NATIONAL MEN’S HEALTH MONTH

June is National Men’s Health Month. Let’s take this opportunity to encourage men to pay attention to their health and make some healthy choices.

Here are 4 simple ways to be healthier in June:

1. Change your Red Meat habit. You don’t have to completely cut out all the steaks at your summer BBQs, but you should be trying to reduce the amount of saturated fats in your cuts and in your burgers.

2. Get More (and better) Sleep. Not getting enough sleep can increase your risk for heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and depression.

3. Be More Active. Take the stairs, do yardwork, go for a summer evening stroll. There are endless ways to make simple but effective choices to stay active.

4. Stop Smoking! Quitting can immediately lower your risk for heart disease, cancer, and lung disease.

Of course, prevention goes a long way to staying healthy. So many health conditions can be prevented with regular screenings and check-ups. Men make half as many visits to their doctor for prevention as women do.

It’s time for men to take a proactive approach to their health. Wear Blue on Friday, June 15th to help raise awareness about the importance of men’s health and to encourage men to live longer and healthier lives.

The Menopause-Alzheimer’s Connection

By Lisa Mosconi-Dr. Mosconi is a neuroscientist.
April 18, 2018

In the next three minutes, three people will develop Alzheimer’s disease. Two of them will be women.
There are 5.7 million Alzheimer’s patients in the United States. By 2050, there will probably be as many as 14 million, and twice as many women as men will have the disease.

And yet research into “women’s health” remains largely focused on reproductive fitness and breast cancer. We need to be paying much more attention to the most important aspect of any woman’s future: her ability to think, to recall, to imagine — her brain.

When I first started in the field, Alzheimer’s was thought of as the inevitable consequence of bad genes, aging or both. Today we understand that Alzheimer’s has compound causes, such as age, genetics, high blood pressure and aspects of lifestyle, including diet and exercise. There is also scientific consensus that Alzheimer’s is not always a disease of old age but can start in the brain when people are in their 40s and 50s.

What we are only beginning to understand is why women are more susceptible. What factors differentiate women from men, specifically as we reach middle age?

The first and most obvious thing is fertility. Women are diverse, but we all experience the decline in fertility and the beginning of menopause.

It turns out that menopause affects far more than our childbearing potential. Symptoms like night sweats, hot flashes and depression originate not in the ovaries but largely in the brain. These symptoms are all caused by an ebb in estrogen. The latest research, including my own work, indicates that estrogen serves to protect the female brain from aging. It stimulates neural activity and may help prevent the build up of plaques that are connected to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. When estrogen levels decline, the female brain becomes much more vulnerable.

To determine this, my colleagues and I used a brain imaging technique called PET on a group of healthy middle-aged women. This allowed us to measure neural activity and the presence of Alzheimer’s plaques. The tests revealed that the women who were postmenopausal had less brain activity and more Alzheimer’s plaques than premenopausal women. More surprising, this was also the case for perimenopausal women — those who were just starting to experience symptoms of menopause. And both groups’ brains showed even more drastic differences when compared with those of healthy men of the same age.

The good news is that as women mature into their 40s and 50s, there seems to be a window of opportunity when it is possible to detect early signs of higher Alzheimer’s risk — by doing a brain-imaging test, as we did — and to take action to reduce that risk.

There is increasing evidence that hormone replacement therapies — mainly, giving women supplemental estrogen — can help to alleviate symptoms if given before menopause. We need much more research to test the efficacy and safety of hormone therapy, which has been tied to an increased risk of heart disease, blood clots and breast cancer in some cases.

Perhaps in the next decade it will become the norm for middle-aged women to receive preventive testing and treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, just as they get mammograms today. In the meantime, research shows that diet can alleviate and mitigate the effects of menopause in women which could minimize the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Many foods naturally boost estrogen production, including soy, flax seeds, chickpeas, garlic and fruit like apricots. Women in particular also need antioxidant nutrients like vitamin C and vitamin E, found in berries, citrus fruits, almonds, raw cacao, Brazil nuts and many leafy green vegetables.

These are first steps, for women and for doctors. But the more we learn about what kicks off and accelerates dementia, the clearer it becomes that we need to take better care of women’s brains. A comprehensive evaluation of women’s health demands thorough investigations of the aging brain, the function of estrogen in protecting it and strategies to prevent Alzheimer’s in women specifically.
No one needs to be reminded that many things make a woman unique. We are working to help make sure that the risk of Alzheimer’s is not one of them.

Lisa Mosconi is the associate director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College and the author of “Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power.”

NATIONAL WOMEN’S HEALTH WEEK

May 13th marks the beginning of Women’s Health Week, with a goal to empower women to make their health a priority. So often women put their own needs and issues aside to care for others, and this week serves as a reminder to encourage women to take steps to improve their own health. What are you going to do to take care of yourself today? This week? This month?
First, take a moment to just stop, breathe, and relax. Take time to smell the roses. Now, take time this week to visit your doctor for a checkup and any preventative screenings it may be time for. Get active, eat healthy, and don’t forget about your mental health, too! Get ample sleep and manage your stress. Avoid smoking, don’t text while driving, and always wear your seatbelt or bicycle helmet.

At Advanced Hormone Solutions, we can help you manage they symptoms of several conditions including menopause, perimenopause, and weight-loss resistance. It is time for all women to understand their options when it comes to seizing control of their quality of life. For more information, read our article “The Long and Misunderstood History of Hormone Replacement Therapy on our website at www.AdvancedHormoneSolutions.com/press-releases.

Take this month to focus on you! Call us today at 201-225-2525 to schedule your free consultation and get back to feeling like your best you!

Parkinson’s Disease and Hormone Replacement Therapy

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Parkinson’s Disease is estimated to afflict seven to ten million people worldwide, and approximately one million people in the U.S. Parkinson’s is a chronic and progressive movement disorder which occurs when part of the brain deteriorates due to dopamine deficiency. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that impacts movement, emotional response, and the ability to feel pleasure. The severity of Parkinson’s differs from person to person and there is no current cure, but researchers are hopeful.

Many early-onset Parkinson’s patients have seen benefits from Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.  Testosterone pellets have been found to decrease inflammation in the brain which enables men and women with Parkinson’s Disease to exercise. Estradiol pellets can help restore dopamine production, which results in increased functionality and a slowed progression of the disease. Patients have also reported experiencing more mobility, diminished depression, and even a reduction in medications.  BHRT has shown to help patients stay motivated to exercise more, which in itself increases the vitality and energy needed to keep active.

A study published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine in 2007 suggests that exercise may slow the progression of the disease. Regular exercise may also reduce anxiety, increase confidence, offer more social interaction, and provide a distraction, which makes sense as exercise increases blood calcium levels which are known to increase dopamine production in the brain.

For more information on how BHRT can help alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, or how we can help with several other issues, give us a call at 201-225-2525 to schedule your consultation.  We look forward to getting you back on track.

Why Women Need Testosterone

Did you know normally functioning ovaries produce testosterone and estrogen? Most people are familiar with testosterone as a male sex hormone but, just like estrogen, it’s responsible for more than just sexual activity. Generally speaking, hormones are chemicals that regulate the activity of cells and tissues organs in our bodies. Beyond the development of breasts and reproductive organs, estrogen ensures the function sleep, mood, memory, libido, learning and attention span. Estrogen even controls our perception of pain, bone mass, skin elasticity and blood vessel dilatation.

Women naturally product testosterone to manage libido and sexual response. It also strengths ligaments, builds muscle and bone, assists brain function, behavior, stamina and well-being. Like estrogen, testosterone regulates sleep and prevents cardiovascular problems.

Testosterone is necessary for the physical and mental health of men and women. More and more evidence suggests that the decrease of testosterone, more than the drop in estrogen, is responsible for weight gain, fatigue, loss of mental focus, bone density and muscle definition that is associated with women during middle age.

During menopause, concern is usually paid to the drop in estrogen levels. But “the change” can also causes a decrease in testosterone. It’s most plainly signaled by reduced libido but lower testosterone levels can bring a variety of adverse effects like increased risk of osteoporosis, increased menopausal symptoms (i.e. urinary incontinence and hot flashes), contracting blood vessels and lower blood flow. Female testosterone production is at its highest when a woman is in her 20s. A return to youthful levels of testosterone can mean improvements in your overall well-being and mood.

At Advanced Hormone, we offer our clients the most comprehensive assessment of their hormonal needs. Our tested method provides dosing that is individual to you and your body. We ensure that you get the right amount of testosterone and other hormones are delivered to your body in the most natural and effective way possible. To find out if you many be testosterone deficit and learn more about how hormone therapy may help you call us at 201-225-2525 or fill out our consultation form.

Why SottoPelle® Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) Performs Better Than Other Pellet Methods

Since their introduction in the 1930s, hormone pellets have become known as the safest and most effective form of hormone replacement available. When administered correctly, the pellet provides steady, low dosages of hormone that mimics the activity of the human ovary and testicle. Unlike other delivery methods that supply radical quantities, pellets deliver the right amount of hormones that your body needs. Pellet therapy is almost always safe and convenient, but not all are created equal. At Advanced Hormone Solutions, we’re certified in the SottoPelle® method, offering premium quality and care in pellet development.

The SottoPelle® difference is in the unique personalization and exceptional manufacturing. Supported by years of research and evaluation, SottoPelle® pellets are customized by a proprietary algorithmic-based dosing software. Because these pellets are designed for your body’s needs, they can offer you the best treatment.

Most manufacturers will use fillers and binders that can interfere with absorption of the hormone but SottoPelle® is different. Their pellets are made of 99.9% pure hormone and only 0.1% human fatty acid that bind them. The natural binding method ensures that the pellet does not dissolve too quickly or incorrectly so the patient can achieve the right hormonal balance.

SottoPelle® uses an FDA-regulated 503B manufacturing site, featuring the most advanced manufacturing environment, equipment, training procedures and testing. An expert team of well-trained, licensed pharmacists and certified pharmacy technicians help maintain the highest quality. Using the highest quality FDA regulated ingredients, the bioidentical hormones are fused into tiny cylinders. Samples are tested at independent laboratories for proper density, potency, purity, sterility, solubility, rates of disintegration and temperature tolerance.

Our individual customization along with proper testing and diagnosis means you can be sure you’re receiving the best treatment for your needs. To find out more about the SottoPelle® method or how our treatments might be able to help you call us at 201-225-2525 or fill out our consultation form.

New Year, New You

For many people the New Year is a great time to start fresh. It’s a time to start a new hobby, meet new people, or be their happiest self. As you endeavor on your journey to personal renewal, consider some of ways hormonal treatments can guide you towards achieving your resolutions.

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. Although diet and exercise are a proven method to shed those holiday pounds, most people don’t consider how their hormones can influence their weight loss efforts. Weight loss resistance is a problem that can be caused by hormonal imbalances in progesterone and estrogen levels. At Advanced Hormone Solution, we offer all natural weight loss products that are proven to increase metabolism and breakdown fat.

If your New Year’s Resolution is to improve your overall physical and mental well-being, hormonal imbalances could be a concern. Hormones play a major role in how our bodies behave and emotional and mental state of mind meaning imbalances can negatively impact our lives in all areas. Issues such as hair loss, fatigue, thyroid disease, weight gain, depression or sexual dysfunction can arise. Whether you’re dealing with menopause, andropause or any other type of hormonal changes, Advanced Hormone Solutions offers treatments

Cold Weather, Hot Flashes

As contradictory as it may seem, cold weather can actually be more to blame for hot flashes than warm weather, all thanks to a part of the brain called the hypothalamus. This tiny part at the base of the brain is vital to many functions in the body, including regulating your body temperature.

When the estrogen levels in the body decrease during menopause, it can cause a glitch in the hypothalamus, making it harder to accurately measure and regulate the body’s temperature.  The hypothalamus thinks that the body is too hot or too cold and begins trying to rectify this problem to get the body to a normal temperature.

In the case of hot flashes, the hypothalamus thinks that the body is too hot and needs cooling down. It then sends more blood closer to the surface of the skin, which causes you to become red in the cheeks and feel warm in your face.

Frustrating as this may be, there are some steps that help you manage your symptoms in the colder months:

Dress in layers: Multiple layers of clothing that are easy to put on and take off will make dealing with hot flashes much easier. Dressy tank tops underneath lightweight, button-down sweaters or cardigans will allow you to easily remove the warmer garments and get that much-needed cool air against your skin quickly.

Keep a fan nearby: Small, portable fans are an easy and inexpensive way to deal with hot flashes. Tuck one under your desk at work, rather than trying to cool off the entire office.  Getting the air flowing in your own personal corner may help you survive the next hot flash without annoying your co-workers.

Dress lightly for bed: Rather than going to sleep in flannel pajamas, wear something lightweight and breathable to bed. Keep the bedroom cool and layer on smaller blankets that are easy to remove if hot flashes and night sweats kick in.

Keep holiday stress to a minimum: Colder months are also packed with shopping lists, holiday parties, and an endless list of to-dos. Stress is a common hot flash trigger so cutting your list this winter may help reduce the number of hot flashes you experience.

If you’re needing a little bit of extra help managing your hot flashes, call our office at 201-225-2525 to schedule a free consultation.  Our Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help get your internal thermostat back on track.

DOES MENOPAUSE AFFECT YOUR LIBIDO?

As we go through menopause, you might notice that your libido, or sex drive, is changing. Most women will often experience a decrease in their libido during menopause which is due to a decrease in your hormone levels.

Decreased hormone levels can lead to vaginal dryness and tightness which can cause pain during intercourse. Menopause symptoms can also make you less interested in sex. These symptoms include:

  • depression
  • mood swings
  • weight gain
  • hot flashes
  • anxiety
  • decrease in energy
  • sleeping problems

Menopause can negatively affect your libido in several ways. During menopause, your testosterone and estrogen levels both decrease, which make it more difficult for you to feel sexy and to get aroused.  Lower levels of estrogen lead to a drop in the blood supply to the vagina, which can then negatively affect vaginal lubrication. It can also lead to thinning of the vaginal wall, known as vaginal atrophy.  Vaginal dryness and atrophy often lead to discomfort during sex.

Other physical changes during menopause might also affect your libido. For example, many women gain weight and fat during menopause, and discomfort with your new chubby body can lead to you feeling unattractive thus leading to a decrease in your desire for sex. Hot flashes and night sweats are also common symptoms. These symptoms can leave you feeling too tired and other symptoms include mood swings, depression and irritability, which can turn you off from sex.

Our proven SottoPelle bioidentical hormone replacement therapy will restore your hormone levels back to optimum youthful levels, thus giving your body back what it does not produce any more.

 

Intro to Bioidentical Hormones

Ladies, have you been dealing with hot flashes, weight gain, increase in belly fat, mood swings, night sweats, fatigue, or low libido?  And Gents, have you been noticing some hair or muscle loss, heart palpitations, insomnia, depression, anxiety, or low libido?  If you have answered yes to the above you may be suffering from a hormonal imbalance.

Bioidentical hormones are physiologically identical to the hormones our own bodies produce, meaning BHRT simulates our own hormone delivery method by consistently circulating hormones in our blood.

Synthetic hormones have known risks and complications, whereas BHRT has many benefits, such as:

  • Bioidentical hormones are metabolized in our body the same way as our naturally produced hormones.
  • Bioidentical hormone doses can be tailored to each individual’s needs.
  • Bioidentical hormones have been shown to be safe, but should always be used under the care of a trained physician. A doctor specializing in BHRT can determine whether the symptoms you’re experiencing are hormone related and, if so, develop a treatment plan specifically designed for you.

We know that hormones play a significant role in how our bodies behave and how we feel, our goal is to provide advanced BHRT therapies to help you to reclaim your life.  We begin with a detailed blood test to identify your current hormone levels, and personally review your results with you to tailor a custom treatment plan.

For more information and to schedule your consultation, call us today at 201-225-2525.  We look forward to helping you live your best life.

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