The most common hormone imbalances are excess estrogen, low progesterone, and low testosterone.
Estrogen balance is essential for achieving and maintaining fat loss. In men and premenopausal women too much estrogen, a condition called estrogen dominance, causes toxic fat gain, water retention, bloating and a host of other health and wellness issues. Whereas pre-menopausal with too much estrogen tend to have the pear-shaped body type and more weight at the hips. Researchers have now identified excess estrogen to be as great a risk factor for obesity in both sexes as poor eating habits and lack of exercise.
Progesterone may help to build bone density, reduce blood pressure, lower LDL cholesterol, improve the appearance and texture of hair and skin, aid libido and prevent PMS. When balanced properly with estrogen, it’s protective against breast and prostate cancer. Progesterone tends to decline in women beginning in their 30s and men after 60. When it is stolen or decreased, estrogen dominance can arise. Progesterone deficiency may arise from stress, lack of ovulation, low levels of luteinizing hormone, hypothyroidism and excess prolactin.
Testosterone is an androgen – a masculinizing hormone – produced by the ovaries in women and testes in men and the adrenal glands in both sexes. Testosterone enhances libido, bone density, muscle mass, strength, motivation, memory, fat burning and skin tone. As with so many hormones, testosterone levels tend to taper off with aging, obesity, and stress. Exposure to pesticides and toxins also negatively impacts the production of testosterone. Loss of testosterone can lead to andropause, often referred to as male menopause. Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can have a beneficial impact on both men and women experiencing the effects of menopause/andropause.
We also treat patients with PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome), excess testosterone, menopause, and andropause.
Clear Medicine is the only clinic in Canada that has a wellness program to restore total hormonal balance as well as prescribe bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. We find that patients who are on BHRT and not following the full lifestyle system have more adverse side effects and not as great success than those that are fully committed to a proper diet and workout regime – this allows us to use lower dosages with less risk of side effects – for your optimal results.