September is a time of year many people think of as a new beginning. It’s the start of a new school year, the time when things tend to settle down after the hustle and bustle of the summer months. Now is the time to rejuvenate and start taking some positive measures with your health. Here are some ideas to help get you started:

1: Don’t Act Your Age! Think about your best year so far, picture yourself at that age, and be it! Positive thinking goes a long way toward positive feeling.
2: Be Positive! Try to see the positive in your conversations and actions every day. Limit complaining, and stop watching all the negative news stories.
3: Drop Your Negative Friends. Surround yourself with people who have a positive outlook. Energetic, happy, positive people will help you be happy, too! Smile! People who smile more often are happier.
4: Walk the Walk. Do you walk slowly because you’ve become lazy? Make an effort to take big strides, walk heel first, and wear comfortable shoes.
5: Stand Up Straight! Look at yourself in the mirror. Hold your stomach in, shoulders back, chin up. Fix your stance and practice every day. You’ll look great and feel better!
6: Check Those Pearly Whites. Teeth are often the first thing people notice. Good oral health is just as important as good physical health. Go to the dentist regularly.
7: Find Your Artist. Take music classes, learn to paint, try woodworking! Creativity keeps our brains young!
8: Check Your Hormones! Aging doesn’t have to mean feeling less than you did when you were younger.

Call us today at 201-225-2525 to schedule your consultation so we can make sure you continue to age healthily.

Beating Hot Flashes in the Summer Heat

July and August tend to be the hottest months of year, and pairing summer heat with hot flashes is a recipe for disaster! Hot flashes are caused by drops and spikes in estrogen levels as we age. We’ve compiled a list of some ways you can try to combat your hot flashes and make it through the summer:

Pay Attention to Triggers. Do you notice more intense flashes after spicy foods? Caffeine? Stress? All of these things can cause our blood vessels to dilate, making hot flashes even worse. Try to track your flashes to see if you can pinpoint problematic behaviors.

Stay Near the Air Conditioning. Well of course! And if you don’t have AC, an oscillating fan works wonders as well.

Dress in Layers. Give yourself the option of peeling off those outer layers when you have to stay cool.

Try Controlled Breathing. Taking slow, deep breaths when a flash starts can help decrease severity. Paced respiration helps slow our heart rate and open up those blood vessels.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals. Sunscreen includes synthetic estrogens such as oxybenzone and avobenzone which penetrates the skin and further disrupts our hormone system. Look for zinc oxide and titanium oxide instead.

Try Acupuncture. Acupuncture increases production of endorphins, which may help stabilixe our body temperature.

Exercise. Exercise has been shows to improve hot flashes in some women, provided you finish up more than 3 hours before bedtime.

Hormone Testing. Of course, give us a call at 201-255-2525 for a consultation to pinpoint your exact imbalance so we can create a customized plan to help get you feeling comfortable and enjoying the rest of the summer!

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy and Weight Loss

With the warmer months here, you may be thinking about weight loss.  In addition to proper diet and exercise, hormones play a vital role in our body weight and composition.  When we are experiencing a hormone imbalance, we can also experience weight gain due to lowered energy levels and increased fatty deposits.  On the flip side of this, overweight individuals may experience hormone fluctuations related to a metabolic syndrome.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) can help both men and women manage their weight.  Testosterone is associated with higher energy levels and helping the body convert food into energy and lean muscle mass.  Estrogen enables the leptin in our bodies to help us feel full so we eat less and increase our metabolism.

When we have low testosterone levels, we tend to become more sedentary, and more of our food becomes fatty deposits rather than lean muscle.  During perimenopause and menopause, women who use BHRT typically experience fewer problems with weight gain and the distribution of fat.

BHRT pellets can help individuals with hormone imbalances lose weight by replenishing hormones with those that are naturally occurring.  Pellet therapy can release hormones within the body throughout the day as needed.

Contact us today at 201-225-2525 to schedule your free consultation.  Let’s get you feeling your best for the summer!


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.”


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

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

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