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Many people are suffering from hormonal imbalances and some may benefit from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Hormone Imbalance Symptoms

Your hormones have very powerful effects on all of your metabolic processes. If you have a hormone imbalance or a hormone deficiency, these problems could lead to a vast array of symptoms. Hormonal imbalance symptoms in women may include depression, anxiety, weight gain, premature aging, hair loss or abnormal hair growth, chronic fatigue, insomnia, menstrual problems and many more.

Hormonal imbalance symptoms in men can include weight gain, premature aging, loss of libido, elevated blood pressure, heart disease, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue and many more.  In fact any symptom that you may experience could possibly have a hormonal connection.

Natural Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has become a “hot” topic as so many men and women realize that proper hormone balance is vital to their well being. In fact, you cannot watch a sporting event on television without seeing an advertisement for low testosterone remedies.

However, before you begin hormone treatment, you may want to ask, “What causes hormonal imbalances in the first place?”

The answer to this question is variable and complex, but here are a few of the major causes:

  • Exposure to hormone altering, estrogenic toxins in your food supply (soy products, plastics, pesticides, and insecticides.
  • Biotoxins like toxic mold and tick related diseases (like Lyme’s) will affect your immune system and this will ultimately lead to low levels of melanocyte stimulating hormone (MSH). When MSH drops your sex hormones will diminish while your cortisol rises.
  • Low saturated fat, low cholesterol diets, which deprive you of vitally needed “building blocks” for your hormones.
  • Nutrient depleted “junk food” which contributes to vitamin and mineral depletion and may interfere with normal thyroid function. All of these factors are critical for the biotransformation of cholesterol (ingested in your diet and made in your liver) into sex hormones.
  • Excessive stressors in your life that can cause your body to produce large amounts of the anti-inflammatory hormone cortisol at the expense of health promoting sex hormones like testosterone and progesterone.
  • Elevated insulin levels (caused perhaps by excess sugar and carbohydrate intake) will increase your levels of an enzyme called “aromatase”. This enzyme will convert testosterone to estrogen and estrogen to testosterone. So if you are a man and have high insulin levels, you will undergo “feminization”. Conversely if you are a woman and have high insulin levels you will suffer from “masculinization”.
  • Improper sleep-wake cycles will disturb your brain (hypothalamus) function, which will then affect your pituitary gland (the “master gland” in your body). Pituitary dysfunction then creates imbalances in sex organs, thyroid, and adrenals.

I tried bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and it caused many “side effects”

There are some bioidentical hormone replacement doctors that will simply measure your hormones and replace those that are low. Unfortunately, this simplistic type of approach can lead to a vast array of “side effects”. For example, if you are a woman, and your doctor determines that your progesterone is too low, he/she would most likely prescribe progesterone. What you must understand is that progesterone has many metabolic effects that need to be factored in before using it. For example, progesterone will increase your systemic alkalinity, yet increase tissue acidity, will stimulate sympathetic nervous system activity, while reducing parasympathetic nervous system activity. Progesterone will upregulate your thyroid function, but could potentially impair the biotransformation of levothyroxine(T4) into liothyronine(T3).

The Big Picture is More Important Than Micromanagement

You can clearly see that a simplistic approach of merely replacing missing hormones may not be optimal treatment for your hormone imbalance.

At MD Wellness, we take a metabolically directed, holistic approach to treating you and your hormone imbalances. We always attempt to find the root cause of your hormone imbalance. We also look at the “big picture” to determine how hormone replacement therapy will affect your overall metabolic balance. Proper diet, sleep/wake cycles, your immune system and nervous system balance are vitally important to your health. Only MD Wellness can offer you a Metabolically Directed approach to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

To learn more about MD Wellness and how to treat you hormonal imbalances, contact us today by calling (732) 268-7663 or emailing us at info@mdwellnessmd.com.

The information in this site is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical conditions. Results are not guaranteed and may vary for each individual.