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HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY FOR AGING AND BEYOND

Youth is an ideal state of being for most everyone. You’re stronger, energetic, more attractive, and everything is functioning like it’s supposed to. Unfortunately, everyone gets older. Body systems start to fail and imbalances start to develop such as when a person suffers from lower or higher hormone levels than is considered normal. Low or high hormone levels occur for a number of reasons stemming from your age.

Examples include the imbalance experienced in teenagers as they start growing into an adult or when an adult is aging past their prime. Fortunately, there is an option when that becomes the case. For patients that want to try to reverse the aging process or restore their bodies to optimal function, they should consider hormone replacement therapy.

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Hormonal imbalances can also be due to a medical condition that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Diabetes
  • Underactive thyroid
  • Overweight
  • Poor diet
  • Steroid abuse
  • Cancers
  • And more

For some medical conditions, restoring a proper hormonal balance is a matter of appropriate medication and/or lifestyle changes. However, some conditions actively destroy your body’s ability to produce hormones naturally regardless of lifestyle changes.

HORMONE REPLACEMENTTHERAPY TREATMENTS

ANTI-AGING IN THE PALM OF YOUR HANDS

For decades if not centuries, people have looked for what amounts to a fountain of youth. No one likes getting older primarily because of changes in appearance via wrinkles, loss of muscle mass, and other signs of aging plus a decline in overall function. Today, medical minds are working with the idea of using hormone replacement therapy as an anti-aging option for patients.

Hormone therapy can be considered for anti-aging purposes if the therapy is either potentially life-extending or able to improve a person’s quality of life. The improvement in the quality of life is measured by the prevention or reversal of the decline in different tissues of the body.

To date, more success has been found in improving the quality of life in patients. Quality of life can have different values but is primarily associated with youthful appearance, stronger bones, stronger muscles, and improved function of various systems that rely on hormones for optimal performance.

Consider your Biological Age

One thing to keep in mind before thinking–sign me up, is where you are in the aging process. For example, women who want to look and feel younger should engage in hormone replacement therapy either pre-menopause or during menopause. Waiting till post menopause is actually too late.

For women there are two standard types of hormone therapy:

  • Estrogen-only therapy: The hormone estrogen is what provides relief from menopausal symptoms. This is usually prescribed to women who lack a uterus due to hysterectomy.
  • Estrogen plus progesterone therapy: In this treatment, progesterone is added to combat against uterine cancer for women that have not had a hysterectomy.

One thing women should consider is the addition of testosterone therapy. Due to menopause, some women may suffer from lower than normal testosterone levels. Adding testosterone therapy has been shown to boost sex drive, bone and muscle strength, and energy levels. Patients should consult with a provider to determine if adding testosterone therapy is the right option for them.

Men are also seeking hormone replacement therapy as an anti-aging tool. Like women, men have specific windows when they benefit most from an anti-aging perspective. However, their most significant problem is the noticeable drop in testosterone. This drop may not be as severe or as quick as menopause is for women, but can be equally challenging and undesirable.

Anti-aging is about maintaining the preventative and regenerative nature of the body. That’s why men with a noticeable drop in testosterone could benefit from hormone replacement therapy. By restoring yourself to normal hormone levels, you ensure that your body is primed for optimum function leading to a better quality of life as you age.

Looking and Feeling Better

It’s nice to know that your internal systems are at optimal performance. However, people also want to experience changes that they can see and enjoy. Whether it’s looking 10 years younger or just having the ability to go out and play catch, everyone has a reason. That’s why there are hormone therapies specifically designed to generate benefits like improved weight loss or increased muscle gain.

The reasoning behind using hormone replacement therapy for this approach is that hormone levels change as you age. This makes it harder to lose fat, gain muscle, have tighter skin, and other signs of lost youth.

While young, a person’s body is designed to heal and prevent breakdowns within the body. Once advanced age sets in, this ability is greatly reduced. However, the use of hormone replacement therapy involves directly manipulating a patient’s hormone levels. Research has shown promising results in creating a reset button for the body. This has resulted in patients enjoying improved regenerative and preventative abilities.

With this reset button, quality of life factors like increased muscle mass, improved weight loss, and other aging concerns are within a patient’s grasp.

ALSO USED AS A MEDICAL TREATMENT

There are some circumstances when hormone therapy is prescribed due to a malfunction in a patient’s endocrine system. That’s why there are hormone therapies to treat issues such as:

  • Thyroid problems
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Human growth
  • Sex hormone decline

These conditions are specific problems with the actual glands that produce certain hormones needed for proper function. For example, a patient can suffer from an over or underactive thyroid. This requires medical help to regulate its function. In these types of cases, your provider will know best when it comes to hormone replacement therapy as a treatment.

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HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY FOR WOMEN

Hormone replacement therapy is more commonly associated with women for good reason. Except in specific circumstances, all women will go through menopause. For many of those women, it will be very uncomfortable and can also lead to other conditions as aging continues.

Common menopausal symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Bone mass loss
  • Happening before 40

Therapy can help ease the symptoms and also offer help where other treatments have failed. One such example is with bone loss. Women have experienced improved bone mass after beginning treatment. The greatest need for hormone replacement therapy in women is when they either experience menopause early or have had their ovaries removed. If hormone therapy is not started soon enough, then female patients run a higher risk of: In general, women receive great protective benefits from hormone therapy. You still need to

  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart disease
  • Shorter life expectancy
  • Parkinson’s-like symptoms (parkinsonism)
  • Anxiety or depression

Make sure you work closely with your provider so that your individual concerns are considered in your regimen. Doing so means having higher chances of benefitting from reported life benefits such as better sleep, higher libido, and an overall improved quality of life.

HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY FOR MEN

Not as common, but not forgotten and certainly growing is hormone replacement therapy for men. Most noticeable is the decrease in testosterone. In all fairness, this hormone is supposed to reduce over the years. However, there are times when the decrease is severe or other problems exist that require hormone replacement therapy.

Some medical conditions men should check for include:

  • Hypogonadism: A condition resulting in extremely low levels of testosterone in the body. This condition can occur at birth or develop later in life.
  • Andropause: Also known as male menopause. This is a condition that also has lower than normal levels of testosterone in predominantly middle-aged men. Andropause is considered controversial, as its conditions are not well established like menopause is for women.

Symptoms to watch out for with either condition include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Depression
  • Sexual problems
  • Hot flashes
  • Lack of concentration

Research has proven that when it comes to replacement therapy for men, hormone therapy is about getting your testosterone levels to an optimal range for your age. It is not designed to help men achieve excessive levels within their bodies. In fact, research has indicated that extremely high levels can be just as damaging as extremely low levels. It has been reported that male patients who suffer from low testosterone levels and recover through hormone therapy have seen improvement or reduced risk in other conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and early death.

If you think that you could benefit from male hormone therapy, make sure to discuss your options with your provider. Your provider will determine if you meet the requirements and if hormone replacement therapy is indeed your best option.

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There could be Side Effects

Any medical treatment no matter how well documented, performed, or prescribed carries a risk of side effects. Hormone replacement therapy is no different in this case. The treatment is still relatively new in the medical field, but new research continues to develop each year. Fortunately, it has come a long way since it first started, but there are still risks to consider. Side effects are different between and specific to women and men.

We’ve provided a breakdown for your consideration.

Specific to Women

Estrogen:

  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness or swelling
  • Swelling in other parts of the body
  • Nausea
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • And more

Progesterone:

  • Breast tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Depression
  • Acne
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • And more

Specific to Men

Minor:

  • Fluid retention
  • Acne
  • Increased urination

Major:

  • Enlargement of the breasts
  • Smaller testicles
  • Increased cholesterol
  • Lowered sperm count
  • Infertility
  • Higher red blood cell count

Every patient has two things to remember. Number one is that all side effects listed are only possible. They are not guaranteed. Number two is that the best way to experience the least amount of side effects is to work closely with your provider. Your provider will make adjustments as needed to ensure proper balance in your therapy regimen.

GETTING STARTED WITH HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY

At this point, you probably feel ready to get started on your hormone replacement therapy. However, there are a few things that need to be done before you do. Paramount to your success is to get a consultation from a provider who is an expert in hormone replacement therapy.

Finding an expert is as simple as visiting our online community. With AgeEnvy, valuable information detailing treatments for your aging concerns is at your fingertips. Your health and quality of life are on the line with this decision. That’s why our mission is to give consumers control over their health by getting them connected with providers that are licensed and verified experts focused on age management.