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Hormone levels influence our mental and emotional well-being. But this delicate balance of hormones can be affected by stress, toxic chemicals, and inadequate diets, as well as deficiencies in certain essential nutrients - particularly vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and amino acids. And when hormones levels are imbalanced our bodies do not work as they should. We become fatigued, gain weight, and lose energy and motivation. As the famous psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud said, "Anatomy is destiny!"
At Allegheny Medical, our practitioners look for the root cause of your afflictions - rather than just treating your symptoms - for a whole body treatment and care approach. This ensures healing rather than simply managing. It can be difficult to communicate concerns and sometimes, even more, difficult to be heard - but we listen to our patients. Call us at 412-494-4550 to schedule an appointment, or book an appointment online today!
Natural hormones, made from plant chemicals extracted from yams and soybeans, are chemically identical to what our body makes. The body uses these natural hormones much more effectively to potentially reduce the likelihood of developing certain cancers, as well as support bone, heart, and overall health. On the other hand, synthetic hormones are created in the lab, and mimic natural hormones. All hormone medications have a similar balance of benefits and risks. Your doctor can help you decide which type of hormone you need to regain health and balance in your life.
The North American Menopause Society, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and the Endocrine Society assures that hormone therapy is acceptable and relatively safe for health.
Do you ever feel tired even when you have had a good night's sleep? Are you continuing to put on weight even when you watch your diet and exercise? You may be one of 21 million in the United States who suffers from thyroid disorders. Everything from how quickly your body burns calories to your mood is controlled by your thyroid. As long as your thyroid is producing the right amount of hormones, your body will function normally. Hypothyroidism, however, occurs when you have an underactive thyroid that is not producing enough hormones for your body to function normally. Once diagnosed, hypothyroidism is easily treated by hormone therapy. Every day, you will need to take a pill to replace the hormones your thyroid is not producing.
As a woman ages, her ovaries stop releasing eggs and her body makes less estrogen and progesterone. These falling hormone levels affect her entire reproductive system. Perimenopause and menopause will affect most of the 153 million women in the United States today.
Menopause begins when a woman hasn't had a period for 12 months in a row. However, a prescribed combination of natural estrogen, natural progesterone, and testosterone (all based on laboratory measures), combined with a healthy diet containing (extra soy plus herbal, vitamin and mineral supplements) will most often effectively prevent symptoms of menopause. The perimenopause years can occur any time between ages 35 and 50 and last for several years. Such women haven't quite hit full-blown menopause with hot flashes and missed periods. They may also be tired, forgetful, and absent minded. Hormone therapy may be started by women who have recently entered menopause. It should not be used by women who started menopause many years ago.