Hormone optimization – Argera

Aging involves a slowing of a persons hormones as time passes. Hormones are chemical messengers to the body and without them we would not survive. Different hormones decline at different rates and sometimes in the younger patient there is just a malfunction in the biochemical pathways that result in individual organs becoming imbalanced. The thyroid is an excellent example of this as it often becomes under, or over active. Nobody knows why imbalances occur and certainly much will be due to a genetic predisposition with the addition of environmental factors, especially nutritional choices which can create inflammation in the body.

The most common organs producing hormones are the pituitary gland (makes growth hormone plus a few other regulatory hormones), the thyroid, the ovaries and testes (making the sex hormones oestragen, progesterone and testosterone) and the adrenal gland (making cortisol when we are under stress). When these organs slow down, or fail, it leads to conditions such as somatopause, menopause, andropause and adrenal fatigue syndrome.

In hormone optimization the doctor must look at all of these glands and make recommendations to improve the glands functioning which may include replacing the declining hormones, changes in nutrition and addition of supplements. The aim is to correct the imbalance and improve a patients quality of life.

Firstly, hormones should be considered relative to age. Those under 35 are unlikely to be deficient and those over 55 are unlikely not to be. Secondly, we consider symptoms and signs of hormone deficiency.

These include:

Doctors who work in the field of functional medicine can test for hormone levels and compare it to age related ranges, rather than absolute ranges. This provides a guideline for correct level of hormone correction to keep within the human physiological normal levels and thus reduce any chances of side effects.

Our doctor has been working with hormones for over 22years and understands how important they are. She is extremely thorough in her approach to optimization and provides a detailed consultation starting with a thorough history of symptoms, an examination and then orders advanced scientific investigations to find out exactly what your body is doing at a hormonal, nutritional and general biochemical level. Based upon the results, she then makes recommendations. All therapies can be monitored for success by further history and examination over the following months. Please note that hormones are notoriously difficult to adjust and whilst most patients stabilise quickly, the occasional patient may require various modifications and further investigations. All attempts are made by our doctor to keep your visits and your costs down.

Hormone difficulties can occur at any age but generally begin after the age of 35. Our doctor is mostly seeing patients who are into their 40s and 50 that are getting close to andropause and menopause, or those who are well researched and want to achieve maximal functionality with age. Our doctor utilizes much of the research being done in the USA and Europe when recommending therapies. Also, our doctor tailors the therapy to every individual patients case as one size does not fit all when considering hormone replacement.

Our doctor always aims to keep patients costs down. We have a various package options depending upon our patients budget and the desired hormones they wish corrected. For information on these please email us or phone one of our friendly staff.

All physiological changes in the body take 3 to 6 months before the full effects are felt, so one must be patient. However, the improvements are gradual and cumulative and well worth the wait. Often patients notice an improvement in their psychological well being in a few weeks.

Studies have shown the following improvements:

It is important to remember that everyone is an individual and while improvements will occur they may be interpreted differently between patients.

All physiological changes in the body take 3 to 6 months before the full effects are felt, so one must be patient. However, the improvements are gradual and cumulative and well worth the wait. Often patients notice an improvement in their psychological well being in a few weeks.

ARGERA adheres to strict prescribing guidelines and will not prescribe to people under 35 years old or anyone who does not prove deficient via pathological testing. We are unable to treat interstate patients, as they will require regular monitoring of their levels.

RECOMMENDED READING:

Grow Young with HGHby Dr Ronald Klatz, 1997 Harper Collins, ISBN 0060186828

What You Must Know About Women's Hormones by Dr Pamela Wartian Smith, 2010, Sqaure One Publishers, ISBN 20099040771, or any book by this author

Adrenal Fatigue, The 21st Century Stress Syndrome by James Wilson, 2006, Smart Publications, ISBN 1890572152

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