Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) refers to the replacement of hormones that are identical to those that the body produces. Effective for both men and women, these hormones are commonly offered as creams, capsules, vaginal suppositories and injections. Treatment mainly focuses on hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, dehydroepiandosterone (DHEA), cortisol, and thyroid.
As women and men get older, we experience a decline in our production of natural hormones. Since hormones play a key role in regulating activity in our brain and body, regulating gene function, and overall effect on energy and a feeling of wellness, metabolism, stress and libido, replacement of these hormones is an amazing alternative to optimal health and vitality.
When a man has low T, it means his testosterone is below normal level. It’s normal for men to produce less testosterone as they age. Normal daily production is typically 8mg per day, however, after age 30, most men begin to experience a gradual decline in testosterone. In fact, by the time a he reaches 50 years old, half the testosterone producing cells that were available at the age of 25 have disappeared. Studies have shown that there is a 30% decline in total testosterone, and a 50% decline in bio-available testosterone from age 25 to 75.
The Churchill Center diagnoses Low T through an assessment of a combination of things including signs and symptoms, blood tests, and a questionnaire. Blood tests alone are not typically recommended due to a wide variance in daily testosterone production as well as non-standardization of laboratory testing across different labs.
The benefits of optimal T levels are numerous. Improvements in mood, cognitive function, cardiovascular health, libido, sexual performance, bone density, confidence, and increased muscle mass are just some of the benefits associated with maintaining optimal levels of this critical hormone. Results will vary per patient due to age, genetics, lifestyle, dosing, and adherence to therapy.
Millions of women in the US suffer from hormone imbalances, early menopause, symptoms of perimenopause, weight gain in perimenopause, adrenal fatigue, and premenstrual disorders. In a majority of those cases, treatment with bioidentical hormones can be a solution.
To establish a need for hormones, The Churchill Center clinically evaluates your needs through a highly comprehensive and individualized approach including the use of blood work and examining your symptoms and medical history. Once hormones are prescribed, a follow up appointment will be given to reevaluate your symptoms and levels of hormones in your blood in order to adjust the dose to the most optimal range.
Most people begin feeling better within a few months of beginning the program, but some results may take a bit longer to achieve. Patients may begin to feel a difference within a matter of weeks, especially when it comes to sleep patterns and energy levels. Every patient has a different experience, but the end result is the same – a healthier, balanced life.
Changes like these take time to evolve. Remember, it took some time for you to lose balance of your hormones, so it will also take your body some time to recover. Consistency and compliance every step of the way will improve results.
The idea of functional hypothyroidism is that thyroid problems—which can cause fatigue, weight gain, difficulty staying warm, and constipation—sometimes elude detection by traditional blood tests. Functional medicine practitioners have maintained for years that going beyond these traditional screenings can, in many cases, help physicians identify problems that otherwise wouldn't be detected. This, in turn, can lead to an appropriate therapeutic approach.
When evaluating possible thyroid problems, physicians traditionally have screened only for abnormal TSH and T4 levels. If these are normal, many physicians conclude that no thyroid problem is evident, and they begin considering other possibilities.
The functional hypothyroid thinking is that additional thyroid-related testing may be in order. The problem could involve, for example, the body's inability to convert T4 to T3; excessive binding of thyroid hormones by proteins in the blood; or problems with the conversion of T4 to inactive Reverse T3. Problems with excessive binding of thyroid hormones or defects in conversion can render thyroid hormones ineffective.
Other factors might be at play as well; for example, if the adrenal gland isn't producing appropriate amounts of cortisol, the thyroid won't function normally. (Cortisol plays a key role in the body's response to stress. Too much or too little cortisol can slow metabolism.)
Iodine deficiency also can affect thyroid functioning, as can low ferritin levels. Both iodine and ferritin are essential for appropriate production and function of thyroid hormones. Vitamin-D deficiency also can lead to symptoms of hypothyroidism.
These are only a few of the potential causes of functional hypothyroidism. The important point is that people with subclinical hypothyroidism are going undetected. The true rate of hypothyroidism in adults using diagnostic criteria of medical history, physical examination, blood thyroid levels along with basal body temperature may be closer to 25%, and significantly higher in the elderly, rising up to 40%.
Adrenal Fatigue is a deficiency in the functioning of the adrenal glands. Normally functioning adrenal glands secrete minute, yet precise and balanced amounts of steroid hormones. However, because they are designed to be so very responsive to changes in physical, emotional, and psychological environment, any number of factors can interfere with this finely tuned balance. This means too much physical, emotional, environmental, and/or psychological stress can deplete the adrenals, causing a decrease in the output of adrenal hormones, particularly cortisol. This lowered adrenal activity (hypoadrenia), resulting from the constant assault on the adrenals, can range in severity all the way from almost zero to almost normal. The chief symptom of adrenal fatigue is, indeed, fatigue, but is accompanied by many other sign and symptoms.
The number of stresses, whether or not they are recognized, the intensity of each stress and the frequency with which it occurs, plus the length of time it is present, all combine to form the total stress load.
It is when the body becomes unable to make the appropriate changes to these stresses that adrenal fatigue begins. The worse the overload relative to the ability of the body to respond, the worse the adrenals fatigue.
The guidelines for keeping your adrenal glands healthy are very similar to the overall principles of good health. A moderate lifestyle with high quality food, regular exercise and adequate rest, along with a healthy mental attitude to the stresses of life go a long way towards keeping the adrenals strong and resilient. However, because modern life is so stressful, certain nutritional supplements and hormones are also important to both maintaining healthy adrenal glands and helping depleted adrenal glands recover.
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