Thyroid hormone deficiencies are fairly common and consistently undertreated in our current healthcare system. The disconnect occurs as physicians fail to treat symptoms of hypothyroidism and only focus on the numbers. The numbers used however are insufficient for providing a diagnosis and treatment plan. The medications used are also inadequate to optimally treat the problem and provide relief of the symptoms for a thyroid gland functioning sub-optimally. The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck above the trachea.
Vitamin D is an excellent supplement but also works in the body primarily as a hormone. It is a steroid hormone that is generated in the skin via sun exposure from cholesterol. Vitamin D may also be supplied by food and by supplementation. Vitamin D has multiple positive effects on the body similar to the other hormones that we have discussed. Vitamin D plays a significant role in bone health by increasing the intestinal absorption of calcium, magnesium, and phosphate. It also promotes the healthy growth and remodeling of bone.
Estrogen restoration is the treatment that initiated the field of hormone replacement therapy. This hormone is responsible for a number of health benefits for women, but also in men. The loss of this hormone during menopause in women and with age in men has many negative and deleterious effects. These include an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, cholesterol abnormalities, Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss, osteoporosis, skin atrophy, depression, weight gain, vaginal atrophy (women), and urinary tract atrophy (women).
Progesterone is a hormone that is the natural partner of estrogen in women… Progesterone is the Yang to the Yin of Estrogen. Progesterone in menstruating females typically rises in the second half (last fourteen days) of the cycle to prepare the lining of the uterus for a potentially fertilized egg. If no fertilization occurs, then progesterone drops and bleeding occurs. If pregnancy occurs, then the progesterone levels remain elevated to carry the child to term. If progesterone levels drop, then this causes difficulty carrying a baby to full term and may lead to miscarriage.
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone potentially as well as a hormone precursor that has the ability to convert into estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. DHEA is formed in the adrenal gland and has the effect of shifting catabolic (breakdown) processes to anabolic (building) activities. DHEA is the most abundant hormone in the body with multiple health benefits. The most interesting fact associated with this hormone and the primary reason for monitoring levels lies in the fact that it is the best biochemical marker of age.