Annapolis Integrative Medicine
1819 Bay Ridge Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403
Restoring Health and Vitality As the Years Go By
As we emerge from the pandemic (while being aware that precautions still need to be taken), many people are realizing that they have neglected their health. During the pandemic you may have gained x pounds, stopped exercising, had disrupted sleep, ate badly and drank more than you used to. The stress of this time period had impacted many people.
You might find your sleep is disrupted, and it is possible that weight gain has brought about sleep apnea, which is a dangerous condition that causes fatigue, weight gain, and increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and hypertension.
GI problems are also common, including irregular bowel movement and bloating. Two common GI conditions are bacterial and yeast overgrowth, which when recognized can be easily treated. Ensuring the health of your liver, the main body detoxifier, is also critical.
Stress can exacerbate or accelerate hormonal deficiencies in men and women.
Bio-identical hormone replacement is an approach where the natural hormonal status of a man or woman is optimized to allow for health and well being in the safest possible way using the lowest effective dose.
While some women do very well in menopause with just a few symptoms, many others have a very difficult time with it and some are nearly incapacitated. The majority of symptoms are due to estrogen deficiency. Treating these symptoms with safe and effective doses of estrogen, progesterone, and in some cases testosterone, can make a big difference in how a woman navigates menopause. Positive results include improvement in sleep, decrease in hot flashes and night sweats, heightened libido and sexual pleasure, and a greater sense of well-being.
Low testosterone levels are fairly common as men enter into their 50s and beyond. This is not just about sexual performance. Men who have low testosterone levels are at a higher risk of dying from many causes than are men with normal levels of testosterone. Symptoms and signs of low testosterone are fatigue, loss of muscle mass, low libido, elevated cholesterol. Low testosterone contributes to the development of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. By replacing testosterone to optimal levels a man can experience heightened vitality and well-being, often in a very surprising way.
DHEA is an adrenal hormone which when low can contribute to fatigue and poor exercise capacity. DHEA replacement can also be useful in treating lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Growth hormone can become deficient in adults and contribute to fatigue and weight gain. Judicious replacement can often make a remarkable difference.
The choice to utilize the option of hormone therapy is an individual one and should be reviewed with a physician that is experienced and that you trust. Using the lowest effective dose can make an enormous difference in one’s health.