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The Truth About Bio-Identical Hormones


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Holistic physician, Dr. Vivian DeNise explains the difference between bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and synthetic hormones. She also details symptoms and medical conditions that may result from unbalanced hormones and benefits of getting balanced by an expert holistic doctor.

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The Truth About Bio-Identical Hormones

  1. 1. Vivian F. DeNise,DOIntegrative PhysicianPatients Medical
  2. 2.  A holistic medical center Full-service
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  11. 11. Introducing our speaker: Vivian DeNise, DO Integrative Medicine
  12. 12.  Completed her medical degree at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine Certifications in Integrative Medicine with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M)
  13. 13.  Specialties include  Hormonal Imbalances  Nutritional Deficiency  Thyroid Disorders  Gastro-Intestinal Problems  Detoxification  And many more!
  14. 14. There are receptors everywhere in the body for estrogen, progesterone and testosterone in both men and women.
  15. 15.  Brain Bone, Muscle, Joints Heart Blood Vessels Bladder Liver Kidney Genitals Nerves Skin and Hair Follicles
  16. 16. To achieve BalancedHormone Optimization tothat of a 25-30 year oldlevel using Bio-IdenticalHormones.
  17. 17.  They are identical to the molecular structure of hormones produced by human female or males. They are NOT:  Xeno hormones  Horse hormones  Synthetic hormones
  18. 18.  Atom for atom identical to human hormones  Not horse hormones  Not chemically altered No increased risk for cancer Less risk for heart disease Less mortality Needed for Bone, Brain, Quality of Life
  19. 19.  Testosterone Estrogens, Progesterone DHEA, Pregnenaolone Cortisol Thyroid: T3, T4 Vitamin D Growth Hormone
  20. 20.  Hormones Neurotransmitters Medications Emotions Diet Sleep
  21. 21.  Estrogens ▪ Estrone=E1 ▪ Estradiol=E2 ▪ Estriol=E3 Progesterone Testosterone
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  23. 23. PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)-Cyclical mental and physical symptoms preceding the menstrual cycle.
  24. 24.  Peri-menopause-Can begin to occur 10-20 years prior to menopause associated with cyclical changes in menses as well as mental/physical symptoms. ▪ Early- changes occur rarely and resolve ▪ Middle-changes occur often and for longer ▪ Late-changes occur continuously. Menopause-no menstrual bleeding for 1 year
  25. 25.  Deficiencies can start years before menopause in peri- menopause  Poor sleep, anxiety, PMS- Progesterone  Low Libido, decreased memory-Testosterone  Low energy, hot flashes, vaginal dryness- Estrogen
  26. 26.  Balances Estrogens, Progesterone, and Testosterone Every woman needs a unique balance Not every woman needs estrogen Progesterone protects against breast cancer Unlike “progestins” natural progesterone does not have androgenic or anti androgenic effects.
  27. 27.  Hot flashes Night sweats Fatigue Vaginal Dryness Poor memory and Foggy thinking Low energy
  28. 28.  Depressed mood Decreased concentration Decreased sexual desire or libido Excessive daytime sleepiness Stress incontinence and UTI’s Osteoporosis, Cardiovascular disease, Dementia
  29. 29.  Agitated Anxiety Weight gain Water retention Headaches Swollen or tender breasts Bloating Spotting or breakthrough bleeding Mood swings Poor sleep Achy joints Excessive bleeding
  30. 30.  Increase blood pressure Increase triglycerides Increase estrone Cause gallstones Elevate liver enzymes Increase SHBG (decreases testosterone) Interrupt tyrptophan metabolism and consequently serotonin metabolism Causes blood clots to form
  31. 31.  Decreases HbA1c Decreases total cholesterol Decreases LDL Decreases HS-CRP Decreases IL-6 and TNF-inflammatory cytokines implicated in autoimmune, cardiovascular, osteoporosis and Alzheimers NO increase risk of stroke or venous thrombosis
  32. 32. Usually the first hormone to become deficient in peri-menopause.
  33. 33.  Agitation Irritability, aggressiveness Anxiety, anger Weight gain Water retention Headaches Swollen or tender breasts
  34. 34.  Bloating Spotting or breakthrough bleeding Mood swings Poor sleep, insomnia Achy joints Excessive bleeding Endometriosis Fibrocystic breasts
  35. 35.  Impaired production Low LH Increased prolactin production Stress Antidepressants Excessive arginine consumption Sugar Saturated fat Deficiency of vitamins A, B6, C, zinc Decreased thyroid hormone
  36. 36.  Called progestins Progestins do not reproduce the same actions of natural progesterone
  37. 37.  Increases appetite Weight gain Fluid retention Irritability Depression Headache Decreases energy Bloating Breast tenderness Decreases sexual interest
  38. 38.  Acne Hair loss Nausea Insomnia Interferes with the body’s own production of progesterone Does not help balance estrogen Remains in the body longer Can cause spasm of coronary arteries
  39. 39.  Stops the protective affects estrogen has on the heart May make the symptoms of progesterone loss worse Increases LDL Decreases HDL Protects only the uterus from cancer Counteracts many of the positive effects of estrogen on serotonin
  40. 40.  Orally Transdermal cream
  41. 41.  Helps balance estrogen Leaves the body quickly Improves sleep Natural calming effect Lowers high blood pressure Helps the body use and eliminate fats Lowers cholesterol
  42. 42.  May protect against breast cancer Increases scalp hair Helps balance fluids in the cells Increases metabolic rate Natural diuretic Natural antidepressant Is anti-inflammatory
  43. 43.  Stimulates the production of new bone Enhances the action of thyroid hormones Improves libido Helps restore proper cell oxygen levels Induces conversion of E1 to the inactive E1S form Promotes Th2 immunity Is neuroprotective, promotin g myelination
  44. 44.  Synthetic progestins increase Breast Cancer Risk Progesterone decreases Breast Cancer Risk
  45. 45.  Increases fat storage Elevates cortisol Increases insulin resistance Increases appetite and carbohydrate cravings Relaxes the smooth muscles of the gut (This can cause bloating, fullness, and constipation. It can also contribute to gallstones.)
  46. 46.  Testosterone is needed for a sense of well being Strength especially upper body Libido Usually decreased in peri-menopausal and menopausal women Body composition Bone density DHEA can increase Testosterone in women but not in men
  47. 47.  Increases sexual interest Increases sense of emotional well-being Increases muscle mass and strength Helps maintain memory Helps skin from sagging Decreases excess body fat Helps maintain bone strength Elevates norepinephrine in the brain (tricyclic affect)
  48. 48.  Muscle wasting Weight gain Fatigue Low self-esteem Decreased HDL Dry, thin skin, with poor elasticity Thinning and dry hair Droopy eyelids Sagging cheeks Thin lips Anxiety
  49. 49.  Menopause Childbirth Chemotherapy Adrenal stress or burnout Endometriosis Depression Psychological trauma Birth control pills HMG-CoA-reductase inhibitors
  50. 50.  Testosterone replacement P.O. or transdermally. Use the bio-identical form. Methyltestosterone has been associated with an increase in liver cancer. If used transdermally must rotate sites. In order for testosterone to work well, estradiol must also be optimized. Without enough estrogen, testosterone cannot attach to brain receptors. If testosterone is given alone it can increase plaque formation.
  51. 51.  Decrease calorie intake Increase protein in the diet Take the amino acids arginine, leucine, glutamine Exercise Get enough sleep Lose weight Reduce stress Take zinc if deficient (Zinc is needed for the metabolism of testosterone.)
  52. 52. When used in conjunction with BHRT there is even a lower incidence of breast cancer compared to HRT alone.
  53. 53.  Seen every 3 months or sooner if needed Labs every 3 months initially and as needed depending on where patient is in life May take up to 6 months to get full benefit
  54. 54.  Stress Diet Environmental
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