Anti-Aging Bioidentical Female
Dr. Mengsheng Lin OMD, LAC.
Aging is natural, if you live long enough! Death is natural too, so are wrinkles! But, who doesn’t fight the inevitable? Aging is caused by the slow and steady decline in our natural hormones. Our hormones including thyroid hormones, sex hormones and adrenal
hormones are at their peak when we are young healthy adults, but decline with age
Hormones are bioidentical chemical messengers made by the hormone producing
glands in the body, known as the endocrine glands. The term hormone is derived from the
Greek root hormaein, which means to arouse to action or to excite. Hormones are
secreted through glandular tissue into the blood stream and are carried to different areas
of the body where they exert their effect. The endocrine system allows the body to
respond to both internal and external conditions in order to maintain the body’s internal
equilibrium and balance. Ultimately the brain controls the hormonal production by
sending messengers, called neurotransmitters, to the endocrine glands signaling them to
action. The hormones are produced in minute amounts and are measured in picograms
(parts per billion), yet they are very powerful. The influence of the various hormones on
the functions of our body is profound. They regulate our growth, sex characteristics,
reproductive capabilities and the energy production or metabolism that enables the cells
of our body to perform their functions. Several glands that produce hormones include the
thyroid gland, the ovaries, the testes, and the adrenal glands. The hormones produced by
these glands work together synergistically, enhancing one another’s function when they
are properly balanced.
The decline in hormones is associated with the onset of degenerative problems such as heart disease, hypertension, strokes, adult onset diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. Numerous symptoms occur with hormonal decline as we age includes loss of energy, weight gain, decreased mental sharpness, depression, anxiety, irritability, joint and muscle pains, headaches, sluggish bowel function, hair loss, cold sensitivities, numbness and tingling in the extremities, insomnia, restless sleep, tiredness after sleep, afternoon fatigue, loss of stamina and endurance, decreased libido, loss of sexual potency, irregular menstrual cycles, fibrocystic breast disease, uterine fibroids, and loss of resistance to infections. These symptoms are so common that they are considered normal by most individuals and physicians. However, they are not normal; rather, they are a sign of a decline in bio-identical hormones that accompanies aging. These symptoms indicate that our bodies are transitioning from health and wellness to sickness and tiredness.
Since aging is caused by a decline in our natural hormones, it can be easily corrected by bio-identical hormone replacement. Think of hormonal decline as a drought. If your grass and plants are withering during the summer months due to a heat wave and lack of rain, you can accept it as natural and normal or you can water your yard to ensure that your grass and plants live. By the same token, when your hormones decline, as they inevitably will, you can replenish them with the same natural, bio-identical hormones, restoring your health, or you can suffer the drought of hormones with all the associated problems.
For females, menopause symptoms are related to a decline in the production of certain hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA. Restoration of the proper balance of hormones can relieve the menopause symptoms and enable a 2
woman to feel like her youthful self again. Restoring a youthful hormone balance also
helps protect against osteoporosis, mental depression, thinner skin, immune dysfunction,
and a host of other age-related diseases and discomfort.
ESTROGEN DOMINANCE & PROGESTERON DEFICIENCY
Estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency are the most common problems that
are encountered by women usually beginning in their late 40’s...
Estrogen dominance is a term coined by Dr. John Lee in his first book on natural
progesterone. It describes a condition where a woman can have deficient, normal or
excessive estrogen, but has little or no progesterone to balance its effects in the body.
Even a woman with low estrogen levels can have estrogen dominance symptoms if she
doesn’t have any progesterone.
The three estrogen hormones, estrone, estradiol and estriol, affect every cell in a
woman’s body. These hormones:
? stimulate growth of the lining of the womb or uterus,
? cause breast tissue to develop and grow,
? promote fat storage and weight gain,
? promote fluid retention,
? cause thickening of the blood,
? decrease bone loss, but do not stimulate new bone growth,
? increase emotional sensitivity,
? activate progesterone receptors,
? inhibit the sex drive,
? stimulate the production of thyroid binding globulin by the liver, inhibiting the
action of the thyroid hormones, and
? cause feminization.
Progesterone is the hormone secreted by the ovaries after a woman produces an egg during the middle of her menstrual cycle. Progesterone is the dominant female hormone
for the last half of the menstrual cycle. Estrogen and progesterone work in
synchronization with each other as checks and balances to achieve hormonal harmony in
both sexes. Female hormonal balance between the estrogen hormones and progesterone
is essential in order for women to obtain and maintain health and wellness. The three
human estrogen hormones have numerous effects on the body which require the balance
of progesterone to prevent the hyper effects of estrogen dominance which can lead to a
host of health problems. It is not the absolute deficiency of estrogen or progesterone but
rather the relative dominance of estrogen and relative deficiency of progesterone that is
main cause of health problems when they are off balance.
Progesterone has the following effects which counterbalance the estrogen hormones:
? matures the uterine lining preventing excess buildup of tissue,
? inhibits breast tissue overgrowth, preventing fibrocystic breast disease,
? has a diuretic effect which mobilizes fluid, decreasing swelling,
? enhances the action of thyroid hormones, increasing metabolism,
? stimulates the production of new bone, protecting against osteoporosis,
? increases the sex drive,
? protects against breast cancer and uterine cancer,
? thins the blood, preventing blood clots,
? supports the function of the adrenal glands,
? elevates mood, and
? promotes pregnancy.
Good health occurs when the hormones in the body are produced in adequate amounts and are in balance. Think of this as hormonal harmony, as if the hormones are a symphony orchestra. If one section of the orchestra, say the brass section, is too loud, then this will drown out the other sections of the orchestra and ruin the symphony. However, while sex hormones such as estrogen and progesterone decline with age
gradually, there is a drastic change in the rate of decline in these two hormones during the perimenopausal and menopausal years for women.
From age 35 to 50, there is a 75% reduction in production of progesterone in the body. Estrogen, during the same period, only declines about 35%. By menopause, the total
amount of progesterone made is extremely low, while estrogen is still present in the body at about half its pre-menopausal level. With the gradual drop in estrogen but severe drop in progesterone, there is insufficient progesterone to counteract the amount of estrogen in our body. Many women in their mid-thirties, most women during peri-menopause (mid-
forties), and essentially all women during menopause (age 50 and beyond) are overloaded with estrogen and at the same time suffering from progesterone deficiency because of the severe drop in physiological production of this hormone during this period. The end result is excessive estrogen relative to progesterone, a condition we call estrogen dominance.
According to Dr. John Lee, the world's authority on natural hormone therapy, the key to hormonal balance is the modulation of progesterone to estrogen ratio. For optimum
health, the progesterone to estrogen ratio should be between 200 and 300 to 1.
Depending on the degree of the progesterone deficiency, estrogen dominance may manifest itself. Estrogen dominance is the root cause of a myriad of illnesses. The
symptoms and conditions associated with this include:
? Acceleration of the aging process
? Allergies, including asthma, hives, rashes, sinus congestion
? Autoimmune disorders such as lupus erythematosis and thyroiditis, and possibly
? Breast cancer
? Breast tenderness
? Cervical dysplasia
? Cold hands and feet as a symptom of thyroid dysfunction ? Copper excess
? Decreased sex drive
? Depression with anxiety or agitation ? Dry eyes
? Early onset of menstruation
? Endometrial (uterine) cancer
? Fat gain, especially around the abdomen, hips and thighs ? Fatigue
? Fibrocystic breasts
? Foggy thinking
? Gallbladder disease
? Hair Loss
? Increased blood clotting (increasing risk of strokes) ? Infertility
? Irregular menstrual periods
? Magnesium deficiency
? Memory loss
? Mood swings
? Polycystic ovaries
? Premenopausal bone loss
? Prostate cancer
? Sluggish metabolism
? Thyroid dysfunction mimicking hypothyroidism
? Uterine cancer
? Uterine fibroids
? Water retention, bloating
? Zinc deficiency
Strictly speaking, it's possible that we are all -- men, women and children -- suffering
a little from estrogen dominance, because there is so much of it in our environment. You would have to virtually live in a bubble to escape the excess estrogens we're exposed to through pesticides, plastics, industrial waste products, car exhaust, meat, soaps and much of the carpeting, furniture and paneling that we live with indoors every day. You may have on-and-off sinus problems, headaches, dry eyes, asthma or cold hands and feet for example, and not know to attribute them to your exposure to xenohormones. Over time the exposure will cause more chronic problems such as arthritis and premenopause symptoms, and may be a direct or indirect cause of cancer.
BIOIDENTICAL HORMONES vs. COUNTERFEIT HORNONES
When our bodies no longer produce our hormones in adequate amounts to maintain good health, we should restore our faltering hormone levels with the same biologically identical hormones that our bodies currently make. The term bioidentical does not refer to the source from which they are derived. Because the supplemented bioidentical hormone molecules are exactly the same as those which we produce, they are identical in action. The cells of the human body benefit from the supplemented bio-identical hormones in identically the same way as they benefit from the hormones which the human body
The cells of our body have receptors for each of our bio-identical hormones. When we supplement with bioidentical hormone supplementation, we are replenishing the body with the same identical hormone molecules that our body has always made. Because
these hormones are bioidentical, they bind quickly to the receptors and cause the
appropriate effect. Our body has enzymes which break down the bioidentical hormones quickly and metabolize them so that they can be excreted from our system.
Bioidentical hormones are derived from diosgenin, a plant molecule found in soybeans and wild yams. Diosgenin is extracted from these plants and converted into progesterone in the laboratory. Progesterone can then be converted into the three human estrogen hormones, estrone, estradiol, and estriol, and also converted into human
estosterone, cortisol, dihydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and pregnenolone.
Counterfeit hormones produced by drug companies have different molecular structures than the bio-identical hormones. They bind to the receptors in our cells in such a way that they are not easily broken down and removed by human body. It may take