Is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) the Best Anti-aging Treatment for You?
The human endocrine system naturally produces more than 50 different types of hormones, and maybe more depending upon the classification system used. Over recent decades, exhaustive research has proven that proper replacement of some declining hormones can vastly slow the aging process.
The potential benefits to your overall health, vitality, appearance and even your longevity are worth exploring with a physician specializing in the anti-aging treatments known as HRT, or Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Be sure to ask your physician about one of the most significant breakthroughs in HRT: BHRT, Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Bio-identicals are hormones that match the hormones naturally found in your body. Produced from yams and soybeans, bio-identicals were created by Mother Nature, not a pharmaceutical company. Because bio-identical hormones are identical in molecular structure to the hormones women make in their bodies, they respond and act just like your own hormones. This natural HRT approach is believed by many to be much safer than the widely used synthetic hormones created by pharmaceutical companies.
In addition to addressing the many hormonal issues related to menopause and peri-menopause, emerging research is expanding the list of BHRT benefits: reducing the risks of osteoporosis, heart attacks and strokes, cholesterol imbalances, senility and uterine and breast cancer.
Also worth pursuing with your medical provider are anti-aging treatments using the naturally occurring Human Growth Hormone, a hormone that peaks when we’re in our 20s, but drops by about 80% by the time we hit age 60. Essential to skin elasticity, maintaining muscles, including the most important muscle — the heart, weight control, and energy and endorphin levels, it’s worth asking your physician if your HGH level is where it should be.
And if you’ve never been the “one-size-fits-all” kind of woman, find out if your HRT provider uses formulation or compounding pharmacies so that you can get the exact combination and doses of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to meet your very individualized needs. Hormones can be prescribed based on a woman’s test results and symptoms so she is taking only what she needs to maintain the optimal levels of hormones in her body.
The variety of hormone replacement therapies and options are too complex to tackle alone, or to pursue a particular HRT or anti-aging treatment simply because it worked well for friends. The key to successful hormone management is to start with a thorough physical that includes detailed testing of all your essential hormone levels, with particular emphasis on your personal adverse symptoms, as well as areas where you’d like to see improvement.
HRT may very well be the best anti-aging treatment for you — it may make you feel as strong and vital and attractive as you ever have. All you need is a physician who is willing to formulate a plan customized to your very unique needs and health status, and work with you to monitor it as you progress.