What are Bio-identical Hormones?
Hormones are chemicals that carry messages from organs to the cells in the body. They stimulate cells to heal, reproduce, and rejuvenate, and they help keep the body’s natural balance in check. For this reason, disease and symptoms of aging occur when hormone levels decline.
Physical deterioration is not a requirement of growing older, and by taking natural hormone supplementation men and women can help their bodies age in a healthy manner and optimize energy and activity levels along with reducing age related symptoms.
Through the use of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, it is possible to stop much of the undesirable aspects, symptoms, and diseases associated with aging. Denver Hormone Health Clinics’ Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a state of the art science, which has been shown to prolong and enhance the quality of life. Prior to beginning therapy, a complete physical examination and a thorough blood level analysis are completed. The results will help the physicians determine a personalized hormone supplementation program, which is monitored closely until appropriate hormone levels are obtained.
Denver Hormone Health Clinics only uses natural bio-identical hormones in treatments. By using only natural bio-identical hormones, we ensure our patients will achieve all of the benefits of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy without the risks and side effects associated with synthetic hormones.
Denver Hormone Health Clinics will check the levels of estrogen, progesterone, thyroid hormone, melatonin, DHEA, and pregnenolone for both men and women in order to determine imbalances and deficiencies so that the appropriate prescription can be chosen.
Tested and Monitored Hormones
Testosterone: This hormone is necessary in both men and women and declines steadily after age 30. At optimal levels, testosterone increases bone density and bone formation, enhances energy and sex drive, decreases body fat, increases muscle strength, lowers blood pressure, and modulates cholesterol levels. Testosterone is a hormone that neither men nor women should be without. It is a great mood enhancer and imparts a sense of wellbeing in aging men and women.
Estrogen: Over 50 years of studies demonstrate that loss of estrogen increases cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporotic fractures, urogenital atrophy, macular degeneration, and depression. Using natural estrogen helps protect the body against these symptoms and disease, and it lowers LDL cholesterol and raises HDL, which is the beneficial type of cholesterol.
Progesterone: Synthetic progesterone increases the risk of breast cancer, heart disease, strokes, bleeding, and depression. Not only does bio-identical progesterone decrease these risks, but it also protects against them. Progesterone helps reduces symptoms of menopause and occurs naturally with estrogen, and it should be prescribed concurrently to balance estrogen.
Thyroid Hormone: This metabolic hormone decreases steadily with age. Lack of the thyroid hormone leads to hypothyroidism and can result in cold intolerance, fatigue, lassitude, weight gain, increased cholesterol, thin and dry skin, hair loss, and thin and brittle nails. Replenishment results in the reversal of these symptoms plus increased energy and metabolism.
Melatonin: This hormone is produced by the pineal gland and declines significantly by age 40. Melatonin controls the circadian rhythm as well as deep stages of sleep. Studies suggest that the immune system depends on melatonin’s effects of deep sleep. By inducing sleep, it improves quality of sleep and increases REM sleep and deep stage IV sleep. Melatonin provides the body with powerful antioxidants that can protect against cancer and scavenge free radicals, and it does this by activating the cytokine system, which is part of lymphocytic function.
DHEA: By age 40, DHEA has declined markedly in both men and women. DHEA has a beneficial effect on immune response, sex drive, metabolism, and emotional stability. DHEA is a precursor to the sex hormones and is therefore an important building block in the production of these hormones. This beneficial hormone also helps the body breakdown fats and cholesterol, while reducing the formation of atherosclerotic plaques.
Pregnenolone: Decline of this hormone occurs after age 30, and this can cause a lack of mental clarity and failure of memory, which can be among the most frustrating aspects of aging. This hormone aids the body with this frustrating issue of age-related cognitive decline by helping with cellular repair of the central nervous system and enhancing memory.