Hormone Insufficiency & Aging

From conception, HORMONES, which are produced by the endocrine glands, serve as the messengers from your brain, telling your internal organs how to function. A decrease in the production of hormones begins in middle age and continues to diminish in a linear fashion until old age.

 

The ultimate in preventive medicine technology has finally been realized.

Insufficiency of hormones has been discovered to be a major element in the process of aging.

 

Fortunately, the NIA (National Institute on Aging) has instructed several major U.S. universities to study this phenomenon. Research from around the world during the last five years has led the NIA to realize the tremendous benefits of hormone replacement therapy.

 

The emphases of allopathic medicine have always been to diagnosis and treat a disease process. Unfortunately, many of the disease processes, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, have been blamed on the aging process. However, conventional medicine has never treated again as a disease process nor has it tried to prevent this disease process. Now we can look at aging as a significant factor in disease formation and attempt to prevent the symptoms of aging by treating aging as a disease itself. We now have begun to change our thinking that it is normal to deteriorate with age and therefore acceptable. Fortunately, we now know that much of the deterioration of aging is preventable.

 

This new gestalt of treating age as a disease process first started in 1991 by a famous endocrinologist at the Medical Center of Wisconsin named Dr. Daniel Rudman. Dr. Rudman studied hormone replacement in older men, the results of which were published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Rudman stated in an interview, “We reversed 10 to 20 years of the aging process in older men. Fat diminished, muscle tissue and strength increased.” There was also increased lean body mass, decreased body fat, increased vertebral bone density, increased skin thickness, increased exercise tolerance and exercise endurance, improved healing and immunity, and tremendous increase in overall well-being. This was all accomplished by the simple administration of human growth hormone. Thus Dr. Rudman’s study revealed solid research supporting the fact that hormonal decline itself is a major cause of our aging. Providing the body with additional human growth hormone can reverse symptoms of the aging process.

 

Other scientists have realized the importance of supplementation of other hormones. Scientists at the Gerontology Research Center of the National Institute of Health in Baltimore, Maryland, are working with other researchers to examine the role that reduced plasma sex hormones play in age-related disturbances, including musculoskeletal function, body composition and metabolic function. Combined hormone replacement therapy, by returning growth hormone and sex hormone levels typical for younger people, has shown additive or synergistic effects.  Physical and psychological function is improved, including improvement in cardiovascular function, improved cholesterol levels, increased lean body mass, and improved muscle strength and fitness. Let’s take a look at the various hormones and their roles.

 

Hormones are tiny, chemical messengers continuously secreted into the bloodstream by endocrine glands to regulate activities of vital organs. Hormones stimulate a multitude of life-giving processes throughout the body which maintain health, harmony, growth, healing and repair. Probably the best known hormone is insulin, which is secreted by the pancreas. Before the development of the production and the administration of insulin, many people died as a result of diabetes or had severe debilitating illnesses. Once scientists were able to synthesize insulin, the sever changes associated with diabetes were reversed.

 

Genetic engineering has now enabled endocrinologists to synthesize all natural hormones found in our bodies. This significant advancement in the ability to synthesize our hormones has to lead to endocrinology research into the correction of the deficiency of hormones that contributes to our aging decline. It is the operation of the endocrine system that is responsible for the regulation of the body’s temperature, sexual desires, growth, healing, again and immune system. IT is the endocrine system that allows the central nervous system to communicate with every cell in the body. Hormone deficiencies affect every cell in the body and results in the degenerative changes and the aging process as well as the aging process as well as symptoms of again. However, bringing hormone levels back to a level we had when we were younger reverses many of the unfavorable effects that begin to appear as we age.

 

The basics for optimal health and longevity are proper diet, exercise, nutritional supplementation and hormone replacement therapy. This stops cellular degeneration and allows regeneration of tissue, healing and a slowing down of the aging process.

 

Hormones are not drugs. They are natural substances that have existed in our bodies since conception. The doses of hormones taken in hormones replacement therapy should never exceed what your body has already been accustomed to in its younger years. They caused no harm in the body at the time and when restored to youthful levels continue to provide the health and vigor that one loses as they age. When hormones are taken as prescribed by physicians and monitored closely they produce no negative side effects. When all the declining hormones are taken together in the correct does, they work with each other to restore declining immunity which in turn helps protect the body against cancer.

 

Physical deterioration is not a requirement of growing older. It is now possible to stop much of this undesirable aspect of aging as well as the symptoms and diseases associated with aging. Hormone replacement therapy is and updated science which has been shown to not only prolong life, but prolong the quality of one’s life. At Premier Health and Wellness, we specialize in total hormone replacement regimens as well as exercise, diet and nutritional supplementation to achieve maximum benefits and deter the aging process. After a complete physical examination and laboratory evaluation, a personalized hormone supplementation program will be prescribed for you and monitored until optimal hormone levels have been achieved.