Bioidentical Hormones

On October 27, 2010

Over the past 10 years we have learned a lot about helping our patients feel and look better. We would love to share our knowledge and experience with you to help you start feeling young, alive, energetic, and balanced once again.

Bioidentical Hormones

A natural bioidentical hormone has a chemical structure that is identical to the hormone naturally produced by the body.

With the advent of genetic engineering, it is now possible to produce natural bioidentical hormones that in every way match those produced by our body. The medical procedure to replenish these hormones with natural bioidentical hormones is called bioidentical hormone replacement therapy — the science of simply restoring the balance of the endocrine system to that which we had at an earlier age.

It is logical to ask – if there are hormones available that are natural to my body, why do doctors prescribe synthetic hormones? The story of bioidentical natural hormones is one of money, politics and education.

Natural bioidentical hormones are identical in structure to the hormones naturally found in the body, and may not be patented. A patent will guarantee that a pharmaceutical company will have an exclusive right to manufacture and profit from their product. After the tremendous monetary investment that goes in to developing and studying a pharmaceutical product, it is logical that the pharmaceutical companies would want their investment protected with an exclusive, patented product. Therefore there is scarce research and minimal marketing of natural hormones. Further, since insurance generally does not pay for preventive medicine, the patient is often discouraged from using the natural hormones.

 

 

Where do these natural bioidentical hormones come from? There is a special type of pharmacy known as a compounding pharmacy. These are regular licensed pharmaceutical companies. And they are able to do more. They are similar to the old fashioned concept of pharmacist with a mortar and pestle. They acquire the pure pharmaceutical grade hormone and compound it into the form ordered by the physician. They produce pills, capsules, liquids, and creams per the doctor’s prescription order for you. This makes your program very customized and personalized.

Are health food store products “natural”? Products in health food stores provide people with a variety of natural options, usually from an herb or plant source. Folk medicine, naturopathy, and herbalists have evolved such that there is more substantiation and better acceptance of these alternative, herbal products.

However, the products from compounding pharmacies are different in several ways. First, the dose provided by a pharmacy requires a prescription. Health food store products (and over the counter products sold at pharmacies) are most often of a dose that is insufficient to produce a measurable difference in the body based on actual laboratory tests.

Second, the products from the compounding pharmacy utilize ingredients of pure pharmaceutical grade that are “micronized.” Micronized means that the product is a fine grain that will be well absorbed. This results in less waste as it processes through your digestive system. Third, the natural bioidentical hormones from the compounding pharmacy can be prescribed as long-acting or sustained release. This helps the body have a more balanced hormone level instead of the highs and lows that come with quick acting, quickly absorbed or poorly absorbed products.

A compounding pharmacy is able to customize an individual prescription and provides many options for a personalized hormone program. Options range from individualized doses, to custom fillers (i.e.: lactose free), to options of delivery (sublingual triturates, tablets, capsules, liquids and creams).

To summarize, a natural bioidentical hormone has a chemical structure that is identical to the hormone naturally produced by the body. Natural hormones can not be patented by drug companies. Synthetic hormones have a structure similar to but not exactly the same as a hormone produced by your body. These chemical differences mean that the synthetic hormone acts differently and produces substantially different effects or that the breakdown product causes side effects. “Natural bioidentical” and synthetic hormones should not be considered the same or used interchangeably.

We appreciate your interest in losing weight, feeling younger, and living a long, healthy life.Please feel free to contact us so that we can develop a Natural Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program that is right for you.

 

 
Human Growth Hormone

This important hormone has had a strong impact in the medical community ever since the landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1990 by Daniel Rudman, M.D. HGH, also known as somatotropin, is the most abundant hormone produced by the pituitary gland. Cells in the pituitary, known as somatotropes, produce HGH and release it into the bloodstream where it is absorbed by the liver and converted into various other growth factors.

It appears that nearly every organ in the body is dependent on HGH for proper growth and development. HGH regulates the body’s metabolism of proteins, electrolytes, and carbohydrates and controls how the body uses fat. However, after the age of thirty, HGH declines at the rate of fourteen percent (14%) per decade.

Typically, as we age, lean body mass diminishes while fat stores increase. Muscle mass may decrease by as much as thirty percent (30%) while fat may increase as much as fifty percent (50%). The liver, kidneys, spleen and brain as well as bone mass all start to shrink. On a chemical level, the body becomes more susceptible to disease, the immune system declines, and the ability to metabolize sugar drops. Bad cholesterol levels soar while good cholesterol levels sink. Elimination of toxins becomes less efficient.

HGH promises rejuvenation from the inside out, so much so that Stanford University medical researchers concluded that “physiological HGH replacement might reverse or prevent the inevitable sequela of aging.”

Benefits of Human Growth Hormone Supplementation
  • • Decrease the % of body fat while increasing lean muscle mass by stimulating the body’s ability to increase protein synthesis
  • • Increase bone mass, reversing damage that leads to osteoporosis
  • • Reverse the degeneration of neurological functions
  • • Improve cardiac function
  • • Improve skin tone, thickness, and elasticity
  • • Improve pulmonary functions
  • • Improve the functioning of the immune system
  • • Improve kidney function
  • • Improve exercise and aerobic capacity and endurance
  • • Help wounds heal faster
  • • Improve cartilage synthesis for stronger joints
  • • Reverse the normal, age-related shrinkage of organs
  • • Decrease levels of LDL and VLDLcholesterol
  • • Rejuvenate sex drive

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