Hormones: How They Work and What Happens When They Don’t

Hormones are chemical messengers in your body that enable key biological processes like metabolism, fertility, and, in our younger years, growth. They also influence – to varying degrees – such important matters as our sex drive, mood, cognitive abilities, immune system, and virtually every other biological function. When your hormones are out of balance, all of these functions can be impaired.

How Exactly Do Hormones Work?

The short and simple version is as follows: The brain sends signals to key glands throughout the body (i.e., the endocrine system). These glands react by releasing specific hormones into the bloodstream. While every hormone works differently, each one plays a key role in the chemical reactions required to maintain good health.

When Hormone Production Diminishes or Becomes Unbalanced

Hormone production naturally declines with age, but it can also become unbalanced because of other causes such as illness, diet, stress, trauma, as well as environmental factors.

Among the most important hormones are estrogen and progesterone in women and testosterone in both sexes. It’s important to add here that, contrary to common belief, while women produce less testosterone than men, it’s important for everyone.

Many of the symptoms that occur due to hormonal deficiencies are gender-specific, including those associated with menopause for women and erectile dysfunction in men. At the same time, all of us can suffer decreased cognitive abilities, fatigue, decreased sex drive and satisfaction, abnormal weight gain or loss, and more.

What Can be Done about Abnormal Hormone Levels?

A hormone therapy clinic offers treatments like bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to counteract the effects of diminishing hormone levels. Through the use of hormones that are essentially identical to those already found in the body, many of the aforementioned symptoms can be halted or reversed. These techniques not only deal with specific issues but can also significantly improve a patient’s overall health and quality of life.

Revitalize Anti Aging Centers

For hormone replacement therapy in Los Angeles, Revitalize Anti Aging Centers may be your best solution. For more info, call the number above or visit our contact page. Our offices are in Encino and we serve patients from throughout the LA area including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Tarzana, Reseda, and Woodland Hills.