Is your Body Aging Faster Than You Are?
Hormones are the chemicals in the body that help control almost every aspect of your physical and mental health. They are responsible for the function of many internal systems, including the organs, through a process of cell communication. As we age, these hormones can fluctuate or even decrease, causing a variety of symptoms including low libido, depression, anxiety, memory problems, sleep disturbances, thyroid malfunction, sexual dysfunction, weight gain, and more. Achieving hormonal balance is not only essential for overall wellbeing, it may also help to reduce the decline of health associated with aging. Hormonal imbalance can begin at any age, though it commonly begins as early as the 30s, and it affects both men and women. Ultimately, a functional, stabilized hormonal system can make you feel healthier, more vital, and more youthful. For these reasons, Dr. Jeffrey A. Hunt and the Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay now offer Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) for men and women seeking relief from changes related to perimenopause, menopause, and andropause (in men).
Symptoms of Low Testosterone in Men and Women
The brain has thousands of receptors designed to recognize and respond to the testosterone in the body, typically in areas related to mood, memory, mental clarity, and more. As testosterone levels decline with age, common symptoms related to brain response include:
Symptoms of Low Testosterone in Men and Women:
|Mental haziness||Weight gain|
|Decreased bladder control||Headaches|
|Loss of sleep||Confusion|
|Mood swings||Reduced vaginal lubrication in women|
|Decreased libido||Decreased ability to develop an erection in men|
Estrogen imbalances can also affect the body in unwanted ways, and may result in:
|Vaginal wall thinning|
|Collagen loss and other skin related changes|
Some patients begin to experience symptoms as early as 30, though the signs are often misdiagnosed. Antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication, sleeping pills, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) medication, and others may be incorrectly prescribed to treat these concerns.
Yes! Women Need Testosterone, Too
Contrary to popular belief, testosterone is an incredibly important (and plentiful) hormone for the female body. The belief that testosterone is only a “male hormone” is a common misconception. To learn more about the many benefits of testosterone therapy for women (and more common myths and misconceptions), please visit our blog article, “Myths About Testosterone in Women.”