Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a safe, effective, and reliable medical therapy that combats the biological effects of aging. BHRT works by bringing your body’s vital hormones such as testosterone, human growth hormone, and estrogen back up to optimal levels through the use of natural plant-based substances.
Unlike harmful “synthetic” hormones, these natural substances are called “bioidentical” because they have an identical molecular structure and chemical composition as our own hormones. Once in the body, these natural hormones generate the same physiologic responses as your body’s own hormones.
Bioidentical hormones can be administered orally, topically, by injection, or by inserting a pellet underneath your skin. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages. By consulting with Dr. Lara or one of his trained physicians, you can find out which method may be best for your lifestyle.
In conjunction with a healthy diet and lifestyle, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy helps you achieve your goals by utilizing some of these natural hormones:
Testosterone: A sex hormone produced by both men and women which inhibits the storage of fat, especially in problem areas like the abdomen.
Progesterone: A sex hormone produced by men and women that facilitates the conversion of stored body fat to energy. This is often prescribed to women to control the urge to overeat, a symptom of progesterone imbalance.
DHEA: A hormone that promotes weight loss by increasing the body’s metabolism, preventing fat storage, and suppressing the appetite for dietary fats.
Human Growth Hormone (HCG): A hormone that converts body fat into muscle mass and inhibits the production of body fat. It also improves the immune system.
Estradiol: A form of estrogen that helps women control their appetite and sugar cravings.
Insulin: A hormone responsible for glucose absorption in the liver, muscles, and fat tissues that helps to regulate your body’s fat metabolism.
The symptoms and level of hormonal imbalance varies from person to person. Research shows that the production of growth hormone and testosterone in men begins to decline at age 30 and by their early 40’s, most women start to lose estrogen. For men, that means you might begin to experience symptoms of fatigue and weight gain that compound over time. For women, you may begin to experience symptoms of early menopause such as vaginal dryness and mood swings that become more severe over time. By closely monitoring your hormonal levels with a physician, you can counteract these symptoms of aging and actually improve your health.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy requires a comprehensive analysis and careful monitoring. By consulting with Dr. Lara’s team, we can analyze your hormonal levels and assess whether a personalized BHRT program may be something for you. Our bioidentical hormone replacement program is based on the latest evidence-based research and is guided by our total wellness philosophy. Along your journey, we’ll help educate you on nutrition and supplementation as well as lifestyle changes to give you a greater sense of balance on your health journey.