Although hormones work synergistically in the body to keep our cells functioning optimally, there are classic signs and symptoms for each hormone if there is an excess or deficiency. This is a simple way to get an idea of which bioidentical hormones are causing your symptoms. Simply write down the number of symptoms from each cluster and look to the key beneath each cluster to learn about the possible hormonal imbalances you have. If you have two or more it is possible that is why you are symptomatic. This is not diagnostic but will give your bioidentical hormone doctor an
I can not tell you how many women in their late 30’s and older come to me saying “If I never had sex again I would be fine with it. But I know how important it is to my husband so I just deal with it.” They have never been told by a doctor how hormones affect their sex drives similar to men. Women make testosterone just like men do, just in smaller amounts. And when women are 18 their levels in the blood are typically 80-120 and they feel and look great. By the age of 40 most of
In my day to day business I get to speak to many married men and women about their health and happiness. As part of my initial consult I always ask them about the health of their marriage is because an unhappy marriage creates a lot of stress on the body and ultimately leads to suboptimal health. It seems as if an extraordinary amount of couples I speak with are having little to no regular sex and as a result are not happy. The goal of this post is to: Let you know that you are not alone In many cases,
Today I took care of a 73 year old man with severe Vitamin D deficiency. His primary care doctor told him take 2000 IU of Vitamin D3 every day which he did daily since 2011. Interestingly when I checked all his hormone levels his Vitamin D3 level came back at 11.3 (<30 is deficient and optimal is >60). Here some points that are extremely important for patients to understand: 1. Not all supplement companies produce quality products. Unfortunately there is not the strict oversight over supplement companies like there is over pharmacies. As a result many
Did you know that 50% of patients who suffer heart attacks have normal EKG’s. normal cholesterol values and no symptoms prior to having a heart attack? The reason why that should scare you is because other than these basic screening tools very few physicians are ordering advanced tests to predict the likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke. The purpose of this blog is to educate you about what other options you have to screen for cardiovascular disease. Specifically the carotid ultrasound to look for thickness of the wall (intima media thickness) and for early plaque build up.