By Jessie Cheung, MD
Hormones are the messengers in control of every process in your body. As we age, hormone production changes, and hormonal imbalance can occur. Symptoms can be subtle over time, and many people don’t even realize they have a hormone imbalance. Some people wake up one day and wonder how they aged
overnight? Hormones are affected by our environment, the food we eat, stressors, sleep habits, and our genetic makeup.
Hormones do a lot more than just regulating our mood and sexuality. They play a role in our risk factors for diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, dementia, cancers, and being overweight.
The main hormones that people are most aware of are thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. But did you know that there are other hormones that control our appetite, wound healing, and immune system (that’s a topic for another day)?
So how do you treat the changes and imbalances that are occurring? There are many ways to get hormones into your body – pills, patches, creams, injections, and pellets, which are placed into your fat. The problem with swallowing hormone pills is that the metabolites can affect the liver. The drawback with patches and creams is that it’s difficult to absorb enough hormones through your skin to get optimal levels to be effective. The issue with testosterone injections is an increase in clotting factors and estrogen conversion, as well a roller coaster effects with levels. The safest route for estrogen and testosterone is with pellets. Since the hormones go directly into your blood stream, which is how the ovaries and testicles deliver them, this method is the most effective. There is no increase in blood clots, strokes, heart attacks or breast cancer with bio-identical hormone pellet therapy. In fact, studies show that bio-identical hormone pellet therapy decreases the relative risk of breast cancer and heart
disease. I only use hormones that your body makes, versus the synthetic hormones, which are derived from animal parts or urine, and have a different structure.
Hormone balancing is all about the optimization of your levels. There’s a wide range of normal, and the optimal level is usually at the higher end of that range. At optimal levels, you can expect improvements in: energy, sleep, libido, body composition, stronger bones and muscles, mood, cognition, erectile function, cholesterol, and glycemic control. Hormone optimization is all about aging better and healthier. Remember, Confidence Is Sexy and aging healthier is definitely Sexy!
bio-identical hormones in my office. These have the same chemical structure as the