Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, also known as BHRT, is used to treat many conditions in both men and women. If you’ve been diagnosed with one of the following, or if you believe you are experiencing a hormone imbalance or deficiency, Whitby Ontario Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, David Sloan, Ph.D., D.N.M. can help identify the root cause of your illness and put you back on the path to wellness.
Thyroid disorders are more common in women than men, but men are at risk as well. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid, a gland in the endocrine system that sits at the front of the neck, does not produce enough thyroid hormone for regular function.
An underactive thyroid can exhibit symptoms such as dry skin, fatigue, slow heartrate, swelling of the thyroid and unexplained weight gain. Even if you are on thyroid medication, you can still be experiencing the above symptoms. There are reasons for this which David Sloan can determine for you and get you on the path to optimal thyroid function!
The opposite of the condition above, hyperthyroidism is a condition that occurs when the thyroid gland produces more thyroid hormone than is needed for healthy function. Hyperthyroidism is also diagnosed more frequently in women than in men.
An overactive thyroid may produce symptoms such as increased appetite, nervousness, anxiety, increased sensitivity to heat, sweating, sudden weight loss and rapid heartbeat.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic medical condition affecting an estimated 5.8 million Americans. Fibromyalgia affects the way that your brain processes pain signals. The result is widespread pain across the body and an overactive pain response to pressure.
Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include fatigue, sleep troubles, instable moods and poor memory. A lot is still not understood about fibromyalgia and what causes it, but recent research suggests that fibromyalgia may be linked to deficiencies in estrogen and testosterone.
Adrenal Fatigue and Endocrine Imbalance
Adrenal fatigue is a syndrome that results when the adrenal glands are unable to function at necessary levels. The primary symptom of adrenal fatigue is chronic fatigue and an inability to feel rested even when you get enough sleep. Adrenal fatigue is also often accompanied by an inability to bounce back from stress or illness and cravings for salty and sweet snacks.
Adrenal fatigue is often the result of prolonged stress, whether physical emotional or psychological, and it is also known to arise during or after infections such as influenza, bronchitis or pneumonia.
Proper testosterone production is important in both men and women. Testosterone is present in much greater amounts in the bodies of men, but it plays a crucial role in regulating the metabolism, moods and sex drive of women as well.
Low testosterone may be recognized by fatigue, loss of muscle mass, increased weight, depression, low libido and, in men, erectile dysfunction.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition that affects up to 10% of women. Symptoms of PCOS include weight gain, fatigue, unwanted hair growth, infertility, acne, mood changes and sleep problem.
Much is still unknown about this condition, but PCOS does seem to be linked to hormone imbalance. PCOS tends to occur when women have greater-than-usual levels of androgens, the hormones involved in male sexual development. Another indicator of PCOS is when ovulation does not occur regularly.
Menopause and Perimenopause
When a woman enters menopause, her production of estrogen, testosterone and progesterone declines significantly. At the same time, follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone levels increase. This combination is what produces the common symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, irregular bleeding, low libido and night sweats.
Menopause is preceded by perimenopause, a transitional phase during which hormone levels, especially estrogen and progesterone, become much more erratic and unpredictable.
Often referred to as the male menopause, andropause is a condition that occurs in a man’s mid-life when his testosterone levels have significantly declined. Testosterone declines normally at a rate of about 1% per year in men after 30, meaning that by age 50 it may have declined up to 20%.
The significant loss in testosterone may result in loss of muscle mass, increased weight, low libido, depression and erectile dysfunction.
Return To Wellness With BHRT in Whitby
BHRT specialist David Sloan, Ph.D., D.N.M. has years of experience treating men and women and will review your symptoms and medical history to determine whether BHRT is a viable option for you. Contact David Sloan in Whitby to learn more about your treatment options and start feeling better again.