Hormones control virtually all the functions of the body. As we age, hormone levels begin to decline, accelerating both physical and mental degeneration. Hormone levels can also be inadequate in individuals of any age due to genetic abnormalities and interference of hormone receptor action through exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the environment.
Most adults begin to experience a significant loss of hormones after their mid-20s. For women, childbirth, peri-menopause, and post-menopause alter hormone levels. Most men lose half of their prime hormones by their mid-40s.
The goal of hormone replacement therapy is to restore hormone levels to optimal ranges in order to reduce or eliminate symptoms and allow individuals to enjoy health and vitality throughout the life span. Preventive medicine focuses on disease prevention and improved quality of life. When hormone levels are treated and restored to optimal levels, we can experience an increased quality of health, vitality, and an abundance of life.