Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormones

Executive Medicine of Texas treats a number of conditions that are associated with hormonal imbalances in Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help relieve several conditions that are the result of hormonal decline.

Some of these conditions include:

Adrenal Fatigue

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can greatly improve the symptoms associated with adrenal fatigue syndrome. Adrenal fatigue is a stress related syndrome that occurs when prolonged periods of high stress wears down the adrenal glands, causing them to convert valuable sex hormones into cortisol, which is a hormone that counteracts the inflammation caused from stress. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue usually include mental and physical exhaust, salty food cravings, feeling burned out, feeling more awake after 6pm, trouble getting out of bed, and insomnia. Replenishing hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help men and women suffering from this condition to feel more awake, improve sleep, reduce mental fogginess, have more energy, and reduce food cravings.

Headaches

Hormone related headaches are a common issue among both men and women. While women usually suffer from headaches during PMS or their menstrual cycle, men can suffer from headaches related to hormone decline. Hormone imbalances can play a role in headaches because they affect blood flow, and if blood vessels are constricted, headaches can occur. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can improve blood flow and reduce the instances of hormone related headaches.

Mood Swings

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help men and women to improve moods and reduce outbursts of anger, anxiety, depression, and sadness. Hormones affect brain chemistry, which affects moods. When hormones are at lower levels or are drastically fluctuating, men and women can experience moodiness and an overall reduced sense of wellbeing. Bioidentical hormone replacement can replenish hormones that promote receptors in the brain that transmit feelings of calmness and contentment, which improves overall moods.

Allergies

Increased allergies can result from poor immune function and increased inflammation. In the body, certain hormones work to reduce inflammation and improve immunity, and when these hormones decline, men and women can experience an increased amount of allergies, which may occur in the form of rhinitis, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, skin rashes, itching, or digestive issues. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help men and women to balance their hormones, and this can help the body to improve overall immune function and lower inflammatory responses.

Hormone Imbalance

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help to resolve hormone imbalances because it uses hormones that are identical in molecular and structural function to the hormones produced in the human body to replenish deficient hormones. Because hormones are associated with almost all bodily functions, a deficit can have negative effects on the body. Bioidentical hormones can help people to restore hormone balance without the adverse side effects, and many people have been able to improve sexual desire and function, sleep, energy, emotions, muscle tone, mental cognition, bone health, and their overall sense of wellbeing through the use of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Night Sweats

Many women and men going through hormone decline experience night sweats. This is because the hypothalamus, which is the body’s temperature control center, gets mixed signals with hormone decline, and it cannot regulate body temperature. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help both men and women to balance their hormones and reduce hot flashes, cold chills, or night sweats, and it can also improve sleep.

Hot Flashes

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can get to the root of hot flashes because body temperature is regulated by hormones. Both women and men can suffer from hot flashes, which are usually associated with hormonal decline that occurs during perimenopause, menopause, or andropause. Balancing hormones can help to regulate the hypothalamus, which balances body temperature. Regaining hormone balance can prevent and reverse inconvenient hot flashes and temperature fluctuations.

Hyperthyroid

Hyperthyroidism is caused when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, and because thyroid hormone controls many aspects of metabolism, too much of this hormone can speed up metabolic functions to cause adverse health effects. Some of the issues that can occur with hyperthyroidism include sudden weight loss, a faster heart rate, increased bowel movements, anxiety, heart palpitation, bulging eyes, and increased metabolic functions. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help people with hyperthyroidism because the treatment for this problem often involves stopping the function of the thyroid gland all together, which leaves a deficit. Bio-identical hormones can help patients to restore a healthy weight, prevent bulging eyes, calm their heart rate, and reduce anxiety.

Anger

In men and women, outbursts of unnecessary anger may be the result of hormonal fluctuations. Often during menopause, women experience increased anger because of the loss of estrogen, which increases the neurotransmitter GABA. In men, testosterone fluctuations can trigger increased aggression in the brain. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help both men and women to regain hormone balance and improve their sense of wellbeing.

Hypothyroid

A lack of thyroid hormone production is known as hypothyroidism, and this condition can be improved with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Thyroid hormone controls many metabolic functions in the body, and when it is lacking people may experience sudden weight gain, constipation, intolerance to cold, hair loss, irregular periods, cold limbs, and fatigue. Replacing thyroid hormone with bioidentical hormones can help men and women to balance their thyroid gland, improve metabolic functions, lose weight, have more energy, and regulate their body temperature.

Anxiety and Depression

Men and women that are suffering from anxiety and depression may be suffering from these issues because of a hormone imbalance. Many people experiencing hormone loss can improve this condition with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Because hormones impact moods and brain chemistry, replenishing deficient hormones with bioidentical versions can help to reduce both depression and anxiety.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome BS (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a problem that affects millions of people, and it usually consists of alternating constipation and diarrhea. This issue is usually stress related, and it can be aggravated with the effects of high stress on hormones. When a person feels stressed, the sympathetic nervous system takes over thinking that the body is being attacked, and this causes it to halt peristalsis or the intestinal contractions that make digestion possible. In the meantime, a cascade of hormones is released, and over time this can create a hormone deficiency. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can replace hormones that have become deficient or imbalanced with stress, and this can return digestion to normal, while improving the processes that make digestion possible.

Premature Aging

Doctors now agree that hormones are not lost due to aging, but that aging occurs because hormones are being lost. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help to supply the body with hormones that are becoming deficient to prevent or reverse the signs of aging. Many people have been able to maintain a more youthful appearance, improve muscle tone, increase libido and sexual function, grow thicker more lustrous hair, improve bone strength, lose weight, and increase overall energy levels with the help of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Chronic Fatigue

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is an autoimmune condition that is characterized with a feeling of mental and physical fatigue that lasts more than 24 hours. In this condition, people may also experience swollen lymph nodes, a chronic sore throat, body aches, flu-like symptoms, mental fogginess, and insomnia. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may be able to help improve the immune system by replacing deficient hormones. Several people with Chronic Fatigue have been able to use bioidentical hormones to improve energy, sleep, and mental clarity and reverse the symptoms associated with chronic fatigue.

Insomnia

Many people suffer from sleeping issues, and a large percentage of people experiencing insomnia may be struggling with it as a result of hormonal decline. In women, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has helped to regulate sleep disturbances that result from the estrogen decline that occurs during perimenopause and menopause. In men, bioidentical hormones have helped to regulate the hypothalamus, which helps to control the body’s sleep cycles. Both men and women have been able to improve their sleep with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Thyroid Disorders

Hyperthyroidism is caused when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, and some of the issues that can occur with hypothyroidism include sudden weight loss, a faster heart rate, increased bowel movements, anxiety, heart palpitation, bulging eyes, and increased metabolic functions. Bio-identical hormones can help patients to restore a healthy weight, prevent bulging eyes, calm the heart rate, and reduce anxiety. Another thyroid condition occurs when there is a lack of thyroid hormone production, which is known as hypothyroidism, and this condition can be improved with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Thyroid hormone controls many metabolic functions in the body, and when it is lacking people may experience sudden weight gain, constipation, intolerance to cold, hair loss, irregular periods, cold limbs, and fatigue. Replacing thyroid hormone with bioidentical hormones can help men and women to balance their thyroid gland, improve metabolic functions, lose weight, have more energy, and regulate their body temperature.

Low Libido

Falling hormone levels in both men and women can lead to low libido. In women, perimenopause and menopause are the times when they usually experience a reduced sex drive. In men, andropause can lead to a lack of desire for sexual activity, reduced sex drive, and eventually, erectile dysfunction. Supplementing deficient hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help both men and women to regain a healthy sex drive, which can rekindle intimate relationships and improve feelings of youthfulness.

Water Retention

Water Retention is often caused by a lack of progesterone because it is a natural diuretic, and this can occur in women during PMS, perimenopause, or menopause. Retaining water can also happen in men as a result of imbalanced hormones. Balancing progesterone and other hormones can help to reduce water retention, bloating, and gas. Bioidentical hormones can help men and women to lose water weight and feel more slender around the middle.

Low-Grade Fevers

Imbalances in hormones that occur during both male and female hormone decline can lead to an ongoing low-grade fever. In the body, hormones help to regulate the hypothalamus, which is the body’s temperature control center, and when they fall out of balance, the body cannot efficiently regulate temperature. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help to replenish deficient hormones and improve the functioning of the hypothalamus. Patients can reduce low grade fevers, hot flashes, and night sweats through the use of bioidentical hormones.

Weight Loss Resistance

Usually imbalances in estrogen and progesterone are to blame for weight loss resistance. In women going through perimenopause and menopause falling estrogen levels can cause the body to hold onto body fat because it contains estrogen, and a lack of progesterone causes water retention because it is a natural diuretic. In men, a lack of testosterone can cause a rise in estrogen, which in turn suppresses testosterone leading to a slower metabolism and more body fat. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help both men and women to replenish deficient hormones and correct imbalances. Many women and men have been able to lose weight with the help of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Gastrointestinal (GI) Disorders

Many people suffer from GI disorders, and some of these issues may be due to high stress, poor dietary habits, or autoimmune conditions. Improving nutrition, dietary habits, and reducing stress may help to correct GI disorders. Many hormones also play a role in maintaining a healthy digestive tract, and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help to balance hormones, which can improve metabolic and gastrointestinal functions.

Lyme’s Disease

This disease is caused by a tick bite, and an infection usually presents with a bulls eye rash close to where the bite occurred. If the infection is caught early, it can be easily treated with antibiotics; however, it is left untreated, it can cause numerous side effects and drag down the immune system. Once the infection is cleared, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help a person with deficient hormones to boost their immune system and reduce the residual effects of Lyme’s Disease.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common autoimmune skin condition that affects millions of individuals. This disease occurs when the skin produces skin cells faster than the healthy skin cells can die away and flake off, which leads to plaque formation on the skin. People may also experience redness, itching, swelling, and flaking of the skin in several places. While there may be several treatment protocols to help reduce the effects of this condition, such as detoxification, dietary changes, and medications, balancing hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may be the key to correcting immune function. If a hormone imbalance is present with this skin condition, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can correct it, which may improve the skin and immune system.

Acne

Many adolescents and adults suffer with acne and skin breakouts. Women may experience skin breakouts before their menstrual periods, during perimenopause, or during stress, and this can be due to imbalances within estrogen and progesterone. In men, imbalances within testosterone during the teens or twenties can lead to acne breakouts. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help both men and women to correct imbalances and reduce acne or skin breakouts. Patients can enjoy smoother, more radiant, and brighter skin with the help of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Eczema

Eczema is another autoimmune skin condition occurring when the body attacks healthy skin cells to produce itching, redness, and flaking of the skin. This condition can be improved through reducing stress, eliminating certain foods, detoxification, and improving nutrition. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may also be able to help reduce the symptoms of eczema because balancing hormones can help to improve digestive health and immune function. Patients with eczema may be able to experience healthier and more radiant skin with the help of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Urinary Issues

Both men and women can suffer from urinary issues due to hormonal imbalances. In women, urinary incontinence, cystitis, or dribbling can result from atrophy of the bladder muscle due to hormone loss. Supplementing deficient hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help to improve the muscle tone of the bladder and reduce urinary dribbling, frequency, and inflammation. In men, an enlarged prostate may occur due to lower testosterone and increased estrogen levels, which can press on the urinary bladder to cause urgency and frequency. Improving testosterone levels with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help to lower estrogen levels, improve prostate health, and reduce urinary urgency and frequency.

Mark Anderson M.D. has had great success in helping men and women to reduce the consequences of these conditions and improve overall health and wellness levels in Dallas-Fort Worth Metro area.