BHRT and Medical Weight Loss FAQ
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and medical weight loss are sometimes used to help individuals lose weight and regain hormonal balance. As experts in both of these modalities, we want to take the opportunity to answer these most commonly asked questions we receive about these two medical treatments.
Hormones are chemical messengers that are secreted by various organs in our bodies. There are many different types of hormones in the body that serve different purposes.
Low hormone levels have historically been associated with menopause which is a natural occurrence as we age, but it does not affect only women. Men, can experience hormone imbalance symptoms as well, as they begin to produce less testosterone as they age. There are also other things that can lower hormone levels such as:
- Testicular injury
- Some Cancer treatments
- Some Medications/Medical Conditions
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Hormone imbalance symptoms, particularly with low hormones, vary among individuals as well as between sexes. Common symptoms of low hormone levels include:
- Sleep issues
- Appetite changes
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Decreased memory function
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of muscle mass
- And more
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a treatment used to address hormone imbalance and its symptoms for men and women who have conditions resulting in low levels of necessary hormones like testosterone, estrogen, thyroid, or progesterone. There are different types of BHRT for different people with different needs, and the HRT effects vary among different people. Specifically, men often benefit from Advanced Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy which involves management of testosterone and correcting thyroid issues.
Alternatively, some men benefit from Testosterone Replacement Therapy which restores your testosterone levels back to their ideal levels.
For women, there are a variety of different bioidentical hormone therapies. A medical evaluation including medical history and current conditions is necessary to determine which BHRT effects will be best for you. Menopausal BHRT is most beneficial to women who are under age 60 and within 10 years of menopause.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) involves measuring, monitoring, and adding necessary hormones to existing hormones to create balance for women who are experiencing hormone imbalance symptoms due to low levels of testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, thyroid and other hormones essential for good quality of life.
BHRT is a safe way to restore hormonal balance to anyone receiving proper managed care. In the past, synthetic HRT had effects that were associated with causing breast cancer, but science has developed bioidentical hormones that are safe to use and can even prevent cancer. While some people may not be candidates for BHRT, those who are can be affected by some BHRT side effects. Some are rare or brief and many are treatable with proper management. These BHRT side effects include:
- Edema (water retention)
- Skin changes (acne, oily skin, increased body hair)
- Increased blood pressure (Rare)
- Leg cramps
- Breast tenderness
Low hormone levels can lower one’s quality of life by causing hormone imbalance symptoms such as fatigue, pain and discomfort, lack of libido, depression, weight issues, and many more. BHRT is a proven successful technique that replaces the hormones that the body has ceased to excrete. This can alleviate the symptoms associated with low hormone levels and greatly improve quality of life such as:
- Reduce the risks osteoporosis
- Reduce the risks of cardiovascular problems.
- Improves mood and overall well-being
- Increases libido
- Decreases tooth loss
- Reduces the risk of diabetes mellitus
- Increased energy
- Improved muscle mass
- Improved skin elasticity
This treatment is used to help individuals struggle with unwanted pounds despite a healthy lifestyle. Medical weight loss involves more than dietary considerations. It is a comprehensive plan that is developed through consultation with medical weight loss experts involving metabolism, hormones, diet, exercise, and lifestyle.
Individuals who struggle with weight problems that are not a result of dietary choices may be experiencing low hormone levels of some other condition that’s not readily identified. Additionally, individuals who need to lose excess weight in a timely manner may benefit from medical weight loss treatment.
Medical weight loss works by combining necessary hormones with a healthy diet regime and proper exercise to create a comprehensive, individual program that helps people lose weight and keep it off.
As experts in both BHRT and medical weight loss, the team at Apollo Medical Associates is confident we can assist you in determining which of these treatments is best for you. We work closely with our clients to monitor and adjust as needed to ensure a wonderful quality of life. Contact us today to set up an expert consultation.