Women have special needs. Their concerns are different than men. Their issues tend to be more complex. Their hormones are more complex.
Changes associated with the aging process occur much more rapidly as women approach menopause. This dramatic shift in hormones results in:
- Weight gain
- Dry, thin skin—loss of elasticity
- Poor sleep
- Hot flashes
- Decreased energy
- Irritability, anxiety, or mood changes
- Decreased libido
- Vaginal dryness or painful intercourse
- Cognitive or memory problems—“brain fog”
- Aches, pains and stiffness
- Bladder changes
Medical problems often appear or become worse around menopause. These include:
- Cholesterol and blood pressure
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Low bone density or osteoporosis
Hormone imbalance is not limited to menopause. Other hormones such as testosterone, DHEA, growth hormone and thyroid, begin to decline at a much earlier age. They also decline gradually, so from year to year, changes are almost imperceptible. With time, their effect becomes apparent.
Estrogen and Progesterone | The profound loss of estrogen and progesterone that occurs during menopause is often the reason women seek help. Hot flashes and poor sleep are perhaps the most dramatic symptoms that result from this rather abrupt loss of hormones. Loss of libido and vaginal dryness are next. Over time this loss of hormones can lead to decreased bone density, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and an increase risk of heart disease. Many women as well as many doctors are afraid of hormones. They believe that hormones cause breast cancer and heart disease. The fact is that with appropriate patient selection, the use of bioidentical hormones, given via the proper route of delivery, does not pose an increased risk of mortality or cancer, and may even decrease these risks.
Some links you may be interested in:
- “Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Reduces Mortality Risk?”
- “Avoiding Hormone Replacement Can Be Deadly”
Testosterone for Women | Testosterone is not just for men. Testosterone is a normal hormone in women but present in much lower levels than in men. These levels decline with age. Benefits of healthy testosterone levels include:
- Improvement in mental functioning and mood.
- Favorable body composition: percent body fat, preservation of lean mass
- Improved bone density,
- Reduced cholesterol
- Improved glucose control
- Improved libido and sexual responsiveness
Thyroid Hormone | Women are more sensitive to changes in thyroid than men. Your levels may fall within the so-called “normal range.” These ranges are very wide and are only statistics. Most women feel better and have an easier time maintaining or losing weight if their levels are above mid-range. It is well established in the medical literature that even “low normal” levels, often referred to as subclinical hypothyroidism, are associated with elevated cholesterol, an increased risk for heart disease and an increase in all cause mortality.
DHEA | DHEA is produced by the adrenal glands that sit atop the kidneys. DHEA declines progressively with age. Low levels are strongly associated with heart disease, depression, cognitive decline, low bone density and overall mortality. Since DHEA levels decline with age, age adjusted normal ranges are often lower than levels known to be associated with increased disease risk.
Correcting low DHEA levels can lead to improvements in:
- Bone density
- Fat free mass
- IGF-1—your own natural growth hormone
- Mental and physical sexual arousal
- Mood and sense of well-being
- Lower risk of heart disease
- Insulin sensitivity
Does This All Sound Complex? | It sounds complex because it is. You need someone with experience in balancing hormones. With the help of Cenegenics Phoenix, you can safely take control of the symptoms of aging and menopause. We will develop a medically supervised, personal treatment plan using proactive strategies designed to help you look and feel your best, while keeping you at the lowest possible risk for diseases associated with aging.