I've been taking a multi-vitamin for years. But now that I'm nearing my 50's, I want to make sure that I'm getting all of the vitamins and minerals that I need to stay healthy. My doctor recommended omega-3 fish oil supplements. What can you tell me about fish oil? Why is it so important and what ways can I benefit from taking supplements on a daily basis?

Dr. Jeffrey Maehara is the Medical Director of BodyLogicMD of Honolulu. He treats women and men with individual, customized wellness programs tailored to address each patient’s specific, personal needs. Dr. Maehara uses a combination of integrative therapies, including customized nutrition and fitness regimens, pharmaceutical-grade supplementation, stress reduction techniques and natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), to restore his patients’ energy, improve their mental clarity and help them live the best life possible.

BodyLogicMD physician Dr. Bruce Thomas was recently featured in an ABC news segment discussing sleep and what you can do to get more of it. According to the report, studies show that 75 percent of U.S. adults aren’t getting the sleep they need. How much is enough? According to Dr. Thomas, adults should be getting somewhere between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. And those of us who don’t get enough sleep have a higher risk of obesity, substance abuse and diabetes.

While practicing as a Family Physician, Dr. Melinda Silva witnessed first-hand the waning quality of health in women and men over the age of 35. Her concerns grew as she learned that many of her patients were seeking help form specialists who prescribed risky medications and recommended surgeries for preventable conditions most often bought on by poor nutrition, lack of exercise and hormonal imbalances related to aging.

I've been searching the web for answers as to why I'm feeling the way I do and everything points to early menopause or "perimenopause." I found your website and I was very impressed with the amount of information available and also the highly qualified physicians within your network. If I were to sign up for your services, what can I expect as a patient of BodyLogicMD?

“Menopause, andropause (the male menopause) and other age-related conditions may be facts of life, but that doesn't mean people have to suffer with uncomfortable symptoms. At my BodyLogicMD practice, I’m proud to offer patients a complete age-management program for with unparalleled service in treating menopause, PMS, perimenopause, andropause and other hormonal imbalances associated with aging.”

What's the relationship between hormones and the body's aging process? Is there a clear connection? Also, if I'm experiencing symptoms of hormonal imbalance, such as foggy thinking/memory, fatigue and weight gain, how can bioidentical hormones help me get my life back on track?

Hormone imbalance does not discriminate – women and men often notice similar symptoms of imbalance and aging as early as their 30s, including loss of hair, memory, muscle mass and libido, along with behavioral changes that have more commonly been linked to a "Midlife Crisis." Fortunately, we can test hormone levels to help determine if bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) and a combination of customized nutrition and fitness programs are the answer.

With traditional medicine, we’re generally just treating the symptoms, or the complaint that you came in for. And those symptoms and complaints can resurface. So you might come back in another month, or another three months, with the same problem. Reactive treatment is more costly and often requires more doctor visits, and more labs need to be drawn. On the other hand, with preventative medicine, we look at ways to prevent the problem before-hand. We stay up to date with the studies on preventing disease. And when these studies show that vitamin D, fish oil, or multivitamins could potentially prevent a disease, then we can offer those supplements before the disease becomes a problem.

“It’s all about lifestyle. The more effort you put into living a healthy life, the longer you’ll live and the better you’ll feel because of it. While diet and exercise are critical components of a healthy lifestyle, it’s also important to take a look at sleep patterns, stress levels, nutritional deficiencies, food sensitivities and other factors that could potentially lead to health challenges later on in life.”

I’m still getting my period, but I feel like menopause is on the horizon. I used to have an excellent sex life and great sex drive, but now I feel like my libido is just gone. I’m 40 years old and I can care less about having sex. Is this normal for a woman my age? Is there anything I can do to jump-start my libido?

“I recognized the need and saw the value in practicing preventative medicine and wellness. After seeing so many patients with sicknesses, injury and disease that can be avoided, I felt it was more beneficial to focus on preventative medicine centered around bioidentical hormone therapy integrated with the best in fitness and nutrition.”

Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise in America, but new evidence reveals there is hope. The Shriver Report, published by Maria Shriver with the backing of the Alzheimer’s Association, took an up close and disturbing look at the dreaded disease’s impact on women—and estrogen’s possible role in preventing it.

While most people we see aren’t the picture of health, and we really try to emphasize that they have a long life left. Most of the patients we see are in their late 40’s or early 50’s, and that means that they likely have 30 or 40 more years left. So, you can either use this opportunity to launch into a good 30 or 40 years, or continue to slide into a future that isn’t very fulfilling — a situation where you’re really not getting much out of those 30 or 40 years.

Kansas bioidentical hormones expert and Medical Director of BodyLogicMD of Kansas City, Dr. David Shuck is set to speak among a panel of women’s health experts at the upcoming women’s health event, “Get Your Body in Gear for the New Year.” The event will be held at the Lochland Country Club in Hastings, NE on January 22nd and will feature industry leaders in anti-aging and preventive medicine. As a highly trained expert in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), Dr. Shuck will discuss the many health benefits of bioidentical hormones and explain how BHRT can help ease symptoms of menopause and perimenopause, including hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, irritability, low libido, weight gain and depression.

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