AT WHAT AGE SHOULD A PERSON START AN ANTI AGING PROGRAM?
A person does not need to begin bioidentical hormone replacement therapy until such time as the body begins to lower its hormone production. Naples Longevity Clinic effectively ascertains the patient's current biological age and the current hormone levels. Once that has been established, we can then adequately assess if the patient is eligible to begin the program. Follow-up blood tests alert the patient as to when it is appropriate to begin the full program.
WHAT ARE BIOIDENTICAL HORMONES?
The great appeal of bioidentical hormones is that although they are produced in a lab, they have the same molecular structure and are indistinguishable from the hormones made by our own bodies. Therefore our bodies can metabolize them without side effects. In contrast, synthetic hormones are intentionally different from what the body produces. (Drug companies cannot patent a bioidentical structure, so they invent hormones that are patentable.) These synthetic hormones are quite strong and often produce side effects.
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HOW DOES BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE MANAGEMENT WORK?
Bioidentical hormone management is replacing the bioidentical hormones that are no longer being adequately produced by the body. The goal of bioidentical hormone management is to return our bioidentical hormone levels to that of approximately 30 years of age. This is the age when our immune systems are generally the strongest, our metabolism is efficient, and we build muscle rather than fat. Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is thought to be the body's master hormone. Sometime after the age of 30, the pituitary begins to lower the amount of HGH. As the master hormone decreases, the other hormones do not get the message to function and the symptoms of aging begin to surface. If Human Growth Hormone, as the keystone is returned to its optimal level, and all the other bioidentical hormones are brought back to their balanced state, the body is able to regain its vitality. Because bioidentical hormone replacement therapy returns the body to its younger efficiency, with the addition of optimal nutrition and exercise, we are then able to live healthier lives longer.
HOW LONG BEFORE YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE RESULTS? AND HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO BE ON THESE THERAPIES?
Once your hormone levels have been returned to what is considered optimal for you, it is advisable to continue the therapies in order to maintain your renewed vitality. While this varies with each individual, some people feel results within days. You can expect to begin to feel results within three to six months after beginning bioidentical hormone management.