Even if you are eating right, exercising regularly and have a low-stress lifestyle, each one of us will experience a drop in key hormone levels as we get older. This happens to all of us in the natural progression of aging. As we age, the cells that produce hormones are dying off or the enzymes that convert hormones to the active forms work less efficiently. Our nutrition, exercise and lifestyle can play a huge role in how long we can maintain optimal levels of our hormones naturally.
Wellness and Preventive Medicine is a subspecialty in the medical industry that is growing quickly. Millions of Americans die each year from preventable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, cancer and chronic respiratory disease. Many patients are seeking a healthcare provider that will focus on disease prevention rather than waiting for a disease to develop and then treating it. We use a scientifically based approach to aging focusing on preserving optimal human function and quality of life.
As we age, our hormone production decreases. Many men and women suffer from side effects due to this loss or decrease; such as fatigue, memory fog, low libido, hot flashes, night sweats, and weight gain. Many studies show that Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can help decrease visceral fat, insulin resistance and anxiety/depression as well as improve energy, mental capacity, muscle strength, libido, sense of vitality, and quality of sleep. BHRT has also been shown to help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels and improve skin, hair and nail health.
Bio-identical hormone therapy uses hormones that are molecularly identical to the hormones naturally produced in our bodies; which include, thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, growth hormone, melatonin, vitamin D and DHEA.
Since pharmaceutical companies cannot patent natural or bio-identical hormones, their products are synthetic and are not the same structurally as the hormones we have in our bodies. Synthetic hormones clinically act very different from bio-identical hormones. There are numerous studies that show adverse side effects from synthetic hormones. BHRT is not synthetic and poses less harmful side effects and long term risks. They can be in pill, cream, injection or pellet forms.
Hormone optimization is the science of optimizing hormones that are no longer adequately being produced by our body. Many of the symptoms of aging come from deficiencies in many of the hormones our bodies once produced in abundance.
Bio-identical hormone therapy uses hormones that are molecularly identical to the hormones naturally produced in our bodies. Some of these medications are sold at commercial pharmacies and others are compounded at specialized pharmacies. Pharmaceutical companies cannot patent natural or bio-identical hormones, so their products are synthetic and are not the same structurally as the hormones we have in our bodies. Synthetic hormones clinically act very different from bio-identical hormones. Bio-identical hormones include thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, growth hormone, melatonin, vitamin D and DHEA.
We hope that you will experience improvements in your symptoms beginning within the first few weeks of treatment. You should give our program at least 6 months to see significant benefits. Your body may need that time to heal and rebuild enough for you to see optimal results. You should continue therapy as long as you want to optimize your health and well-being.
Most patients start to notice changes in hormone levels around their mid-thirties. It is never too early for an adult to begin a strong nutraceutical program in association with a healthy diet and exercise. A patient would be a candidate for hormone optimization once the body begins to lower it’s natural hormone production. Blades Wellness and Aesthetics uses blood tests and their clinical assessments to help determine where you are deficient and how best to help you.
If you should elect to stop the program, you will not experience any accelerated aging symptoms. Once you stop our program, your body will return to aging at its normal rate. You will have benefited during the time you are on our program but may slowly see a return of your prior symptoms.
I have worked with Dr. Blades for several years and have always liked her as a physician and as a person. I had heard that she was building a new bioidentical hormone replacement therapy practice just as I was considering bioidenticals to help manage escalating menopause symptoms. Dr. Blades ordered a wide range of labs for me prior to our first appointment. At my consultation appointment, she explained each of the lab results and where she wanted my levels to be after six weeks on a regimen of compounded medications made specifically for my needs. I went home with very clear written instructions on how to take the new meds she was ordering for me. Over the first six weeks, I felt better than I had in 18 months, but I could still feel that I was not at my best. I emailed her that I was having some symptoms, and she immediately adjusted my meds and called in a new prescription for me. At six weeks, Dr. Blades ordered my second set of labs, and I met with her again to go over the changes in my levels. At that appointment, Dr. Blades increased one of my hormones because my levels were still low, and I have felt amazing ever since. She checks in with me regularly and is an attentive and caring provider. She genuinely believes in the bioidentical therapy, and I am now a believer as well. It has had a huge impact on my quality of life. I would recommend Dr. Blades without reservation.
- J.A., Cypress, TX