More and more people are seeking relief from the symptoms of aging they experience: decreased energy, weight gain, stress, night sweats and more. Because of their essential role in the body, even small hormonal imbalances can cause these side effects and more throughout the body.
For both men and women, hormones act as essential communicators between cells in our bodies and are responsible for regulating many of our bodies’ functional systems. However, as we age, our hormones begin to change or become imbalanced. Many people explore hormone optimization as a potential solution.
UNDERSTANDING WOMEN'S HORMONES
Women have a unique set of hormones for navigating life changes such as menstruation, pregnancy and birth, and menopause. Menopause symptoms can be frustrating, and at times, even dangerous. During menopause, the ovaries slow their production of estrogen and progesterone, which has a number of side effects.
DID YOU KNOW...Women have more testosterone in their body than estrogen!
Women are often surprised when we tell them that they need testosterone therapy, mostly because we tend to believe that testosterone is exclusively the male hormone. Decreased levels of testosterone in women has many negative effects on the body including an increased the risk of osteoporosis. At this time in a woman’s life, it is more important than ever to be living a healthy lifestyle and listening to the body’s needs.
PAY ATTENTION TO CHANGES IN MOOD
Many of us are quick to dismiss irritability or mood changes as normal responses to our busy schedules and daily frustrations, and this may be true in many cases. However, if you find yourself experiencing severe ups and downs, debilitating anxiety, or lengthy depressive episodes, you should speak with your provider about your options. Hormone replacement therapy may be one way to ease these symptoms.
UNDERSTANDING MEN'S HORMONES
ANDROPAUSE: The Male Decline in Hormones
Beginning around the age of 40, men's hormones decline by an average of 1% each year. With the decline of hormones, men often experience symptoms similar to menopause:
Loss of hair
Fatigue and irritability
Diminished sex drive
WHAT CAUSES HORMONAL IMBALANCE?
Certain lifestyle habits and environmental factors may also play a role in hormonal imbalances.
According to medicalnewstoday.com, hormonal imbalances could be caused in part by:
exposure to toxins, pollutants, and endocrine disrupting chemicals, including pesticides and herbicides
chronic or extreme stress
type 1 and type 2 diabetes
hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia
underactive or overactive thyroid
over- or underproduction of the parathyroid hormone
poor diet and nutrition
phytoestrogens, naturally-occurring plant estrogens found in soy products
high levels of the hormone cortisol
low levels of cortisol and aldosterone
benign tumors and cysts (fluid-filled sacks) that affect the endocrine glands
congenital adrenal hyperplasia (low levels of cortisol)
endocrine gland injury
severe allergic reactions or infections
cancers that involve endocrine glands
chemotherapy and radiation therapy
iodine deficiency (goiters)
FIND OUT IF HORMONE OPTIMIZATION RIGHT FOR YOU.
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ABOUT DR. VANESSA DEAN
Dr. Vanessa Dean is a Licensed Naturopathic Physician in the State of Arizona. She completed her medical training at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Dean’s professional endeavors as a Naturopathic Doctor lie closely with her personal passions for lifelong health and vitality. Her passion for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy led her to SottoPelle, where she will continue to help patients reach optimum health and prevent disease. Prior to working with SottoPelle, Dr. Dean spent the majority of her medical career focused on General Family Medicine, Minor Surgery and Endocrinology. She has helped countless patients regain their health through an integrative approach, aiming to build strategies for lifelong health.