Lack of energy, weight gain, depression, little or no interest in intimacy, moodiness . . .
For years, we've just chalked those symptoms up to getting older. It's part of life, and while it's unfair, it's just something we have to deal with.
It's true, the onset of many of those symptoms occur as we age. It's caused by a change in our hormones. Hormones are "chemical messengers" that travel through the blood and tell certain parts of our body to function in a certain way. They control growth, development and reproduction.
As we get older, hormone levels in both men and women begin to decrease. Most women associate hormonal imbalances with menopause when they reach their 40's and 50's. However, lifestyle, medication, pregnancy and illness can also skew your hormone levels, causing women in their 30's and sometimes 20's to experience these symptoms.
Men go through something similar to menopause called andropause. It's when testosterone levels begin to decrease, usually at a rate of 2% a year beginning at age 35. Testosterone controls more than just sexual performance, though it does play a huge role. It can also affect mood, metabolism, etc. Noticing a pattern?
So what's the solution? Is there a solution? Some practitioners don't completely understand hormonal imbalances. They may prescribe medications to treat the symptoms, like anti-depressants to treat depression and moodiness. But that's really just like putting a band-aid over the underlying problem and hoping over time it will go away. You're not treating the cause of the problem.
Remedy True Health is pleased to offer bio-identical hormone replacement pellet therapy for both men and women through bioTE Medical. Pellet therapy has been studied extensively and found to provide the most consistent and effective relief. Unlike oral and transdermal "patch" forms of therapy - which can wear off and create a "roller coaster" effect in mood and energy fluctuations for the patient - pellets are placed under the skin. The pellets are as small as a grain of rice and inserted in the hip via a tiny incision. The incision is so small it does not require a stitch, and most patients do not even feel any discomfort. The pellet releases the hormones throughout the day for 4-6 months.
Another benefit to pellet therapy is that the dosage is tailored to each patient. Before therapy begins, the patient's blood is drawn and sent to a lab. The lab results determine the proper dosage, so the patient doesn't have to worry about receiving too much or too little of a certain type of hormone. No blanket prescription in hopes it's the right dosage. It's the level of hormones that you need when your body needs it.
Age is just a number, and it shouldn't define who you are. It's how you feel that's important. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, give us a call to find out more.