Stephen Channey MD

Signs of Imbalance

Have you not felt your best for so long that you are not sure if it is possible to feel well again?

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) refers to the provision of exhogenous hormones manufactured from plant sources that are molecularly identical to the hormones produced in the human body - thereby restoring progressive depletion of hormones as aging occurs. The resulting return of hormone levels to that of a much younger person acts to reset declinig physiologic pathways responsible for symptoms of aging, thereby decreasing risk of chronic diseases associated with aging and restoring vitality. The desired goal is not so much to restore years to ones life, but to add life to the rest of ones years.

Every cell in the human body has hormone receptors allowing communication of body function at the cellular level. As we age our body becomes less and less efficient at producing adequate amounts of hormones needed for youthful physiologic functioning. Simultaneously, the amount of hormone receptor sites within all cell membranes decline. The above ”double-whammy” results in a precipitous decline in youthful bodily functions leading to a poor feeling of health and to increasing risk of diseases of aging including all cancers, obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, strokes, declining bone density leading to increased risk of hip fracture, organic brain dysfunction (ie Alzheimers Dz) and many other diseases typically associated with aging. When our bodies are hormone imbalanced, it directly effects our mood, appetite, energy level, metabolism, weight, physique, sex drive, immune system and even behavior.

Symptoms of low testosterone in men?

A low level of testosterone in a man means more than just a low sex drive or erectile dysfunction (ED). Symptoms consistent with low testosterone are:

  • Low sex drive
  • Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Increased body fat (especially in the waist area)
  • Decreased bone mass
  • Mood changes
  • Lower mental capacity
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Brain Fog

Additionally, studies have shown there are some conditions that are consistent with low levels of testosterone including:

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Alcohol use
  • High Cholesterol

Symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women?

There are a variety of symptoms from hormone imbalance in women including:

  • Fatigue
  • Night Sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cold hands and feet

If your menstrual cycle has stopped before menopause, or if you are experiencing this or any other symptom of menopause, you may have low estradiol. An increase in UTIs, depression or painful intercourse may also indicate low estradiol in women.

How do you restore the balance?

Contact our office, schedule an office visit with Dr Channey to discuss your history and begin to test your current hormone levels. Based on your comprehensive consultation and thorough blood work panel, Dr Channey will determine if you are a candidate for BHRT therapy and you can choose the plan that is right for you.

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