What is hormone balance?
Optimal hormone balance is a foundation of health. The hormones in your body work together and if one hormone is excessive or deficient, the others have to adjust and can result in a variety of symptoms.
We live in a world of altered foods, abnormal stressors and lifestyles, medications, pesticides, and toxic chemicals that alter our hormone balance.
What are common symptoms of hormone imbalances?
- Excessive fatigue
- Easy weight gain
- Muscle weakness and joint pain
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Excessive hair loss
- Fluid retention
- Dependence on stimulants such as caffeine
- Menstrual problems
- Blood sugar imbalances
- Frequent colds and respiratory infections
- Anxiety and depression
- Autoimmune disorders
- High blood pressure
- Elevated cholesterol and triglycerides
What causes hormone imbalances?
What are a few key hormones?
Estrogens and Progesterone
Testosterone Replacement for Men
The Use of Bioidentical Hormones for Anti-Aging
When we use the term “Anti-Aging”, we also mean Healthy Aging.
Living a healthy life with optimal hormone balance provides better quality of life.
The benefits of optimizing hormone balance are: we often live longer, look better, feel better, have more energy, are stronger, and have more resistance against illness and disease.
Hormone testing and if necessary, replacing testosterone, estrogens, progesterone, DHEA, thyroid hormone, cortisol, growth hormone, and aldosterone can be extremely helpful in your healthy-aging program.
How are hormone imbalances treated?
The good news is that you can do something about hormone imbalances.
One option is a prescription of one or more Bio-Identical Hormones. Bio-identical means biologically identical to the hormones your body makes.
Most prescription hormones used in medicine are products from pregnant horse urine and are not the identical hormones to humans. Would you rather take the hormone molecularly identical to the one your body makes or something molecularly identical to a horses hormones?
Another option to discuss with your naturopathic doctor is taking plant medicines that increase and/or balance specific hormones in the body.
Are there risks to taking hormones?
Some patients may have a pre-existing condition or family history that puts them at risk for taking specific hormones and this needs to be evaluated and discussed with your naturopathic doctor. For example, any woman with a history of hormone receptor positive breast cancer is not a candidate for estrogens, progesterone or DHEA.
The Women’s Health Initiative Study in 2002 evaluated women who had taken an estrogen-progestin combination drug called Prempro (estrogens and progesterone synthesized from pregnant horse urine). The National Institutes of Health had to cut the study short when their findings showed that the drug resulted in a 26 percent increase in breast cancer, 41 percent increase in strokes, 29 percent increase in heart attacks, 100 percent increase of blood clots in the legs and lungs, and an increased risk of ovarian and endometrial cancer.
Conversely, an analysis of more than 200 studies found bioidentical HRT to be both more effective and offer greater health benefits for menopausal women than synthetic hormones. “The study showed that women taking them were less likely to have sleep problems, anxiety, depression and cognitive problems” common side effects of synthetic hormones. And these women had a reduced risk of breast cancer and superior heart protection”.
Periodic office visits and follow up testing to monitor your health and safety while taking any prescription, including bio-identical hormones(link), is required by our naturopathic doctors.