Conventional medicine has always held the belief that aging is inevitable and that its progressive deterioration cannot be altered. Fortunately, there is an exciting revolution in science and medicine that identifies aging as a disease.
We are now entering a new era in mainstream medicine that focuses on the prevention of the aging process rather than simply the treatment of the aging symptoms. One of the most important preventative therapies in this new paradigm of care is hormone supplementation.
Because many physicians assume that age related hormone know the clients are natural, the medical community as a whole has been very slow to offer hormone replacement therapy to the aging community. However, researchers from around the world have now shown that a hormone deficiency associated with aging is no different from that of a younger person with a hormonal and balance, and should be treated as deftly and as quickly as other hormone related complications.
How and Why we age
Over the last 50 years, research in the field of endocrinology and immunology has improved our knowledge as to how and why we age. Communication between the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems makes it possible for us to adapt and survive in our environment, and hormones are the messengers between the systems.
Hormones are molecules that are released into the blood system and exert biochemical effects on receptor sites to regulate our bodies temperature, reproduction, growth, aging and immune functions. As messengers of the central nervous system, hormones instructor internal organs on how to function. Unfortunately, both men and women experience a drop in these life-sustaining hormones as they age.
Hormonal Deficiency Symptoms include:
loss of muscle mass
compromised immune system
Wrinkling of the skin
depression and stress
loss of sex drive
Replenishment of hormones to optimal, physiological levels (not exceeding normal limits) has been shown to alleviate these age-related changes.
How hormones fit into the Aging Process
Hormones are molecules that are manufactured in the endocrine glands, which include adrenal glands, testes, ovaries, thyroids, pituitary and pineal gland. As the body ages, the levels of hormones diminish. In addition, the specific hormone receptor sites in the cells tend to change with age and become less sensitive and more resistant to hormone stimulation, resulting in a decrease in cellular function, cellular repair, protein synthesis and cell reproduction. All in all, this results in the signs and symptoms of aging that can only be reversed by replacing our hormones to optimal levels to improve hormone effectiveness.
At the levels of hormones to decline, so do our physical and mental capabilities. We lose our energy, vitality, strength, physique and health. The deterioration seen in normal aging results and osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, muscle atrophy, sleep disorders, depression, mood disorders and decreased sociability. Much of this is caused by the decrease in hormones. By restoring these hormones to their youthful levels, it is possible to restore our zeal and energy as well as to strengthen and bolster our bodies and minds. We can improve and reverse many of the symptoms and signs that we have come to associate with aging. We can also regain our youthful resilience, which protects us from the stressors of daily life.
Biologically identical hormones
Structure is everything when it comes to hormone replacement therapy. Natural, biologically identical hormones mimic the shape and function of our own endogenous hormones. The body treat some processes them the same way it has processed it's natural hormones for years. They are safer, with fewer side effects, and have been found to have a rejuvenating and proactive effect.
Unfortunately, many of the hormones regularly prescribed are not identical to those found in the human body. These hormones may somewhat resemble our own hormones and may accomplish some of the same tasks, but they are a far cry from what the body is used to and needs. As the body works to metabolize these foreign substances, it may produce toxic byproducts, which can cause a wide array of side effects like bloating, mood swings, water retention and more serious problems such as cancer and heart disease.
In light of this, patients should insist on prescriptions from biologically identical hormones only. The quality of life as you age depends heavily on the quality of hormones you take.
It is important to note the proper replacement of hormones involves replenishing all of the deficient hormones back to optimal, more youthful levels utilizing only biologically identical hormones. Which hormones to replenish, how much to replenish, and how to adjust the hormones is the art and science of this new specialty of hormone replacement therapy. We at Carolina Wellness Care applaud you for taking the first step; now let us help you achieve the quality of life you desire and deserve.
How to get Started
Dr. Gelot will conduct an initial consultation with you and draw blood for testing. Based on the results of these and other evaluations, he will formulate an optimal hormone replacement regimen that is specifically tailored to your needs.
Your personalize program will include prescriptions and recommendations for appropriate dietary supplements, exercise and proper nutritional guidelines. This preventative medicine program is designed to help you feel, function and live your best while preventing age-related decline in health. With optimal bio identical hormone replacement, the focus is on a healthy quality of life for years to come.