As the human body ages, patients can expect gradual changes in skin, hair, appetite, sleep and the overall body. Many patients believe the natural aging process cannot be slowed down or stopped once it begins. While aging cannot be stopped completely, it can be slowed down and prolonged with the help of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). BHRT, available at Tyler Wellcare in Tyler, Texas, focuses on natural supplementation of lost hormones as an anti-aging treatment.
Common Signs of Aging
A patient’s genetics, lifestyle choices and overall health contributes to how quickly the body beings to age. Common signs of aging include:
- Hair loss
- Thinner, drier skin
- Decreased libido
- Weight gain
- Loss of muscle mass
- Decreased memory
- Sleep disturbances
- Loss of mental clarity
- Changes in menstrual cycle
- Night sweats
- Hot flashes
The body is automatically programed to start slowing down hormone production around the age of 20 years with a significant decrease between the ages of 40-50 years. The classic example in women is menopause, while andropause occurs in men.
BHRT as an Anti-Aging Treatment
The aging process can be prolonged with a combination of preventative treatments, including a healthy diet, exercise and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
BHRT is designed to return men and women’s hormones to optimal levels so the body can function as efficiently and effectively as possible. BHRT as an anti-aging treatment can eliminate many troublesome symptoms of aging mentioned above. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is derived from natural plant sources that mimic the body’s natural hormones. This allows the treatment to be more safe and effective than synthetic hormones.
Many patients associate aging with a number of health conditions, but the true cause is a decline in natural hormones over time. Older individuals typically have to work twice as hard as younger individuals when it comes to losing weight and keeping the weight off.
How to Begin BHRT Anti-Aging Treatment
In order to begin BHRT as an anti-aging treatment, a physician will perform a simple blood test at a patient’s first consultation. The blood test will help determine the exact amount of hormones necessary to replenish what has been lost over the years.
The insertion of the bioidentical hormones is quick and easy, generally taking less than 30 minutes to complete. The hormones remain active for approximately 3-5 months. At the 3-5 month mark, a follow up appointment must be scheduled to maintain optimal levels.
To learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) as an anti-aging treatment, please contact the Tyler, Texas office of Tyler Wellcare.