At Beverly Hills Hormone Institute we provide a comprehensive approach by evaluating your concerns and goals and analyzing personal questionnaires and blood work results to eventually formulate an individualized treatment plan utilizing bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), optimization of nutritional status and, exercise coaching. The use of “bio-identical hormones” is critical to our success because BHRT replaces what is missing from the body with the exact identical chemical compound (i.e. hormones) therefore keeping the therapy more physiologically safe and sound – as compared to older methods of hormone replacement therapy which utilize synthetic chemically altered non-identical hormones.
There are six critical hormone balances that are affected as you age: human growth hormone, testosterone, progesterone, estrogen, thyroid hormones, and cortisol. Human growth hormone is kind of the master switch hormone regulating the healthygrowth and maintenance of essentially all tissues in and of the body.Testosterone although considered a “male” hormone is important for woman by providing muscle tone, strong bones, a healthy libido, balanced mood, and energy.Progesterone provides those youthful, cheerful, calming, steady, well-balanced, and fertile features.Estrogen is responsible for those sexy, fertile, strong, determined, and voluptuous characteristics of being a woman. Thyroid hormones are responsible for regulating all metabolic functions and energy production in the body and brain. Cortisol gives you energy, helps you handle stress, and enables you to be quick and active.
Everything you do including thoughts, feelings, and emotions, physical growth and maintenance, and childbearing is influenced by hormones. Thus proactively educating yourself about them, being familiar with signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance, and finally managing them are as crucial as anything else you do for your health and well-being. Proper nutrition and exercise are indeed important, but without the critical hormonal balance they will do little to benefit. If you are tired or depressed, have difficulty losing weight, diminished libido and/or zest for life, or if you are a woman who has irregular menstrual cycles, then you have symptoms suggestive of hormone imbalance.
growth hormone (HGH) can be considered the primary hormone regulating the healthy growth and maintenance of essentially all tissues in and of the body. That’s the good news. The bad news, unfortunately, is that HGH levels start dropping in your mid 20s and then dramatically through your 30s so by the time you are 40 years old your HGH level may be only one-quarter (1/4 th) of what it was when you were 19 years old. You, however, have hope. Dr. Stanton can evaluate your current situation via testing and can turn that trend around.
Common signs and symptoms of low or diminishing HGH levels:
- Decreased stamina &/or strength
- Weight gain (especially abdominal fat)
- Loss of muscle tone
- Dry & thinning skin with premature wrinkling
- Diminished Libido (sex drive)
- Depressed immune system & frequent colds
- Osteoporosis (loss of bone density)
- Joint and muscle aches and pains
- Slowed nail and hair growth
- Slowed thinking
- Poor quality sleep
If you have several of these symptoms above you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Stanton to further investigate the possibility of low HGH and if so develop a treatment plan to get you feeling lean, strong, energetic, sharp, and with glowing tight skin again.
Where menopause occurs in 100 percent of the female population, at least 30 % of men in the United States experience outward symptoms of what is popularly called "male menopause" (diminishing testosterone levels) and the other 70% if closely examined have signs of low testosterone and feel like a "new man" when treated.
Sometimes called “puberty in reverse,” male menopause – or Andropause as it is clinically diagnosed – is the period of a man’s life when production of a vital number of hormones – primarily testosterone – begins to decline. Similarly, women experience a reduction in estrogen and progesterone production during menopause. But not everyone buys into the idea that males have their own version of menopause. The public perception is that men of a certain age are having “a mid-life crisis” that will eventually pass.
Decline usually begins in the 30s but becomes significant by ages 45 - 60 but varies from man to man. There are men who remain virile into their 80s with no visible signs of reduction in the hormone, but this is extremely rare.
Common signs and symptoms of low/diminishing testosterone levels:
- Diminished libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Muscle wasting, weight gain & decrease in lean body mass
- General lack of energy
- Mood swings, depression and anxiety
- Memory loss
- Elevated cholesterol
- Anemia and osteoporosis in the later stages
It becomes evident from all these possible symptoms that testosterone plays an extensive role in male health beyond just muscle building.
If you have several of these symptoms above you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Stanton to further investigate the possibility of low testosterone and if so develop a treatment plan to get you feeling lean, strong, energetic, sharp, and sexually active again.
Measuring testosterone levels is a simple blood test that can yield significant information. It is important to measure the bio-available or “free” testosterone in the body. Bound testosterone is ineffective because it is not available to the testosterone receptors throughout the body, thus only ‘free’ testosterone will give you an accurate measurement. Unfortunately, this test isn’t ordered as often as it should be by most physicians.
Low levels of available testosterone are easily treated through a regimen of testosterone hormone weekly injections or daily gels and patches applied directly the skin. For most men, the results are dramatic and immediate.
While effective, testosterone replacement therapy should only be administered under strict medical supervision. Physicians familiar with testosterone therapy know many tricks for optimizing results while at the same time minimizing side effects – such as those related to acne, estrogen conversion, and mood swings. Candidates should first be screened for the prostate specific antigen, as prostate cancer can actually grow under testosterone therapy if the patient is predisposed. The therapy doesn’t cause the cancer but it can exacerbate it if the condition already exists.” Blood and liver enzyme levels also need to be monitored throughout the course of treatment.
Under no circumstances should a patient self-medicate such as with over-the-counter ‘natural’ products often advertised in the back of men’s magazines. These are not regulated by the FDA and can actually cause more harm than good – for example many of these products are pro-hormones that actually convert more frequently to estrogen than testosterone. Real testosterone products are tightly regulated by the DEA and labeled as “Class III” controlled substances.
Patients on Viagra or the like may also be candidates for testosterone therapy and the treatments can be prescribed simultaneously. Viagra does nothing to stimulate hormone production or the libido; it is only used to treat erectile dysfunction, which is different than low sex drive. In fact, getting testosterone levels back to normal may actually alleviate the need for that little blue pill!
Exercise is a valuable tool in staving off depletion in testosterone. Exercise and working out actually stimulate production of testosterone in the body. Inactive men who gain considerable weight may have more estrogen in their bodies, since testosterone is converted into estrogen in the peripheral fat of the body if not ‘burned off’ through a regular course of exercise.”
Whatever the case, there is an answer and a treatment. “Women have benefited greatly from hormone therapy. Men deserve the same consideration to prolong quality of life.”
Progesterone provides those youthful, cheerful, calming, steady, well-balanced, and fertile features, primarily in women. In the past progesterone was regarded as simply the “pregnancy hormone” but research has proven its role to be much more expansive. Progesterone affects many tissues other than the uterus including the urinary tract, heart, blood vessels, breasts, bones, hair, skin, pelvic muscles, and brain.
Progesterone is produced primarily after ovulation by the empty egg sac. Therefore if you don’t ovulate, you make much less progesterone. There are several other (less common) reasons for low or declining progesterone levels. These include high cortisol levels, certain synthetic chemicals that incompletely mimic and interfere with estrogen (xenoestrogens), and luteal phase defects in which you ovulate but still don’t produce an adequate amount of progesterone. All these scenarios lead to an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone. As discussed before, all hormones, especially estrogens and progesterone, are kept in a very tight critical balance in order for us to function and feel our best.
Signs and Symptoms of Low Progesterone May Include:
- Uterine fibroids
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Weight gain
- Excessive menstrual bleeding
- Increased risk of breast cancer
If you have several of these symptoms you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Stanton to further investigate the possibility of low progesterone and if so develop a treatment plan to get you feeling youthful, cheerful, balanced and like a woman again.
Estrogen provides those womanly, curvaceous/sexy, stern/driven, and confident features and characteristics in a woman. In addition estrogen in vital to the maintenance of strong bones, a healthy heart and brain function, elasticity of not only the skin but also all of the reproductive organs/genitalia and breast tissue. With menopause women experience signs and symptoms including hot flashes, irritability, insomnia, loss of sex drive, vaginal dryness, dry skin, sagging breasts, depression, and decreased memory.Bio-identical hormone replacement can decrease the risk of stroke and heart attack by 50%, reduce the risk of broken bones from osteoporosis by 50%, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease by 80%, reduce the risk of osteoarthritis by 40%, reduced the risk of periodontal disease and tooth loss by 40%, and reduce the risk of colon cancer by 30%. It can also significantly reduce wrinkles and the signs of aging –women who do not use bio-identical hormones after menopause will look older than their age.
Signs and Symptoms of Low Estrogen May Include:
- Rapid pulse rate, low blood pressure
- Fatigue that worsens during the day
- Constant fatigue, lethargy and fatigue on light exertion.
- Poor memory
- Hot flashes
- Joint pain, swelling and stiffness
- Decreased sex drive
- Osteoarthritis (joint aches & pains)
- Osteoporosis (brittle bones)
- Low back pain
- Dry &/or wrinkling skin
- Sagging breasts
- Vaginal dryness&/or looseness
- Recent unexplained weight gain
If you have several of these symptoms you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Stanton to further investigate the possibility of low estrogen and if so develop a treatment plan to get you feeling womanly, sexy, and confident again.
It is estimated that between 30% to as much as 80% of the population has some degree of low thyroid function (Hypothyroid). Even more unfortunate is the fact that this imbalance, which affects so many aspects of health, is frequently either misdiagnosed, misunderstood, or completely overlooked. Hypothyroidism can be due to a genetic inheritance, menopause/peri-menopause, exposure to certain viruses, iodine deficiency, direct physical trauma to the thyroid gland, head trauma effecting the pituitary, autoimmune disease, or environmental toxins.
Common signs and symptoms of low thyroid levels:
- Accelerated aging
- Weight gain
- Cold dry skin
- Joint and muscle pain (even Fibromyalgia)
- Memory loss
- Brain fog
- Hair thinning/loss
If you have several of these symptoms you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Stanton to further investigate the possibility of hypothyroidism and if so develop a treatment plan to get you feeling refreshed and energetic again.
Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands which sit atop the kidneys. Cortisol is considered the main “stress” hormone and in doing so helps us manage both physical and psychological stress. When cortisol levels rise in response to stressors, we get a boost of energy, our memory works better, and we’re more motivated – all positive outcomes. However, when we are bombarded by constant stress our cortisol levels remain high causing negative even toxic effects including cancer.
Common signs and symptoms of elevated cortisol levels:
- Memory malfunction
- Stomach ulcers
- High blood pressure
- Elevated cholesterol
- Weight gain
- Food & alcohol cravings
- Insulin resistance
- Heart disease
- Frequent illnesses
Because cortisol affects other hormones, in women, it can trigger problems such as infrequent ovulation and difficulty getting pregnant by suppressing estrogen and progesterone activity.
The first step in reducing cortisol levels is through proper nutrition and exercise and adequate sleep. Cut back on salt, simple sugars and white flour products, eat more frequent smaller meals (at least four a day), reduce alcohol intake, and exercise at least three times a week for at least 20-30 minutes depending on intensity. When you can’t escape the stressors or manage them through diet and exercise, the adrenal glands eventually become fatigued and cortisol levels drop below the threshold necessary to handle stress.
Common signs and symptoms of low cortisol levels:
- Stress intolerance
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Cold intolerance
- New onset of allergies
- Loss of stamina
- Weight gain (from poor blood sugar regulation)
- Aches and pains including Fibromyalgia
- Prolonged illnesses and common colds
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Heart disease
Again because cortisol affects other hormones, when it is too low it can cause Hypothyroidism because cortisol is necessary for the production and function of thyroid hormones.
If you have several of these symptoms you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Stanton to further investigate the possibility of a cortisol imbalance and if so develop a treatment plan to get you feeling bright, energetic, and healthy again.
Elimination of those things that speed up the aging process, such as heavy metal toxins (lead, mercury, arsenic, etc.) and oxygen free radicals (created “naturally” within human cells but un-naturally damage cellular DNA and thus damage cellular function/lifespan), is what Detoxification Therapy is all about! Unfortunately we are bombarded with these toxins everyday through the foods we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. As unfortunate, our own bodies create free oxygen radicals in response to these same toxins as well as any and all stressors (including trauma, surgery, and exercise, through sickness and in “health”) we encounter.
After a thorough history and physical exam, blood work can pinpoint what toxins are present and even what free oxygen radicals are being produced in excessive amounts. Detoxification therapy is sophisticated enough nowadays to target and thus eliminate each one of these cellular damaging problems. Typically it as simple as modifying ones nutrition in combination with taking specific dietary supplements &/or nutraceuticals (concentrated vitamins, herbals, and super-antioxidants) to effectively flush out these toxins/free oxygen radicals. The result is a healthier more efficiently operating cellular network and organs within the human body and mind!
Complete Body Fortification and Maintenance Therapy—
Internal Body Fortification and Body Maintenance Therapy, is the long term approach to healing the whole person, living disease-free, and living a productive rewarding life. Our approach, using cutting edge cellular nutrient fortification to feed your cells and occasionally hormone supplementation therapy to help power your cells, brings you to Optimal Health and Healing.
Optimal Health and Healing begins by using the Healthy Recovery Formula™ (HRF). HRF is the first nutraceutical formulation specifically designed by an aesthetic surgeon to enhance post-surgical recovery while helping the body’s overall chemical balance. It is designed to maximize the body’s internal mechanisms including; vascular development, central nervous system (CNS) tissue support, connective tissue regeneration, immune system health and other systems, to assure complete and rapid recovery from ANY surgical procedure. Additionally, and equally important, Healthy Recovery Formula contains anti-oxidants, minerals, super-nutrients and supplements necessary to build and maintain a lean, healthy body mass. It is truly the first comprehensive surgical food of its kind, specifically for healing and continued body maintenance.
In medical and nutritional science, it’s widely understood that the human body represents a vast mechanism of chemical interaction and metabolic activity. Every day your body’s biological systems process a variety of ingested macronutrients—proteins, fats (lipids), carbohydrates—and micronutrients—minerals, vitamins and water, maintaining a controlled, balanced equilibrium, assuring that your body continues to grow/function normally, repair itself and fend off potentially harmful microbial invaders.
Optimal nutrition, before and after surgery, is generally considered a prerequisite prior to any surgical procedure being performed. Most patients are advised, in advance, that the best method to reduce post-surgical complications and increase the rate of recovery is proper and appropriate health and nutritional balance.
In Truth & Health
Ryan A. Stanton, M.D.