THE DOCTOR IS IN...
WHEN DIET AND EXERCISE DON’T WORK
By Dr. John J. Pierce, D.O.
DISCUSSING HORMONE THERAPY
A healthy regimen of diet, exercise and proper nutritional supple-mentation is often all you need to stay healthy and avoid problems down the line. However, those go-to healthy habits have less noticeable results as we age. When diet and exercise don’t work, it may be a sign to look into hormone replacement therapy.
As we get older, our hormone levels start to diminish. During the aging process, our bodies start to experience biochemical alterations that have a profound effect on long-term health. By replenishing hormones to their more youthful, optimal levels, we can treat the signs and symptoms of aging and restore the vitality patients had in their youth.
A decrease in hormone levels can start even prior to middle age and can cause changes in health, including slower metabolism, decreased strength and lean body mass, weight gain, decreased sex drive and mood. Both men and women experience the effects of decreasing hormone levels, eventually leading to menopause and andropause. As men age, testosterone levels decrease, which is strongly associated with impotency and libido problems, among other effects. Women experience a drastic decrease in estrogen with the onset of menopause, and low levels have been linked to osteoporosis, arteriosclerosis, declining cognitive function and increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
By replenishing hormone levels to their youthful state, many unwanted signs and symptoms of aging can be avoided. It’s a great option for men and women who aren’t seeing the results that they’d like with a regular diet and exercise plan. We want to help patients get back to the perfect balance of hormone production, so they can enjoy an active lifestyle – and hormone replacement therapy helps them reach that optimal level of health.
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