How Hormones fit into the aging process
Hormones are molecules that are manufactured in the endocrine glands, which include adrenal glands, testes, ovaries, thyroids, pituitary, and pineal gland. As the body ages, the levels of hormones diminish. In addition, the specific hormone receptor sites in the cells tend to change with age and become less sensitive and more resistant to hormone stimulation, resulting in a decrease in cellular function, cellular repair, protein synthesis, and cell reproduction. All in all, this results in the signs and symptoms of aging that can only be reversed by replacing our hormones to optimal levels to improve hormone effectiveness.
As the levels of hormones decline, so do our physical and mental capabilities. We lose our energy, vitality, strength, physique, and health. The deterioration was seen in normal aging results and osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, muscle atrophy, sleep disorders, depression, mood disorders, and decreased sociability. Much of this is caused by the decrease in hormones. By restoring these hormones to their youthful levels, it is possible to restore our zeal and energy as well as to strengthen and bolster our bodies and minds. We can improve and reverse many of the symptoms and signs that we have come to associate with aging. We can also regain our youthful resilience, which protects us from the stressors of daily life.
Biologically Identical Hormones
The structure is everything when it comes to hormone replacement therapy. Natural, biologically identical hormones mimic the shape and function of our own endogenous hormones. The body treats some processes the same way it has processed its natural hormones for years. They are safer, with fewer side effects, and have been found to have a rejuvenating and proactive effect.
Unfortunately, many of the hormones regularly prescribed are not identical to those found in the human body. These hormones may somewhat resemble our own hormones and may accomplish some of the same tasks, but they are a far cry from what the body is used to and needs. As the body works to metabolize these foreign substances, it may produce toxic byproducts, which can cause a wide array of side effects like bloating, mood swings, water retention, and more serious problems such as cancer and heart disease.
In light of this, patients should insist on prescriptions from biologically identical hormones only. The quality of life as you age depends heavily on the quality of hormones you take.
It is important to note the proper replacement of hormones involves replenishing all of the deficient hormones back to optimal, more youthful levels utilizing only biologically identical hormones. Which hormones to replenish, how much to replenish, and how to adjust the hormones are the art and science of this new specialty of hormone replacement therapy. We at Carolina Wellness Care applaud you for taking the first step; now let us help you achieve the quality of life you desire and deserve.
How to get started
Dr. Gelot will conduct an initial consultation with you and draw blood for testing. Based on the results of these and other evaluations, he will formulate an optimal hormone replacement regimen that is specifically tailored to your needs.
Your personalized program will include prescriptions and recommendations for appropriate dietary supplements, exercise, and proper nutritional guidelines. This preventative medicine program is designed to help you feel, function, and live your best while preventing age-related decline in health. With optimal bio-identical hormone replacement, the focus is on a healthy quality of life for years to come.