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Almost every day there is more science and medical literature touting the positive effect of hormone therapy. It is becoming quite clear, that in order to maintain health, wellness, vitality and sexual health, hormones must be a part of any well though out health maintenance plan as we age. However, even when we understand the importance of hormonal health, sometimes …

Estrogen Really Does Matter

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As most of my patients know, I spent a tremendous amount of my time reading, studying and going to advanced hormone courses so that I can be on the cutting edge of hormone therapy in today’s world.  While there remains a significant amount of push-back by traditional medicine, the evidence is solid that hormone therapy in both men and women …

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Three Ways to Prevent Menopausal Hair Loss

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In the United States, the average age of Female Menopause is about 51.  During the lead up and times after this physiologic transition, many women will complain bitterly of changes in their hair.  Many times, these complaints are of thinning and hair loss but other complaints such as brittle, dull, or lackluster hair are common. In my office, women will …

Treatment of Menopausal Hair Loss

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Menopausal Hair Loss is a vexing problem for many women.  Thinning hair is the cause of so much emotional distress and body image alteration that women spend substantial sums of money in attempts to remedy the situation.  Unfortunately, if the underlying cause is medical or physiological, simple topical treatments may be insufficient to get satisfactory improvements.  My office is full …

Why is Thyroid so under treated?

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Doctor: “My hair is falling out”; “I’m cold all the time”; “I’m so tired and fatigued, I want to take a nap at 3:00 in the afternoon”; “My skin is dry”; “My fingernails are cracking”; “I can’t think straight”.  How many of you experience some of these symptoms or know someone who does??  These are symptoms of thyroid insufficiency. And …

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Thyroid Synthetic or Natural? Which one’s for me?

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Even though far too many patients with symptoms of low thyroid are not adequately treated, Levothyroxine (Brand name: Synthroid®) has been one of the top 5 most prescribed medication in the Unites States for many years running.  Beyond that, Synthroid is often NOT the best treatment for patients needing thyroid supplementation.  So, the questions are: How does the thyroid work? …

The Connection Between Your Heart and Your Hormones

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According to the Center for Disease Control, Heart Disease is a leading cause of death in women of all ages and especially in women over 50. Multiple medical studies have determined that a major contributor to the development of heart disease in women over 50 is hormonal decline or what is commonly called Menopause. Additionally, there is clear evidence that …

BHRT and Breast Cancer – prepared to be surprised!

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Few topics garner such passionate attention as the topic of Breast Cancer in women.  In fact, the emotion surrounding Breast Cancer is so strong, that the entire month of October is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness every year.  Entire health fairs are devoted to increasing awareness and teaching early screening and detections.  The pink ribbons are ubiquitous.  Mammograms are nearly …

Testosterone – Normal vs Optimal

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According to the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, overall testosterone levels have been declining in American men for decades. Further research by the New England Research Institute found that baseline testosterone levels are more than 15 percent lower than those just 20 years ago. Other studies show that beginning at age 25, testosterone levels drop by over 1 percent …

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Understanding Menopause: The Effects Of Aging

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Estrogen and progesterone are female sex hormones produced by the ovaries. Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) regulate these sex hormones to aid in the reproductive process, but when a woman goes through menopause, her ovaries become less responsive to LH and FSH. This means that the circulation and production of estrogen significantly decline, resulting in a host of …