Last night's episode of Cougar Town, "Into the Great Wide Open", toyed with the cliched notion that once women hit a certain age, they begin to realize that they're "prime" is long gone.
You may be suffering from a hormone imbalance. You have some classic symptoms that may be related to estrogen dominance or an imbalance of adrenal hormones. The best way to find out is to find a qualified doctor to do an evaluation of your hormone levels with blood and saliva testing. With proper hormone balance you may be able to get off the medications which you are uncomfortable taking.
Many things can accelerate the decline of hormone levels in both sexes. Stress levels, diet, nutrition and lifestyles all contribute to hormone imbalance. Currently, one of the main culprits is stress. This is true because the stress hormone, cortisol, is built with the same building blocks as our sex hormones, DHEA, testosterone and estrogen. The more stress we have, the more cortisol we demand and the fewer building blocks we have to make our sex hormones.
I applaud Dr. Oz's answer on Oprah show regarding andropause or as we like to call it Man-o-pause! For men Testosterone reaches a peak at around age 25-30 and then goes down at a rate of 1-2% per year which is why as Dr. Oz points out that the onset of symptoms is very slow and not very obvious to men. The changes with menopause tends to happen over a shorter period of time so women are more aware of the changes. Men may notice a lack of energy, declining memory, increased moodiness, a decrease in libido and/or erections and a loss in muscle tone, increase in fat and a loss of stamina. Levels of testosterone are easily checked in a blood test and can be corrected with testosterone therapy. In addtion to improving all of the above symptoms, replacing testosterone also decreases the risk of heart disease and alzheimer's disease and can improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels among many other benefits. Many of the changes that men tend to chalk up to aging can be improved with testosterone therapy.
The overwhelming response to Oprah, Suzanne Somers, Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw talking about bioidentical hormone therapy continues and in order to meet the increased demand, BodyLogicMD continues to welcome additional bioidentical hormone replacement therapy doctors to our national network. We have identified yet another extremely qualified practitioner who specializes in this exciting field of anti-aging medicine. Dr. George Solomon will be joining BodyLogicMD of Orlando and this will allow more patients afflicted by hormonal imbalances to find relief from fatigue, memory loss, hot flashes, mood swings, and more with bioidentical hormone therapy.
Dr. Jennifer Landa of BodyLogicMD of Orlando explains the "normal ranges" that traditional doctors use to judge hormone levels and why women within these ranges often experience symptoms of hormonal imbalance in menopause.
Dr. Jennifer Landa of BodyLogicMD Orlando talks about the importance of having your hormone levels tested and finding a reputable doctor with experience with bioidentical hormone replacement thereapy prior to self-medicating with over the counter hormones.
BodyLogicMD – Help! Ever since I started menopause I seem to be losing an awful lot of hair. So I assume they are related though I never heard of hair loss as a symptom of menopause. Is there anything I can do to help stop the hair loss? I’ve been preparing myself
Dear BodyLogicMD, At what age should a woman stop taking bioidentical hormones? What about synthetic hormones? Do you have to stop taking those earlier? Sincerely, D. Dear D, Well, there is really no age to stop taking hormones, especially bioidentical hormones! For synthetic hormones, one must weigh the risks and benefits on