If you are enduring hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and other symptoms of menopause, then it’s easy to recognize the need for and benefits of hormone replacement therapy in Connecticut. But natural menopause treatment is not the only value provided by hormone therapy. In fact, female hormone imbalance can begin years before a woman’s change of life occurs.
What you may not realize is maintaining hormonal balance involves more than just estrogen and progesterone production and problems with hormone imbalance may begin much earlier in life; typically in the mid-thirties. Regardless of your age, if you experience the symptoms below you may be a candidate for hormone imbalance treatment in Connecticut:
- Mid-day fatigue
- Craving for salt or carbohydrates
- Interrupted sleep patterns
- Mood swings
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Weight gain
- Lack of energy
- Lack of mental clarity
- Aching bones and muscles
- Dry skin
- Thinning hair
The Importance of Thyroid
Thyroid hormone is critical and exerts a significant influence on every aspect of your health. It controls metabolism, converts food into energy, helps maintain a healthy weight, controls body temperature, and affects sleep functions and mental clarity. As we age thyroid production may remain stable, but the body’s ability to convert thyroid into its usable form, T3, decreases which results in symptoms of hypothyroidism.
Sometimes those symptoms are mistaken for signs of menopause, especially since routine thyroid tests don’t measure T3, the active form of thyroid. If hypothyroidism is diagnosed it is often treated with synthetic thyroid, but the conversion process is not addressed so the symptoms persist. Treatment for hormone imbalances include all forms of thyroid, including T3, to ensure the proper hormonal balance.
The Adrenal Glands
The adrenal glands are a powerhouse of hormone production. One of the hormones produced by the adrenals is DHEA, or Dehydroepiandrosterone, the most abundant human hormone. This hormone is made from cholesterol and is critical to the production of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. High DHEA levels have been tied to longevity, and decreased levels can cause insulin resistance leading to diabetes, a depressed immune system and an increased risk for heart disease and cancer. Connecticut hormone imbalance treatment therefore, includes testing DHEA levels and using natural supplementation to bring these levels up to those present in young adults.
Testosterone is also essential for women’s health, even though it appears in very small quantities. In addition to its influence on sexual enjoyment, testosterone is critical for the maintenance of muscle mass. Like all hormones, testosterone production decreases over time which is the primary reason women lose about 8% of their muscle mass every decade.
Treating Hormonal Imbalance
One of the best ways to prevent hormonal imbalance and combat aging caused by reduced hormone levels is to incorporate an individualized treatment plan using bioidentical hormones. These natural substances are an exact image of the hormones produced by the human body and are absorbed in the same way as those produced by the body.
Dr. Jacobson, a Board certified gynecologist who offers natural hormone replacement for Greenwich, Connecticut and vicinity has been treating female hormone imbalance with much success. He begins with a series of tests which determine the levels of several hormones including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and thyroid. These levels are compared to those typically found in women in their twenties, and then a compounding pharmacy formulates supplements which meet your exact needs. Tests are taken periodically to determine if the proper levels are being maintained, especially in the beginning of your treatment. Once you reach optimum hormone levels periodic tests will be conducted so modifications can be made to accommodate your body’s changing needs.
While it is never too late to benefit from natural menopause treatment, a woman can avoid many of the unpleasant side effects caused by changes in hormone production and delay the appearance of aging by starting early to maintain an ideal hormone balance.