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What Are Hormones? 

By: Kristen Vierregger, MD 

Hormones are chemical messengers that maintain proper functioning of the body’s organs. Optimal health is only possible when adequate hormone levels are present; low levels predispose us to sickness and disease.

For instance, diabetes is caused by insufficient insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas. Whether male or female, we all experience symptoms of declining sex hormones as we age. Even PMS is the result of imbalances in younger women during their menstrual cycle.

What Are the Symptoms of Declining Sex Hormones?

In addition to PMS during their childbearing years, women also suffer from hot flashes/night sweats, insomnia, frequent headaches/migraines, depression and anxiety, painful joints, urinary incontinence and a host of other ailments as they enter menopause.

Men start to feel the effects of declining testosterone in their early- to mid-forties. Symptoms include fatigue, reduced energy and strength, low sex drive, depressed mood, sexual dysfunction, increased body fat, and others.

Our hormones don’t decline because we age; we age because our hormones decline. The good news is that we don’t have to suffer. We can age gracefully and keep our vitality by paying attention to our hormone levels.

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Safe?

The medical community has understood the importance of adequate hormone levels for nearly a century, when the first hormone preparations were given to patients in the 1930s. Concern over hormone replacement safety arose in 2002, when a study showed that some women receiving synthetic hormones had an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

These concerns are very real, but careful analysis and many studies conducted before and after 2002 have determined that it was the alteration of the chemical structure in the synthetic hormones that increased the risk of adverse events.

What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

The term “bioidentical” refers to the similarity of the chemical structure of the estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, etc., to that which the body normally makes. As they have not been altered, the body accepts and benefits from them just as it would its own.

Use should always be monitored closely by a doctor knowledgeable about their risks, but within therapeutic doses, bioidentical hormones safely and effectively correct low hormone levels and provide welcome symptom relief.

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