28OUT WITH THE OLD
THE ENDOCRINE THEORY
Simply put, the endocrine system is a network of glands that secrete chemicals called hormones to help your body function properly. The glands of the endocrine system are:
- Pineal gland
- Pituitary gland
These glands produce different types of hormones that evoke a specific response in other cells, tissues, and/or organs located throughout the body. The hormones reach these faraway targets using the blood stream. Like the nervous system, the endocrine system is one of your body’s main communicators. But instead of using nerves to transmit information, the endocrine system uses blood vessels to deliver hormones to cells.
Endocrine diseases are common and usually occur when glands produce an incorrect amount of hormones. Some of the processes and systems they help control are growth and development, homeostasis (the internal balance of body systems), metabolism, reproduction and response to stress and/or injury.
TELOMERES ARE EXTREMELY TELLING
Inside the nucleus of a cell, our genes are arranged along twisted, double-stranded molecules of DNA called chromosomes. At the ends of the chromosomes are stretches of DNA called telomeres, which protect our genetic data, make it possible for cells to divide, and hold some secrets to how we age and get cancer.
Telomeres have been compared with the plastic tips on shoelaces, because they keep chromosome ends from fraying and sticking to each other, which would destroy or scramble an organism’s genetic information.
Yet, each time a cell divides, the telomeres get shorter. When they get too short, the cell can no longer divide; it becomes inactive or it dies. This shortening process is associated with aging, cancer, and a higher risk of death.
OUR HORMONES GET TIRED BEFORE WE DO
Our bodies produce almost 200 hormones daily that float around keeping the body functioning properly. They have the huge jobs to moderate and maintain what is going on inside us. The endocrine glands must release the correct amount of hormones. If they release too much or too little, it is known as a hormone imbalance. Endocrine diseases are common and happen when even one step in the process doesn’t work as it should.
The most dramatic thing about functional changes in the endocrine system is the decline in the concentration of reproductive hormones. In addition, age-related changes in other tissues affect their abilities to respond to hormonal stimulation. As a result, most tissues become less responsive to circulating hormones.
The hormone or endocrine theory of aging asserts that the most important factors in aging are the changes brought about in the body by the endocrine system. The complex endocrine system of our body controls the hormones that regulate many body processes. As we age, these systems become less efficient, leading to changes in our bodies such as menopause. The hormone theory of aging believes that these changes eventually cause the effects of aging.
There is a ton of work that falls on the levels of our hormones and their complex functions. Just the study of this is exhausting, especially with new research being revealed all the time.
KEEPING THE PARTS FROM FALLING APART
It’s sort of like a multi-car pile up when attention is placed only on one aspect of the crash. Rather, it’s an intricate chain reaction that needs to be examined car by car to see the extent of damages to each vehicle and their passengers. You’ve put a lot of wear and tear on your body through the years and now is the time to keep your foot to the pedal, and cautiously and carefully move forward. As people get older, they seem to spend more time reading and researching natural ways to get the body moving and perform as well as it once did. You’ll find them in pharmacy isles dumping “natural replacements” into their carts. Or reading all about holistic ways to turn back the clock. None of these options keep the hands of the clock running smoothly. Batteries die. You can overdose from over-the-counter supplements that are not taken at safe levels. The secret is to keep the parts running smoothly together, making your body hum with health and longevity.
WHILE THE MECHANICAL OF THIS MAY APPEAR OVERWHELMING, THERE IS SOMEONE WHO CAN EXPLAIN IT TO YOU IN TERMS YOU’LL BOTH UNDERSTAND AND WANT TO WORK ON. STEPHEN A. GOLDSTEIN, M.D. AT DENVER HORMONE HEALTH HAS DEDICATED HIMSELF TO LOOK AT THE SYSTEM AS A WHOLE, INDIVIDUAL BY INDIVIDUAL. HIS EXPERTISE IN THE PROCESS OF HORMONE HEALTH MAKES HIM THE PERFECT CHOICE TO BRING YOUR ISSUES AND PROBLEMS (OR PERCEIVED PROBLEMS) TO. FIRST, HE TAKES THE TIME TO LISTEN. TO ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. THEN WITH A SIMPLE SERIES OF TESTS DETERMINES YOUR SPECIFIC HORMONE IMBALANCES AND VITAMIN DEFICIENCIE. ALL OF WHICH HE CAN HELP, ONE CASE AT A TIME. YOU WANT TO FEEL BETTER. HE WANTS YOU TO FEEL YOUR VERY BEST.
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