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Feel Healthy and Young Again
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy uses naturally-derived, plant-based hormones to replace the diminishing hormone levels in the human body. Your body undergoes numerous changes as it ages, and a hormone imbalance is one of them. Since hormones control most aspects of your emotional, physical, and sexual health, a hormone imbalance can wreak havoc on your general well-being.
Traditional hormone therapy relies on synthetic, lab-produced hormones that can lead to numerous side effects and include various contraindications. However, Skinology offers bio-identical hormones that resemble the molecular structure of your natural hormones, so they can perfectly restore hormone balance and make you feel healthy and young again without unwanted side effects. It’s time to reclaim your youthful vitality with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
What Are Hormones?
Hormones are essential substances that play a crucial role in regulating various biological functions. They are produced by glands and are composed of proteins or cholesterol. Hormones are released into the bloodstream and travel to distant cells, organs, and tissues, where they exert their effects. The levels of hormones in the body diminish as a person ages, leading to a range of physical and mental symptoms, including fatigue, memory loss, weight gain, depression, and decreased sex drive. The decline of hormones also increases the risk of various diseases, such as osteoporosis, dementia, and cardiovascular disease.
Natural Hormone Replacement
In the past, synthetic hormones were the only option for replenishing declining hormone levels. However, advancements in science have made it possible to produce natural hormones that match those produced by the body. These natural hormones can be derived from plants, such as soy and yams, and are known as bio-identical hormones. On the other hand, synthetic hormones chemically differ from the ones occuring in the body naturally and can cause several side effects, including cancer.
There has been a shift in healthcare towards natural hormone replacement as people seek to improve their overall health, physical function, and appearance. With natural hormone replacement, the decline of hormones can be slowed down, leading to a more gradual aging process. At Skinology, we believe in replenishing deficient hormones through bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to enhance your physical and mental health and wellness, enabling individuals to live their best lives.
The thyroid gland secretes the thyroid hormone, which is critical in regulating the body’s temperature, metabolism, and cerebral function. This hormone increases the breakdown of fat, leading to weight loss and reduced cholesterol levels. It also protects against cardiovascular disease and improves brain metabolism, preventing cognitive decline. In addition, it can alleviate symptoms of dry skin, thin hair, and brittle nails. The thyroid hormone affects every cell in the body, and when there is a deficiency, individuals may experience fatigue, slow thinking and movements, low energy, forgetfulness, depression, and hair loss.
While these symptoms are often attributed to normal aging, they are the result of low thyroid function. As we age, thyroid production decreases, leading to thyroid insufficiency. In the past, hormone replacement for this condition was not considered necessary. However, recent research has shown that replenishing thyroid levels can alleviate many symptoms of thyroid insufficiency and improve the body’s overall function. The thyroid hormone is a crucial component of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, as it helps maintain optimal health and wellness.
Estrogen is a hormone produced by both the ovaries and adrenal glands. Although in much smaller amounts, men also produce estrogen through the conversion of testosterone. There are three types of estrogen found in women: estrone, estradiol, and estriol.
At the onset of menopause, a sudden drop in the levels of all these hormones cause menopausal symptoms and adverse health effects. The hallmark symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness, bladder issues, cognitive difficulties, and anxiety. A lack of estrogen also leads to an increased risk of various diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s. Rapid bone loss after menopause is linked to a decline in estrogen production, which plays a crucial role in bone growth.
A decrease in estrogen levels heightens the risk of heart disease, with postmenopausal women on estrogen showing a 70% decrease in heart disease-related mortality. Estrogen has also been found to reduce total cholesterol levels while increasing HDL, the “good” cholesterol. It protects blood vessels in the heart and brain and helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Over the past 30 years, more than 100 medical articles have documented the benefits of estrogen on the cardiovascular system.
In the early 2000s, a Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study was published, resulting in confusion as it showed an increased risk of breast cancer and heart disease with a combination of synthetic estrogen and progestin (Premarin and Provera). However, it was later revealed that synthetic progestin (Provera) was responsible for the increased health risks, not estrogen. The study’s estrogen-only arm showed no increased risk of cancer or heart disease.
The media’s misinterpretation and sensationalization of medical literature has led to confusion. Synthetic estrogen and progesterone have been reported to increase the risk of heart disease and cancer, but only in their synthetic form. Natural hormones do not pose the same threats. This information has been available for some time, with a similar study published in the same medical journal (JAMA) a year prior revealing the same conclusion that synthetic hormones increase the risk of breast cancer.
Due to the potential risks and side effects of synthetic hormones, traditional hormone replacement therapy isn’t suitable for women with heart issues, high risk of blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, or a history of cancer, especially breast cancer. But the same contraindications don’t apply to women undergoing bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, which is suitable for all women, including those with the aforementioned medical conditions and histories.
Progesterone is a vital hormone for women as they age, yet it often goes unnoticed. It is produced by the ovaries and plays a crucial role in balancing estrogen levels. Progesterone can effectively alleviate menopausal symptoms, reduce the risk of uterine and breast cancer, prevent osteoporosis, and improve overall wellness. During menopause, women experience a decline in progesterone levels, which increases the risk of uterine and breast cancer, osteoporosis, and heart disease.
Unfortunately, many healthcare providers opt to prescribe synthetic medroxyprogesterone, known by its brand name Provera, instead of natural progesterone. Provera is fundamentally different from progesterone on a molecular and biological level. Progesterone, meaning “pro-gestational,” is crucial for pregnancy and should never be used in conjunction with the teratogenic Provera during pregnancy.
Natural progesterone works in harmony with estrogen to maintain hormonal balance and prevent diseases such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and decreased libido. Several studies have proven the safety and benefits of using natural progesterone in combination with natural estrogen. By doing so, women can stay strong, healthy, and vital as they age.
Testosterone for Men
Testosterone is often regarded as the quintessential male hormone. As men and women age, testosterone levels drop, resulting in various health issues. To combat these, testosterone replacement therapy for men has been proven to offer numerous health benefits, including increased muscle strength, better sexual function, protection against osteoporosis and joint degeneration, and improved mood and overall well-being.
Testosterone supplementation has been shown to increase energy, reverse impotence, improve body composition, and normalize blood clotting, which can lower the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It also guards against cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s Disease better than estrogen in women. Studies have revealed that testosterone reduces inflammation levels in the blood vessels, reducing the risk of heart attacks and disease progression.
In the past, medical providers advised against testosterone replacement for men with prostate cancer because they believed it might exacerbate tumor growth. However, a summary article published in the New England Journal of Medicine in January 2004 found no evidence that testosterone therapy causes prostate cancer or provokes cancers or prostate enlargement (BPH). In fact, testosterone was found to significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and to be safe and beneficial.
Testosterone for Women
Achieving total hormone balance means restoring hormones to ideal levels for optimum physical and mental health. While many women take estrogen and progesterone, they still struggle to feel youthful due to a lack of testosterone. Though commonly known as a male hormone, testosterone plays a crucial role in women’s overall health and is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands.
As women age, they experience a decline in testosterone levels and a loss of libido. Testosterone replenishment can relieve menopausal symptoms, enhance sexual drive, boost energy, strengthen bones, prevent osteoporosis, and improve overall well-being and quality of life. Testosterone also positively impacts the skin, muscles, joints, and tendons, and it is much better for protecting against bone loss than estrogen. However, many women and physicians remain unaware of these benefits. In fact, testosterone is the best hormone to help increase the production of collagen and elastin, preventing thinning skin and wrinkles.
Testosterone replacement should always be natural and bio-identical. Synthetic testosterone and estrogen, when taken together, can cause unwanted side effects like liver damage. To avoid adverse effects on the liver, it is crucial to use natural, bio-identical testosterone.
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