Bio-Identical Hormone Replace Therapy
Hormone modulation and replacement is the science of optimizing
hormones that are no longer being adequately produced by the body. While
genetic programming does many wonderful things, nature's plan brings us to
the age of reproduction and nurturing, and then seems to have little use for
us. At that point, we begin to fail. In fact, much of aging can be seen as
deficiencies in many of the substances that our body once produced in
abundance. Regaining and maintaining metabolic and endocrine functions at
the upper end of the normal range for your age gives you the best
opportunity for a healthy and vigorous life. This optimal range is in the
upper third of the normal range for age.
Oprah Show on
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement
January 14, 2009
Evaluation of Hormone Deficient Patient
The History of Hormone
Replacement from The Oprah Show
Dr. Christiane Northrup
before you can actually see results?
While this varies with each person, some people feel results within
days. Just like beginning an exercise program, you can expect results within
three to six months after beginning hormone management. Often the results of
proper modulation are manifested by what you don't feel, i.e., sick, tired,
How long do I have to be on these therapies?
You should give your program at least four to six months to see
significant benefits. Most patients will experience benefits before three
months and continue to see improvement beyond that point. Your body needs
that much time to heal and rebuild. You should remain on the program for as
long as you want to optimize your health.
What happens if I stop the program?
You will have gained time while you were on the program, but if you
should elect to stop, you will experience no accelerated aging. Should you
stop the program, your body will simply begin to age again at the normal
rate. The benefits will fade over time, however you still have benefited.
At what age should a person start such a program?
Thirty-five is a good age for the initial baseline evaluation,
because that is when deficiencies begin to appear. Around thirty years of
age, we lose hormones from 1%-3%. It's never too early for any adult to
begin the nutraceutical program. A person does not need to begin hormone
modulation therapy, however, until such time as the body begins to lower its
hormone production. Thorough blood tests and assessments help us determine
exactly where you may be most deficient and how we can best help you. Every
person is different and will have different needs as far as hormone
Will Hormone Replacement Treatment interfere with
my currently prescribed medications?
Generally not. In some instances, medications may actually be reduced
or no longer needed. Your Hormone Management physician will be able to
advise you best on this and will be happy to work with your own doctor
should you so desire.
EVALUATE YOUR OWN
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement
Hormone replacement therapy is relevant to women of all ages,
Oprah says. "If you're a woman who's planning to live past the age of 35, at
some point you're going to face hormone imbalance," she says. "All women
need to be armed with this information."
Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for You?
With more than 2 million women reaching menopause every year,
there’s little wonder that treatment options for its countless symptoms are
front and center in the news. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is one
option and, when used as directed under the care of a doctor, can offer
women some relief.
Where can I find HRT help and resources?
Consult Dr. Roberts
for more information on what approach is best for you. Also reach out to
various support groups to learn from others who have been where you are. Be
sure to visit the Oprah.com community to share your experience.
What are synthetic hormones?
The most commonly prescribed HRT involves proprietary mixtures of pregnant
horse urine and progestins that approximate the effects of natural hormones
in the body. Typically women are administered this treatment in pill form,
though there are other delivery methods.