Over the past 50 years, a growing body of basic science and clinical research has improved our understanding of how the endocrine system interacts with the immune and nervous systems in regulating growth and repair of tissue. This interaction between these systems allows us to adapt and survive in our environment. These molecular messengers regulate our bodies’ temperature, reproduction, growth, aging, immune function, tissue maintenance and repair.
Aging and decreased tissue maintenance and repair
The nervous system and protein regulators (hormones) regulate internal organ systems in function as well as affect the way we feel and perceive our environment. Unfortunately, both men and women experience a deminunition in quantity and function of these life-sustaining hormones as we age. An important preventative medicine strategy has evolved; a new paradigm of care called Bioidentical Hormone Replacement (BHRT). Many physicians assume that age-related hormonal decline is a natural unavoidable consequence of old age. Mainstream medical thought as a whole has been slow to adopt hormone replacement therapy to the aging community. Contemporary clinical and basic science research from multiple sources has shown that hormonal senescence impacts aging, tissue repair, and OPTIMAL functioning. See Rouzier, Neal, MD. How to Achieve Healthy Aging, second edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Worldlinkmedical Publisher.
Preventative Role of Hormones
Of great excitement is the understanding of the hormone’s preventative role in cardiovascular disease, stroke, dementia, cognitive function, macular degeneration, prevention of bone loss and cancer prevention. With optimization of hormone levels and the concurrent benefit of function and vitality, a potent preventative medicine strategy is enhanced. Examples of hormone deficiency include: loss of muscle mass strength and endurance; depression; sleep difficulties; degenerative diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis; a compromised immune system with increased visceral fat, depression and stress intolerance, insulin resistance, fatigue, disordered sleep and loss of sex drive.
Benefits of BioIdentical Replacement Therapy
Replacement of these maintenance and repair hormones to optimal physiological levels has been shown to alleviate many of the changes associated with the declining of these molecular regulators of our repair processes. Specifically, many of the hormone receptor sites and cells tend to change with age and become less sensitive. They become more resistant to hormonal stimulation which results in decreased cellular function, protein synthesis and cellular and tissue repair. This leads to the signs and symptoms of dysfunctional aging that can be minimized by optimizing the levels of hormones to improve cellular function. See How to Achieve Healthy Aging by Dr. Neal Rouzier www.worldlinkmedical.com.
“Whole-food, plant-based diets are profoundly important in preventing and even treating disease”. See the Campbell Plan, Thomas Campbell MD.