Which of the following 4 ‘Ss’ do you suffer from?
- Poor Sleep?
- Lack of Stamina?
- Low Sex drive or sexual function?
- Declining Strength?
Traditional medicine does a lousy job at treating these problems. Why? Because most physicians – yes, even your doctor – are neither trained nor knowledgeable about a key component of how these problems should be evaluated. What is that key component? Your body’s hormonal status.
Hormones scare people. They scare doctors. Why? Because of misinterpretation of research and because of media hype.
“Hormones cause cancer!” or “Hormones cause heart attacks and strokes!” are some of the frightening things we hear about hormones.
So what most doctors do is rather than look at the studies more closely, or look at the full body of research, most doctors steer clear. In my opinion, they are doing you the greatest disservice. The right kind and dose of hormones not only can dramatically change your quality of life and improve or ameliorate the symptoms of aging – they can also SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE your risk of cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
What do hormones have to do with aging?
Declining hormones are key players in the development of the symptoms of aging and disease progression, so a thorough hormonal evaluation by a physician knowledgeable in their decline should be part of your finding a solution.
You see, as we get older, our bodies produce lower levels of critical hormones needed for stamina, sleep, sex drive and function, and strength. As well as many other key quality of life measures. Some of these hormones are: testosterone, human growth hormone (HGH), estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, thyroid hormone, and melatonin.
Meanwhile, as we age, we start to increase the production of hormones that are ideally kept at lower levels – typically our fat storing hormones like insulin and cortisol. When this happens, we start to see and feel the effects of aging.
Though it may seem that these hormones decline because of aging, the opposite is actually true. Many of the problems related to age are caused by declining hormone levels, and bringing those hormones back to their optimal state can slow down and even reverse many of the effects that aging has on your body. And at the same time reduce your risk of chronic, degenerative diseases.
Check this out: hormone levels start declining as early as our 20s:
How do these hormones affect the aging process?
Your hormones have a wide variety of crucial roles in your body and affect things like:
- Sex drive and sexual function
- Strength and endurance
- Body composition
- Bone health
- Brain function
- Cellular health
- Gastrointestinal health
- Growth and tissue repair
- Heart health
- Mood balance
If your hormone levels are declining (and if you are aging, they are), your body becomes less capable of regulating these functions. As a result, you might experience many symptoms that are often attributed to growing older, such as:
- Cognitive decline
- Decreased muscle strength and endurance
- Dry skin
- Hair loss
- Hot flashes
- Irregular menses
- Low energy
- Low sex drive
- Mood changes
- Weight gain
What can you do about hormonal decline?
Don’t wait until it’s too late!
If you notice any of the signs and symptoms above, blood tests can be used to determine your hormone levels. An Age Management specialist can test levels of all the hormones involved in the aging process and inform/treat you if any of yours may have fallen below (or above) an optimal range.
Once your hormones have been measured, hormone replacement therapy can help you return your hormones to optimal levels. This will help to reduce or resolve many of the problems you may be experiencing.
Hormonal optimization and replacement is important in order to maintain healthy levels of each of the hormones your body produces. This will help to reduce your risk and prevent chronic degenerative disease while allowing you to function at optimally at any age.