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Hormones…40 Years On

shutterstock_386163307A person in their 40s onwards has a depleted hormonal profile compared to someone in their 20s and 30s.

Energy level falls, libido drops, skin starts to sag, tolerance to stress decreases and the seemingly depressing list goes on. For women, menopause is around the corner and for men, the effects of andropause may be starting to set in. Fatigue, loss of libido, anxiety and depression, premature ageing, hair loss, weight gain and disturbed sleep patterns – all these may be the result of a hormonal imbalance.

Illness, stress, age and lifestyle can affect our optimum hormone levels, but usually, it is a natural ageing process, and while it can’t be avoided, it can certainly be managed.

Our hormones play a crucial role in our overall health and the health of our heart, sex life, bones, brain, skin, even our eyes. They are powerful chemical messengers that circulate through the bloodstream to specific target cells, where they generate a wide range of biological responses. Hormone imbalances can have an impact on virtually every major system and organ in the body. One may consider hormones as some of the prime moves in physical and emotional health.

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) replaces hormonal deficiencies so that optimal balance is created. With every person being different, BHRT is hormone therapy designed and tailored for individuals and is therefore a customised therapy.

Bio-identical hormones are 100% identical in chemical structure to those that are found in our bodies. A ‘synthetic’ hormone has a chemical structure that may be similar to, but no exactly the same as, a hormone produced by the body. These chemical differences can mean that the synthetic hormone acts differently in the body and produces substantially different effects. Unlike synthetic hormones, bio-identical hormones are not recognized as foreign to the body.

The benefits of BHRT include relieving the symptoms that frequently accompany a change in our hormone levels.

We are now entering an era of preventative medicine and are moving towards a proactive attitude to good health and anti-ageing as opposed to reactive. By monitoring ageing we can lessen the risk of disease and at the same time feel great on the inside and look younger on the outside. By assessing the hormonal balance an individual programme can be completed which can have immediate and very powerful outcomes including anti-ageing, leading to a healthier life.