Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can restore key hormones to optimum levels.
- Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is produced by the pituitary gland, a pea-sized organ at the base of the brain. HGH is one of the most important hormones in controlling how our cells grow, reproduce and regenerate. When restored to healthy levels, HGH increases lean muscle mass, energy and sex drive. It also helps with weight reduction and fighting insomnia.
- Testosterone is primarily produced by the testes in men and the ovaries in women. For men, testosterone is the hormone of puberty, reproductive health, sex drive and increased muscle and bone mass. For women, testosterone has similar effects, increasing sex drive and reducing the severity of menopausal symptoms and bone loss.
- Estrogen is primarily produced in the ovaries, and during pregnancy, the placenta. Men also produce and use estrogen in much smaller quantities. For women, it is the hormone of puberty, vaginal lubrication, menstruation and pregnancy, maintaining healthy blood vessels and skin and serving many other important functions. Estrogen Replacement Therapy helps prevent heart disease, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis and other serious health risks.
- Progesterone is sometimes called the “hormone of pregnancy,” although it serves many other essential functions in both women and men. As a “Neurosteroid,” progesterone protects the nervous system and may improve memory and cognitive abilities. It also reduces inflammation and regulates the immune system. Progesterone Replacement Therapy is also believed to prevent endometrial cancer and reduce susceptibility to diabetes. At HealthGAINS, we’re committed to helping all of our clients achieve Hormone Health. After an in-depth evaluation, Dr. Gaines will help you determine whether HRT is right for you. If so, he’ll prescribe a customized treatment program that will help you look and feel your best.
Natural is Best
You may have heard about research studies showing that HRT can increase a woman’s chances of developing heart disease and certain types of cancer. Virtually all of these studies were based on “traditional” HRT and the use of synthetic hormones developed and manufactured by pharmaceutical companies. Synthetics are very different from the natural hormones our bodies recognize as their own.
At HealthGAINS, we use only bio-identical hormones derived from plants and other natural sources. These are an exact match of the hormones our bodies naturally produce, so they behave in exactly the same ways, without the dangerous side effects of synthetics. And, rather than taking the “one dose fits all” approach you’ll find at other practices, Dr. Gaines will prescribe a precise blend of bio-identicals customized to your unique physiology and needs.
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