Enjoy Life At Any Age!
Men and Women Have More Choices With Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
by Mary E. Miller-Wilson
The aging process can be difficult to navigate. As we get older, hormone levels decline and we experience a loss of strength and mobility, decreased energy and brain function, decline in sex drive, and unpleasant changes to our physical appearance.
For women, this process is called menopause, and in men it’s called andropause. It can begin in the mid-30s, and in addition to accelerating the aging process, hormone depletion can cause increased bone loss, and elevation of blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
In 2002, the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study, based on Synthetic Hormones (Premarin, PremPro) caused many women (and their doctors) to abandon hormone use altogether.
Unfortunately, mainstream physicians tend to lump all hormones together, but Bio-identical hormones are different. They have the same molecular structure as the ones our bodies make naturally and have a very beneficial effect.
Through the years, there have been studies done on bio-identical hormone therapy that have not only shown improvement in the symptoms of menopause (weight gain, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia) but also in the diseases that hormone decline accelerates (osteoporosis, memory impairment and heart disease).
Admittedly, these studies are smaller because they don’t have the financial backing of the pharmaceutical companies (natural hormones cannot be patented so they can’t make money selling them), but they are valid, nonetheless.
Similarly, The Testosterone Trials recently concluded in February 2019 showed promising results for men in the areas of overall stamina, vitality, exercise endurance, bone density, cardiac function and cognitive function. This ten-year study was based on the use of testosterone cypionate (AndroGel).
Today, men and women have more choices when it comes to bio-identical hormone replacement. The aging process can be very different than what you may have witnessed in your parents and grandparents. It can be something to look forward to and even enjoy. It’s possible to maintain health and vitality, feel energetic, cultivate meaningful relationships, have a satisfying sex life throughout the second half of your life!
Adequate hormone levels are an essential part of health, vitality and longevity. When hormone levels decline with menopause (women) and andropause (men), it triggers a deterioration in cellular function, aging, and the onset of many of the chronic diseases that plague our current healthcare system. Hormone replacement therapy, coupled with clean eating, exercise and stress reduction can slow this inevitable aging process.
Mary E. Miller-Wilson, ANP-BC, completed her post-graduate studies at the University of Michigan, Flint. She is a certified Adult Nurse Practitioner, Certified in Functional Medicine and practices as an Adult Nurse Practitioner at the Waller Wellness Center in Auburn Hills, MI. For more information call 248-814-1414 or visit WallerWellness.com.