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Hormone Replacement Therapy Options: What You Need to Know

Hormone Replacement Therapy Options: What You Need to Know

Did you know as we age, symptoms of hormonal imbalance are common in both men and women? Letting the imbalance proliferate without the proper treatment can wreak havoc on your overall health.

Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance

Females tend to experience an imbalance of estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone, which can lead to hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, depression, brain fog, weight gain, loss of muscle, irritability, and bone deficiency. Bone loss in women can exacerbate stress fractures caused by osteopenia or osteoporosis.

As male testosterone levels begin to decline, they will experience symptoms such as a lack of energy, low libido, loss of muscle, weight gain, decreased mental focus, hair loss, and low metabolism. Men should have 50 times more testosterone than estrogen. An enzyme called aromatase that converts male to female hormones helps regulate the balance.

Changing the hormone levels through bio-identical hormone therapy can alleviate or in many cases, eliminate these symptoms and life fluctuations. There are even studies now that suggest bio-identical hormones can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.