Why Bioidentical Hormones and what are they?
Markham, Ontario Bioidentical Doctor, Rebecca Bodok, M.D. has seen the health improvements experienced by men and women who have been treated with customized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy has been around for over 70 years and has helped patients overcome hormone imbalances. Hormones play a role in thousands of functions in the human body, which may include metabolism, reproduction, sexual function, brain detoxification, memory, heart health, and emotional wellbeing. While hormones can decline at any age because of poor nutrition, excessive stress, or a lack of exercise, they mostly decline due to aging.
Bioidentical Hormones are unique because they have an identical chemistry to the hormones that are produced in the human body. For this reason, the body can readily accept the hormones while using them to correct imbalances and carry out necessary functions. Another positive aspect of bio-identical hormones is that they can be customized to fit the individual. Dosages can be adjusted to fit personal needs and imbalances. Because they are identical to the body’s hormones and prescriptions are an exact fit to individual needs, side effects can be greatly reduced or non-existent.
Bioidentical Hormones for Women
Bioidentical Hormones are used to help with the unpleasant symptoms that women experience in perimenopause, menopause and for premenstrual symptoms, and of men with andropause.
Perimenopause and menopause are often characterized by hot flashes, night sweats, foggy thinking, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances, joint pain, headaches, palpitations, hair loss, thinning of the skin, reduced bone density (osteoporosis) and decreased muscle mass.
PMS (premenstrual symptoms) usually occurs anywhere between one to two weeks before the start of menses and the most common symptoms are irritability, swelling and bloating, breast tenderness, sleep disturbances, decreased sex drive, irregular or heavy periods, headaches, sugar cravings, weight gain, anxiety.
Bioidentical Hormones for Men
Male andropause is the decline of testosterone levels with aging, which result in the symptoms of decreased energy, decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, hot flashes, night sweats, depression, bone loss, muscle weakness.
The aim of treating with Bioidentical Hormones is to alleviate the symptoms of these hormonal imbalances. The added benefit of Bioidentical Hormones is that the dosage can be customized to fit the needs of individual patients to mimic as closely as possible the normal hormone levels in the body.
Treating Specific Health Conditions with Bioidentical Hormones
In addition to the relief of general symptoms associated with hormone decline, many holistic medical practitioners prescribe Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to treat a variety of conditions that are ultimately related to a hormone imbalance, dominance or deficiency. These include:
Adrenal fatigue: When your adrenal glands are working properly, they allow you to effectively manage the various stressors in your life and help build your immunity to common illnesses. However, high levels of stress, a poor diet, and other lifestyle factors can cause an imbalance that leads to chronically feeling fatigued. Optimized hormones allow the adrenal glands to function and peak efficiency and have been shown to reduce and even reverse the effects of adrenal fatigue in both men and women.
Fibromyalgia: This condition, which happens when the brain receives faulty nerve signals, causes insomnia, fatigue, muscle pain, problems with concentration, irritable bowel syndrome, and decreased immunity to other illnesses. While the causes and specifics of fibromyalgia are still the subject of much speculation and study in the medical community, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Experts agree that optimizing hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Therapy can greatly reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Thyroid disorders: The thyroid is located in your neck and controls every cell in your body. People experience many problems when it is under-active or overactive, including unplanned weight gain or loss, digestion issues, consistently feeling too hot or too cold, heart and liver function issues, high cholesterol, and decreased blood flow that can lead to anemia. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy has been found exceptionally effective at helping the body find and maintain proper thyroid hormone balance.
Dr. Bodok’s goal is to help improve your quality of life by providing a customized individual treatment plan. She uses a combination of the latest anti-aging medical advancements and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to produce a powerful protocl that has helped an endless amount of Markham area men and women feel and look younger, more vibrant, and healthy.