/Integrative medicine

Feeling Hormonal?

2020-01-10T14:37:01+00:00December 16th, 2019|Categories: Hormones, Integrative medicine|

AMWM Hormone Experience Over the past 15 years, Dr. Ali has been working with a wide range of patients requiring hormone treatment.  One specific patient sticks out to her because this patient started her hormone replacement treatment past menopause and well into her retirement years. She originally came in with symptoms of overall weakness and fatigue, and muscle weakness. This current patient has been utilizing hormone treatments for 12 years now. The treatment has played a large role in keeping her independent, out of a nursing home, and buying her own groceries!  What is Menopause?  Menopause is thought to occur once a woman’s ovaries stop producing hormones, and also no longer have a period over the course of a year. They may experience hot flashes, night sweats, decline in overall energy. This occurs when ovaries are no longer producing Estrogen, Progesterone, or testosterone. All of these hormones are interconnected in relation to sleeping and stamina.  Another Common Hormone Deficiency: Perimenopause Perimenopause occurs 5-10 years prior to the onset of menopause. It is characterized by the decline and fluctuation of ovarian hormone production that causes women to experience many subjective signs or hormone deficiency. Lifestyle changes may improve perimenopause symptoms in some women, others may need hormone replacement therapy. Hormone Deficiencies aren’t always below the surface. Take a look at the stress and demand you have in your life. The more of these stressors present, the quicker your hormones will run out.  Each age group presents different possibilities for their symptoms. There is no specific age that determines when you hit menopause. Our specialists take into account multiple factors including diet, stressors, addition of hormones, modification of medications- in order to treat the symptoms of hormone deficiency.  Common Misconceptions Human growth hormone (HGH) injections are prescribed for people with hormone deficiencies. Despite some positive anti-aging effects that can result from taking growth hormones, they are not intended for this purpose. HGH is actually made from [...]

Are you Vitamin D deficient?

2019-12-06T16:45:04+00:00December 5th, 2019|Categories: Integrative medicine, Vitamin D|Tags: , , |

The Importance of Vitamin D       With fewer daylight hours and colder temperatures, it can be challenging to get enough vitamin D during the winter months. Vitamin D is an essential component to your overall wellness. It has a wide range of benefits such as motivating your heart, lungs, and muscles to work cohesively and prevent infection. Vitamin D is needed to absorb the minerals found in calcium and phosphorus in order to develop strong bones. We refer to Vitamin D as a pro-hormone because it is needed for a range of other hormones to function optimally. Immune System Muscle function Cardiovascular function Respiratory system Brain Development Anti-cancer effects Thyroid function What happens when we don’t get enough Vitamin D in our systems? Bone discomfort or pain (often throbbing) in low back, pelvis, lower extremities Muscle aches or weakness Seasonal Depression: Low energy, fatigue in daily activities, lack of motivation and social withdrawal, irritability.  Weakened immune system: More susceptible to illness, more frequency, chronic sinus issues. How do we get Vitamin D? When your skin comes in contact with ultraviolet B rays Vitamin D is produced. It doesn’t take nearly as much time for vitamin D to absorb as it does for you to become tan or sunburnt. Judging by the time of day, the pigment of your skin and the amount of skin you expose to the sun, these are all components that will play a role in the amount of Vitamin D you absorb. Supplements are also a reliable source of Vitamin D when you are located in an area that doesn’t receive much sunlight. (Our fellow Michiganders know what I’m talking about!)   Fatty Fish (Tuna, salmon, mackerel) Beef Liver Egg Yolks Milk/Orange Juice Foods fortified with vitamin D, like some cereals Age Management’s Solution to Vitamin D Deficiency  To begin with, we offer a Vitamin D Injection containing 300,000 iu of Vitamin D3. Intramuscular injections [...]

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