Bio identical hormones / hormonal imbalance

Hormone imbalance is becoming more and more common and a problem in modern day health issues which can start as early as the late teens to the late 60′s involving both genders.
According to a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, sexual development in girls is starting to occur at an earlier age. In men, testosterone levels have declined steadily over the past 20 years.
Women going through the menopause are already having a multitude of symptoms related to declining hormones, which is further compounded by pre-existing hormone imbalance.

Some of the factors that contribute to this imbalance are

  • Poor lifestyle factors such as diet and inadequate nutrition, a more sedentary life style than our ancestors
  • Environmental sources of oestrogen from cosmetics, chemicals and through foods
  • Hormones found in meat and dairy products
  • Obesity
  • Stress (which causes the body to override it’s normal production of hormones to increase the production of cortisol)
  • Poor Gut function and Digestive health issues.

    When considering balancing hormones the above factors need to be considered and regulated. To minimise the effects of hormonal imbalance , a balanced hormone treatment regimen is required, that is to say to provide the hormones that have declined or balance the ones that are in excess, in order to restore function and decelerate the aging process.

    Why Bio- identical Hormones ( BHRT)?

    Bio-identical hormones are molecularly identical to the hormones that are produced in the body. These hormones are derived from a plant source- wild yam and are compounded into a delivery system to ensure the active ingredients are absorbed effectively via troches, cream, capsules or suppositories.

    The major benefit of BHRT is that prescribed doses are individualised to each person’s specific needs. The required dosage and combination of the hormones are usually not commercially available. So the compounded bio-identical hormones are customised to match each person’s individual needs. They are noted to have fewer side effects.

    When the time is appropriate, weaning off the BHRT is much easier and better controlled as the dose can be gradually reduced over time.

    It is important to note that although BHRT are considered a safer option to the Sythetic counterparts, they are all the same hormones and need to be used cautiously with adequte ongoing monitoring for their safe use.

    The Role of BHRT in Anti -Aging Medicine

    In anti-ageing medicine hormone replacement is generally with bio-identical (natural) hormones, which are hormones that are identical to those produced in the body.

    The aims of anti-ageing medicine are – to maintain youthful vigor and vitality as people grow old and to prevent, or delay the onset of, the degenerative or chronic diseases that are usually associated with old age.

    It is more about improving the quality of life that people desire in the aging process . The emphasis is on a nutritionally balanced diet, adequate and appropriate exercise, nutritional supplementation and the correction of hormone deficiencies or the balancing of imbalanced hormones.