What is Hormonal Optimization?
Hormonal Optimization programs use customized bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to rebalance and synchronize your hormones to younger and healthier levels. Unlike synthetic hormones, bio-identical hormones hormones are structurally identical to the hormones produced naturally by your body. Because they are the same chemically from your body’s own natural hormones, bio-identical hormones fit your cell receptors like a glove and, in doing so, perform the job they were intended to do.
Our physicians tailor your hormone prescription specifically for you, using complex and specific testing to determine dosages and monitor progress.
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is individualized to optimize your hormone levels based on your symptoms and measured lab values. Synthetic hormones, on the other hand, are prescribed in a “one size fits all” fashion. Many bio-identical hormone preparations – given as creams, gels, capsules or pills – are made by compounding pharmacists using pharmaceutical grade hormones compounded to the form and dosage ordered by your physician, specifically for you.
What are hormones and how do they work?
Hormones are our body’s chemical messengers that affect our metabolism, energy, mood, appetite, body weight, physique, sexual arousal, immunity, even your behavior and state of mind. Hormones essential to our health and well being include insulin, thyroid hormones, estrogen, testosterone, adrenaline and cortisol.
Special glands in our body, called endocrine glands, release hormones in response to a signal from the brain. Once hormones are released into the bloodstream, they travel throughout the body communicating messages to our cells. In essence, they act as signals telling our cells what to do. In order to achieve their desired effect, hormones bind with receptors in cells, much like a lock and key. It’s in this way that our hormones orchestrate many complex body processes, and greatly influence the way we feel during the aging process.
A poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, lack of exercise or sleep, stress and exposure to toxins can impact our body’s production of hormones. Many experts agree that changes caused by our hormones are the most important factors in aging. As we age, our hormonal system becomes less efficient or imbalanced, leading to changes such as female menopause or male andropause. It is now recognized that this has much to do with the overall decrease in function as we age.
Hormonal imbalance can affect us mentally, emotionally and physically and can increase the risk of age-related illnesses such as heart disease, osteoporosis and certain cancers. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy balances our hormones to optimize our health through the aging process. Bio-identical hormones are plant-derived and are structurally identical to the hormones produced by our body. As such, with BHRT we are not putting synthetic chemicals into the body, we are restoring the body’s hormone balance in the most natural way possible.
Many find this distinction between the body’s natural hormones and synthetic hormones, confusing. Bio-identical hormones are your body’s natural hormones. In contrast to bio-identical hormones, synthetic hormones differ from your body’s natural hormones as they have a different chemical structure than your body’s natural hormones, which can affect how he hormone may function in your body.
While somewhat new to North American physicians, bio-identical hormones have been effectively prescribed by European doctors for decades with positive results. A tremendous body of scientific literature has also evolved that supports the use of bio-identical hormones as a safe and effective way to minimize the effects of aging.
Bio-identical hormones are made specifically for you in the exact concentrations and ratios by specialized compounding pharmacies and may include topical creams/gels, capsules, suppositories, and suspensions.
NYC Medical Associates provides the latest medical expertise in the science of BHRT. Our knowledgeable physicians will work with you to restore and balance your body’s natural hormones, enhancing your quality of life.