HORMONE BALANCE: YOUR KEY TO BETTER HEALTH
If you’ve tried to understand changes in your health, or perhaps even treated your symptoms in ways that don’t seem to work, testing your hormones may be an important next step.
A DELICATE BALANCING ACT
Hormones exist in harmony with each other— partners in a delicate balancing act. When levels are in balance, body systems are stable. When levels fall out of balance, normal function is disrupted, leading to chronic symptoms, disorders, and disease.
Symptoms that may signify an imbalance include:
• Fatigue • Headaches
• Weight gain
• Thinning hair
• Sleep disturbances
• Irregular cycles (women)
• Foggy thinking
• Mood swings/irritability
• Loss of libido (sex drive)
• Decreased urinary flow/ or increased urge (men)
FINDING YOUR BALANCE
Active in cells throughout the body, hormones govern key facets of our health such as moods, memory, energy, sleep, libido, and fertility. They not only regulate our immune system and response to stress but help maintain bone and muscle mass, too.
Factors such as stress, diet, exercise and environmental toxins impact our overall hormone wellness. This is particularly true at mid-life when reproductive functions diminish and significant hormone production is taken over by the adrenal glands.
Symptoms resulting from hormonal shifts in our bodies can be felt strongly—leading us to feel physically or mentally out of balance.
EVERYDAY DECISIONS HAVE IMPACT
Hormone balance starts with the everyday decisions we make.
Lifestyle, nutrition and supplementation impact that balance— as well as our overall health.
MENOPAUSE IN WOMEN
When hormone levels begin dropping in menopause, a deficiency of one hormone can actually appear as a relative excess of another, resulting in symptoms of hormone imbalance.
The start of menopause typically occurs around the age of 50, but it’s not uncommon to see symptoms much sooner—even as early as the mid to late 30s depending on stress levels, diet, and exercise. Menopause can also be surgically induced through hysterectomy (removal of the ovaries and/or uterus), radiation or chemotherapy.
Testing and monitoring hormone levels enable women to work with their health care providers to find appropriate solutions that alleviate menopause symptoms and lead to hormonal wellness.
ANDROPAUSE IN MEN
The natural decline of testosterone in men contributes to weight gain, muscle weakness, lean muscle loss, depression, bone loss, sexual dysfunction and other symptoms associated with andropause—also called male menopause.
In contrast to the “roller coaster” effect so common to women in menopause, the symptoms of andropause appear gradually and can be much less obvious.
Some of the first signs that a man may be experiencing this change
• A subtle downward shift in strength and energy
• Loss of enthusiasm for work, competition, and sexual activity
Along with natural aging, factors such as excessive stress, weight gain and lack of exercise can further lower testosterone—impacting stamina, drive and virility.
Through hormone testing and the aid of a qualified
health care provider, men can diminish the effects of
andropause and return to youthful vigor.
THE IMPORTANCE OF TESTING
Comprehensive baseline testing gives you and your healthcare provider an in-depth picture of your hormone levels.
Testing reveals your individual level of hormone production and pinpoints imbalances, and also shows where you stand in comparison to healthy averages for your age group and gender.
These test results, combined with an assessment of any additional symptoms you may be experiencing (like hot flashes or low libido), provide a detailed picture of how hormone imbalance is affecting your life and well-being.
From there, you and your healthcare provider will be able to create an individualized treatment program.
Testing takes the guesswork out of treatment— making it possible for your provider to tailor the program just for you.
LAB TESTS MADE SIMPLE
Samples can be collected in minutes at home or at Kailua Dermatologies office location.
Once ZRT receives your sample, it will be processed and the results sent to your provider—typically within 3-5 business days. You can then meet with your provider to discuss results and appropriate treatment options.
ZRT makes periodic, follow-up testing easy by providing historic dat ranges that compare your hormone levels over time and with treatment— enabling your provider to track your progress and make adjustments accordingly.
Call us today to start your personalized hormone therapy program today!