Hormone Therapy: Temple Terrace Women Seek Benefits

CENTRALPASCO1202When women think about hormone therapy, the first thing that springs to mind isn’t typically weight management; Temple Terrace weight loss professionals, however, maintain that in addition to its other advantages for menopausal women, hormone therapy treatment can be a powerful tool for losing and keeping off weight.

Hormone therapy is at its simplest level a process by which the level of hormones a woman’s body experiences is lifted to a level that’s more appropriate for her health and well being; typically, female hormone production decreases with age, and this is when the usual symptoms of menopause appear — night sweating, hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, and vaginal dryness are all common.

Weight gain is also common during menopause, because as your levels of estrogen production decline, the body starts looking for new sources — and, unfortunately, fat cells are excellent sources for estrogen, and as such your body will begin to store them in an attempt to bring balance to the hormone situation. Menopausal women discover that it is not only harder to lose weight — regular diet and exercise seem to have less of an effect than they did before — but it’s also more difficult to keep the weight off, because the post-menopausal body is more interested in finding ways to keep your hormones in balance than it is in keeping itself fit and vital.

One of the benefits of hormone therapy is to reverse this process, bringing hormone levels up to mimic those of a younger woman — and if a person is out to lose weight, Temple Terrace weight loss professionals often recommend hormone therapy as part of a more comprehensive weight loss plan.

For more information please contact us today to schedule an initial appointment!

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in hormone therapy, lose weight, Weight Loss, weight management | 0 comments

How Can Hormone Therapy Help Me Lose Weight?

hormone-therapy-weight-lossWhen dieting and exercise prove to be insufficient for the sort of weight loss our patients are looking for, the difference can often be made up through the careful use of hormone therapy. Hormones have a definite role in how a woman’s weight changes over time; as we age and our hormones become out of balance (or, perhaps more accurately, reflect a new and often unsatisfactory sort of “balance”), we begin to process energy differently, store more fat, and carry it in different places.

The way we process the energy sources we consume — e.g., food — is known as metabolism, and is largely handled by your thyroid gland. The thyroid produces specific hormones that keep your metabolism working and burning calories at a high-energy level. As we age, the thyroid often slows its production — and many find themselves gaining weight, even as they have less energy.

What’s more, the pancreas — where our bodies produce insulin — also often slows down as we get older, causing more of the food we consume to be broken down and stored as fat; again, it’s a matter of a hormonal imbalance (or unwanted re-balancing).

Hormone therapy works to counteract these effects by replacing the missing hormones; your body becomes re-balanced in a manner that better approximates the levels of hormone production you had when you were younger. The result is an increased metabolism — so you’re turning the food you eat into energy at a higher and more efficient level — and a decrease in how much fat is being stored on your body.

Increasing your energy levels, even as you lose extra weight — that’s the promise of hormone therapy. For more information about hormone therapy and additional weight loss services we offer, contact our office today!

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Hormone Therapy And Weight Loss: A Powerful Tool For Men, Too

hormone-therapy-weight-loss-for-menThere has been much discussion over the years about hormone therapy and weight loss, in particular considering the numerous studies which have shown a definite, measurable link between the reduction in particular hormones in women as they age and the amount (and kind) of weight they begin to gain as a result. What is often less well-known is what effect hormone therapy can have on men — or even that men suffer a similar issue with respect to hormones and aging.

For men, the hormone in question is testosterone; testosterone levels begin to decline in most men at around the age of 40, and many begin to experience common symptoms such as getting tired more quickly, a lowered sex drive, and a general lack of energy. Recent studies have also linked a reduction in the amount of testosterone a man’s body produces with weight gain, leading many researchers to conclude hormone therapy can be a powerful way for men to regain balance of their own hormones as they age and lose weight as a result.

It’s hardly a radical idea, that improving one’s overall energy level might make one more predisposed to exercise and other physical activity that might burn more calories. But with the help of a professionally administered medical weight loss plan that incorporates hormone therapy as part of a comprehensive program, men can see more dramatic and sustained weight loss than they ever would on their own — and, with the help of a carefully crafted weight management plan, that weight can stay off for good.

The health benefits of shedding extra pounds are undisputed; if you’d like more information about how our medical weight loss programs have helped both men and women lose weight, contact us today!

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Hormone Replacement Therapy Benefits

The benefits of bioidentical hormone therapy far outweigh the risks. Bioidentical hormone therapy is most commonly prescribed to treat symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women and men, such as hot flashes, night sweats, loss of libido, fatigue, weight gain, mood swings and irritability. Many doctors believe that women and men who opt for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) instead of undergoing traditional (synthetic) hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will experience less adverse reactions. The side effects of BHRT are usually mild if present at all.

bhrtcentralpascoSome of the benefits of using bioidentical hormones include:

Reduced osteoporosis and restoration of bone strength

Reduced hot flashes and vaginal dryness

Better maintenance of muscle mass and strength

Improved cholesterol levels

Reduced risk of endometrial and breast cancer

Reduced risk of depression

Improved sleep

Better mood, concentration and memory

Improved libido

Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Many patients opt for BHRT because it strays away from the one-size-fits-all approach. Each bioidentical hormone regimen is custom-compounded, based on each patient’s individual diagnostic results, making them not only safer, but also more effective than traditional synthetic hormones.

Central Pasco Weight Loss Center provides state-of-the-art blood testing in order to accurately assess the patient’s hormone levels. Based on their evaluation, Dr Pacholec will then customize a hormone regimen, individually tailored to address the patient’s specific needs. Central Pasco Weight Loss Center have helped many women and men balance their hormones naturally and improve their overall health, using a combination of bioidentical hormone therapy, customized nutrition and fitness regimens and pharmaceutical-grade supplementation.

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Hormone Replacement Therapy in Tampa, hormone therapy | 0 comments

Bio Identical Hormone Therapy

bio-identical-hormone-picSeveral of my patients have asked me to talk a little bit about bio identical hormone therapy, and the advantages I’ve seen in my practice in how it might improve the lives of patients suffering from symptoms of menopause, premenstrual syndrome or pre-menopause.

In brief, bio identical hormone therapy emerged as a leading alternative to treatments that had traditionally been met with synthetic hormone replacement therapy, largely as a result of concerns some physicians and patients had with indications that synthetic hormone therapies might be contributing to a higher incidence of heart disease, stroke, blood clots and breast cancer. Indeed, while many chose to stop hormone therapy completely, the move to bio identical hormone therapy seems to bring an excellent balance for patients who want to experience the beneficial effects of hormone therapy with the improved safety from hormones that are extracted from plant material.

And that’s what bio identical hormones are: hormones the human body cannot distinguish from the hormones it manufactures on its own, created (interestingly enough) from soy and yams. Our practice has seen bio identical hormones prove themselves as part of a broader health program, in that they assist in balancing the body’s hormone levels and thus improve women’s health in areas such as increasing bone density, raising the levels of the body’s muscle mass, and decreasing the percentage of fat stored within the body — essentially turning the tide against the more common physical responses women face later in life.

Hormones in general are the chemical carriers of the instructions to the body on how physical processes should respond to various events; by introducing bio identical hormones through a comprehensive, physician-guided program, women (and in many cases, men) can reduce the effects of these late-life events and improve their individual levels of health and well-being.

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in bio identical hormone therapy, hormone therapy, Weight Loss | 0 comments

Bio Identical Hormone Therapy: A Light at the End of the Tunnel

BioIdenticalOne of the great things about our practice is our patients; they take it upon themselves to learn so much about their own care, and their interest and “buy in” with regard to the therapies they’re planning to undertake goes a long way in helping those therapies be successful. We’ve heard a lot of interest from them lately about bio identical hormone therapy, and we agree for many patients it is a great alternative to traditional synthetic hormone replacement therapy.

Hormone replacement therapy has been a popular and successful treatment for patients who suffered from the effects of menopause, perimenopause, and premenstrual syndrome; but a few years ago, there were a number of studies which suggested hormone replacement therapy had at least some link with increasing a patient’s chances of developing various illnesses including breast cancer, blood clots, stroke and heart disease. Hormone replacement therapy fell out of favor with many patients and doctors, and there was something of a void in treatment options until the advent of bio identical hormone therapy.

Bio identical hormone therapy, as the name suggests, involves hormones that a patient’s body can’t tell from the ones it makes on its own; usually created from soybeans, bio identical hormones help women improve their health by increasing muscle mass and bone density while lowering the body’s tendency to store fat — all fantastic results for any patient, but of particular assistance to our patients whose bodies are responding to typical late-life issues.

For patients (and physicians) who seek the benefits of hormone therapy but are concerned about the potential health risks — and who see a hormone created from plants as possibly a safer alternative – bio identical hormone therapy is a wonderful “compromise” treatment that can have profound effects on a patient’s general health.

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in bio identical hormone therapy, hormone therapy, Weight Loss | 0 comments