What is HRT and Is It Right For You?
Hormone therapy is the process of medically treating hormonal deficiencies caused when the body can no longer adequately produce hormones on its own. There are different types of medications and methods that are used depending on a patient’s situation and preferences, such as pills, patches, injections, or devices placed within the body.
Our approach to hormone therapy strives toward “hormone optimization” – not by simply increasing depleted hormone levels, but by measuring and adjusting all the body’s hormones to achieve the best balance possible for our patients. We do this using the lowest dose necessary and with fewer side effects, resulting in a therapy program that is safe for long-term use.
There is a misconception that hormone therapy is only for women, but that is simply not true. Men in their 40s and 50s often experience a male version of menopause called “andropause.” Andropause is brought on by a gradual drop in hormone levels, particularly testosterone, and occurs in almost all men as they age. The symptoms of andropause include emotional and behavioral changes, loss of energy, decreased stamina, and sexual dysfunction. This decline in hormone levels can expose men to health problems such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and stroke.
As part of the natural aging process, our hormone levels begin to decline starting at the age of 25, leading to deficiencies in many men and women over age 35. Because hormones help regulate and balance our body’s various systems, deficiencies in these chemicals can cause a wide range of symptoms. These symptoms can include any or all of the following:
- Muscle and bone loss
- Sexual dysfunction
- Mood swings
- Hair loss
- Sleep disorders
- Loss of motivation
- Weight gain
Hormones have a vast reach within the body, and many of them help to regulate our body’s metabolism. Hormones like insulin, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, human growth hormone (HGH), and thyroid hormones all play a direct role in how the body is able to process food and convert it into energy. Without the right amount of these hormones, it is difficult for a person’s body to gauge how much food to consume in order to maintain necessary energy levels. This can result in not eating enough to support bodily functions or, more commonly, over-eating in an effort to compensate.
There are different Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) options. The best way to get started is to schedule an appointment with us. When you attend your first appointment for a weight loss consultation, you can ask one of our doctors if hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is right for you. Our doctor will review your individual needs and determine if a prescription for HRT is appropriate for you and your weight loss goals. Alternatively, if you are going through menopause or have another hormone-related condition that would benefit from hormone replacement therapy, you can make an appointment for HRT only.
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