Category Archives: Bioidentical Hormones

Everything You Need to Know About Prostate Health

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Prostate health is an essential component of male wellness. Sadly, prostate issues are common with studies estimating that benign prostate disease is experienced by over 40 percent of American men by the age of 50 and over 70 percent by the age of 60. According to the CDC, prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer among men in the United States. To better combat prostate disease, we must become more familiar with the prostate and how to support it. What is the Prostate? The prostate is a male-specific chestnut-sized gland located under the bladder. Its principal function is the production of prostate fluid, which is a component of semen. However, the prostate muscles also assist in the ejaculatory process. Furthermore, the urethra runs through the prostate, meaning that this gland also has significant influence over urinary function. If the prostate malfunctions these and other processes may be […]

6 Health Tests Every Man Needs

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Regular medical assessments are one of the best ways to support lasting wellness by ensuring that the body is working at its best. Unfortunately, many men do not adhere to standard testing recommendations. In fact, studies show that men are 24 percent less likely than women to attend regular check-ups. This makes them more vulnerable to health issues such as heart disease, hormone deficiencies and cancers that are not easily identifiable from symptoms alone. Fortunately, most times, these and other serious health conditions may be prevented if they are identified early. For this reason, it is essential that men take part in regular testing. Why Is Regular Testing Important? Without proper testing, some common but highly impactful illnesses can go unnoticed for years. For example, it is often the case that major health issues such as cardiovascular disease and cancer are only recognized in men after they become severe, at […]

Low Testosterone: Signs, Causes, and Treatment Options

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Testosterone is a hormone that plays an essential role in male health. In men, testosterone influences many areas including virility, muscle building, mood, and much more. A lack of testosterone can result is serious health issues. Fortunately, there are safe and effective methods for preventing and resolving testosterone deficiency. Read on to learn about the importance of testosterone, issues of deficiency, and how to restore and maintain healthy testosterone values. What is Testosterone and Why is it So Important? Testosterone is a hormone, specifically an androgen, that has a significant influence on male health. Research shows that men who maintain appropriate testosterone values have a better overall sense of well-being, have greater physical ability and are less likely to experience debilitating age-related illness when compared to those who are deficient. A study in 2007 found that 33 percent of their nearly 800 male participants with sub-optimal testosterone levels were more […]

Menopause and Perimenopause: Symptoms, Treatments and More

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During their lifetime, women experience many important physiological changes. Perhaps the best example of this is menopause, and its lesser-known companion perimenopause. Although most have heard of these conditions, many do not know what perimenopause and menopause are. Read on to learn about the basics of each condition and how a change in perception and appropriate therapy may improve the perimenopause and menopause experience. What is Perimenopause? Perimenopause indicates the time between a healthy menstrual cycle and menopause, wherein the menstrual cycle halts completely. Perimenopause typical begins around the age of 35 and may last from six months to ten years before developing fully into menopause. During this time of transition production of two important hormones, estrogen and progesterone, decline. Depending on the speed at which these hormone values drop, one may experience a slow, almost imperceptible change to bodily function or a sudden or dramatic shift. The change in […]

PMS Diet: 10 Foods That Help Fight PMS Symptoms

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Premenstrual syndrome, more often referred to as PMS, is an exceptionally common condition. It is estimated that 80 percent of women will experience PMS during their life. Fortunately, it may be possible for many women to ease or even resolve their premenstrual difficulties by making appropriate dietary changes. But before learning how to effectively combat PMS through diet, we must first understand what it is. What is PMS? PMS is a condition that stems from hormonal imbalances. Although there are many factors that can contribute to the development of PMS such as stress, lack of sleep, and nutrient deficiency, the greatest promoter of PMS is irregular menstruation.  During the first half of the menstrual cycle the production of estrogen, an important hormone for female health, increases dramatically. In healthy systems this is offset by greater release of another hormone called progesterone. While these hormones remain at the appropriate balance, PMS […]

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

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It is estimated that nearly 80 percent of women experience PMS. Despite its exceptionally common occurrence, most know very little about it. Women who already have PMS and those who are at risk of developing it can benefit from acquiring a better understanding of this common and often frustrating condition. Read on to learn about the basics of PMS, common signs and symptoms of PMS and potential treatment options.  What is Premenstrual Syndrome? Premenstrual syndrome is a common health condition most frequently experienced by women during their childbearing years. This cyclical disorder occurs monthly during the luteal phase of menstruation. During the luteal phase, most women experience a significant shift in hormone values. This is caused by a structure called the corpus luteum follicle. The follicle is produced during ovulation after an egg has been released. When the luteum follicle is active, it produces a significant amount of progesterone and […]

8 Common Symptoms of PCOS

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Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition affecting about 10 percent of women. Sadly, the notable prevalence is only just one problem of PCOS. Perhaps an even greater issue is that fact that approximately half of those with PCOS are unaware of it. Resolving PCOS requires improved general awareness of PCOS and greater individual ability to identify the signs and symptoms of PCOS. Only then will we be able to effectively identify and attend to this common condition. What is PCOS? PCOS is an endocrine disorder that develops in a large percentage of the female population, specifically women between the ages of 12 and 51. Although the exact cause of PCOS is unclear, experts know that PCOS is closely tied to hormone balance. It has been shown that irregular values of sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone can contribute to the development and continuation of PCOS. PCOS […]

A Unique Approach to Women’s Health Optimization

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The most important thing to understand about women’s health is that each woman is unique. Optimizing women’s health involves a broader view of women as complex beings. The following 5 aspects of health are key in recognizing a holistic approach to women’s health. Energy As medical practitioners, fatigue is a primary concern for our patients. This symptom can be due to a wide variety of causes including lack of sleep, poor nutrition, hormone imbalances, infections, and/or stress. The treatment plan for tackling fatigue should involve a complex approach by treating the woman as a whole and looking into a range of potential causes. Immune Our immune system acts by warding off potential threats such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and toxins that may be present in the environment we live in. More than finding ways to attack the “enemies”, a better long-term approach to boosting and supporting our immune systems from […]

Everything You Need to Know About NAD IV Therapy

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Most recognize the importance of living a healthy lifestyle that includes elements such as following a well-balanced diet, engaging in regular exercise, and getting quality sleep. Experts agree that these factors are critical for achieving long term wellness. However, recent research suggests that proper supplementation may also play an important role in long-term well-being. Studies show that supplementing with the natural coenzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) may provide impressive health benefits that support longevity and lasting wellness. Read on to learn about NAD and how to best supplement with it.  The Important and Impressive Influence of NAD NAD is a naturally occurring coenzyme present in every cell of the human body. This essential substance is involved in numerous chemical reactions that influence a variety of systems.  Although NAD fulfills many different functions, perhaps its most notable are protecting DNA, enabling cellular rejuvenation, and regulating the body’s circadian rhythms. Each of […]

Hormones and Weight: Why You’re Not Losing Weight and What You Can Do About It

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Maintaining a healthy weight is a major component of wellness. Unfortunately, poor weight management is a common issue for many in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control, the prevalence of obesity in the United States between the years 2015 and 2016 was near 40%. Although there are many factors regarding an individual’s weight, a significant and often overlooked aspect is hormone balance.  Hormones relay information throughout the body and influence numerous functions including weight regulation. It has been found that those suffering from hormonal malfunctions or imbalances are more likely to have issues with weight. Without identifying and resolving an existing imbalance, such weight problems are likely to remain. Because of this, understanding the influence of hormones on weight and employing methods to restore hormone balance may be the key to achieving dropping unhealthy pounds. Hormonal Influencers on Weight Regulation Many different hormones play a role […]

How Poor Sleep Can Cause Weight Gain

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Sleep is one of the body’s most important processes. Although most people recognize that sleep is essential for maintaining important areas of wellness, many are not aware that a lack of sleep may contribute to weight gain and discourage weight loss. Read on to learn about the importance of quality sleep, how sleep affects weight retention, and effective ways to improving sleep quality. The Importance of Sleep Research shows that poor sleep quality is associated with an array of dysfunction including a decline in memory, cognitive ability, and cardiovascular health. Furthermore, multiple studies have found an association between poor sleep quality, greater body mass index (BMI), and increased weight retention. Studies consistently show that those who regularly get less than seven hours of sleep per night are more likely to have weight-related issues. In fact, one study found that adults who do not get adequate sleep are 55 percent more […]

How Poor Sleep Can Disrupt Your Hormones and What You Can Do About It

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Sleep is one of the body’s most important restorative and regulatory processes. As such, it should not come as a surprise that inadequate sleep and poor sleep quality can lead to major health issues. This is in part due to the fact that sleep has notable influence on the body’s ability to regulate and produce hormones. Below we will discuss the importance of sleep, how it relates to hormone activity, and ways to support both sleep quality and hormone function. The Important Role of Sleep Sleep is a key component of overall wellness. This is because sleep affects several important elements of health including, but not limited to, memory, weight, immunity, mood, cognitive ability, heart function, and physical ability. As such, a lack sleep or low-quality sleep can result in widespread dysfunction throughout the body. Sleep is able to affect such a large collection of functions because it has notable […]