Hormone imbalance can have a profound effect on your health and well-being and could be behind any number of seemingly random symptoms. David M. Mitzner, DO, is a highly qualified primary care physician serving the community of Temecula, California, who has experience in helping identify and treat hormone imbalance using bioidentical hormone therapy. Call David M. Mitzner, DO, Inc. today to find out more, or book an appointment online.
Hormones are powerful chemicals produced by the endocrine glands. The major endocrine glands are:
These glands each produce small quantities of hormones that play a specific role in communicating messages from your brain to your internal organs. Among other functions, hormones regulate growth, sexual characteristics, reproduction, and metabolism.
Hormones, therefore, are essential to good health and the correct functioning of your entire body, so if they become imbalanced, it can have a severe impact on your health and well-being.
Men and women have essentially the same hormones, with one key difference. Men have higher levels of the sex hormone testosterone, and women have higher levels of the sex hormones progesterone and estrogen.
These three hormones are all essential to reproduction, and all three decline as part of the aging process.
There are many possible symptoms of hormone imbalance or deficiency, which vary according to which hormone is out of balance, and whether there is too much or too little of it. Some of the more frequently seen symptoms include:
There are also links between hormone deficiencies and serious medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes.
One of the most effective ways of treating hormone imbalance is through the use of hormone replacement therapy. Standard forms of hormone replacement such as HRT for menopausal symptoms are synthetic, which means your body may not respond as it would to natural hormones.
At David M. Mitzner, DO, Inc., Dr. Mitzner uses bioidentical hormones derived from plants rather than synthetic hormones. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) uses hormones that are biologically identical to the hormones your body produces, and as they are specially prepared for each patient, BHRT treatments are customizable to your specific requirements.
The first step to rebalancing hormones is to isolate the cause. It takes a skilled clinician like Dr. Mitzner to make an accurate diagnosis, as there are many potential variables in a hormone imbalance. For instance, a significant number of women experience side effects from menopause that mimic hypothyroidism, a deficiency in thyroid hormone that requires specific treatment.
To see whether any symptoms you’re experiencing are due to hormone imbalance and find out more about BHRT, call David M. Mitzner, DO, Inc. today, or book an appointment online.