Vital Well-Being Center
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For this reason, we focus on assisting our patients in the creation of personalized wellness plans for optimal health that are as responsive to a patient’s initial concerns as they are to their changing health care needs, taking into consideration all aspects of well-being. They include recommendations from a wide range of appropriate therapeutic interventions from a combination of conventional and complementary -alternative practices.
Many people resign themselves to living with the serious symptoms caused by hormone imbalance, accepting them as an unchangeable and an untreatable part of the aging process. However, maintaining optimum levels of hormones promotes an improved quality of life and prevents many of the degenerative illnesses commonly associated with aging.
In order for your body to function at its full potential, it needs to produce sufficient levels of hormones. As you age, production of these hormones declines, and a wide range of symptoms can be a result: hot flashes, weight gain, lack of sexual interest – just to name a few. Bioidentical Hormone Therapy is used to bring these hormonal levels to balance.
The effective use of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for the relief of symptoms caused by age-related hormone imbalances found in women and men, can optimize and balanced hormones are essential to good health and a feeling of well-being. By providing hormones that are an exact biochemical match of your own hormones, it is possible to restore your hormones back to the balance you had in your 20’s and 30’s.
Although Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is an age old remedy, many doctors and their patients are just learning of this option. Bioidentical Hormone Therapy is in the forefront of anti-aging treatment and for many doctors the newest method for helping cure much that ails the menopausal woman as well as the andropausal male. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is working its way into mainstream America.
It is important to know the difference between Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and Synthetic Hormone Replacement Therapy. Synthetic Hormone Replacement Therapy can be defined as the replacement of the missing hormones with similar chemical substitutes, but not identical molecular replicas.
How do bioidentical hormones differ from synthetic hormones?
The human body can metabolize bioidentical hormones naturally because once the chemical has been taken from the plant, yam or soy is processed in a way that its’ molecular structure is completely identical to that of the androgen hormones; estrogen and progesterone. Bioidentical hormones provide people with the option to have their hormone supplements individually tailored to fit the person’s unique biological system.
Synthetic hormones are mass-produced and have stronger side effects than those of a bioidentical nature. Since they are mass-produced there is no way to individually tailor the amounts. Synthetic hormones are made from the progesterone of plants or the estrogens of animals and are not identical to the hormones found within the human body. What distinguishes synthetic hormones from bioidentical hormones is the molecular structure. The synthetics hormones have an extra covalent bond. The body doesn’t recognize or metabolize the synthetic hormones normally and the body may treat them as a toxin.
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are compounds that have exactly the same chemical and molecular structure as hormones that are produced in the human body. Numerous studies have been done attesting to the safety of natural hormones for men and women. The natural hormones are almost entirely without the side effects of the synthetic hormone replacement drugs.
Depending on your symptoms and test results, you may be prescribed the bioidentical hormones estrogen, progesterone, thyroid, DHEA, cortisol or melatonin.
Why should you use bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones have been successfully used by men and women for decades. In well known medical journals, researchers have reported that the bioidentical hormones, estrogen and testosterone, are not only safe but also have a positive impact on some diseases like osteoporosis and prostate cancer.
The Benefits of Bioidentical Hormones in woman and men often include:
- Improved sexual performance
- Improved lipid and cholesterol levels
- Improved prostate health
- Improved blood sugar balance
- Improved mood and outlook
- Increased focus and concentration
- More strength and energy
- Improved well being
- Greater libido
- Reduced aches and pains
- Better quality of sleep
- Improved muscle mass
Individualize treatment plans for each patient based on medical history, physical examination, symptoms and laboratory analysis. The prescription is tailored to the exact amount of each hormone needed for the individual’s balance.
The primary goal of integrative medicine is to maximize each individual’s ability to experience optimal vitality and wellness, whatever their current state of health may be. We believe that there is a powerful interrelationship between the mind, body, spirit and community.
We also believe that the interplay of these components has direct correlation to a person’s health and wellness; and that a dynamic, constantly shifting balance exists as each of us moves through the daily stressors of our lives. Because our patients, particularly those over 30, face an escalating life span in an increasingly fast-paced and demanding technological society, there is the need to develop comprehensive, dynamically responsive health care plans for optimal well-being accompanied by a full range of healing resources.