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Age Management of West Michigan

Integrative Medicine

Conventional, Functional, and Anti-Aging Regenerative Medicine located in Grand Rapids, MI.
Dr. Shahnaz Ali            Dr. Piyush Bhatnagar

Perimenopause and Menopause

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.


Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

Menopause has 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 revolve 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.

Bio-Identical Hormones are Safe and Effective

Bio-Identical Hormones are exactly identical in molecular structure to the hormones which are made in the body. They are derived from plant-based sources which are structurally altered so your body recognizes them as your own. Replacement with Bio-Identical Hormones controls the aging process by having a systemic effect in preserving our organs, connective tissues, vessels, muscle, bone, and neurotransmitters. Improve your quality of life with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Synthetic Hormones have growing concerns to be toxic and carcinogenic.

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.

Before, during, and after menopause, the hormonal regulation of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone will significantly reduce symptoms including hot flashes, vaginal dryness, skin thinning, memory loss, lack of concentration, anxiety, depression, weight gain, irritability, fatigue, insomnia, decreased sex drive, urinary incontinence, muscle weakness, and joint pain. Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement of sex hormones has been shown to protect against heart disease, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, and mental decline.

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  • Which phase of the program is best for me?
    All phases of the program can be implemented independently for individualized patient needs, but best results are achieved through participation in all 3 phases of the 10-week program.
  • Can I do only the Cleanse or HCG phases?
    Yes, some of people choose to only do the first 2 phases of the weight loss program that are the most aggressive and get the body to overcome weight loss plateaus or to achieve the greatest amount of weight loss in the shortest amount of time. A 5-week Cleanse and HCG package program is offered at a discounted rate.
  • How much should I expect to lose?
    5 to 8 lb during the 7-day cleanse phase 15 to 25 lb through completion of HCG phase 30 to 35 lb at the completion of the 10-week program Average of 4 to 6 inches lost in hips, 4 to 6 inches lost in the waist, and 2 to 4 inches lost in thighs after completion of the 10-week program.
  • How is weight loss progress monitored?
    Progress is strictly monitored throughout the program with weekly weigh-ins and nutritional consultations. Pre and Post circumference measurements are taken to monitor inches lost from weight loss in specific regions of the body. A Bio-Impedance Assessment is taken at the start and finish that tells the percentage of body fat, lean muscle, extracellular tissue, and total body water. This enables patients to see that they achieved successful weight loss by losing primarily body fat and maintaining lean muscle.
  • What types of foods can I eat?
    Whole & natural-based foods that can be found at any local supermarket or farmers market are recommended throughout the program and for long-term weight management. Processed foods, artificial dyes and sweeteners, high allergen-based foods (ex: gluten and dairy), and high glycemic simple carbohydrates are eliminated due to their negative impact on the health of the body.
  • What is HCG?
    Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is a polypeptide hormone that in clinical use has shown a 3-fold effect on stimulating weight loss. First, we see an increase in fat mobilization and fat loss in the hormonally influenced areas in the abdomen, hips, and thigh regions of the body. This is monitored through pre and post RJL Bio-Impedance testing and circumference measurements. Secondly, patients see a resetting effect in appetite where they are able to reach satiety at meals and see a decrease in hunger tendencies. Lastly, we see a lean muscle preserving effect while seeing dramatic decreases in body fat. This is also monitored by pre and post RJL Bio-Impedance tests. These results are analytical data collected from thousands of patients seen at Age Management of West Michigan and have not been FDA approved or proven in double-blind placebo studies.
  • What are MIC Lipotropic injections?
    Methionine, Inositol, and Choline (MIC) injections are used to help release fat throughout the body by specifically targeting its primary fatty deposits. Lipotropic, or fat burning substances include; Inositol, which helps the liver remove fat: Choline, which distributes cholesterol and prevents it from getting deposited in one part of the body; Methionine, which is similar to Inositol, but also amplifies the combination. Injections are administered once weekly throughout all weight loss programs.
  • How Do I Get Started?
    Getting started is easy! Call Age Management of West Michigan at (616) 808-2695 or contact us by filling out an Online Contact form to schedule a FREE consultation.
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