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Hormone Replacement Therapy Positively Impacts Inflammation in Both Men and Women

February 12th, 2020

Due to imbalanced hormones, both women and men are more vulnerable to inflammation and its associated illnesses as they get older. In fact, numerous research studies have shown a direct correlation between hormone imbalances and a multitude of chronic conditions that are related to inflammation. For conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and others like them, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can stabilize hormone levels and provide lasting relief.

Hormone Replacement Therapy and CPCs

Some studies have shown that BHRT can increase the body’s production of CPC’s (chondrogenic progenitor cells). These cells are responsible for repairing cartilage in conditions like arthritis. But without proper hormone levels, CPCs don’t have the support they need to do their job well. Supplementing hormones like estrogen and testosterone in amounts that are appropriate for each patient can give these cells the boost they need.

Better Sleep Means Better Health

It is also well-established that poor sleep health negatively impacts conditions related to chronic inflammation. For men, testosterone imbalances can make it difficult for the body to create enough serotonin to make a restful night’s sleep possible. Low testosterone levels can even contribute to sleep apnea and night sweats. And low growth hormone levels can further disrupt healthy sleep patterns.  For women, estrogen takes on this important role, and an imbalance in this hormone, as well as progesterone and low growth hormone, will cause similar issues.

Natural Pain Management

In addition to improving overall health, BHRT can provide natural pain relief. Both testosterone and progesterone have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties that can provide symptom relief in those suffering from inflammation-related conditions. These hormones, when present at the optimal amounts, can also reduce pain by increasing the body’s own natural opioid production. And unlike a pain medication, these hormones do more than just relieve the pain associated with these conditions. They also help the body to repair the damage that has caused the pain in the first place.

Why Individualized Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Is Best

While synthetic hormones have been available for many years, today we know that synthetic hormones and other one-size-fits-all treatments have side effects that often outweigh the benefits they provide. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy seeks to do better than that. Unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are molecularly the same as what the human body produces naturally on its own. But there’s more. When done properly, dosing is individualized and adjusted based upon each patient’s unique needs. This fine-tuning of dosages, combined with continued monitoring, helps to prevent the side effects that can occur when patients receive more or less of a hormone than is optimal.

If you suffer from chronic pain and inflammation, we look forward to helping you get back to the way you felt before chronic illness or pain began affecting your life. Call us at (800) 859-7511 for a free consultation.

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