Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
Important ways of regulating hormones occur through lifestyle approaches which include optimizing your diet, exercising regularly, avoiding tobacco/alcohol and managing stress. In addition, hormone and nutrient replacement therapy should be considered for those who are experiencing clinical symptoms of hormone deficiency. Psychological stress, alcohol, injuries, surgery, medications and obesity are often contributing factors to hormone decline.
All cells and tissues have hormone receptors (i.e. brain, heart, blood vessels, etc) which decline as we age. Essential nutrients help serve as the key to unlock and optimize hormone function.
Menopause and Andropause have clearly been under diagnosed due to women and men not admitting that they have vague symptoms, and also clinicians not giving attention to investigating this problem. Our criteria for hormone regulations revolves around accurate diagnosis through signs and symptoms, physical examination, and hormone blood levels.
Initial diagnosis through physician visit that covers clinical history, physical evaluation, and lab work to measure current hormone levels. Age Management of West Michigan accepts most insurances.
Direct replacement of hormones through prescriptive Bio-Identical Hormones tailored to your specific deficiencies.
Bio-Identical delivery systems that utilizes pellet therapy, creams, and sub-lingual troches.
An integrative approach to managing the patient’s overall health and well-being is a key component to optimizing hormone levels:
Cleanse and detoxification to restore and optimize natural hormone pathways while promoting positive hormone metabolism pathways.
Nutritional therapies (IV, Nutrient Injections, diet, and supplements) to replenish essential nutrients for hormone regulations.
Medical Weight Loss. Obesity is associated with profound alterations in androgen hormone secretion, transport, metabolism, and action.
As we age, a cascade of hormones including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, growth hormone, thyroid hormone, and others gradually begin to decline. With the decline of hormone levels, undesirable symptoms such as a decline in sexuality, mood, and overall energy usually start to present in the mid 30’s to 50’s. We also see increasing risk of serious medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.
Andropause, or male menopause, is the gradual decline with age of the male sex hormone testosterone. This is also known as testosterone deficiency or androgen deficiency and can contribute to the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Men’s testosterone peaks in their 20’s then decreases by 1% every year after age 30 to 40. Signs and symptoms of low testosterone start to develop such as lower sex drive, decrease in energy, erectile dysfunction, reduced muscle mass and strength, depression, cognitive decline, and increased body fat. It is estimated that up to 6 million men in the United States are affected by testosterone deficiency. Even though the detrimental health effects of testosterone deficiency are known, is still a widely undiagnosed with only 5% of men receiving treatment.
Age Management utilizes blood testing along with symptomology for diagnosis and offers a variety of testosterone replacement options such as creams, injections, and pellets.
Decrease Sex drive
Decrease Bone density
Decrease Muscle mass
Loss of body hair
Reduced Self Confidence
Increase Body fat
Optimizing Thyroid function, Adrenal function and Glycemic control will delay the onset of medical illness and death. The top Hormones to consider in this equation are Insulin, Cortisol, DHEA and Thyroxin.