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.

Osteoporosis and Hormone Replacement Therapy

Osteoporosis is a bone disease occurring when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both.  Literally meaning “Porous Bone,” when viewed under a microscope, an osteoporotic bone seems to have much larger and more frequent “pores” than healthy bone.  As bones become less dense, they weaken and are more likely to break.  If you have a high risk for osteoporosis and are approaching or have already reached menopause, testosterone hormone replacement therapy is a good treatment and preventative option to consider.

HRT has traditionally been seen as the standard method of preventing osteoporotic breaks among postmenopausal women.  While we see benefits from HRT in bone density shortly after menopause, testosterone therapy should be taken long-term to have any lasting impact on bone density and health.  This will help enhance acceptability and continuation, ensuring bone protection and menopausal symptom control.

Hormone replacement therapy is effective in preventing osteoporotic fractures in women without an established disease.  Treatment of osteoporosis will reduce the risk of fracture, and it is essential to maintain bone structure as early as possible.

For more information on HRT and Bone Density or to schedule a consultation, call us today at (201)225-2525.

Hormone Imbalance and Metabolism

With warmer weather approaching, everyone is looking forward to getting outside for hiking, biking, jogging, and other outdoor activities.   If your hormones are out of balance, you may find that you don’t have the motivation or energy to exercise in order to regulate your weight.  And with a slower metabolism, you are a prime candidate to have an increase in belly fat.

There are several hormones that can inhibit a healthy metabolism, such as testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone.  Low testosterone can cause fat storage and, along with low estrogen, can increase sugar cravings.  Progesterone helps our bodies turn to sleep well and have energy.  An imbalance here can lead to overeating.

Women who use HRT typically experience fewer problems with weight gain and body fat redistribution.  Through Hormone Replacement Therapy, you may be able to rebalance your hormones and get your weight loss back on track.  In addition, our weight loss products are made of vitamins, amino acids, and lipotropic agents to give you energy, increase your metabolism, and help with fat breakdown.

Call us at 201-225-2525 to schedule a consultation and see how we can help get you back to a healthier you.

Why Do Women Need Testosterone?

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When most people think of vital hormones for women, estrogen and progesterone are quick to pop up, but what about testosterone? Unbeknownst to many people, testosterone is principally produced by a woman’s ovaries and secondary by adrenal glands to aid in the development of bone strength, lean muscle mass, libido, and energy levels. Just like estrogen and progesterone, it’s vital to a woman’s well-being that her testosterone levels are properly maintained.

 

According to various studies conducted by Dr. Nancy Lebowitz and Dr. Rebecca Glasser, testosterone levels in women can be attributed to the following:

 

  • Strong evidence that testosterone not only safely treats the symptoms of breast cancer but can also prevent and limit the course of the disease
  • Protects the brain and nervous system and is beneficial in treating Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, traumatic spinal cord injuries, seizures, MS, and PTSD
  • Improves sleep, modifies depression, irritability and anxiety, increases energy, mental activity, memory, focus and, alleviates migraine pain
  • Part of testosterone is converted into estrogen through a process called aromatization that helps with cardiovascular health and menopause symptoms

 

How is Testosterone administered?

 

At Advanced Hormone Solutions, we specialize in the plant-based SottoPelle protocol for administering Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. This method includes seamlessly inserting pellets into a small incision just beneath the upper layer of skin and covered with a simple dressing. The pellet implants are absorbed directly in to the bloodstream, slowly and consistently, on a 24 hour 365-day basis. Pellets are the preferred method of testosterone replacement therapy because other forms (synthetic) runs the risk of causing clotting issues and liver damage and can be inconsistently absorbed.

 

To learn more about why testosterone is vital for a woman’s health or to see if you are a candidate, please visit our consultation page and we will get back to you as soon as possible: http://advancedhormonesolutions.com/consultation-form/.

 

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