Hormones: Beyond Menopause
Hormone therapy is indicated for men and women who experience symptoms of age-related hormone deficiency or dysfunction, commonly known as “Manopause” and “Menopause”. Common symptoms of Menopause include erectile dysfunction, low libido, fatigue, and low stamina, weight gain, irritability, and more. Common symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, vaginal dryness, low libido, headaches, and fatigue. Unfortunately, patients are largely unaware of how important their hormones are for the proper function of the body. BHRT is also indicated for men and women with cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and neurocognitive issues such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
“A principal investigator of a landmark women’s health study says initial results that linked hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to breast cancer and heart attacks were misleading and distorted for publicity. Others involved in the study claim the findings were merely misunderstood. Fifteen years on, a new consensus about risks and benefits is emerging, but too late for a generation of women who abandoned or avoided HRT due to reported risks”
The Body’s Rise and Fall of Hormone Production: Aging
As we age, our cells age. Just as we gain the abilities to repair, regenerate, and produce new cells, hormones, etc., we slowly lose them as we approach the later stages of life. Yes, the aging process is natural and some decline in function is too. However, the rate and extent of this decline that I see in patients are not natural. There are many causes affecting this process but the most relevant questions are, what is your hormone status and what can be done to support your aging process? Whether it is eating a more plant-based diet, exercising 20-30 minutes daily, or any other healthy change, consider having your hormones assessed because they affect more than just symptoms.
…There is a time when you can repair and fix things and there is a time when you just have to replace things…
What to do now
After you’ve read this article and hopefully perused some of the published data, one of the most important things to do is recognize that hormones are a critical component of your body, and all the doctors who may have told you hormone therapy are dangerous and cause cancer, have been misinformed. Next, find a doctor who has been trained in bio-identical hormone therapy, who uses blood and urine laboratory testing, and that you get along with. This is of course to ensure the most pleasant and clinically significant experience.
Author Devin Wilson ND, CCT
As an integrative doctor, I utilize all appropriate treatment tools in managing my patients. Using the therapeutic order as a guide for naturopathic treatment stratification, we find that removing obstacles to cure and dietary modifications are pillars of a comprehensive plan. Contemporary society and modern science alike have witnessed the effects of the western diet such as obesity and type two diabetes epidemics, but can diet have an additional effect on health and diseases.
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