Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Denver Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Kenton Bruice, M.D. has helped numerous men and women to regain hormonal balance. Offering customized programs that address individual needs, many patients have been able to overcome the signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance, which are often synonymous with the symptoms of aging. Taking a patient-centered approach to wellness, Kenton Bruice, M.D. factors in patients’ individual challenges, lifestyles, medical history, and treatment preferences into his Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy plans. As a result of his dedicated care and attention, wide numbers of men and women have been able to obtain peak levels of health.
Hormones are produced by endocrine glands throughout the body. Hormones are chemical messengers that circulate through the bloodstream and regulate activities in all tissues within our bodies. All hormones are derived from cholesterol; enzymes convert cholesterol into many different hormones. As hormone levels decline, a woman has three choices. She can take nothing, take synthetic hormones, or take Bioidentical Hormones. Taking nothing is very natural but we also were not designed to live much after menopause. One hundred years ago, the average woman died before menopause. With the advancement of medicine, women are now spending a significant fraction of their life in menopause.
Bioidentical Hormones are structurally and chemically equivalent to the hormones made by the endocrine organs. Though Bioidentical Hormones require a prescription from a physician, they are not drugs or medicines. It is a process of replacing a hormone that the body has always produced. The natural production of the hormone is low because of age. Hormone insufficiency has been implicated to be a major cause of aging. Hormone levels begin to decrease in the mid-thirties, and progressively decline after this.
Kenton Bruice, M.D. does not like the term “natural” hormone replacement because making these hormones is not a natural process. The starting materials for these hormones are derived from plants and changed in a laboratory into human hormones. Some people consume soy, yams, or other plants, thinking that they are getting human estrogen from these plants. We do not have the enzymes in our bodies to convert plant hormones into human hormones. Before we had the ability to synthesize hormones in the laboratory, the easiest way to get hormones was from animal species, like horses.
Foreign or synthetic hormones are completely different molecules than the original hormone. When these molecules act on the hormone receptors, they do not fit properly, thus producing an abnormal effect. The reason why synthetic hormones are used today is because pharmaceutical companies are still producing them, and aggressively marketing them to physicians. These companies do not produce Bioidentical Hormones because they did not invent them, thus they cannot patent them. Today it is amazing that physicians prescribe foreign or synthetic hormones when they can prescribe the exact molecule that the human body produces.
- If you are experiencing mood changes, anxiety, irritability, or crying spells, then Bioidentical Hormones are for you.
- If you feel as though you are losing your mind or lacking motivation, then Bioidentical Hormones are for you.
- If you no longer feel like yourself and want to be the person you used to be, then Bioidentical Hormones are for you.
- If you are feeling fatigued or want to feel vibrant again, then Bioidentical Hormones are for you.
- If you are waking in the middle of the night, then Bioidentical Hormones are for you.
- If you are experiencing acne or hair loss, then Bioidentical Hormones are for you.
- If you are having unexplained weight gain, then Bioidentical Hormones are for you.
Most hormones are prescribed in pill form. When hormones are absorbed in the stomach, they go directly to the liver by the portal circulation. This results in the “first pass liver” effect, which is an unnatural way to take hormones. When the ovaries make hormones they put them directly into the blood supply via the ovarian vein. Denver Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Kenton Bruice, M.D. believes in mimicking the body’s natural physiology by adding Bioidentical Hormones directly to the bloodstream. This can be accomplished using sublingual troches or transdermal creams. He prefers transdermal creams, which offer slower absorption resulting in fewer peaks and valleys of hormone levels. It is important to take the hormones as prescribed on days of subsequent blood draws.
As an Denver Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Kenton Bruice, M.D. is happy to provide patients with detailed information, answer all questions, and discuss any concerns. He will listen carefully to the patients’ description of their symptoms, and he will then perform testing on hormone levels to determine imbalances. Upon finding imbalances, Kenton Bruice, M.D. will provide patients with a personalized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program that is designed to meet individual needs. Countless patients in Doctor Bruice’s care have been able to use Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to regain their health and improve their levels of wellness.