Bio-identical hormones will gradually produce a biochemical change that will result in more energy and a feeling of well-being if that approach is appropriate for that person. The ultimate goal of any integrative approach, with hormones generally only part of the protocol, is to reach balance on social, spiritual, emotional and physical levels.
Despite all the medical progress, we need to take an active part in our ageing process and do everything we can to slow down time and remove stressors. As discussed so many times in Natural Medicine World, integrative medicine seeks to identify the root of our symptoms and provide effective therapies that are tolerated by the body. Some drugs may be effective, but not well tolerated, causing side effects. Your anti-ageing/integrative doctor or endocrinologist can measure your progress with laboratory tests and via clinical observation. It is important not to lose sight of vitamin D levels and a range of other nutrients so often deficient today, and the effect of long-term use of prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs not only on hormone levels but also in disrupting many functions and even causing nutrient deficiencies.
A handful of practitioners in South Africa may use bioimpedence analysis as part of First-Line therapy, to measure cellular health and integrity of cell membranes. Heart rate variability tests to measure the responsiveness of the autonomic nervous system, pH tests, and measurement of electron and mineral levels in blood, urine and saliva are all tools to assist the integrative practitioner to find the cause of declining health and support healing.
We need to know what our bodies need, what we are depleted in, and then add that back, together with lifestyle changes to minimise stress and the toxic burden of modern living. Don’t wait until you are sick. Make sure you keep your body in optimal nutritional status and your hormones in balance. There is no pill that can reverse bad eating habits and an unhealthy lifestyle.
Age should not be defined by a number, but by our energy levels. No one is ever going to know your body as well as you do – so do the research and find a medical practitioner that can respect your body and your choices.
Please visit www.fagron.co.za/patient/ to find a practitioner in your area. There is a form that can be completed.