Hormone Optimization Programs for Women and Men
The Texas Age Management Institute in Houston offers Hormone Optimization Programs to men and women in the Greater Houston area. The clinic’s comprehensive programs begin by assessing the functioning of multiple bodily systems, which may include assessments of oxygen intake, blood sugar, cognitive testing, hormone levels, heart health, strength, and a bio-letric scan to evaluate how your body is functioning. These tests can allow an Age Management Specialist to customize specialized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs and determine which hormones need to be supplemented. The clinic’s comprehensive program may include several different non-invasive therapies to help patients potentially reverse or prevent the disease process. Patients in the Greater Houston area can greatly benefit from the clinic’s Hormone Optimization Programs.
Bioidentical hormones, as the term implies, are identical to those made by the body. They are usually plant or animal based, but they can also be made in the laboratory. Since their molecular structure is identical to those made by the body, the risk of unexpected side effects is minimal when compared to the hormones that are non-bioidentical. At TAMI only bioidentical hormones are used.
Hormones have powerful effects. They act in conjunction with each other like the members of an orchestra. Their levels need to be fine tuned and balanced out by a trained physician. Clinical follow-ups with periodic blood levels are critical to the process of balancing out these hormones.
Hormone Optimization For Essential Hormones
Estrogen and progesterone are the primary female hormones, and levels fluctuate depending upon the ovarian cycle. As women age the levels of these hormones decline. At first, testosterone levels decline starting in the mid 30’s. Estrogen and progesterone decline next in the 40’s. Progesterone declines faster, leading to a relatively estrogen dominant state during peri-menopause. Finally, after menopause, both hormones decline even further. A Hormone Optimization program can help women to balance these important hormones
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is like the point-guard in a basketball team. It facilitates the performance of the other stars, such as testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and growth hormone. It is stimulated by the pituitary gland and the action of the hormone, ACTH. DHEA can be converted to testosterone in women, but has no appreciable effect on testosterone levels in men. Low DHEA levels are associated with osteoporosis and cardiovascular death rates in older adults. Other beneficial effects include improving symptoms of autoimmune diseases.
Cortisol is also called the stress hormone, and it is produced in response to stress. Elevated levels of cortisol are detrimental to health, causing among other things, poor immunity, risk of chronic diseases, osteoporosis, risk of insulin resistance and diabetes and increased intra abdominal fat. The doctor will try to get the cortisol levels as low as possible.
The thyroid gland is in the front of the neck and makes the hormone thyroxine, which raises the body’s metabolism. The pituitary gland controls the thyroid gland by the action of the hormone, TSH. The symptoms of hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid gland are cold intolerance, fatigue, irregular menses, brain fog, depression, slow speech, hair loss, thickened skin, loss of outer eyebrows, slow heart rate, tingling and numbness of the extremities, infertility, loss of libido, depression, low temperature, weight gain, and low blood pressure.
The signs of excess activity are restlessness, nervousness, jitteriness, an increased pulse rate, palpitations. There are 2 forms of thyroid hormone, which include T3 and T4. T3 is the biologically active form. T4 is converted to T3 in the body. This conversion is not always optimal and hence patients on T4 can be clinically hypothyroid even though the lab tests are normal. Also T4 can be converted to reverse T3, which is biologically inactive, but can give the false impression that the lab tests are normal. When diagnosing thyroid disease, the doctor goes by 2 critical criteria, which include the patient’s signs and symptoms and the blood tests.
Melatonin is an important anti-aging hormone, and it is made in the pineal gland in the brain. It is secreted at night and is important in the regulation of the normal circadian rhythm. Babies make a lot of melatonin, which is why they sleep a lot. As aging progresses, the pineal gland makes lesser amounts of melatonin. Melatonin helps us go to sleep faster and stay asleep deeper and longer, and a good night’s sleep is critical for the regulation of other hormones and neurotransmitters.
The doctor’s decision on managing patients on bioidentical hormones are based on two important criteria, which include the clinical assessment of the patient and the blood levels of the hormones. Depending on the hormones, he uses the appropriate method of delivery based on safety, effectiveness, predictability, convenience, and reliability. For example, he predominantly uses the oral form of progesterone in women based on those five factors. The major target for these hormones is the brain. That is why we feel poorly when we suffer from low hormone levels and restoration makes us feel good. Infrequently, factors other than hormonal deficiency can cause hormone deficiency symptoms. A skilled physician will be able to sort through these symptoms and arrive at the correct diagnosis.
Hormone Optimization Programs at Texas Age Management Institute in Houston provide patients with therapies that can help them to potentially prevent and treat many different illnesses. Therapies such as Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to prevent age related diseases and symptoms, and the clinic’s extensive lab tests can allow an Age Management Physician to determine the right treatment plans for each patient. The clinic’s Functional Medicine program is physician monitored, and at Texas Age Management Institute in Greater Houston, patients can feel confident that they will obtain the highest levels of care.