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What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) replenishes the hormones our body needs to function properly using hormones. Dr. Lee integrates natural hormone therapy with nutrition and fitness to treat those suffering from hormone imbalance.
HRT has proven successful in:
- Anti-aging or even aging reversal
- Wrinkle loss
- Enhanced energy and quality of life
- Reversal of Type II Diabetes & other health ailments
- Revival of sexual desire & performance
- Weight loss & reduced body fat
- Improvement in overall strength
Both women and men have seen excellent results with hormone replacement therapy.
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Here's our philosophy on aging.
Time and Age: Elements out of your control?
Although growing older is unavoidable, many of the negative effects of aging can be prevented or minimized with the right diet, lifestyle, hormonal, and nutritional support. By addressing the internal causes before the external symptoms are manifested, we can reverse or minimize disease processes associated with aging (i.e. diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and dementia.) Our hormones do not decline because we age, but rather, we age because our hormones decline.
The process of physical aging can be slowed or even reversed through a sequence of health promoting factors:
- Dietary Supplements
- Hormone Optimization
- Stress Reduction
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) helps us not only to live a long life, but to add quality years of
excellent mental and physical health:
- Increase Energy
- Sharpen Mental Function
- Heighten Sexual Drive
- Increase Lean Body Mass
- Improve Immune System
The verdict? Good news - you're in the driver's seat of your body's aging process, and you can choose to take control.
HRT: A Better Solution for Women
Over time, hormone replacement therapy:
- Re-establishes the hormonal balance
- Protects against heart disease
- Reduces risk of breast cancer
- Improves cholesterol and lipid profile
Hormone related symptoms during the feminine life cycle:
- Vaginal Thinning/Dryness
- Premenstrual Symdrome
- Painful Intercourse
- Hot Flashes
- Irregular Periods
- Night Sweats
- Premenopausal Memory Lapses
- Weight Gain
- Mood Swings
- Heart Disease
- Reduced Libido
There are typically three types of hormones prescribed for HRT. They are progesterone, androgens and estrogen.
Progesterone is one of several sex hormones made by the human body. As women enter menopause, their levels of progesterone and other sex hormones decrease. This often leads to unwanted symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, breast tenderness, low libido, depression, anxiety, food cravings, insomnia, cramps, emotional swings, weight gain and bloating.
Progesterone's role in hormone replacement therapy:
- Aids in the function of thyroid hormone
- Helps enhance energy and sex drive
- Reduces the risk of heart attacks in postmenopausal women through cardiovascular protection
- Protects against breast cancer and endometrial cancer
Testosterone, an androgen hormone, is an important hormone in women and men. It is important to the integrity of skin, muscle and bone. It can also protect against osteoporosis, obesity and diabetes - as well as loss of immune function.
Testosterone's role in hormone replacement therapy:
- Enhances libido
- Improves energy level and mental alertness
- Increases lean muscle mass and loss of excessive fat
- Enhances bone building (through increased calcium retention)
- Provides cardiovascular protection (through lower cholesterol)
The term "estrogen" refers to a group of related hormones, each with a unique activity. The three main estrogens women produce are: Estrone (E-1), Estradiol (E-2), Estriol (E-3).
Estrogen's role in hormone replacement therapy:
- Relieves menopausal symptoms by re-establishing normal balance
- Reduces bone loss
- Increases HDL (“good” cholesterol) while decreasing LDL (“bad” cholesterol)
- Aids in decreasing blood pressure and reducing plaque in the arteries
- Improves mood, energy levels and sleep patterns, as well as memory and cognitive function
- Reduces the severity of, or the risk of developing Type II Diabetes.
HRT: A Better Solution for Men
Not quite feeling like the man you used to be?
It’s not unusual for men to experience a decrease in testosterone levels that correlate with hormonal changes that many women experience at menopause. However, men generally experience a slower and more subtle hormonal decline, and symptoms occur over time. When the hormones are replaced or restored to physiological levels considered normal for young people, men can experience a dramatic reversal of many of these changes.
Why do men need testosterone replacement therapy?
• Enhances psychological well-being and mood
• Improves in erectile dysfunction and libido
• Enhances strength and muscle mass
• Possibly decreases risk of heart attack
• Retains bone mass
Andropause therapy may also include dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), anastrazole, chrysin, zinc, selenium, and other supplements.
Note: Natural Testosterone should NOT be confused with synthetic derivatives or “anabolic steroids”, which when used by athletes and bodybuilders, have been linked to possible devastating effects such as heart problems and cancer.
Frequently Asked Questions
What hormones are used in HRT?
HRT hormones are exactly the same hormones, molecule per molecule, as your body produces. They are made in a lab but unlike synthetic hormones, are still considered natural to the body because they are identical. The doctor may choose to prescribe estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, DHEA, melatonin, or growth hormone, depending on your system and which hormone your body needs.
Why does a woman need hormones during and after menopause?
No matter a woman's age, if her hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone) are unbalanced, she may suffer ill effects such as hot flashes, sweats, depression, vaginal dryness, fatigue, and weight gain. HRT prevents these symptoms from occurring.
Why does a man need testosterone replacement?
As a man gets older, his testosterone declines. Testosterone is the hormone that maintains a man’s mental focus, energy, metabolism, and muscles, while preventing fat growth and maintaining strong bones. There is often concern that testosterone therapy may cause prostate cancer; however, the majority of medical literature does not support this claim and your physician’s close medical supervision takes this into account, depending on each individual’s personal health history.
What are the side effects associated with hormones?
Because these hormones are just like the ones created by your body, there are relatively few side effects. Side effects occur mainly when the dosage of hormones is too high for the individual. The doctor will monitor and evaluate each patient consistently to assure a balanced dosage.
What is the best age to consider hormone therapy?
We believe that most people should have their hormones replaced at the age of 40 or earlier if they have symptoms of hormonal loss. The way to prevent illness and optimize health is to take an active role in addressing health risks before they become a problem.
Do I need to take these hormones forever?
No; however, if you decide to stop, your body will simply return to where it was before hormone therapy.
Will this treatment interfere with my currently prescribed medications?
Generally not. Some medicines may actually be reduced or no longer needed.
If I decide to start hormone therapy, what can I expect to pay?
The cost of therapy depends on each patient and his or her individual needs. There are three parts to the cost of HRT:
The first visit is generally $350. Follow-up visits are approximately $175, occurring every three months until your hormones are stable.
Second, there are lab costs ranging from $400-$500 for initial visits. Follow-up costs are generally less, but will vary depending on the hormone therapy program.
Finally, the cost of the hormones and medications depend on your treatment, but can be as low as $30 per month.
Can the doctor use my previous lab work?
Yes. You may bring along any lab work you have done in the past year. However, you will need to do a complete female or male hormone panel, which includes both blood and saliva tests. This comprehensive diagnostic panel will help him to determine exactly where your hormone levels stand today. Then he will customize a wellness regimen that's tailored to meet your individual needs.
Is this covered by my health insurance?
This depends on your health insurance. It's possible that some tests may be covered, but that will ultimately be determined by your insurance company.