Hormone Replacement Therapy
What exactly is hormone modulation & how does it work?
Hormone modulation is the science of optimizing hormones that are no longer being adequately produced by the body. While genetic programming does many wonderful things, nature’s plan brings us to the age of reproduction and nurturing, and then seems to have little use for us. At that point, we begin to fail. In fact, much of aging can be seen as deficiencies in many of the substances that our body once produced in abundance. Regaining and maintaining metabolic and endocrine functions at the upper end of the normal range for your age gives you the best opportunity for a healthy and vigorous life. This optimal range is in the upper third of the normal range for age.
How long before you can actually see results?
While this changes with each person, some people feel results within days. Just like beginning an exercise program, you can expect results within three to six months after beginning hormone management. Often the results of proper modulation are manifested by what you don’t feel, i.e., sick, tired, moody, etc.
How long do I have to be on these therapies?
You should give your program at least four to six months to see significant benefits. Most people experience benefits before three months and continue to see improvement beyond that point. Your body needs that much time to heal and rebuild. You should remain on the program for as long as you want to optimize your health.
What happens if I stop the program?
You will have gained time while you were on the program, but if you should elect to stop, you will not experience accelerated aging. Should you stop the program, your body will return to aging at it’s normal rate. The benefits will fade over time after stopping, however you still have benefited.
When is a good age to start?
Thirty-five is generally an appropriate age for the first evaluation, because that is when deficiencies begin to appear. Around thirty years of age, we lose hormones from 1%-3%. It’s never too early for any adult to begin a nutraceutical program. A person does not need to begin hormone modulation therapy until the body begins to lower its hormone production. Blood tests and assessments help determine exactly where you may be most deficient and how we can help you. Every person is different and will have different needs as far as hormone modulation goes.
Will Hormone Replacement Treatment interfere with my currently prescribed medications?
Not usually. In some instances, other medications may actually be reduced or no longer needed. Your Hormone Management physician will be able to advise you on this.
There are multiple studies showing that synthetic hormone replacement therapy may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and breast cancer.
There are also multiple studies showing that there is no additional risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and breast cancer from using hormones such as micronized estradiol and progesterone, which mimic those that are naturally produced in your body. Our office does not use synthetic hormones. Our office only uses those hormones that mimic hormones that are identical to those naturally produced by the body. Of note, many studies of these natural hormones have been shown to actually reduce the risk of breast cancer, dementia, stroke, and heart disease.