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Bio-identical hormones, that are produced by your endocrine system and have the same molecular structure as the hormones, can restore progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen to healthy levels that have dropped due to aging or medical conditions.
Research has shown that bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) provides a wide range of anti-aging benefits ranging from an improved immune system to reducing the risk for some types of cancer.
Both women and men can benefit from bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Primary hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone can all be replaced using bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
It has been shown that progesterone has a positive effect on insulin. As estrogen levels fall in perimenopausal and menopausal women, their progesterone levels decrease as well. This lack of progesterone contributes to weight gain in older women as well as the development of pre-diabetes and trouble losing weight.
Progesterone blocks insulin receptors on cells. This helps to reduce hypoglycemia, making it easier to lose weight, and can potentially increase your ability to live a healthier life as you get older. Without the progesterone, insulin can cause premature aging through the process of glycation, where sugar molecules damage body cells by attacking fats and proteins. If glycation becomes excessive, it can lead to cataracts, liver disease, Alzheimer’s liver disease, and chronic inflammatory diseases.
While a woman is in her reproductive years, her estrogen levels are at the optimal level to promote fertility and maintain regular menstrual cycles. In addition to fertility, estrogen also helps to support organs, blood vessels, brain, bone, and soft tissue health.
Between 42-48 years old, as a woman approaches perimenopause, the level of estrogen produced by the ovaries is significantly reduced. Throughout menopause and after menopause, the ovaries will stop producing estrogen gradually, leaving the fat tissue to provide small amounts of estrogen.
Estrogen’s most significant anti-aging benefit is that it plays a role in insulating the central nervous system against neurodegenerative and neuroinflammation disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Estrogen is vital in the protection of the microglia cells in the brain, which are crucial to brain health.
Men can also benefit from BHRT. Testosterone is a crucial hormone that supports bone density, muscle mass, libido, cognition, and mood in men. From ages 40 to 65, the testicles significantly reduce the production of testosterone.
With lower testosterone levels, men can experience an increase in body fat, which can lead to heart disease and high blood pressure. With a lack of testosterone, bone density can also decrease, leading to osteoporosis. Men with low T may also suffer from anxiety, which can lead to difficulty concentrating or memory issues.
With bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, men can restore their testosterone to a healthy level and delay or prevent these signs of premature aging.
At Midwest Hormone Centers, we are e dedicated to helping our clients delay or prevent the symptoms of premature aging with high-quality hormone replacement therapy. We offer treatments for both men and women. Think bio-identical hormone replacement therapy may be right for you? Take our female or male hormone assessment today to learn more!