Tired, Stressed, Irritable... Let's take a look at your hormones.
As women age, their ovaries are programmed to shut down their function. This occurs over many years called perimenopause. First there is a decrease in progesterone and then a decrease in estrogen. Testosterone, present in small amounts also starts to falter. Thyroid and adrenal function can also decrease.
Men are not immune to hormone changes, although it happens more gradually. Changes may start to be noticed in the 40's to 50's age range. Mental fatigue, inability to concentrate, feeling burned out, depression, loss of initiative, sore joints and muscles, decreased stamina, increasing cholesterol, triglycerides, hypertension and diabetes may all be associated with decreased testosterone.
We experience the ravages of aging because we lose our hormones with age. The goal of anti-aging medicine including hormone, nutrient, and lifestyle therapy is to keep the individual functioning as close to a middle age level as possible. Men and women are offered little in the way of medical information or preventative treatment for the symptoms of hormonal and nutritional decline. Instead they get a cocktail of sleeping pills, anti-depressants, and pain medication and are told to accept that they are "just getting old".
Dr. Bhuiya is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, a society of physicians and scientists dedicated to enhancing the quality and extending the length of the human lifespan.
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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, using the same molecular structure as the hormones in the human body, can eliminate symptoms and maintain bone, memory, mobility and heart health in men and women.
There is still much confusion in the population concerning hormone therapy. The bad press hormone therapy has gotten in past years revolves around a large study called the Woman's Health Initiative which studied women on non-bioidentical hormones (Premarin made from pregnant horse urine and progestins) which increase cancer and strokes. Bioidentical hormones in proper doses are not known to have these effects, alleviate symptoms and have great benefit.