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Stress Relief from Balanced Hormones???

by: Vanessa Dean

Can balanced hormones in men and women help reduce anxiety during these stressful times? Watch this video to see what Dr. Vanessa Dean has to say about this very popular topic.

DID YOU KNOW…
Hormones tie into so many other facets of your health, including your response to stress?

WHY IS STRESS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH?
Stress creates an inflammatory response to the whole body and inflammation is the foundation of disease development. THAT’S RIGHT. Inflammation leads to disease if it is not properly corrected.

Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many other health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

HOW CAN HORMONE THERAPY HELP WITH STRESS?
Testosterone therapy – for men and women – has anti-inflammatory effects on the body? So, if you haven’t done so already, you could consider finding out whether hormone optimization is for you.

Taking steps to manage stress can have many health benefits. In addition to keeping your hormones balanced, here are additional ways to manage stress:

  • MOVE: Exercise regularly. When you think of exercise, it doesn’t have to mean going to the gym and weight lifting for hours or over exerting yourself on the treadmill. Simply incorporating physical activity every day can make a difference, even if that means taking a 20 minute walk. New to yoga? Check out this 5-minute beginner’s flow!
  • BREATHE: Practicing relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga, tai chi or massage.
  • LAUGH: Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins. These are the body’s natural feel-good chemicals, which promote an overall sense of well-being and reduced stress.
  • LOVE: Spend time with family and friends. If you can’t physically be with them, video chats can ease your stress also. Be sure to communicate anything that is stressing you to a good friend or loved one. The simple act of talking about what is stressing you out can help.
  • GET SOME “ME TIME” Set aside time for hobbies, such as reading a book or listening to music

Top 5 Myths About Testosterone Use In Women

Think testosterone is just for guys? Think again. Testosterone plays a crucial role in women’s health, too, and it’s not what you think. Women across the globe are discovering, with the help of SottoPelle® Therapy, a bioidentical hormone replacement, that testosterone therapy can ease their symptoms of menopause and improve their quality of life in more ways than one.

Let’s take a look at the top 5 myths about testosterone use and women.

  1. Myth #1: Testosterone is a “male” hormone. While we usually associate testosterone with men, the fact is that testosterone is an extremely important part of the hormonal system in both sexes. Testosterone is, in fact, the most abundant biologically active hormone in women! The androgen receptor for testosterone is actually found on the X chromosome. However, testosterone became a member of the “boys only” club, it isn’t based on science.
  2. Myth #2: In women, testosterone only helps with sex drive and libido. Yes, testosterone is the most abundant active sex steroid present in a woman throughout her lifespan, but that’s not where its influence ends. Functional androgen receptors (molecules that bind to testosterone and other androgens to perform specific functions for cells) are located in almost all tissues in the female body, including the breast, heart, blood vessels, gastrointestinal tract, lung, brain, spinal cord, nerves, bladder, uterus, ovaries, endocrine glands, vaginal tissue, skin, bone, muscle and more. This is why testosterone replacement therapy can help women not only with sexual issues, but also with bone loss, muscle loss, urinary complaints, breast pain, rheumatoid complaints, incontinence, and fatigue, just to name a few.
  3. Myth #3: Testosterone masculinizes women. Large doses of testosterone will create a masculinizing effect, as evidenced by hormone treatment for transgender persons. But low dose, individualized testosterone treatments, such as those used with SottoPelle® Therapy, a bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, are designed to bring testosterone levels up to normal, not to exceed them. Any unwanted side effects can be reversed by lowering the dose. Some research has even shown that low doses of testosterone not only don’t masculinize women, they also produce a “feminizing effect.”
  4. Myth #4: Testosterone use will change your voice. Unfortunately, anecdotal reports have suggested that testosterone therapy can cause hoarseness or permanent vocal changes in women; however, studies have produced no conclusive evidence of this. The most common causes of hoarseness and voice change are allergies, laryngitis, reflux, voice over-use, mucosal tears, medications, and vocal cord polyps. Taking testosterone is not going to change your voice.
  5. Myth #5: Testosterone causes hair loss in women. This myth doesn’t make a lot of sense biologically speaking as men have higher levels of testosterone in their bodies than women, and yet they experience more hair loss. The fact is that many factors contribute to hair loss (including genetics), and approximately one third of women experience hair loss and hair thinning with normal aging. As aging coincides with a natural decline in testosterone, this may be where the myth developed. In truth, testosterone pellet therapy has been associated with scalp hair re-growth in many women, suggesting that instead of making women lose hair, raising testosterone back to healthy levels may help them to grow more of it.

Those aren’t all the myths associated with testosterone use in women, but they are some of the most common. Check back for more myths about testosterone therapy and women in our next blog post.

Reference:

Glaser et al. Testosterone therapy in women: Myths and misconceptions. Maturitas (2013) 74:231-234

A Day in the Life – Part One

It was 7:30PM and Kendra still had 1000 steps to go. Even though it was the last thing she wanted to do, and even though there was a half-full bottle of pinot grigio in the fridge, Kendra pulled on her Skechers.

“Jasmine!” she yelled into the abyss of her living room, “Come walk with me!”

“Homework!” came the disembodied voice from the next room.

Kendra huffed and clipped her FitBit to the waist of her yoga pants. Her head fairly spun with the neverending to-do list of a 47-year-old single mom, plus she had classes of her own to catch up on. Not to mention her new job at White Owl Publishing required… what was it they called it?

Oh, yes, creativity.

As if her brain had any room in it for that.

It didn’t break Kendra’s heart that her daughter didn’t want to walk with her. At least she wouldn’t have to explain what she was doing on her phone while they walked.

Her forbidden secret.

The scent of Woods’ rose was thick in the Scottsdale evening air as Kendra logged the first 100 steps down her driveway onto the paved road. The sky was the dark, sleepy blue of a missed sunset. Two younger models of walkers passed her, looking far better in their yoga pants than she did. Kendra remembered the not-so-distant past when she’d had firm, muscular legs, too. When she’d been able to talk and jog and breathe at the same time. When her body didn’t feel like it was constantly being run over by an invisible truck. When her brain wasn’t full of taffy. When she wasn’t overwhelmed.

She was just passing 300 steps when she stopped feeling sorry for herself and pulled out her phone.

“I am healthy. I am strong. I am vital.” She whispered the mantras to herself as she logged into the account she’d made a week ago on the site Ximena had recommended to her–the one all the divorcees were using. Her profile pic was a bit outdated, but it still looked like her, sort of. Sure, her short, dark hair was thicker and more lustrous, she’d been a healthy weight, and everybody lied in their profile pics anyway, right?

It was just for fun anyway. Kendra checked her activity to see if she’d gotten any “action” as Ximena called it, and almost tripped on her 565th step.

Holy franks and beans, she had ten more “kissy lips”!

Something about that both thrilled and terrified her at the same time.

She scrolled through the list of men, quickly swiping away the obvious nos. After turning back toward home and logging another 400 steps, she’d whittled it down to three potentials. James was a handsome bespectacled widower, but his prose was heavy with grief and neediness. Cole’s profile was promising, but there was more information about his English bulldog Ruby than there was about him, and Kendra was a card-carrying cat lover. The third one was a handsome salt-and-pepper airline pilot with a nicely-trimmed beard and a friendly smile… what was his name again?

Kendra caught another whiff of Woods’ rose as she stabbed at the phone with her finger while logging the last hundred steps back up her driveway to the front door.

Kyle. That was it. Kyle.

Wait a minute.

Kendra stopped short just before smacking her nose into her front door. She squinted at the photo. She didn’t have her glasses. She needed her glasses! She squinted harder.

It couldn’t be.

But it was.

Kendra gasped. The metal windchimes in the entryway sang mournfully in the dry breeze, and something like a wave of desert wildfire spread across Kendra’s chest and up her neck to her scalp, making her feel like she might spontaneously combust at any second.

This wasn’t just any Kyle. This was Kyle from high school thirty years ago. This was Red Converse Kyle, the star player on the volleyball team. This was Let’s Study Together Kyle.

This was I’ll Walk You Home Kyle.

This was First Kiss Kyle.

Hugging for your Health

Hugging for your Health

We all know that hugs make us happier, but can they really keep you healthy?

As little kids we were told about an apple a day, but can a hug a day really keep the doctor away too?  Recent studies have shown that “hugging protects people who are under stress from the increased risk for colds [that’s] usually associated with stress,” notes study lead author Sheldon Cohen, a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania. Hugging “is a marker of intimacy and helps generate the feeling that others are there to help in the face of adversity.”

 

Some experts attribute the stress-reducing, health-related benefits of hugging to the release of oxytocin, often called “the bonding hormone” because it promotes attachment in relationships, including between mothers and their newborn babies. Oxytocin is made primarily in the hypothalamus in the brain, and some of it is released into the bloodstream through the pituitary gland. But some of it remains in the brain, where it influences mood, behavior and physiology. How hugging fits in: “When you’re hugging or cuddling with someone, [he or she is] stimulating pressure receptors under your skin in a way that leads to a cascade of events including an increase in vagal activity, which puts you in a relaxed state,” explains psychologist Tiffany Field, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. One theory is that stimulation of the vagus nerve triggers an increase in oxytocin levels.”(1)

Science is proving what our mom’s and even common sense has proven throughout our lives, kindness and love has amazing healing properties. When we feel stressed our bodies suffer, but when we feel that reassurance, support and a simply put gesture of love – it thrives.

I have started an experiment where I am hugging people I love at least 30 seconds a day.  It seems silly, but so far, the results are amazing.  I feel very happy doing it and the person I am hugging seems happier. It’s not a scientific study but does it have to be? Just go ahead and hug someone.

Source:

(1) https://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2016-02-03/the-health-benefits-of-hugging

¿Qué me está pasando?

¿Qué me está pasando?

Testosterona, salud y calidad de vida

Ha oído hablar de las mujeres que tienen bochornos y otros síntomas a medida que atraviesan el “cambio”, pero ¿y los hombres?

La verdad es que los niveles hormonales de los hombres disminuyen a medida que envejecen, igual que los de las mujeres. Los niveles de testosterona en el hombre alcanzan generalmente su punto máximo alrededor de los 20 años. En algún momento entre los 30 y 40 comienzan a disminuir a razón de un 1% anual en promedio. Si la disminución en los niveles de testosterona es lo suficientemente severa, un hombre puede experimentar síntomas parecidos a la menopausia. Es lo que se conoce como andropausia.

La testosterona baja puede causar cambios físicos, mentales y cognitivos no solo desagradables, sino también peligrosos para la salud. Los siguientes síntomas indican bajos niveles de testosterona asociados con la menopausia masculina:

  • Disfunción eréctil
  • Reducción del deseo sexual
  • Pérdida de masa muscular
  • Aumento de la acumulación de grasa (especialmente alrededor de la sección media)
  • Baja masa ósea
  • Fatiga
  • Depresión
  • Ansiedad
  • Irritabilidad
  • Insomnio
  • Problemas de concentración

En general, la depresión acostumbra a ser de los primeros síntomas en aparecer en estos casos. La testosterona es una hormona clave que afecta el estado de ánimo tanto en hombres como en mujeres. Niveles bajos pueden provocar sentimientos de tristeza, soledad, ira y/o ansiedad. Puede perder interés en las actividades de las que normalmente disfrutaba. También juega un papel importante en nuestro funcionamiento cognitivo, lo que significa que, si no tiene suficiente testosterona, puede tener problemas para concentrarse o recordar cosas. Además su pensamiento puede ser confuso o borroso.

Físicamente experimenta una reducción en su libido. También puede tener dificultades para lograr o mantener una erección. Los niveles saludables de testosterona nos ayudan a construir y mantener la masa muscular. Si la testosterona es baja, puede desarrollar más grasa alrededor de su área abdominal. Además, como consecuencia de ello, las enzimas en esas células grasas pueden convertir buena parte de la testosterona circulante en estrógeno, lo que se conoce como aromatización, lo cual hace que sus niveles de testosterona libre bajen aún más. Algunos hombres con niveles bajos de testosterona incluso experimentarán también agrandamiento de los senos o reducción del vello corporal.

La buena noticia es que estas deficiencias se tratan perfectamente con la terapia de reemplazo de hormonas bioidénticas. Los niveles insuficientes de testosterona no deben ser parte del proceso en un envejecimiento normal y saludable. Si cree que puede estar experimentando síntomas de baja testosterona, llámenos hoy para una consulta.

¿Por qué SottoPelle® es la mejor opción para la THS bioidéntica?

Nuestros médicos expertos empiezan con pruebas y análisis adecuados de su estado hormonal, además de revisar su historial médico. Nuestros implantes, precisamente por ir directos al torrente sanguíneo utilizan dosis extremadamente bajas en comparación con los otros métodos y consiguen el equilibrio hormonal tan importante para la salud y el bienestar general. Este método seguro y eficaz, logra en horas hormonales niveles fisiológicos que permanecen estables durante meses.

Nuestros pacientes con frecuencia elogian la mejor calidad de vida que están experimentando con la Terapia SottoPelle®. Pérdida de peso, mejor libido y deseo sexual, mejor sueño y mayor agudeza mental son sólo algunos de los beneficios que los pacientes nos reportan.

¡Consulte con su médico!

Consultar con un experto en la Terapia SottoPelle® puede ayudarle a crear un futuro más saludable para usted. Descubra lo que nuestro método extraordinariamente simple y sin complicaciones puede hacer por Vd.

Obtenga más información sobre SottoPelle® en www.sottopelletherapy.com o contacte con nuestros médicos acreditados:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XJxCsVBBeSZWLwTwolU3SzJ57OVw_FGl

La Importancia del Estrógeno

La Importancia del Estrógeno

Salud y Calidad de Vida

Las mujeres pasan al menos un tercio de su vida en postmenopausia. Piense en eso por un minuto. Una de las razones por las que las personas viven más tiempo es debido a una mejor atención médica. Pero vivir más tiempo debería implicar mantener calidad de vida.

Con el paso de los años la producción de estrógenos en la mujer disminuye hasta alcanzar la menopausia y más allá. Esta falta de estrógeno no sólo interrumpe la fertilidad de la mujer, sino que la priva también de muchos otros beneficios para la salud.

¿Qué hace el estrógeno para las mujeres?

Salud cardiovascular. El estrógeno ayuda a reducir la cantidad de placa que se acumula en las paredes internas de las arterias. Antes de la menopausia, las mujeres tienen un menor riesgo de enfermedad cardíaca que los hombres. Después, su riesgo aumenta y la incidencia de ataques al corazón también.

Densidad ósea. El estrógeno ayuda a prevenir la pérdida ósea y desempeña un papel en la construcción de tejido óseo nuevo. Después de la menopausia, sin niveles saludables de estrógeno, el cuerpo puede descomponer más hueso del que se construye. ¡Hasta el 20% de la masa ósea de una mujer se puede perder en los primeros 5 años inmediatamente después de la menopausia! Y el 80% de esa pérdida ocurre en los primeros 2 años. Esto pone a las mujeres en riesgo grave de osteoporosis… una condición en la que los huesos se vuelven débiles y quebradizos.

Salud e hidratación de la piel. La disminución de los niveles de estrógeno también se manifiesta en la piel. El estrógeno ayuda a mantener la piel fuerte, elástica e hidratada. Si los niveles de estrógeno son bajos, las mujeres pueden notar que su piel se vuelve seca y suelta, y las arrugas y pliegues cada vez más prominentes.

Vagina y salud del tracto urinario. El estrógeno también ayuda con la salud y la lubricación de la vagina. Sin estrógeno, las paredes vaginales se vuelven delgadas y más frágiles. Por lo tanto, los bajos niveles de estrógeno puede implicar relaciones sexuales dolorosas y que el tracto urinario sea más frágil, lo que conduce a infecciones frecuentes.

Cognición. Se ha demostrado que el estrógeno protege contra la pérdida de memoria relacionada con el envejecimiento. Esto puede incluir también la protección contra la enfermedad de Alzheimer.

¡Así pues, la mejor manera de mantener la calidad de vida en esa etapa es reponer ese estrógeno que resulta tan vital para la salud y bienestar! El reemplazo hormonal bioidéntico mediante pellets (implantes) es la manera más segura y más eficiente de conseguir el equilibrio de sus hormonas.

¿Por qué SottoPelle® es la mejor opción?

Nuestros médicos acreditados empiezan con las pruebas y análisis adecuados de su estado hormonal, además de revisar su historial médico. Nuestros implantes, precisamente por ir directos al torrente sanguíneo utilizan dosis extremadamente bajas en comparación con los otros métodos y consiguen el equilibrio hormonal tan importante para la salud y el bienestar general. Este método seguro y eficaz, logra en horas hormonales niveles fisiológicos que permanecen estables durante meses.

Nuestros pacientes con frecuencia elogian la mejor calidad de vida que están experimentando con la Terapia SottoPelle®. Pérdida de peso, mejor libido y deseo sexual, mejor sueño y mayor agudeza mental son sólo algunos de los beneficios que los pacientes nos reportan.

¡Consulte con su médico!

Consultar con un experto en la Terapia SottoPelle® puede ayudarle a crear un futuro más saludable para usted. Descubra lo que nuestro método extraordinariamente simple y sin complicaciones puede hacer por Vd.

Obtenga más información sobre SottoPelle® en www.sottopelletherapy.com o contacte con nuestros médicos acreditados:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XJxCsVBBeSZWLwTwolU3SzJ57OVw_FGl