Complete Hormone Evaluation
Balancing your hormones is essential to feeling energetic and achieving health goals. Our physicians are trained experts in evaluating the balance of all hormonal systems, including thyroid, adrenal, sexual, and growth hormone levels. We will briefly review each system for you here.
The thyroid gland is often under-analyzed with a brief TSH level by most conventional physicians. However, the thyroid gland is responsible for making your clock tick, or your basal metabolic rate. Without adequate thyroid hormone, your body moves slower, thinks slower, burns less calories, gains more weight, grows slower nails, loses hair, and causes brain fog. The list of effects for thyroid hormone could go on indefinitely. Therefore, we assess the thyroid completely with a complete panel of TSH, Total T4, Total T3, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, Anti-Thyroglobulin, and Anti-Thyroperoxidase antibodies. Using the entire panel and your symptoms, we can determine your thyroid balance and optimize it as needed.
Diurnal Cortisol for Adrenal Fatigue:
The adrenal glands have been overlooked for decades yet adrenal fatigue is arguably the most common medical condition that Americans experience. The adrenal glands produce cortisol, the stress hormone. When you are stressed, your cortisol levels increase. Centuries ago, stress peaked when tigers or bears jumped out of nearby bushes. Nowadays, stress levels start high when you wake up, worrying about bills, relationships, and success. Then, stress levels continue to rise and hit even higher peaks when a car pulls out in front of you or when you spill coffee on yourself. Yet, many Americans do not take the time to relax, meditate, or be mindful of their current situation. Your adrenal glands can only maintain this high level of stress for a certain period of time before burning out and under-producing cortisol. Then, your body begins to defy you by being fatigued, having brain fog, causing poor focus, forgetting things, and decreasing motivation. When you hit this point, you are already into stage two or three adrenal fatigue. Cortisol is a crucial hormone to success. Testing cortisol levels is performed by collecting salivary samples four times throughout the day in order to evaluate your diurnal cortisol pattern.
Testosterone Levels for Men:
Similar to female sexual hormone balance, low testosterone is becoming more common in men of all ages. The environmental toxins, xenoestrogens, and obesity epidemic has caused average testosterone levels to sink quickly. Our physicians collect a total testosterone, free testosterone, and estradiol (estrogen) level to assess your testosterone production and function. Our physicians do not believe in waiting until total testosterone drops below 300 to begin treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms of low testosterone, and your testosterone levels are inadequate, we will recommend testosterone replacement if it is right for you. We can even perform testosterone pellet implantation the same day if time allows.
Female Hormone Balance (Bioidentical Hormone Replacement):
Similar to adrenal fatigue above, many women experience hormonal balance decades earlier than women in previous generations. Toxins and xenoestrogens have entered our environment, and they are causing earlier signs of menopause. Our physicians are trained to evaluate women for signs of premenopause, estrogen dominance, PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), and many more. These hormonal balances can happen at any age, so it is important to be tested. Females that have regular monthly periods need to have hormone levels collected 21 days after the first day of spotting. If you have signs of hormonal imbalance, all of our physicians are trained to use Bioidentical Hormones at any age. We are also able to implant bioidentical hormone pellets for better absorption and ease of hormonal balance. If needed, we can also prescribe other methods of hormone replacement if needed, like oral birth control, Depo-Provera, Nexplanon, Mirena. We prefer to use Paragard, which is a non-hormonal Intra-uterine device (IUD).
Growth Hormone Optimization (Sermorelin):
Growth hormone is the hormone of youth. Have you ever wondered why kids have so much energy? Why they heal so quickly? It is because growth hormone levels are at their highest during childhood. As everyone ages, growth hormone levels decline. This descent is encouraged by toxins, fatigue, stress, weight gain, and medical problems. If you have inadequate growth hormone, you are predisposed to poor muscle recovery, inadequate weight loss, poor sleep, low energy, and high visceral fat. This deficiency causes a downward spiral in most people and is likely a large contributor in the obesity epidemic. In order to fix suboptimal growth hormone levels, it takes clean eating, excellent sleep, and vigorous, high intensity exercise. However, suboptimal growth hormone levels prevent you from making this lifestyle change! This phenomenon is a Catch 22! Luckily, growth hormone production can be increased with a hormone called Sermorelin, GHRP2, and GHRP6. These hormones tell the pituitary gland to make more growth hormone which reverses all of the effects listed above. Then, it becomes natural to exercise more, sleep better, and lose weight. Growth hormone is vital for a long, healthy life – do not underestimate its beneficial effects!