You SHOULD be Spooked about Hormonal Imbalance
Halloween is just around the corner, and for many people, the holiday represents light-hearted fun, costumes, and treats—although there are plenty of reminders of the darker, scarier things in life as well. While Hollywood focuses on sensationalizing fictional fears like monsters, ghosts, or things that go bump in the night, the scariest threats may be the underlying threats to your health that are present in everyday life. Modern living has changed so many aspects of life, from increased life expectancy to added stressors, poor diet, and increased levels of inactivity—and all of these factors have contributed to increased hormonal imbalance, wreaking havoc in a major way.
An even scarier thought is that just one unbalanced hormone can result in multiple hormonal imbalance symptoms. Many of these symptoms may mimic other disorders, so they may not even initially be thought to be caused by hormonal problems. If this is the case, symptoms may either be mistreated, which means the problem could remain or even get worse, or symptoms could be brushed off as just a part of aging. But left untreated, hormonal imbalance can lessen the quality of life and take a serious toll on health.
Hormone imbalance symptoms can present themselves in many ways. Sex hormones such as testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen play a vital role in health, and these hormones tend to decline with age as well as in the absence of healthy life habits. Symptoms of sex hormone imbalance in women can include hot flashes and night sweats, PMS, endometriosis, fibroids, and vaginal dryness. In both men and women, weight gain, mood swings, insomnia, depression, fatigue, low libido, and foggy memory can all be disturbing symptoms related to hormonal imbalance.
Why Fear Hormones? Common BHRT Myths Debunked
Misinformation about hormone replacement therapy is a common cause of fear regarding the treatment of hormonal imbalances.
Many people confuse synthetic hormone replacement and bioidentical hormone replacement. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy uses hormones that are structurally identical to those found in the body and present few known health risks. The Women’s Health Initiative study claiming that hormone therapy increases the risk of cancer and heart disease used synthetic hormones, not bioidentical hormones. Modern medicine has begun to recognize that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may offer significant benefits that far outweigh the risks associated, when administered conservatively. In fact, recent studies show that using estrogen in the first six years after menopause or a hysterectomy decreases the risk of heart attack and stroke and even increases longevity!
Research also shows that testosterone replacement for men helps to improve sex drive and erectile function, protects bones and muscle, decreases body fat, and improves body composition, energy, mood, and overall sense of wellbeing. Testosterone therapy for men can also increase longevity and decrease the risk of metabolic syndrome, heart attack, and stroke.
While aging is not something you can control, you do have a remarkable amount of control over your symptoms of aging. The North American Menopause Society firmly believes that age should not dictate when to start (or stop) hormone replacement therapy, and that the decision should be made on a case-by-case basis. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has well-documented health benefits, including relief from menopausal and perimenopausal symptoms in women, as well as better-quality sleep and increased feelings of emotional stability and wellness.
Is Hormone Therapy Invasive?
Administration of bioidentical hormone therapies is another commonly misrepresented aspect of hormone replacement therapy. But really, it is not that scary and does not have to be invasive. For instance, injections and needles are not required for all forms of hormone therapy. Hormones can be taken by way of pills, gels, and creams, and testing is often done via blood and urine testing. Pellets are another form of treatment that can be utilized, in which the insertion process is brief and minimally invasive during a concise in-office appointment.
While aging can’t be slowed and daily stressors can’t be eliminated completely, it is comforting to know that there are factors related to hormones that are within your control. Combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, properly monitored and administered hormone replacement therapy can have incredible benefits on your overall quality of life.
Put your fears aside and start getting relief from hormone imbalance today—you will not only experience relief from your symptoms but be taking a major step to improve your overall health. Physicians specializing in hormones and bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT), like the expert physicians of the BodyLogicMD network, understand how to help you restore your health and hormone balance. Contact a hormone specialist within the BodyLogicMD network today and start looking forward to a future free of fears for your health.