How Do Your Hormones Affect the Aging Process?

As much as we might like to, none of us can slow the passage of time. We are going to get older no matter what we do.

At the same time, there are a few measures we can take to ensure we age more slowly, gracefully, and in a healthy manner. Everyone knows it’s crucial to eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep. But not everyone knows the role hormones can play in increasing our sense of well-being as we age.

At Pacific Wellness of Ventura, Cedric Emery, MD, and his team have been providing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for years. Here’s a look at just how this therapy can work to slow the aging process.

What are hormones?

Hormones are the messengers of your body’s metabolic system. They are chemical substances that carry instructions from your brain to various organs in your body. They control many functions, such as your body’s growth and development, sleep cycle, sexual drive, and more.

A few of the important hormones in your body include:

Growth hormone

Growth hormone stimulates growth and regeneration in your bones, cells, and muscles.

Estrogen

Estrogen controls female reproductive function, and it also affects mood level, skin development, and bone density.

Testosterone

Testosterone increases physical strength, stimulates muscle growth, and is responsible for sexual development in males.

Melatonin

Melatonin regulates the sleep-wake cycle in both men and women.

What happens to our hormones as we age?

Most hormone levels decrease with age. This can have varying effects depending on each person.

In women, the dropoff in estrogen production leads to menopause. A decrease in testosterone in men leads to a decrease in sexual function and bone density. A drop in growth hormone can lead to a decrease in muscle mass and strength, while lower melatonin levels can disrupt sleeping and waking cycles.

What’s the solution?

Bioidentical hormones are natural hormones you can take to replace the declining levels of hormones in your body. Hormone replacement therapy can increase your energy, strength, bone density, well-being, and sexual function as you age.

Depending on your situation, Dr. Emery can provide natural bioidentical hormones to reignite your energy and sense of well-being, reinvigorate your libido, and help you feel young again. To learn more, book an appointment over the phone with Pacific Wellness of Ventura today.

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