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HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY OPTIONS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Did you know as we age, symptoms of hormonal imbalance are common in both men and women? Letting the imbalance proliferate without the proper treatment can wreak havoc on your overall health.

Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
Females tend to experience an imbalance of estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone, which can lead to hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, depression, brain fog, weight gain, loss of muscle, irritability, and bone deficiency. Bone loss in women can exacerbate stress fractures caused by osteopenia or osteoporosis.

As male testosterone levels begin to decline, they will experience symptoms such as a lack of energy, low libido, loss of muscle, weight gain, decreased mental focus, hair loss, and low metabolism. Men should have 50 times more testosterone than estrogen. An enzyme called aromatase that converts male to female hormones helps regulate the balance.

Changing the hormone levels through bio-identical hormone therapy can alleviate or in many cases, eliminate these symptoms and life fluctuations. There are even studies now that suggest bio-identical hormones can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Why Bio-identical Hormones Matter
In the U.S., Bio-identical Hormone Therapy (BHT) has been used since the 1930s. And based on hundreds of current medically thorough studies, the results for patient’s overall quality of life and dramatic changes in their hormonal symptoms are astounding.

Risks Associated with Synthetic
Hormone Replacement
Bio-identical hormones are equal to our body’s natural hormones on a molecular level. The difference between synthetic and identical hormones is that synthetic hormones do not match human hormones on a biological level. For example, a popular synthetic estrogen cream that many physicians prescribe is made from a pregnant horse’s urine. The body does not fully accept these synthetic versions, and these drugs have the potential for serious side effects, including blood clots, high blood pressure, breast cancer, heart disease, and stroke. For men, synthetic testosterone can also cause some of the same dangerous comorbidities and side effects.

Bio-identical hormones are made from plant sources and are quickly received by the body as natural. They are much more therapeutic and effective than synthetic hormonal substances. Bio-identical progesterone will provide the most efficient way to mesh with the body’s innate progesterone receptors. This is critical because these receptors are structure-specific throughout the body. A few of the benefits from bio-identical progesterone are proper embryo development and survival, an increase in bone health, protection against breast cancer and endometrial growth, an antidepressant effect, controlling blood clotting and an increased sex drive.

The Hysterectomy Myth
Women that have had a hysterectomy see just as many benefits with progesterone therapy. It’s has been widely studied and proven that bio-identical hormone replacement is just as important and beneficial for their health, even though they no longer have a uterus. For women, progesterone is essential for all of life’s stages, and it provides beneficial results outside of the uterus because progesterone receptors are embedded in almost every cell in the body. Women without a uterus still need progesterone therapy.

Male Bio-identical Hormone Replacement
The benefits of bio-identical testosterone replacement therapy for men are the following:
• Improves libido
• Enhances the ability to achieve and maintain an erection
• Increases muscle mass and strength
• Increased bone density
• Lowers diabetes development
• Decreases metabolic syndrome
• Reduces anxiety and depression
• Regulates weight
• Minimizes cardiovascular risks
• Improves cognition

Having your hormone levels checked is imperative so that health professionals can determine which hormone(s) is out of balance, dominant, or deficient. Women can also benefit significantly from testosterone treatment, as it helps to regulate estrogen and progesterone imbalance.

Sarasota Pharmacy offers multiple seminars, health, and wellness programs; screenings and additional services far beyond an ordinary pharmacy. They specialize in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy and offer private consultations by appointment.

Sarasota Specialty Pharmacy: More Than Just a Pharmacy
Sarasota Specialty Pharmacy and Wellness Center is an independent, family owned pharmacy that has served the Sarasota community for over 40 years. They specialize in meeting patient’s needs through innovative compounding. Their compounding pharmacists work with physicians, veterinarians, dentists and other health care practitioners to prepare patient specific medications. Their compounding services allow them to create formulations in unique strengths and dosage forms.

Want to Know More?
You’re Invited:
All About Hormones Seminar
Tuesday, January 14th | 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Your Options with Sarasota Specialty Pharmacy are numerous! Stop by and see them today!

Sarasota Specialty Pharmacy
Call 941-366-0880 or visit sarasotarx.com

2075 Seista Drive
Sarasota, FL 34239

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