosterone level, meaning that their tests revealed an equal number of low and normal levels; and 53 percent (452) had normal testosterone levels. One-fifth (20.1 percent) of the men with normal testosterone levels died during the course of the study, compared with 24.6 percent of men with equivocal levels and 34.9 percent of those with low levels. Men with low testosterone levels had an 88 percent increase in risk of death compared with those who had normal levels. When the researchers considered other variables that may influence risk of death, such as age, other illnesses and body mass index, the association between low testosterone levels and death persisted.

Previous studies have found that testosterone levels may dramatically decrease one to two days after surgery, trauma or critical illness–all factors that can increase the risk of death. To eliminate these effects, the authors reanalyzed the data excluding men who had died within the first year of follow-up. Men with low testosterone levels were still 68 percent more likely to have died. “The persistence of elevated mortality risk after excluding early deaths suggests that the association between low testosterone and mortality is not simply due to acute illness,” they write.
(Arch Intern Med. 2006;166:1660-1665. Available pre-embargo to the media at www.jamamedia.org.)

Pellet Natural Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement

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pelletsPellet Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement is very much different than the traditional methods of replacing diminishing hormones. Hormones can be increased somewhat by creams that are applied to the chest, arms or medial thighs. Testosterone injections are administered usually every 7 to 10 days. Estrogen can be used orally or as patch.

Each of these has their inherent problems. None of the above delivery systems can get the hormone levels as high as pellet hormone replacement therapy and keep the hormones levels where they should be for more than a few hours. This is what gives the roller-coaster effect of most hormone replacement therapies. The creams do not get hormone levels high enough. Injections hurt and are a hassle. Blood clotting factors are changes when estrogen in any form is taken orally.

Pellet Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is an ideal delivery system because you are seen only every 3 months. Your blood levels help the doctor to adjust the dosage administered because the blood levels are relative constant for months. Because pellet hormones are used the chances of blood clots are greatly decreased. Because bio-identical hormones are used the chance of breast cancer is much less.

Hormones control every system of the body. The list includes:

• Regulate heartbeat • Fights stress • Regulates breathing • Prevents fatigue • Helps sleep • Helps alleviate anxiety • Controls blood pressure • Reduces stress • Builds bones • Helps keep memories • Builds muscles • Resists allergic reactions • Lubricates joints • Helps prevent infection • Regulates growth • Helps relieve pain • Regulates heat and energy • Increases sex drive • Helps burn fat • Increases fertility • Regulates menstrual cycle • Increases virility • Helps to allow pregnancy • Stimulates the brain • Fights cancer • Stimulates the immune system

Hormone replacement aids in prevention of disease instead of curing a disease. Most diseases…..heart attacks, strokes, arthritis, loss of sex drive, obesity, breast and cervical cancers, fatigue, poor sleep…..occur after age 40. Most of us after age 40 begin to see signs of a decrease in hormones.

The blood work to determine hormone deficiency may include Estradiol, Testosterone, FSH (follicular stimulating hormone), TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), Progesterone, CBC, and B12 and PSA in men. Lab results do not reflect what really is “normal”. A man’s testosterone may show 375 ng and he is told he is well within the normal range for his age. But when he was 22 his testosterone was 1000 to 1200. Men by age 70 have 10% of the testosterone they had in their youth.

Testosterone in a normally functioning female at age 20 is usually 60NG to 80NG. By the time she is 50 years old testosterone may be 10 or lower. Estrogen performs 400 vital functions in a woman’s body. How can she lose 90% of her natural estrogen and testosterone and 98% of her progesterone and be expected to happy and healthy?

You do not have to “just live with it”. You can do something about your hormone deficiency.

References:
Women’s Hormones Pamela Wartian Smith, MD, MPH page 5

Low Testosterone – A Risk Factor for Heart Disease

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The following article shows MEN who are low in testosterone are MORE  likely to die especially of heart disease.

Testosterone is a vasodilator and aids in blood flow to the heart. There are more receptor sites to testosterone in the heart muscle than any other muscle in the body. All this could explain the reason men live longer if their testosterone is normal.

What you see in the study is that in 930 men who already had coronary disease low testosterone was common. And of those men who had low testosterone, they were twice as likely to die. This, of course, suggest strongly that men with higher testosterone levels are more likely to live. Using bio-identical hormones to raise one’s testosterone to that of a younger person just makes sense.

ScienceDaily (Oct. 21, 2010) — Low testosterone levels seem to be linked to a heightened risk of premature death from heart disease and all causes, suggests research published online in Heart.

The finding refutes received wisdom that the hormone is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The researchers base their findings on 930 men, all of whom had coronary artery heart disease, and had been referred to a specialist heart centre between 2000 and 2002. Their heart health was then tracked for around 7 years.
On referral, low testosterone was relatively common. One in four of the men was classified as having low testosterone, using measurements of either bioavailable testosterone (bio-T) — available for tissues to use — of under 2.6 mmol/l or total testosterone (TT) of under 8.1 mmol/l.

These measures indicate clinically defined testosterone deficiency, referred to as hypogonadism, as opposed to a tailing off in levels of the hormone as a result of ageing.

During the monitoring period almost twice as many men with low testosterone died as did those with normal levels. One in five (41) of those with low testosterone died, compared with one in eight (12%) of those with normal levels.

The only factors that influenced this risk were heart failure (left ventricular dysfunction), treatment with aspirin or a high blood pressure drug (beta blocker) and low bio-T levels.

A low bio-T level was an independent risk factor for premature death from all causes and from heart disease, after taking account of other influential factors, such as age, other underlying health problems, smoking and weight.

Borderline levels of low total testosterone (15.1mmol/l) also increased the risk of an early death.

While high doses of testosterone found in anabolic steroids are harmful to health, the evidence suggests that low, rather than high, levels of the hormone, are associated with obesity, risky blood fats, and insulin resistance, all of which are risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, say the authors.

Men at high risk of these diseases may stand most to gain from testosterone replacement, they suggest.
An accompanying editorial points out that there is increasing interest in looking at the impact of testosterone replacement.