Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy or Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is the use of supplemental doses of hormones with a chemical structure identical to hormones naturally produced in the human body: Estradiol, Estriol, Pregesterone and Testosterone.
BHRT is prescribed to relieve the symptoms of menopause and andropause. BHRT differs from conventional hormone replacement therapy, which by definition uses animal or artificial hormones whose structure differ from those produced in the human body. Only Bio-identical (sometimes called natural) hormones should be used for hormone replacement therapy.
Hormones are how the brain talks to your cells. The brain tells a gland that it wants something done, and the gland in turn releases hormones into your blood. The hormones then bathe all of the cells in your body, relying on the fact that only cells with a receptor for that hormone will respond. When the hormone binds to the receptor on the cell it flips a switch and the cell does its preprogrammed job. When your glands fail to produce hormones, your cells just sit there waiting for a signal. This lack of hormones means you body's functions simply shut down.
Low hormone levels occur because of age, environmental, nutritional, and genetic factors. On average women start perimenopause around age 40 when the progesterone level begins to drop, and complete ovarian failure by age 51. In men 40% have low testosterone by age 50, and almost 100% by age 80.
In women the lack of hormones leads to atrophy of the female anatomy, hot flashes, mood swings, sleep problems, memory problems with higher rates of dementia, a 50% increased chance of osteoporosis fractures, and decreased life expectancy.
In men the lack of hormones leads to muscle loss, apathetic mood, low libido, erectile problems, abdominal fat, and decreased life expectancy.
Every client receives an initial consultation with Dr. Borgardt to assess their needs and expectations. Dr. Borgardt works in conjunction with the patient's primary care physician and other specialists. An individualized hormone replacement therapy treatment plan is developed based on symptoms and laboratory findings; medications are adjusted at subsequent visits to optimally alleviate symptoms. Managing the effects of aging requires a comprehensive approach designed to optimize natural longevity, and maximize a person's healthy active life span.
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