Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Safe?

Recent Research Shows Hormone Replacement Therapy is Safe

Many people are afraid of hormone replacement therapy based on a wealth of bad and outdated information about HRT that they find online. But we all know that you can’t trust everything you read online, right? Most of the misinformation about hormone replacement therapy can be traced back to a single, very old, flawed report that was conducted decades ago in the early days of HRT.

Of course, the media had a field day with the data in this sensational study – as they always do – leading to an unjustified fear of hormone therapy. As result, many female patients – and even many “traditional” doctors who have not keep up with the latest research – are misinformed about the recent research on the safety of hormone replacement therapy.

So, if there is untrue info on the Internet about HRT, who does one believe? As always, patients should look at recent scientific research conducted by reputable medical organizations. In this article, the hormone replacement therapy experts at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI review this research to help set the record straight about the safety of modern HRT modalities.

How Hormone Replacement Therapy Got a Bad Reputation

An excellent article published in the National Library of Medicine / National Institutes of Health explains that the first clinical studies on hormone replacement therapy were conducted in America decades ago in the late 1990s. In 2002 these studies were summarized in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), which wrongly claimed that hormone replacement therapy had more detrimental effects than benefits.

Of course, the media jumped on this with wide spread negatively publicity at the time, and unfortunately the once very popular use of hormone replacement therapy dropped off significantly.

However, in subsequent years, scientists re-analyzed the clinical data and newer research was performed. And this information clearly shows that use of HRT in younger women or in early postmenopausal women has beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system, reducing heart disease in addition to lowering women’s death rate from all causes.

However, the damage had already been done by the sensational media coverage – and hormone replacement therapy was saddled with a dangerous reputation that many misinformed patients and doctors still erroneously believe in the present day!

Why New Hormone Replacement Therapy is Safe

Originally, hormone replacement therapy was manufactured using synthetic hormones that were created in a lab. However, anything that is as molecularly complex as human hormones simply cannot be identically duplicated in a laboratory. In recent years, though, the use of bioidentical hormones – derived from 100% natural plant sources – have changed the HRT game completely.

While, unfortunately, some less-up-to-date physicians still prescribe synthetic hormones – modern, holistic experts, like those at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI, offer safe and natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) replicates the molecular structure of the hormones produced by the body exactly, because they are naturally derived.  This makes them much more effective than synthetics. And they are also safer than synthetics. In fact, BHRT is free of many of the dangerous side effects of lab created hormones.

Research on the Safety of Hormone Replacement Therapy

Medical research studies on the safety and the benefits of hormone replacement therapy are continually being conducted. And a continuously growing body of scientific evidence has revealed that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is safe for use to alleviate the symptoms of menopause, and to help prevent many life-threatening diseases in women and men.

Recent research has shown that BHRT not only helps improve mood, energy, sex drive and sexual enjoyment, but can also help women and men reduce the risk of osteoporosis, cardiac disease, type 2 diabetes, and death from all causes.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Safety in Women

The studies from the late 1990s reported that estrogen supplements, when used alone, were associated with a higher risk of developing endometrial cancer. However, according to the report we mentioned above (published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health) research has shown that by reducing the dosage of estrogen  while combining it with progesterone can actually reduce the risk of endometrial cancer.

In a recent WebMD article, Dr. Shelley R. Salpeter, professor of medicine at Stanford School of Medicine is quoted as saying: “We have evidence that hormone replacement therapy can prevent heart disease, hip fractures, and osteoporosis, and that it cuts the risk of developing diabetes by 30% in younger women.”

That article further reports that Doctor Salpeter and her associates found that hormone replacement therapy reduced heart attacks and cardiac deaths by an astounding 32% in women who were aged 60 or younger, and/or those who had been through menopause less than 10 years ago. In older female patients, HRT showed some correlation to an increase in cardiac events in the first year, but then began to reduce the risks of heart problems again after two years.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also recommends that HRT can be used to safely treat women who have severe menopausal symptoms. And, the renowned experts at the American Society for Reproductive MedicineThe North American Menopause Society, and The Endocrine Society have all unequivocally stated that most healthy, menopausal women can safely use estrogen replacement therapy for the prevention of life-threatening bone-fractures due to the bone loss of osteoporosis.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Safety in Men

While hormone replacement therapy is often associated with women because of its menopausal benefits, BHRT can significantly improve health and quality of life for men, as well. Clinical evidence delivered at the 2008 annual meeting of The Endocrine Society reported that testosterone replacement therapy can help men reduce their risks of metabolic syndrome, heart attack, cardiac disease, type 2 diabetes, and death from all causes.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of medical conditions that includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the belly, and elevated cholesterol levels. It increases a person’s risk for heart attack, stroke, and developing type 2 diabetes. According to two notable medical research studies, presented by the director of scientific affairs for Bayer Schering Pharma in Berlin, “Low T” levels in male patients were found to be associated with metabolic syndrome. However, the studies revealed that male patients who were given testosterone replacement therapy significantly reduced their risk factors for metabolic syndrome.

Male patients in the study who were given testosterone placement saw their “bad” cholesterol (LDL/ triglycerides) reduced by 1/3rd to 1/4th, while their “good” HDL cholesterol improved. The men treated with HRT also saw their body mass index decrease and they especially lost their belly fat, generally losing three or four inches off their waist and going down by 2 or 3 pant sizes.

According to research presented by the Institute for Community Medicine at Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University in Greifswald, Germany, replacing deficient testosterone levels in men can also reduce the overall risk of death. That impressive study followed 2,000 men (between the ages of 20 to 79 years old) for a full seven years. The resulting data revealed that the men with low testosterone had a more than twofold higher risk of death than men who achieved normal testosterone levels either naturally or through the administration of testosterone replacement therapy.

We would say that reducing the risk of death by more than half in a seven-year study, is certainly evidence that BHRT is not only safe but wise for men suffering from “Low T”!

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For the right patients, at the right age, BHRT can be a safe, effective, and natural path to improved mental, physical, and sexual health. The most important step in understanding if hormone replacement therapy is right and safe for you is to talk to a physician like Dr. Hakim in Royal Oak, who is trained and specialized in modern bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Dr. Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak can determine if HRT may be a safe and beneficial part of your individualized healthcare plan, based on comprehensive blood work, your age, lifestyle, overall health, and any risk factors you may have. She offers BioTe bioidentical hormone replacement pellets for the safest, most consistent, 100% natural, and easiest-to-use form of hormone replacement. There are NO daily pills, messy creams or painful shots – and a single, in-office, time-released pellet insertion provides relief from menopause symptoms and protection from disease for 3 to 6 months!

If you live in the greater Royal Oak area, schedule a hormone replacement therapy consultation at Prosperity Health to see if BioTe BHRT is right for you!

Royal Oak Hormone Replacement Therapy Consultation: 248.997.4242

 

DISCLAIMER: This article is provided as general information only and is not intended to be used as medical advice. The benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are well documented through clinical research. However, Prosperity Health is not representing that hormone replacement therapy is a treatment or cure for any disease. Nor is HRT right for every patient. Only your physician can determine if hormone replacement therapy may be an appropriate part of your personal healthcare plan, based on your age, overall health, risk factors, and lifestyle.

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Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy Safely Treats Menopause Symptoms

Menopause Symptoms Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Help –

Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when her childbearing years come to an end. While the average age of menopause in the U.S. is age 51, the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause may actually start years before, as the ovaries begin to produce far fewer of the body’s “sex hormones”, including estrogen. This time period leading up to menopause is called perimenopause.

The sex hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, not only enable reproduction but also regulate almost every aspect of a woman’s body – from metabolism and weight gain to bone density and libido. Thus, the hormonal decline caused by perimenopause and menopause can cause widespread changes and unpleasant side effects in a woman’s body.

The symptoms and side effects of hormone decline due to menopause can include: hot flashes, sleep problems, decreased libido (sex drive), vaginal dryness, pain during intercourse, bladder leaks, weight gain, mood swings, fatigue, weakening bones (osteoporosis), and more.

But the good news is that replacing declining hormones with natural, FDA approved, BioTe hormone replacement therapy pellets can provide long-term relief from the painful and often troublesome symptoms of menopause. All without daily pills, messy gels and creams, unsightly patches, or painful shots!

In this article, the hormone replacement therapy specialists at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI discuss the five most common symptoms of menopause and how hormone replacement therapy can help relieve them.

 #1. Hormone Replacement Therapy Reduces Hot Flashes

No symptom is more universally associated with menopause than hot flashes. Medical experts, including those at the Mayo Clinic and Harvard, almost universally agree that the most effective treatment for hot flashes and severe night sweats associated with menopause is hormone replacement therapy.

Hot flashes, also referred to as hot flushes, are estimated to affect up to 75% of perimenopausal women. Hot flashes are a “vasomotor” reaction, meaning they are caused by a sudden dilation of the blood vessels. This increased blood flow can cause feelings of extreme heat and profuse sweating.

In a clinical trial involving 3,329 participants, hormone replacement therapy (estrogen alone or estrogen plus progestin) reduced women’s hot flashes by an amazing 75%!

 #2. Hormone Replacement Therapy Combats Low Energy & Fatigue

Many women think that loss of energy is a natural part of aging – but this does not have to be the case. Testosterone, although thought of as a male hormone, plays an important role in increasing energy in both men and women. Testosterone helps the body produce proteins that help maintain muscle and energy. But low testosterone levels can cause debilitating fatigue and sometimes weakness.

Fatigue can also be attributable to deficiencies of thyroid hormones. The thyroid gland controls many aspects of metabolism and is therefore essential for maintaining energy levels. So, in addition to balancing a woman’s estrogen levels during menopause, it is also extremely important to run a complete hormone panel when doing her blood tests.

Hormone replacement therapy to restore a woman’s testosterone, estrogen, and thyroid levels can dramatically help renew energy and vitality.

 # 3. Hormone Replacement Therapy Treats Vaginal Dryness & Painful Sex

After menopause, more than 50% of women will experience vaginal symptoms such as dryness, itching, and pain during intercourse. The most common underlying cause of vaginal dryness and painful sex is the drop in estrogen levels due to menopause.

Estrogen is the female “sex hormone” responsible for maintaining the thickness and health of the tissues of the vaginal wall, and for producing moisture for vaginal lubrication. However, as estrogen production declines during menopause, the walls of the vagina become thinner, lose their elasticity, and produce less lubricant. And sex starts to become less satisfyingly and even painful.

Hormone replacement therapy can help a woman’s body naturally rebuild thick, strong, elastic, and moist vaginal tissues, making sex enjoyable again!

 #4. Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Help Reverse Weight Gain

Hormonal drops and imbalances during menopause can also lead to weight gain in many ways, especially around the waist or abdomen.

If estrogen levels are low, metabolism slows down, which increases body fat storage. In addition, low estrogen levels can cause a decrease in the body’s ability to break down fat, which can also lead to fat accumulation, weight gain, and an increase in waist circumference or “belly fat”.

And if the levels of a woman’s androgens (male hormones) increase relative to declining female hormones, it increases here risk of obesity. Compounding the problem can be a drop in levels of the hormone leptin, which tells the brain to feel “full” after eating, which also happens during menopause. This means that women are actually hungrier during menopause, which causes them to consume more calories.

Additionally, estrogen deficiency reduces skeletal muscle mass and causes a reduction in muscle force in women. However, restoring hormonal balance with hormone replacement therapy can help perimenopausal and perimenopausal women reverse weight gain, build muscle, and reverse fat stores around the abdomen.

 # 5. Hormone Replacement Therapy Prevents Osteoporosis

One of the many important functions of estrogen is to stimulate the activity of bone-producing cells. Therefore, as estrogen levels decline during menopause, bones lose density and become prone to fracture. In fact, 50% of women will break a bone in their lifetime due to osteoporosis. For women, the incidence of a broken bone due to osteoporosis is greater than that of heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined!

However, many women do not even realize that they are suffering from osteoporosis until it is too late, and they have broken a bone.

The first FDA treatment approved to prevent osteoporosis was estrogen replacement therapy. And while there are now many new synthetic medications for osteoporosis, these drugs can come with harsh side effects. However, several recent clinical studies have demonstrated that estrogen replacement therapy is still the best, and most natural, method for preventing osteoporotic bone fractures.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy prevents osteoporosis naturally by restoring the body’s estrogen levels – rather than introducing lab-created chemicals that come with harsh side effects. Hormone replacement therapy at Prosperity Health in Royal, Oak can help ensure that you are NOT in the 50% of women who will suffer a bone fracture due to osteoporosis.

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In addition to treating hot flashes, fatigue, painful intercourse, vaginal pain and dryness, weight gain, muscle loss, and osteoporosis hormone replacement therapy also helps prevent cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, Alzheimer’s’ disease, and many other serious illnesses associated with aging.

Dr. Nishath Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak offers BioTe bioidentical hormone replacement pellets for the safest, most consistent, 100% natural, and easiest-to-use form of hormone replacement. There are NO daily pills, messy creams or painful shots – and a single, in-office, time-released pellet insertion provides relief from menopause symptoms and protection from disease for 3 to 4 months!

If you are a woman in the Royal Oak area who is navigating the challenges of perimenopause or menopause symptoms, schedule a hormone replacement therapy consultation at Prosperity Health to see if BioTe HRT is right for you!

Menopause Hormone Replacement Therapy | Royal Oak: 248.997.4242

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How to Know if You Have Low Testosterone

Top 10 Signs of Low Testosterone & How to Treat It – 

Testosterone is an “androgen” (male sex hormone) that is most often associated with libido and sexual performance in men. But testosterone also affects everything from male appearance to a man’s risk of serious disease. Testosterone helps build muscle and regulate weight gain and the distribution of body fat. It also influences hair growth or loss and helps lower the risk of developing serious illnesses such as heart disease or diabetes.

Unfortunately, as men age, their bodies begin to produce less and less testosterone. Androgen production declines by about 1% per year after age 30. Statistics on low testosterone vary, but it is generally agreed that almost 40 percent of men aged 45 years and older suffer from some degree of low testosterone.

According to information published by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 12 percent of men in their 50s, 19 percent of men in their 60s, 28 percent in their 70s, and 49 of men percent in their 80s suffer from low testosterone.

Fortunately, Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI, now offers advanced, 100% natural, clinically tested and FDA approved low testosterone treatment in the form of BioTe time-released bioidentical hormone replacement pellets. In this article, we discuss 10 of the most common signs and symptoms that a man may be suffering from low testosterone.

 Low Testosterone Sign #1: Decreased Sex Drive

A man’s sex drive – or “libido” – is governed in large part by his testosterone levels. As a result, many men experience a reduced sex drive as they get older and start to lose testosterone.

The good news is that most men who suffer from low testosterone can restore their libido with safe, simple, natural, and convenient hormone replacement therapy pellets offered at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI.

Low Testosterone Sign #2:  Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Testosterone not only increases libido in men, but sufficient testosterone levels are also needed to achieve and maintain an erection. While testosterone is not the sole cause of erections, it does play an important role in activating receptors in the brain that cause arousal and facilitate erection. In fact, recent clinical research studies have shown that as many as one in three men who seek medical treatment for erectile dysfunction have low testosterone levels.

However, it is important to note that there are other medical causes that can cause erectile dysfunction, in addition to low testosterone. For this reason, men should not try to self-medicate if they have erectile dysfunction. Dr. Hakim will precisely measure patients’ testosterone levels with comprehensive blood tests to determine if low testosterone is the cause of their erectile dysfunction.

If you have been experiencing difficulties achieving or maintaining an erection – and your blood work shows a testosterone deficiency – safe, easy, natural BioTe testosterone replacement therapy can be added to your medical treatment plan to help restore your sex life.

Low Testosterone Sign #3: Low Semen Volume

If you notice that your sperm amount seems reduced when you ejaculate, this could be another sign you are suffering from low testosterone. When testosterone levels drop below normal amounts, decreased sperm production can occur. This can also directly affect fertility.

If your sperm volume has noticeably decreased and/or you are having trouble conceiving a child, Dr. Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak can conduct blood tests to evaluate your testosterone levels.

Low Testosterone Sign #4: Smaller Penis or Testicle Size

Both the penis and the testicles require testosterone to develop properly. So, men with low testosterone levels may have smaller genitalia than average. At our Royal Oak, MI area medical office, many of our patients with low testosterone levels have reported that their testicle size has appeared to decrease – and/or they think they may have smaller-than-average sized testicles.

Of course, other medical factors may also cause the testicles to shrink. For this reason, it is important to never self-medicate. Dr. Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak can conduct thorough testing to give patients an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

 Low Testosterone Sign #5: Hair Loss

Hair growth and follicle health are also affected by testosterone. Most men experience some form of scalp baldness as they get older, which is most often hereditary. However, men with low testosterone may suffer from facial and body hair loss.

Hair loss on the face, chest, or body, may be another sign of “low testosterone.” At Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI Dr. Hakim can diagnose testosterone-related hair loss and treat it with hormone replacement therapy before it gets worse.

Low Testosterone Sign #6: Fatigue & Low Energy

Low testosterone levels are also known to significantly lower a person’s energy levels. If you’re too tired to work out, engage in sports, or enjoy activities like you used to, low testosterone may be the culprit.

If you are feeling tired and lethargic despite getting regular sleep and eating well, Dr. Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak can conduct a blood test to determine if your energy deficit is due to low testosterone or some other cause.

Low Testosterone Sign #7: You Have a Dad Bod

If you’ve lost muscle mass, packed on soft fat, and have developed the dreaded “Dad Bod” it may be the result of low testosterone. Clinical studies have shown that low testosterone levels can lead to loss of muscle mass. To add insult to injury, low testosterone levels can also cause fat to be distributed around the abdomen and chest. And in some cases, imbalanced testosterone/estrogen levels can even lead to dreaded “man boobs.”

When a man comes Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, blood tests are done to determine if his testosterone levels out of balance. If so, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can often help restore a more youthful and masculine body.

 Low Testosterone Sign #8: Broken Bones (Low Bone Density)

Osteoporosis is not just a woman’s disease. More than 8 million men in the United States suffer from low bone mass. And men with low testosterone are much more likely to have osteoporosis.

If you have broken one or more bones, it may be an indication of bone loss, due to testosterone deficiency. Fortunately, for most men who are suffering from osteoporosis who are hormone deficient, testosterone therapy is a very effective treatment for naturally increasing bone density (without harsh medications).

Low Testosterone Sign #9: Mood & Memory Problems

Testosterone also affects mental functioning – including mood and memory – in men. Clinical studies show that men with low testosterone are more prone to irritability, poor concentration, memory problems, and even depression. While many men may blame mood and memory issues on “stress” or “getting older” the real cause is often a testosterone deficiency.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak, MI can often help restore a man’s mental functioning, alertness and memory. Additionally, hormone replacement therapy has been shown in clinical studies to help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Low Testosterone Sign #10: Anemia

Male patients with low testosterone levels also have an increased risk of developing anemia. And signs of anemia may include dizziness, increased heart rate, leg cramps, shortness of breath, fatigue, trouble sleeping, and difficulty concentrating. Since many other medical conditions can cause these symptoms, many men do not realize that low testosterone is the underlying cause.

But the Journal of the American Medical Association recently reported that men suffering from low testosterone who were anemic experienced significant improvement after receiving testosterone replacement therapy!

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Testosterone impacts nearly every aspect of male well-being from libido and sexual performance to physical appearance changes and cognitive issues. But because the decline in male testosterone occurs gradually over time, unlike the dramatic hormonal changes of menopause, many men are unaware that their symptoms are due to “Low T”.

A thorough blood test by hormone replacement specialist Dr. Hakim at Prosperity Health in Royal Oak can tell you if low testosterone is at the root of your physical, mental, or sexual symptoms. If so, BioTe bioidentical hormone therapy pellets can return your testosterone to optimal levels naturally.

Results can be seen within just a few days and one single in-office treatment lasts up to 6 months – with NO pills, gels, patches or shots! Schedule a consultation today and see if natural BioTe hormone replacement therapy can help you get your life (and your sex life!) back on track!

Low Testosterone Hormone Replacement Therapy | Royal Oak: 248.997.4242

In a Weight Loss Rut? It Could be Your Hormones!

How Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Help Weight Loss – 

Many men and women find that as they get older they gain weight – even though their diet or activity level hasn’t changed. For other people, their weight may stay the same but now they find fat or weight in different places – especially around the belly. One reason this happens is that a person’s hormone levels change or drop as they age.

The good news is that hormone level testing, and safe, 100% natural hormone replacement can help bring an individual’s body back in balance so that they can more easily lose those extra pounds – and even take it off from their midsection!

In this article Bloomfield Hills bioidentical hormone expert Dr. Nishath Hakim explains how hormone imbalance can cause weight gain in women and men – and how rebalancing your missing hormones may be able to help you lose weight and reduce stubborn belly fat.

Women’s Hormones & Weight Loss

As a women’s reproductive years draw to a close, she enters menopause. Her menstrual cycles stop – and her production of female hormones such as estrogen drops substantially.  This hormone decline can cause a wide variety of symptoms – from hot flashes, to mood swings, and more. But perhaps the most frustrating side-effect of menopause is weight gain.

Fortunately, the annoying hot flashes and mood swings will eventually subside. But, unfortunately, the unwanted weight gain and accompanying belly fat of menopause often last for the rest of a woman’s life – no matter how much she diets or exercises.

The reason for this is that a woman’s levels of estrogen and testosterone help determine how the body burns energy or “calories”, as well as how and where the body stores fat. So, decreased levels of estrogen slow down a woman’s “metabolism” – which is the rate at which her body burns energy (calories).

As a result, even if she eats the same amount of food – and engages in the same amount of exercise – that she did before menopause, she simply doesn’t burn as many calories as she did when she was younger. And the body then stores the unused calories as fat – and especially as belly fat.

To complicate weight loss after menopause even further, estrogen is responsible for helping the body break down fat. So, as estrogen levels decline during and after menopause, the body can’t break down fat as well – further encouraging weight gain. Additionally, if a woman’s estrogen and testosterone levels get too far out of balance and there is an excess of male hormones (“androgens”) it can also increase her risk of obesity.

Finally, to add to the problem of female weight gain as she ages, a woman’s levels of the hormone leptin also drop after menopause. And since leptin is the hormone that tells the brain to feel “full” after eating, menopausal women actually do feel hungrier, which can lead eating more calories in order to feel “full.”

Men’s Hormones & Weight Loss

Many people do not realize that men also experience a type of “male menopause” called andropause. After the age of 30 men’s hormones also decline in production. If testosterone levels drop too, much the condition is sometimes referred to as “Low T.” Many men realize that lowered testosterone levels can lead to sexual performance problems and loss of libido. But low testosterone levels also make a man’s body less effective at building muscle and burning energy (calories) – which results in weight gain.

Additionally, when a man’s estrogen and testosterone levels become out of balance, a man’s body is more likely to store unwanted fat on belly and in some cases even the breasts (so-called “man boobs”). Low T levels in men can also cause loss of energy and fatigue, which makes them less active, also contributing to weight gain.

Changes in levels of the “stress hormone” cortisol can also cause weight gain by putting the body into a “survival mode” where it slows down metabolism – and packs on fat – in order to store energy for later use. And lowered levels of the growth hormone HGH, as well as decreased levels of thyroid hormones, can also cause a man’s metabolism to slow down with age.

How Hormone Replacement Helps Weight Loss

Hormone decline is why so many men universally start to develop softer “dad bods”, and why so many women start collecting extra weight and fat around their middle, as they pass the age of 40.

And while weight gain can lower a person’s self-esteem, is not just an aesthetic issue! Increased levels of body fat – especially around the middle – can substantially increase a man or woman’s risk for almost every major chronic disease, including: high blood pressure, heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, stroke, and even cancer.

Clearly, reducing calorie intake and increasing exercise is a healthy component of any weight loss plan. But when diet and working-out are simply not enough to lose unwanted fat, balancing and/or replacing a person’s declining or missing hormones can help provide the key to shedding pounds and inches.

Dr. Hakim is a biodentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) expert at Prosperity Health in Bloomfield Hills, MI.  She can conduct thorough and comprehensive blood testing to identify your unique hormone levels and deficiencies. Then she will prescribe individualized hormone replacement therapy that is formulated and compounded in the exact doses that are needed to restore your hormone levels to perfect balance.

At Prosperity Health in Bloomfield Hills, we offer 100% natural, safe, bioidentical hormone replacements that are safer and more effective than synthetic lab-created hormones – to rebalance hormone levels and support weight loss after menopause or andropause.

In addition to being custom formulated for each patient, BioTe® hormone replacement offers the advantage of being administered via tiny, time-released pellets that can last up to six months with a single subdermal insertion. So, there are no daily pills to remember, no painful hormone shots, no patches to fall off and replace every few days, and no messy creams to apply!

Additionally, the time-released hormone pellets deliver bioidentical estrogen and testosterone consistently and evenly 24/7 as the body needs them – so there is not the roller coaster effect of pills and injections.

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If you are a man or women who is frustrated by your inability to lose weight as you get older, it may be time to consider that declining or imbalanced hormone levels may be part of the problem!

In many cases, bioidentical hormone replacement can help return your metabolism to what it was you were young, so you can burn calories more easily and lose weight and body fat. BHRT can also help increase your energy and reduce fatigue, so you can continue to be as active as you ever were – helping you naturally lose weight!

If you live in the Bloomfield Hills area and are discouraged by the weight gain of female or male menopause, schedule a hormone replacement therapy consultation at Prosperity Health today – and let Dr. Hakim help you get your body back!

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