One of the most common complaints we see in both men and women is hair loss. This is a very complex issue with multiple potential causes. It is imperative that one’s hormones are balanced and continuously monitored. One of the most common hormones attributed to this problem is dht . This is basically a bi product of testosterone. In both men and women this hormone can be elevated and associated with the typical male pattern baldness that we think of as the natural aging process.
There are many tools available to us that will decrease dht. This can range from oral prescription drugs, to topical solutions or even specific supplement regimens.
It is also important that we balance ones stress hormone ,called cortisol ,as well as all of the other hormones. Thyroid disorder is often the culprit ,as well ,whether the levels are too high or low
We also check for food as well as the heavy metal burden to one’s system.
This is a complicated issue but there are quite a few treatments that offer good results to patients
I saw an interesting patient today that presented with persistent anxiety, insomnia, moodiness despite her doctor giving her increasingly higher doses of estrogen and eventually resorting to antidepressants. She had a hysterectomy 2 years prior for uterine fibroids, but was only ever put on different estrogens , but never any of the other hormones
This is a very typical presentation of female patients that we see that never really get better because they are only given one of the essential hormones they may need. After saliva testing , it was determined, as predicted ,that she would need progesterone. We provided a small amount of oral progesterone, to help with her sleep and anxiety, and she very quickly improved and within 2 weeks had near resolution of her symptoms
It is essential to measure and replace deficiencies as seen by testing. Once balanced, it is quite pleasing ,to both the patient and doctor ,on how much better one can be.
During the holiday season , stress can be overwhelming. It is very important to try and maintain some sort of stability during this time of year. This will include trying to control sugar and alcohol intake, continuing to exercise , and trying to keep healthy hormone levels.
We can certainly provide guidelines to help with each of these parameters, but calming herbs might be the most important. There are certain herbs that have been in Chinese medicine for many years that can help protect from spiking cortisol levels. These would include such herbs as ; ashwaganda,lemon balm, chamomile,and valerian root.
We see many patients in the office for bioidentical hormone therapy that at the same time have some sort of glucose or sugar metabolism disorder. Many patients have been to their primary care doctor and are simply told to diet and exercise when they find out their blood sugar is elevated We tend to have a much more comprehensive approach at Bodylogicmd of Atlanta.
In addition to hormone balance, we focus a great deal on nutrition and proper food choices. We discuss at length the proper protein, fat and carb intakes necessary to maintain proper levels. We also discuss proper supplementation and medical foods that have been shown to appropriately lower one’s glucose.
Of course , we design an exercise protocol specific to each individual’s capabilities and needs .
We now also have the capability thru a test called Pre-dx to determine one’s 5 year risk of becoming a diabetic. This is a new test available to our patients and really helps us focus on those in need of more urgent treatment plans.
Of course , none is this works optimally , if we do not balance hormones as well. Many studies show the positive effects that testosterone has on blood sugar levels . Just as many show the ill effect that high insulin and cortisol can have on glucose. Our goal will be to balance all of them