Balanced hormones are a key component of good health and disease prevention as we age. Hormones regulate many functions in the body relating to cellular efficiency and energy levels. Unfortunately, hormone levels begin to steadily decline for most people starting in their 30s, with the losses compounding over time. Restoring hormone balance has helped to transform and improve the lives of millions of people.
Structure is everything when it comes to hormone replacement therapy. Natural, biologically identical hormones mimic the shape and function of our own endogenous hormones. The body treats and processes them the same way it has processed its natural hormones for years. They are safer, with fewer side effects, and have been found to have a rejuvenating and proactive effect.
Unfortunately, many of the hormones regularly prescribed are not identical to those found in the human body. These hormones may somewhat resemble our own hormones and may accomplish some of the same tasks, but they are a far cry from what the body is used to and needs. As the body works to metabolize these foreign substances, it may produce toxic by-products, which can cause a wide array of side effects like bloating, mood swings, water retention and more serious problems such as cancer and heart disease.
In light of this, patients should insist on prescriptions from biologically identical hormones only. The quality of life as you age depends heavily on the quality of hormones you take.