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Hormone Replacement

Hormone Supplementation

What are hormones?
What is hormone supplementation?
How does it enhance vitality even as we age?

Hormones are chemicals within our bodies responsible for many things including the regulation of our metabolism, immune function, blood pressure, sugar levels, body temperature as well as a host of other things including regrowth and repair of damaged tissue. They are produced by our glands, namely the Thyroid (Thyroid), Adrenals (DHEA, Pregnenolone), Pituitary (Human Growth Hormone (HGH)), Ovaries (Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone) or Testes (Testosterone), and Pineal (Melatonin). After about the age of 30, our body’s hormone levels start to decline. Many cite this decline with the “normal” aspect of aging and its familiar characteristics of fatigue and loss of energy, problems of memory and mood, lack of ambition, loss of libido, weight gain and muscle loss and much more that add up to a sense of poor health. This hormonal decline continues as we age, and usually becomes problematic in our 40’s and 50’s, although, it can create issues at an even younger age. An example are the statin drugs that can cause a dramatic decrease in testosterone even at a young age. With testosterone decline, we find incidence of erectile dysfunction.

Giving “pause” to thought We have all heard of and embraced the term menopause to describe a decline in the female sex hormones, but there are other “pauses” that are becoming more recognizable as house-hold names. Doctors have coined the terms “andro-pause” to describe the decline of male sex hormones in men, “somatopause” to describe the decrease in human growth hormone, “adrenalpause” to describe a decline in DHEA, and “pinealpause” to describe a decline in melatonin.

In the opinion of many doctors, maintaining optimal hormonal balance is our best opportunity to enhance vitality into “old age” and overcome these “pauses” in life. Some doctors however believe that aging is inevitable and that nothing can be done about it except to accept it gracefully. This is a stigma of modern medicine. On one hand, medicine is proud, and rightfully so, of enormous jumps in life expectancy ages, but on the other hand, they are skeptical about enhancements in quality of life. Therefore some doctors may be reluctant to treat hormonally deficient patients because they see this as a normal result of aging, and something they can’t do anything about.

In other words a 70 year-old man presents himself to the doctor’s office with complaints of loss of sex drive, fatigue, and inability to lose weight. It is likely that his doctor will say, “You are 70 years old, and this is normal for your age!”, rather than take blood tests of hormone levels. If the patient was insistent about getting his hormones checked the doctor may see “normal” results, that are the normal ranges for a man 70 years old and tell the patient that he is normal. But the patient isn’t “normal,” that is why he went to his doctor! He doesn’t want the hormones of a 70 year-old man, he wants the hormones necessary to have sex drive, muscle tone, strength, ambition, joy, and his vitality back. He also wants a good chance to be free of heart disease, diabetes mellitis, and other diseases of aging. Why not check his c-reactive protein, fasting insulin, and homocysteine levels, along with many other markers of hidden disease?

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Written by Dr. Marc Darrow, M.D.

Dr. Darrow is a world recognized specialist in many chronic disorders. He has been featured in national publications, and television and radio shows, for his innovative approach to medicine. As the medical director of the Darrow Wellness Institute in West Los Angeles, Dr. Darrow has helped create an age management program for those individuals interested in maintaining a youthful, healthy vigor for adults through “middle age” and well into the senior years.

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