New Year, New…Hormones?
By Judy Couch, FNP-C
It’s no secret that anyone who makes a New Year’s Resolution has an uphill battle. One statistic even claims about 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February. But rather than focus on the shame or guilt that can come from unrealistic goals, I’m here to tell you that it’s never too late to start making positive changes in the way you feel.
Why do you start feeling bad after age 35?
Once we turn 35 (sometimes sooner), our bodies stop producing as many vital hormones as they used to. This decline in hormones alters our basic biochemistry, decreasing how well we feel and increasing our risk of developing serious health issues like anxiety, depression, heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Erectile Dysfunction, and Alzheimer’s, among others.
Unfortunately, once our hormones begin to decline, the decline continues through Menopause and Andropause (male menopause). Although we may not have one of the health issues listed above, the impact can be felt in many other ways, including:
- Joint pain
- Weight gain
- Loss of muscle mass
- Lack of motivation
- Chronic fatigue
- Mood swings
- Lack of libido or vaginal dryness
To add to the confusion of our bodies changing, treatment is focused on symptoms rather than the cause, and often with lackluster results.
How can I feel better in 2018? Just ask Carol.
“I just started on the hormone therapy treatment in August and I am already feeling like a completely new and YOUNGER person,” said Carol W., one of our HRT patients. “I’m happy, balanced, positive, excited to face each day, and have regained my libido (much to my husband’s delight). It truly is worth the money that I spend and I look forward to continuing on my journey to wellness and weight loss in the near future.”
This new year, be like Carol and make time to consider how your changing hormone levels could be affecting you and your quality of life. Once you’ve decided to feel better, simply complete our online consultation form, which gives us a brief look at your health history. From there, we work with you to schedule an initial blood draw and review your results with you. Together, we can help you feel better, live better, and look better!