Hormone imbalances are often neglected as part of a whole patient assessment. Symptoms can be vague; inexplicable fatigue, poor sleep, inability to lose weight, and poor stress management are just a few. Sometimes these symptoms can even be misdiagnosed as depression. Ways2Well takes a look at hormones as part of a root cause for the symptoms, and we often find that sub-optimal hormone levels (less than your body needs to perform at it’s best) are the underlying cause of these vague symptoms. Imbalanced hormones can also be part of a vicious cycle! Poor hormone production can be caused by poor sleep, stress, poor nutrition, or it can be something that occurs naturally with age.
WHAT IS HORMONE OPTIMIZATION?
Everyone goes through periods of hormonal imbalance over the course of their life which can lead to frustraing symptoms like sudden exhaustion, weight gain, dry skin, low energy, and low sex drive. Ways2Well uses comprehensive blood labs to evaluate your individual hormone levels. Our clinical team evaluates current symptoms to help guide the course of treatment. If hormone levels are below the optimal range and symptoms are present, our clinician will work with you to formulate a plan to help improve hormone function or replace the hormones your body is no longer making. The key to success is not a number, but rather, symptom resolution. Ways2Well will do scheduled blood test follow ups to ensure you are hitting your wellness goals, improving and reducing symptoms, and maintaining healthy levels of hormone function.
HOW WOULD I KNOW IF MY HORMONES ARE IMBALANCED?
If you are experiencing any symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, thin/dry skin, or simply not feeling yourself, a simple blood test can tell you what you are missing. Often times, there are deficiencies in vitamins, minerals, nutrition, and sleep that affect hormone production, and correcting this can improve hormone function naturally.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HORMONE TREATMENTS?
The benefits of hormone optimization include overall energy improvement, increased vitality, improved sex drive, weight loss, and slowing the aging process. The risks are dependent on family history and hormones treated. Hormone optimization seeks to achieve optimal ranges of all hormones, which can include Vitamin D, Thyroid, Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone, Insulin, and Cholesterol to name a few.
HOW DO HORMONES AFFECT MY WEIGHT?
Excess weight is one of the most common complaints from patients in need of hormone optimization. Most often, patients are unaware of how insulin and blood sugar play a part in fat storage and utilization of fuel. Ways2Well checks insulin, blood glucose, and hemoglobin A1C to make sure your metabolism is functioning at its most optimal ability. We utilize Metformin to help control insulin resistance, Chromium to help break down carbohydrates more efficiently, DHEA and Resveratrol for anti-aging, hormone supportive benefits. Insulin is a hormone, and much like all the others, if it is not functioning properly, can wreak havoc on your metabolism causing you to store unwanted fat.