Your hormones regulate numerous bodily functions, including energy levels, focus, mood, sleep quality, and sexual performance. As you age, your body's hormone production declines. For some people, this isn't an issue. For others, it can lead to a decreased quality of life.
If you've been affected by hormone loss, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, could help you live your life to the fullest. The treatment can restore your previous hormone levels and help you regain your youthful vitality. Here are the signs that it may be time to look into BHRT.
Your Energy Levels are Decreasing
If you've noticed that you don't have the same vigor you did in your youth, you may be experiencing a decline in one of several hormones that help regulate your energy levels:
- Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA): Your body's adrenal glands produce this hormone, and it's a crucial component in your physical capacity.
- Thyroid: Lower levels of thyroid hormones can decrease your metabolism and body temperature, which may lead to often-compounding weight gain and feelings of fatigue.
- Testosterone: This hormone is found in both men and women. It's responsible for energy levels and muscle mass.
Your Mental Concentration is Lapsing
As women enter menopause, the accompanying decline in hormone levels can cause numerous issues, including struggles with concentration. Incidents that seem benign, such as misplacing your keys or forgetting your grocery list, could be caused by decreases in testosterone or DHEA.
Similarly, men who are going through andropause, the age-related male hormone decline, may also deal with difficulty concentrating and memory loss.
You're Gaining Weight
Weight gain, and difficulty losing weight, are also signs you may need BHRT. It can compound with other issues caused by declining hormone levels. Slower metabolism, fatigue, and depression are all associated with hormone deficiency, and they can all also contribute to weight gain.
By restoring your levels of DHEA, thyroid, or testosterone, BHRT can speed up your metabolism, improve your physical energy, and help your depression. In this way, BHRT addresses your weight issues holistically.
Women who are going through menopause may also struggle with their weight. The hormone progesterone helps reduce weight and water retention in women, and its supply is dependent on a woman's ability to ovulate. As women stop ovulating during menopause, the associated lack of progesterone can lead to weight gain.
How BHRT Can Help
If you're suffering from hormone deficiency, that, not the symptoms it causes, is the real issue. By restoring your hormone levels, BHRT addresses the sources of your symptoms.
Your bioidentical hormones will be created in doses specifically tailored to your needs at a specialized compounding pharmacy. Pharmacies work with our BHRT specialists to customize certain aspects of your treatment and change dosage amounts of particular hormones as needed.
BHRT is similar to traditional hormone replacement therapy, but it has one significant advantage. Bioidentical hormones, though they're created in a lab, match your natural human hormones on a molecular basis. They are functionally identical.
Traditional synthetic hormones are not equal to natural hormones. They must be modified to obtain patents, and those changes can lead to significant complications with prolonged use.
Schedule Your Edmonton BHRT Consultation Today
At True Balance Longevity Med Spa, Dr. Ron Brown is one of Canada's BHRT pioneers. He has more than a decade of experience using the treatment to help people remain active and energetic as they age.
Dr. Brown serves Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, St. Albert, and surrounding areas of Edmonton. Contact any of our locations today to schedule a consultation: