Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Pitkin County Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Julian Gershon, Jr., D.O. understands how important hormones are to your body and its processes. They are powerful parts in your body and have many important functions. They are chemical messengers sent out by glands such as the thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal glands to cells throughout our entire system. Hormones regulate everything from sleep to metabolisms, and muscle development to stress responses.
The importance of healthy hormone levels cannot be overstated, nor can the severity of symptoms that can occur when a body’s hormones are not functioning properly. Because our hormones are responsible for so many bodily functions, when we experience hormone decline or imbalance, it is imperative that we seek solutions from a doctor with expertise in hormone therapies.
Dr. Gershon and his staff at Aspen Institute for Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine are experts in creating personalized and effective Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) programs. They have helped thousands of patients in Aspen, Basalt and the surrounding Pitkin County, Colorado to identify their symptoms and treat the root cause of their hormone dysfunction. Bioidentical Hormones are capable of dramatically reducing the natural side effects of aging and this unique approach is successful in treating both men and women.
Hormones Commonly Used in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy:
- Human Growth Hormone
Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is one of the most important hormones in regulating how our cells reproduce, grow and regenerate. HGH increases lean muscle mass, energy and sex drive when it is restored to healthy levels. It also helps to fight insomnia and aids with weight loss. Hormone replacement therapy from our clinics in Aspen and Denver can improve HGH levels, helping with ani-aging and body functions.
The term estrogen actually describes the functioning of estradiol, estriol, and estrone. Estrogen is primarily a female hormone produced in the ovaries, fat tissue, and adrenal glands. Men also create small amounts of estrogen in their testes. A lack of estrogen can lead to hot flashes, night sweats, thinning bones, fatigue, mood changes, sagging breasts, wrinkling skin, thinning or dull hair, and breakable nails. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy designed to treat estrogen imbalance has been shown to relieve symptoms of estrogen dominance and deficiency, and alleviate the symptoms of menopause.
Without progesterone, women cannot have a menstrual period or maintain reproduction. Progesterone is the second primary female hormone, and it helps to balance the functions of estrogen and prevent estrogen dominance. Common symptoms of low progesterone include bloating, water retention, fatigue, mood changes, irregular periods, increased PMS symptoms, dysmenorrhea, weight gain, infertility, and amenorrhea. Maintaining proper progesterone balance with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is tried and proven method to regulate the progesterone hormones and prevent symptoms and conditions related with progesterone imbalance.
Testosterone is primarily a male hormone, but it is also present in smaller amounts in women. Both genders experience the effects of too little testosterone, including weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, depression, and low sex drive. In addition, men with unbalanced testosterone levels may experience unwanted breast growth. Replacing deficient testosterone with Bioidentical Hormones continues to help thousands of men overcome andropause related symptoms, such as sexual dysfunction, insufficient energy levels, and more.
Although the technical name for this hormone is cortisol, some doctors and lay people refer to it as the stress hormone. The adrenal glands produce and secrete cortisol in response to stress, also known as the fight or flight response. Because many people today live highly stressful lives, they may have unbalanced levels of cortisol present in their bodies. Left unchecked, this can lead to Type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and weight gain. Balancing cortisol levels in the body with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can prevent a stress breakdown and leave patients feeling energized and well equipped to deal with anything life throws their way.
Pitkin County Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Julian Gershon, Jr., D.O., knows that effective Bioidentical Hormone programs are never one size fits all. Hormone combinations and hormone amounts can vary from person-to-person, and will be adjusted for each individual over time.
As you age, your hormones change, fluctuating so much that it is nearly impossible for your body to find balance on its own. Hormone levels are the highest when we are in our mid-twenties and then they begin to slowly decline. When we reach our 40s and 50s, our minds and bodies start to decline. This is when we start to see the early signs of premature aging.
Dr. Gershon will conduct the needed tests and determine what your body needs to restore balance. Pitkin County Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Julian Gershon, Jr., D.O., will partner with you during your journey to renewed health and wellness.