As we age, our bodies change. It’s true we are capable of adapting to age-related changes naturally, but our modern on-the-go lifestyle interferes with these transitions. This is clearly evidenced by the symptoms so many of us experience, that have an increasing impact on the quality of our life as we age. Fatigue, poor sleep, forgetfulness, chronic pain, weight gain, muscle loss – these are just a few symptoms that most people take for granted as a part of the “natural” aging process. However, this is not “natural”.
Hot flashes, night sweats, forgetfulness, decreased libido, and vaginal dryness are thought of as classic menopausal symptoms for women. Loss of muscle mass, decreased libido, and male pattern baldness reflect age-related changes in men.
One might think these symptoms are a normal part of the aging process. Yet we challenge that they are not normal, just commonly experienced. The symptoms people in our American culture commonly think of as age-related changes are more accurately culturally-related changes in our health from a lifetime of accumulated high stress and a sedentary lifestyle. Even people who do eat healthy and exercise may experience these symptoms of imbalance from other life-stressors. The good news is that Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) can make a difference in your life.
Bioidentical Hormones are often referred to as “natural” hormones. They are plant-based hormones that have exactly the same structure as hormones that are produced in the human body. Bioidentical hormones have been found to be safer than the traditional, equine-derived (mare urine) estrogens and synthetic progestin.
We can make greater progress in hormone replacement therapy when we approach it holistically and consider the totality of each person’s symptoms, and how they are affected by hormonal changes. This is how we approach hormone replacement therapy and have seen amazing success in improving the quality of lives of patients.