How hormones can affect the aging process

Why We Age and What Hormones Have To Do With It

Aging is inevitable.

How we age, or even slow down the effects of aging, can actually be improved with knowledge of the aging process itself.

Today we know that the rate of disease and aging are partially controlled by our endocrine and immune systems. Our endocrine system does a handful of things that include: regulates our body’s temperature, growth, reproduction, aging and immune system.  We also know that the immune system, endocrine system and nervous system have to communicate properly with each other for us to survive and adapt. So how do we improve the function of these three parts of our body and the way they communicate with each other? Through hormones.

Hormones are very powerful molecules that aren’t given enough credit for what they do. Your hormones can affect every cell in your body by activating a receptor site on the cell and causing an internal activation of protein synthesis and activity. Hormones serve as messengers from the central nervous system to our internal organs, telling them how to function.

As you can imagine, as we age and our hormones decrease so does the function they provide within our bodies. Without receptor sites being stimulated by hormones, they simply fail to function fully. Cells are then destroyed and do not regenerate.

Choosing hormone replacement therapy using bioidentical hormones can help to slow the quick decline of one’s health that occurs after midlife. Replenishing deficient hormones will help bring your body back into balance, serving as a form of ‘preventative medicine.’ Yes, hormones can be preventative medicine –something most women and men are never told.

While vitamins, diet and exercise are also important, hormone replacement therapy is the only therapy that can restore energy and help people feel and function better.

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Dr. Lisa Maturo, Naturopathic Thyroid Doctor

Dr. Lisa Maturo, Naturopathic Thyroid Doctor

Dr. Lisa Maturo is a naturopathic doctor who focuses her practice on preventive medicine and hormonal imbalances, with a strong emphasis on treating thyroid disease. Dr Maturo is one of the few practitioners in Arizona certified in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and she is also a partner on Forever Health Network, a listing of hormone balancing experts selected and promoted by Suzanne Somers. Dr Maturo suffered for over 15 years with undiagnosed Hashimoto's, and went through what many of her patients have gone through with multiple frustrating doctor visits before getting it properly diagnosed and treated, so she has the unique perspective of being both doctor and patient when it comes to understanding Hashimoto's and Hypothyroidism, and can truly empathize with her patients.

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