6 Common Aging Issues Hormone Therapy Can Help
A very wise person once said, “Getting older isn’t for sissies!” And if you’re over fifty, you probably agree. Weight gain, loss of energy, trouble concentrating, and even lack of interest in sex all seem to creep up on us with age. Sadly, many people believe these are just normal effects of aging that we have to “learn to live with it”.
But the truth is, many of these problems are not due to age itself – but rather due to the hormone decline that comes with getting older. And, this is actually very good news, because hormone deficiency or imbalance can be restored with hormone therapy.
Why Consider Hormone Therapy?
Beginning around her early 40s, a woman’s hormone production of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone begins to drop off. This can cause hot flashes, night sweats, feelings of anxiety or depression, loss of sex drive, weight gain, hair loss, loss of mental clarity and more. More seriously, loss of estrogen can also contribute to heart and artery disease, osteoporosis, and cognitive decline during aging.
And, after the age of 30, men start to experience a gradual decline in the production of testosterone production – with testosterone levels dropping roughly 1% every year. Low testosterone levels in men – sometimes called “Low T” – can be associated with weight gain, loss of muscle mass, hair loss, low sex drive, reduced sexual performance and even “ED” (erectile dysfunction).
Hormone therapy replenishes the hormones that the body needs to function at its best. And bioidentical hormone therapy, is biologically identical to the hormones produced by the human body. When administered via time-released pellets, the body releases and metabolizes the right amount hormones into the bloodstream as the body needs it, 24/7 365 days a year.
Below, the hormone therapy experts at SottoPelle in Scottsdale, AZ explore 6 of the most common signs of aging that hormone therapy can help.
#1. Hormone Therapy for Weight Gain
During the hormonal decline of menopause or andropause, people often experience unexplained weight gain – even if they are not eating more or exercising less.
In women, low estrogen levels can promote fat storage in the midsection (belly) in the form of visceral fat, which is linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. And when a man experiences testosterone decline (“Low T”) he will often develop an excess of female hormones – which can cause fat storage around the belly and in the breast area.
These hormone imbalances can often be treated with hormone therapy. Restoring estrogen balance in women and testosterone levels in men with hormone therapy can often help control weight gain as well as stop a reduction in muscle mass.
#2. Hormone Therapy for Sleep Problems
Progesterone is a hormone produced by the ovaries, that aids women in getting restful sleep. So, when levels drop during menopause, many women may have difficulty sleeping. Menopausal low estrogen levels can also result in hot flashes and night sweats that interrupt sleep.
Women who undergo hormone therapy at Tutera Medical in Scottsdale, AZ universally report that their symptoms of menopause improve – including sleep problems, hot flashes and night sweats.
#3. Hormone Therapy for Aging Skin & Wrinkles
Most people think that wrinkles and lines are an inevitable part of getting older. But maintaining optimal hormone balance can help protect the skin and delay these signs of aging.
Female hormones support the production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid – the proteins responsible for plump, smooth, and hydrated skin. But hormone decline can cause skin to gradually thin, lose elasticity and dry out – causing laxity, lines, and wrinkles.
Hormone therapy at Tutera Medical in Scottsdale, AZ can help renew the body’s production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid for smoother more youthful skin and a significantly younger appearance.
#4. Hormone Therapy for Concentration / Memory Issues
Scientists have clinically proven that low levels of estrogen and progesterone can make the brain feel “foggy” and impair memory. While the exact mechanism by which hormones affect the brain is still not fully understood –
#5. Hormone Therapy for Lack of Energy
Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of hormonal decline in both women and men. In women, progesterone imbalance can cause sleepiness. And in men, testosterone deficiency (Low T) can result in a dramatic decrease in energy. Additionally, if a man or woman’s thyroid gland stops producing sufficient thyroid hormone, it may also slow metabolism and deplete energy.
Restoring hormonal balance with hormone therapy at Tutera Medical in Scottsdale, AZ can often restore energy and vitality in both men and women.
#6. Hormone Therapy for Loss of Sex Drive
Many people erroneously believe that a loss of sex drive is simply a natural part of aging. But hormone therapy can help a man or woman enjoy an active and satisfying sex life at every age.
Decreased libido is most often the result of declining amounts of the sex hormone testosterone in both women and men during menopause or andropause. Most people think of testosterone as only a male hormone, but it is produced by women’s bodies as well. When testosterone levels decline, so does a person’s interest in sex.
Additionally, in men “Low T” can be a contributing factor in erectile dysfunction (“ED”). And in women, low estrogen levels can result in vaginal dryness, itching and painful during intercourse.
Thankfully, hormone therapy can restore sex drive, sexual performance, and sexual pleasure in most women and men!
Other Uses of Hormone Therapy
These are just six of the dozens of applications of hormone therapy. Hormone therapy has also been clinically shown to improve mood swings and depression, as well as ward off cognitive decline. In women, hair loss is often a side effect of menopause that can be remedied with hormone therapy.
Clinical studies have also demonstrated that hormone therapy may help prevent broken bones caused by osteoporosis, can lower the risk of dementia, and even decreases the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and more.
Hormone Therapy | Scottsdale, AZ
Safe, convenient, and effective bioidentical hormone therapy available at Tutera Medical in Scottsdale, AZ can restore missing male and female hormones – relieving these symptoms and restoring quality of life.
In addition to helping treat loss of energy, weight gain, low energy, aging skin and loss of sex drive, hormone therapy can also decrease a person’s risk of developing many physical and mental diseases.
If are suffering from troublesome signs of aging, you may have a hormone imbalance that can be corrected with hormone therapy. Schedule an appointment with the hormone therapy experts at Tutera Medical in Scottsdale, AZ and we will conduct thorough bloodwork to identify your hormone imbalances. Then a personalized hormone therapy plan can be put in place to help return your body to optimal balance and restore your quality of life!
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IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: This article is provided as general information only and is not intended to be used as medical advice. While the benefits of hormone replacement are well documented through clinical research, we are not representing that hormone therapy is a “cure” for any disease. Only your treating physician can determine if hormone therapy may be a beneficial part of your healthcare regimen, based on your age, overall health, risk factors, and lifestyle.