Our bodies use chemical messengers, called hormones, to send important information to all its various parts. These microscopic messengers carry vital signals for bodily functions, including metabolism, reproduction, growth, and so much more. Since hormones are responsible for critical physical tasks at the cellular level, the amount of hormone circulating through the body needs to be “just right.” It is finding this personalized, ideal level that we focus on at AgeWell. We know each of our patients is unique and therefore so our his or her best hormone level.
Hormone therapy involves a process of first identifying the baseline levels of certain hormones in the blood. While the broad term indicates treatment for ANY hormone, at AgeWell, our therapies primarily revolve around specific sex and metabolic hormones. These hormones include insulin, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, thyroid, and growth hormone as the primary focus. A staggering number of men and women over the age of about 35 need hormone therapy, and many don’t realize that hormones are at the core of the problems they are having. Often weight, mood, and sexual concerns are among the first things people start to notice. If these are among the health concerns you are having, your hormones may be to blame.
Sex hormones are the first thing many people think about when they are searching for hormone therapy. Low estrogen and testosterone concerns often drive people to seek help. This is commonly known as hormone REPLACEMENT therapy and is frequently sought after by women who are in menopause and perimenopause as well as men who are in their 40s and beyond. While there are many hormone replacement options, at AgeWell, we use only bioidentical hormones to replace those a patient lacks. This is an important distinction as synthetic hormones are not a genuine replacement but rather a substitution for the hormones a patient once had.
While many think of hormone therapy as merely adding hormones or treatment with hormone supplementation, some forms of hormone therapy involve reducing hormones in the blood. A primary example of this is insulin. Hyperinsulinemia, or too much insulin in the blood, is a HUGE problem in our country. Unfortunately, the governmental food guidelines have for years recommended a diet that leads to this problem, and Americans are growing increasingly overweight. At AgeWell, we love teaching patients how to identify if insulin is a problem for them and how to control that problem.
Hormone therapy is a process that is individualized and is based on each person’s specific lab results in combination with their symptoms. Before visiting with Dr. Garza, each patient will have a full label panel drawn to evaluate this “numbers” side of the problem carefully. Once the lab values are obtained, Dr. Garza will take the time to go over each lab value carefully, looking to give you the specialized care you deserve. The goal of hormone therapy is to not only have optimal lab levels but to have each patient feeling their best.
Hormone therapy helps men and women who are feeling frustrated with their body, their mood, their sleep, and more! You can feel more energetic, alive, and sexually vibrant. You can live pain-free and confident. Contact us to learn more about hormone replacement therapy’s benefits and see if it is right for you.