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Hormones are responsible for regulating many of our functional systems. However, as we age, our hormone levels change and may become imbalanced. Many patients ask about hormone optimization as a potential solution. NuageHealthMD.com is committed to offering the best hormone replacement options for both men and women, consistent with the latest research in the peer reviewed medical literature.
Hormones are responsible for many important bodily functions, such as growth, metabolism, and reproduction. They are produced by glands and make up the endocrine system. Many things can affect or inhibit hormone production, including age, health conditions, and medications. While hormone levels normally fluctuate throughout the day and change with age, abnormal hormone levels can cause health problems.
The organs that make up the endocrine system include the reproductive organs, pituitary gland, pineal gland, thyroid gland, hypothalamus, parathyroid, thymus, pancreas, and adrenal glands. These glands produce different hormones.
Hormone changes can occur for several reasons. Hormone levels may decline as part of the aging process. Sometimes receptors for hormones become less sensitive as we get older.
Diseases can also affect hormone production. Diabetes is one of the most common endocrine disorders. In this disorder, the pancreas does not produce the right amount of the hormone, insulin. Conditions that cause poor circulation can also impair hormone production as hormones rely on a healthy vascular system to reach their physiologic targets.
Women have hormones producing life changes such as menstruation, pregnancy, birth, and menopause. Menopause gets a lot of attention because the symptoms can be frustrating. During menopause, the ovaries slow their production of estrogen and progesterone, which produces the hot flashes and other signs of “the change”.
As these hormones decline, the pituitary gland tries to compensate. Many women choose to explore hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to ease their way into menopause.
You may have heard the term “male menopause”. Some men experience what is called andropause, which is a decline in testosterone production. Recent studies suggest some older men may benefit from testosterone replacement.
For women experiencing hormonal imbalances the most reported symptoms include hot flashes, insomnia, fatigue, and even depression. Osteoporosis is a common complication of the hormonal changes during menopause.
Commonly experienced symptoms for men with declining testosterone levels include a decrease in muscle mass, loss of cognitive function, mood changes, erectile dysfunction, low libido, and loss of energy. Hormone imbalances may cause unexplained weight changes and changes in bowel or bladder habits.
The goal of hormone optimization is to assess whether hormone levels are below optimal and to them to levels associated with youth.
If you are experiencing symptoms you believe may be related to hormone levels, our doctors will schedule a consultation with you. We will ask you about your symptoms and suggest diagnostic tests. Most hormones can be detected with blood tests.