Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
With over 20 years of experience as a cardiothoracic surgeon, Chris Wehr, M.D. has seen first-hand the results of health complications and disease on the aging human body. Through his studies in Functional, Preventative and Anti-Aging Medicine, Dr. Wehr is able to use his experience as a surgeon and help his patients now avoid ever letting their health get that bad. Hormones are an important part of our bodily processes, yet a decline in production of hormones is a natural sign of aging. This decline in hormone production can leave aging men and women feeling not like themselves, and can even open the door for more serious health conditions to take hold.
As an active member of the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine and with advanced training in Anti-Aging Medicine by the Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Wehr stays up to date on the latest advances in Hormone Optimization therapies and Anti-Aging treatments. Offering custom Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs to his patients allows Dr. Wehr to treat each individual for their own unique ailments. Targeted Hormone Replacement can restore optimal hormone balance and leave patients looking and feeling better than they have in years. Learn more about Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and which hormones are commonly used to treat both men and women suffering with the symptoms of hormone decline or imbalance.
Hormones Used In Bioidentical Hormone Therapy:
Insulin is a hormone that is secreted in the pancreas to balance blood sugar. People that eat large quantities of sugar can eventually burn out the cells that secrete insulin in the pancreas, which can lead to Type II Diabetes. A high sugar diet can also lead to insulin resistance, which occurs when the body gets so used to insulin being in the bloodstream that it stops recognizing it is present, rendering it unable to balance blood sugar. Insulin resistance can also lead to Type II Diabetes. A Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help the body detect and maintain proper insulin levels preventing many symptoms related to insulin resistance.
This hormone, which is secreted by the adrenal glands, is the foundation for both male and female sex hormones. These are also known as androgens and estrogens. When DHEA is out of balance, it can also affect the production of estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol. People with unbalanced DHEA often complain of aching of the joints, lowered sex drive, a decreased immune system, fatigue, depression, and loss of muscle mass. Using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to maintain optimal DHEA balance can help the body function efficiently and reduce the risk of DHEA related side effects.
Pregnenolone is a steroid hormone that is first synthesized by cholesterol and then created in the adrenal glands. Pregnenolone, along with the hormone DHEA, is responsible for creating testosterone and all other hormones in the body. Because it is made from the supporting tissues in the brain, pregnenolone activates neurological receptors that alternately stimulate and calm the brain. When this level of hormone is too low, people are likely to experience fatigue and problems with concentration and memory. Mood disturbances are also common, with depression and irritability being the most frequent complaints.
The term estrogen actually describes the functioning of estradiol, estriol, and estrone. Estrogen is primarily a female hormone produced in the ovaries, fat tissue, and adrenal glands. Men also create small amounts of estrogen in their testes. A lack of estrogen can lead to hot flashes, night sweats, thinning bones, fatigue, mood changes, sagging breasts, wrinkling skin, thinning or dull hair, and breakable nails. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy designed to treat estrogen imbalance has been shown to relieve symptoms of estrogen dominance and deficiency, and alleviate the symptoms of menopause.
Without progesterone, women cannot have a menstrual period or maintain reproduction. Progesterone is the second primary female hormone, and it helps to balance the functions of estrogen and prevent estrogen dominance. Common symptoms of low progesterone include bloating, water retention, fatigue, mood changes, irregular periods, increased PMS symptoms, dysmenorrhea, weight gain, infertility, and amenorrhea. Maintaining proper progesterone balance with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is tried and proven method to regulate the progesterone hormones and prevent symptoms and conditions related with progesterone imbalance.
Testosterone is primarily a male hormone, but it is also present in smaller amounts in women. Both genders experience the effects of too little testosterone, including weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, depression, and low sex drive. In addition, men with unbalanced testosterone levels may experience unwanted breast growth. Replacing deficient testosterone with bioidentical hormones continues to help thousands of men overcome andropause related symptoms such as sexual dysfunction, insufficient energy levels, and more.
Although the technical name for this hormone is cortisol, some doctors and lay people refer to it as the stress hormone. The adrenal glands produce and secrete cortisol in response to stress, also known as the fight or flight response. Because many people today live highly stressful lives, they may have unbalanced levels of cortisol present in their bodies. Left unchecked, this can lead to Type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and weight gain. Balancing cortisol levels in the body with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can prevent a stress breakdown and leave patients feeling energized and well equipped to deal with anything life throws their way.
Chris Wehr, M.D. understands that each patient is unique, and no two patients will have the same exact balance of hormones. This is why Dr. Wehr conducts detailed testing and spends personalized one-on-one time getting to know the very root cause of that patient’s conditions. He then designs a custom wellness program including Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy targeted to restore optimal balance to the hormones needed by that unique patient.
Contact BodyLogicMD of Orlando today to learn more about Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and the role of hormones in aging process. Schedule your Bioidentical Hormones consultation with Chris Wehr, M.D. today and experience the difference that personalized care can make to your health!