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The Science of Anti-Aging Medicine

Bio-Identical Hormone Replace Therapy
Hormone modulation and replacement is the science of optimizing hormones that are no longer being adequately produced by the body. While genetic programming does many wonderful things, nature's plan brings us to the age of reproduction and nurturing, and then seems to have little use for us. At that point, we begin to fail. In fact, much of aging can be seen as deficiencies in many of the substances that our body once produced in abundance. Regaining and maintaining metabolic and endocrine functions at the upper end of the normal range for your age gives you the best opportunity for a healthy and vigorous life. This optimal range is in the upper third of the normal range for age.
Oprah Show on
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement
January 14, 2009

Evaluation of Hormone Deficient Patient
Interview with Dr. Oz

The History of Hormone Replacement from The Oprah Show
Interview with Dr. Christiane Northrup

How long before you can actually see results?
While this varies with each person, some people feel results within days. Just like beginning an exercise program, you can expect results within three to six months after beginning hormone management. Often the results of proper modulation are manifested by what you don't feel, i.e., sick, tired, moody, etc.

How long do I have to be on these therapies?
You should give your program at least four to six months to see significant benefits. Most patients will experience benefits before three months and continue to see improvement beyond that point. Your body needs that much time to heal and rebuild. You should remain on the program for as long as you want to optimize your health.

What happens if I stop the program?
You will have gained time while you were on the program, but if you should elect to stop, you will experience no accelerated aging. Should you stop the program, your body will simply begin to age again at the normal rate. The benefits will fade over time, however you still have benefited.

At what age should a person start such a program?
Thirty-five is a good age for the initial baseline evaluation, because that is when deficiencies begin to appear. Around thirty years of age, we lose hormones from 1%-3%. It's never too early for any adult to begin the nutraceutical program. A person does not need to begin hormone modulation therapy, however, until such time as the body begins to lower its hormone production. Thorough blood tests and assessments help us determine exactly where you may be most deficient and how we can best help you. Every person is different and will have different needs as far as hormone modulation goes.

Will Hormone Replacement Treatment interfere with my currently prescribed medications?
Generally not. In some instances, medications may actually be reduced or no longer needed. Your Hormone Management physician will be able to advise you best on this and will be happy to work with your own doctor should you so desire.


Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement
Hormone replacement therapy is relevant to women of all ages, Oprah says. "If you're a woman who's planning to live past the age of 35, at some point you're going to face hormone imbalance," she says. "All women need to be armed with this information."

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for You?
With more than 2 million women reaching menopause every year, there’s little wonder that treatment options for its countless symptoms are front and center in the news. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is one option and, when used as directed under the care of a doctor, can offer women some relief.

Where can I find HRT help and resources?
Consult Dr. Roberts for more information on what approach is best for you. Also reach out to various support groups to learn from others who have been where you are. Be sure to visit the Oprah.com community to share your experience.

What are synthetic hormones?

The most commonly prescribed HRT involves proprietary mixtures of pregnant horse urine and progestins that approximate the effects of natural hormones in the body. Typically women are administered this treatment in pill form, though there are other delivery methods. more...