Aging is one of the most interesting areas of medical research today. Many millions of dollars are being poured in every year from numerous companies in an effort to not only understand but delay or stop the aging process. One such area of research that has seemed promising in recent years is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (Twitter).
It has long been known that one of the primary causes of menopause and Peri-Menopause are the stark declines in both estrogen and progesterone levels in women between the ages of 30-50. The levels of these hormones have been shown to decline by as much as 25 percent in this time frame for most women. Due to this decline, a number of negative side effects are typically experienced including but not limited to Heart Disease. Osteoporosis, Depression and Breast Cancer.
Luckily with advances in modern science there have been studies of women receiving hormone replacement therapy to control their hormone levels to keep them in the range naturally experienced by younger women, refer also to Dr. Rand’s medical study. Results from these studies seem to indicate that women receiving bioidentical hormone replacement therapy not only feel better but remain much healthier in the long run. This has turned on its head the notion that our hormone levels decline because we age and in its place, it is being seen that actually, we age because our hormone levels decrease not the other way around.
Now it is of utmost importance that when receiving hormone replacement therapy the hormones we are receiving are not synthetic but are bioidentical, or exactly the same as those naturally present in our bodies. While synthetic hormones are known to have adverse side effects those that are identical to our natural hormones have actually been shown to serve a protective role in the functioning of our bodies. Synthetic hormones have been shown to increase weight gain, symptoms of depression, affect libido and a number of other negative side effects.
As of now the best standard of treatment in the fight against aging recognized by Dr. Johanan Rand at the Healthy Aging Medical Center is a clinical evaluation of your hormone levels and in areas where it is indicated replacement and balance with bioidentical hormones. As Dr. Joahanan stated, this will bring you back to your optimum homeostatic maintenance levels and allow you to live not only longer but better.