THE MECHANICS OF AGING

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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:

  • Hypothalamus
  • Pineal gland
  • Pituitary gland
  • Thyroid
  • Parathyroid
  • Thymus
  • Adrenal
  • Pancreas
  • Ovaries
  • Testes

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

Telomeres?

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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Menopause Vs Andropause Infographic

 

Menopause Vs. Andropause Infographic Transcription:

Menopause Vs Andropause

The differences and similarities between menopause and andropause:

Menopause – a sudden stop in the ability to get pregnant.

Andropause – A slow decrease of the testosterone hormone.

Both occur around the age of 50.

Every women goes through menopause.

Not every man goes through andropause.

4 out of 10 women are bothered by hot flashes during menopause.

The amount of testosterone in males is 20x more than it is in females.

An estimated 6,000 women in the U.S. reach menopause everyday.

A typical male produces 5-10 mg of testosterone everyday.

Women between the ages of 35-50 have a decrease in the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen decreases 35%, and progesterone decreases 75%.

Testosterone levels drop about 1% per year after the age of 30.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can assist in both menopause and andropause symptoms.

 

 

Estrogen Facts

Estrogen Facts from DenverHormoneExperts

Estrogen Facts Slideshow Transcription

  • Estrogen occurs naturally in both women and men.
  • The word Estrogen is derived from the Greek word oistros (meaning “gadfly” but figuratively conveying sexual desire).
  • Estrogen is a steroid hormone.
  • Your sex drive is dependent on your androgen levels (which only exist in the presence of estrogen.
  • All vertebrae, as well as some insects, synthesize estrogen.
  • Estrogen enhances skin, blood circulation and blood vessel repair.
  • Estrogen is produced in the ovaries in females.
  • Peak estrogen levels occur just before ovulation.
  • The liver, breasts and adrenal glands also produce small amounts of estrogen.
  • Estrogen increases bone strength.
  • Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) conducted a study that proved synthetic estrogen supplements were associated with an increased risk of blood clotting.
  • If taking a form of estrogen, always make sure it’s a bio-identical version of your naturally produced estrogen hormone.
  • Estrogen plays a significant role in a woman’s mental health.
  • Estrogen has recently been used to treat bulimia nervosa patients after discovering that the disease may be linked to a hormone imbalance in the brain.
  • Fat produces estrogen. This means overweight people have higher-than-average estrogen levels which causes imbalanced hormone symptoms.
  • 80% of breast cancers need estrogen to grow. These cancers are known as hormone-sensitive or hormone-receptor-positive. A treatment for these types of cancers is the suppression of estrogen development.
  • Recent studies have shown that common table mushrooms have anti-aromatase properties (a possible anti-estrogen effect). Scientists have begun to research whether or not table mushrooms can prevent breast cancer.
  • Estrogen is occasionally used as treatment for men with prostate cancers.
  • Estrogen promotes the development of female sexual characteristics (breasts, endometrial wall thickening, menstrual cycle, etc.).
  • Estrogen is essential in men for the maturation of sperm and may be necessary for a healthy sex drive.
  • Estrogen helps to accelerate metabolism.
  • Estrogen has been used to help treat traumatic liver injuries.
  • In the past, estrogen was used to prevent further growth in tall females.
  • The 4 natural estrogens produced in women are:
  • estrone (E1)
  • estradiol (E2)
  • estriol (E3)
  • estetrol (E4)
  • Estradiol is the predominant estrogen in the body throughout a woman’s reproductive years.
  • Estrone is the predominant estrogen during menopause.
  • Estriol is the predominant estrogen during pregnancy, trumping the potency of its sister estrogen, estetrol. Estetrol is only produced during pregnancy.
  • Despite estriol being the most bountiful of the three estrogens, it’s the weakest. Estradiol is the strongest estrogen (80x more potent than estriol).
  • Estrogen is not water-soluble.