What are hormones? Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that circulate through the bloodstream to specific target cells where they generate a wide range of biological responses. Hormones are responsible for the body's physical and emotional well-being.
The body needs proper hormonal balance to function efficiently. When out of balance, virtually every system and organ in your body feels its effect. Every time you cry, become angry, feel tired, laugh, have sex, feel hungry, or fall asleep your body is responding to hormones.
How do Stress Hormones Affect the Body? In times of stess, our bodies release a powerful steriod called cortisol. Cortisol helps activate the body to meet all the daily challenges of life. Without proper cortisol levels, we would not be able to get out of bed in the morning or effectively cope with stress. This powerful steriod helps keep us fit and in control. Unfortunately, as we age, our cortisol levels tend to rise, this in turn, affects the way our body reacts to stress.
Do Hormone Levels Changes as we Age? Yes, hormone levels change significanly in both men and women as we age. Levels can drop as much as 80%-90% from their youthful peaks. In women, hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone fall most rapidly during and after menopause.
A man's testosterone production decreases by approximately 2% per year from the age of 25. That means that by age 50, the average male's testosterone will have decreased by almost half! What men don't realize is that testosterone is not just about sex drive. It's about a positive attitude, hand eye coordination, cardiac output, healing, and much more.
Why Should I Consider Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy? Hormone therapy is about balance. For many years medical practitioners have known the importance of hormone dysfunction. Supplemental insulin, thyroid, and other hormones have been used in healthcare for a long time. But subtle or gradual hormone loss as we get older has been conventionally perceived as the normal course of aging. However, there is now mounting evidence that not only is hormone loss secondary to aging, but aging is secondary to hormone loss.
When in balance, hormones have numerous health benefits including protecting your brain cells, protecting your heart, building strong bones and muscles, improving your immune system, improving skin health, your sex life, and your sense of well being.
Is Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Right for You? Please call our office at 440-832-7009 and we will be happy to schedule an apppointment for you.