Is STRESS Impacting Your Health?
Do You Feel Like You Have a Hormone Imbalance?
Accurate Testing and Treatment of Female, Male, Adrenal and Thyroid Hormones
Are You Suffering From...
- Decreased Sex Drive
- Cyclic Moodiness
- Hot Flushes
- Memory Lapses
- Abdominal Weight Gain
- Fuzzy Thinking
- Low Energy
- New Onset Depression
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Tired in the Morning or Afternoon
- Inability to Concentrate
- Loss of Self-Confidence
- Unable to Manage Stress
- Inability to Lose Weight
Then you could have a Stress-Induced Hormone Imbalance and may benefit from testing and treatment.
Dr. Zengo, the Medical Director of New Image Medical Aesthetic Center is a board-certified Gynecologist with a special interest in diagnosing and treating even the most subtle of hormone imbalances. We not only test the reproductive hormones, but also test the Thyroid and Adrenal Systems that are so often thrown out of balance in response to STRESS. Our consultations involve a detailed medical, symptom, and lifestyle history. This is usually followed by saliva testing of your key hormones.
As a 38 year old with three young children, I was at a point of desperation when I received news of yet another illness to add to my list of many...
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Copyright © 2014 by Gregory P. Zengo, MD
Salivary Hormone testing was first described in 1959. There have been over 1,000 papers published that have confirmed the validity of salivary testing for steroid hormones in saliva. Steroid hormones include all hormones produced by the adrenal gland, the ovary, or the testes. Steroid hormones are made in very small quantities throughout the day and tend to be 98-99% absorbed in their first pass through our circulation. Therefore most of the hormone we make or absorb into our bodies at any given moment never makes it into the vein that we draw blood from. Venous blood is like the trash of the circulatory system, and precious free steroid hormones are not thrown into the trash by our bodies. So any attempt to measure any steroid hormone in the venous blood, may not reflect the true body tissue levels where the hormones are supposed to work. There is a capillary bed in the saliva gland so the newly made steroid hormones will be deposited into the gland and then into the mouth to be accurately measured. We use salivary hormone testing to obtain accurate baseline hormone levels and also to monitor our patients on bio-identical hormone therapy.
Bio-Identical hormone therapy involves replacing a missing hormone to achieve normal levels by giving back the exact missing hormone in the proper dose. In order to know what hormone and what dose to give, we need accurate testing of levels, and this is why salivary levels are so important for Cortisol, DHEA, Estrogens, and Testosterone.
But we take Bio-Identical Hormone therapy to another level. Our experience has enabled us to find the ultimate balance between the restoration of normal hormone levels and the relief of symptoms. See, you can relieve symptoms very rapidly using Bio-Identical Hormones but in doses that are anything but bio-identical. This form of hormone overdose leads to a feeling of well-being and symptom relief for a few months, then the symptoms often return as the body becomes addicted to the hormone and craves higher and higher doses. Any provider that does not administer repeat salivary testing while on therapy is not ensuring your health and protecting you from potential overdose.
The adrenal gland is our first responder to stress. It is also one of the most ignored glands by conventional medicine. Emergency conditions that cause an extreme over production or underproduction by the adrenal gland (Cushing’s and Addison’s diseases) are rare and treated aggressively by endocrinologists. However, more subtle elevations and depressions of adrenal function are still not recognized by many physicians as a treatable condition. However, research in the last 100 years has shown that conditions induced by stress….. adrenal overactivity and adrenal fatigue are very real and treatable entities. We even have research linking stress-induced adrenal fatigue to chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer mortality, and early death from heart attack.
We have also established that the 4-point salivary cortisol test is a valid indicator of adrenal status during the entire day. Since its discovery in 1959, this test is truly the closest thing we have to a test for your stress level. Elevated cortisol in the early stages of stress can result in mental fog, overeating, weight gain, inability to fall asleep, and anxiety. Interestingly, chronic stress that leads to adrenal fatigue also has similar symptoms except that victims tend to have mental fog most of the day and struggle to get through the day both mentally and physically. It is estimated that 60-80% of American adults have some kind of stress-induced adrenal imbalance.
Almost every adult American with any symptoms on the Adrenal checklist owes it to their health to get tested and optimize their adrenal function with simple treatments that can improve energy, sleep quality, and mental clarity in weeks to months. The best thing about this treatment is that adrenal dysfunction that we often see is not a disease and does not require a lifetime of treatment. So what are you waiting for? Get your stress test now!
Cellular metabolism depends on the thyroid gland for its regulation. The delicate regulation of the thyroid can be upset by stress in its many forms. Often this stress masks the diagnosis since the most common diagnostic test, the TSH level often remains in the normal range. In addition to a very narrow range of TSH, we depend on Free T4 and Free T3 levels to make our diagnosis. We have treated over a thousand patients with thyroid replacement whose results are in the normal range for TSH with great results.
Our treatment includes such options as giving T3 or the more complete thyroid substitute, Armour Thyroid instead of just Synthroid or Levothyroxine. If you are one of those patients who were diagnosed hypothyroid and are just not feeling better on your therapy, you owe it to yourself to get tested and see if something in your treatment regimen is missing.
n addition, adrenal dysfunction can also bring the thyroid function down with it. That is why testing all systems at the same time as we do on every patient yields the fastest and most dramatic results.
Did you know that there is no drug FDA-approved for hormone imbalance in women either in menopause or before? That’s right. Menopause hormones are FDA approved for treatment of hot flashes only! The only treatments for PMS—antidepressants and birth control pills and not even approved for the treatment of PMS! The ovary in women is responsible for puberty and eventually is responsible for menopause. The drug companies have misunderstood ovarian function over the years and have spread this misunderstanding to the medical community. Drug companies have maintained that PMS is treated with antidepressants and that menopause is a condition of estrogen deficiency that needs to be replaced with high potency hormone pills. Stress, even a small amount, can upset the delicate ovarian balance long-term. It is hard-coded into our DNA. A stressed organism should not reproduce!
Our philosophy, which has been backed up with decades of research and salivary hormone testing, is that balance between the ovarian hormones estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone can lead to cyclic symptoms in the years leading up to menopause, and most symptoms attributed to menopause in later life. Too much estradiol, too little estradiol, or too little progesterone can all contribute to hot flashes, vaginal dryness, breast tenderness, PMS, irregular periods among other symptoms. Testosterone is also an important female hormone that can preserve bone and be cardioprotective. It’s proper testing and replacement is a cornerstone of all University Hormone treatments. Therefore, accurate testing of all 3 major ovarian hormones is needed to find the true deficiency that needs to be treated.
Moreover, adrenal stress can filter down to the ovary and reduce the ability to ovulate and produce the necessary cyclic ovarian hormones in the proper ratios. So testing of all major systems at the same time is essential for the proper diagnosis and treatment of any ovarian hormone deficiency. So if you have any symptoms that you think are related to menopause, don’t just take a pharmaceutical and adjust the dose based on symptoms. Get tested first and give back only what is missing to begin feeling better, naturally!
The testes in men are responsible for the production of sperm, but also the production of testosterone. Men make about 10 times the testosterone that women do and do not have a distinct change in hormone production that declines with a decline in fertility. A decline in testosterone can be gradual over time as in most men, however, some men have a relatively sharp decline in testosterone levels and these can be easily detected in saliva long before the levels in blood may decline. This condition, known as Andropause, is often accompanied by imbalances in adrenal and thyroid function. It is crucial that all systems be tested since men with multiple hormone imbalances will NOT feel better with testosterone replacement alone, or may end up being overdosed. Overdosing testosterone will lead to more estrogen production and subsequently and increased risk in estrogen-dependent cancers.
Therefore, our approach to men is the same as our approach to women. Test the major systems and correct all hormone imbalances with effective bio-identical doses and not overdoses. Every male with a borderline or low testosterone level and symptoms of Andropause deserves to feel the benefits of a testosterone level at the upper end of the range, and New Image has over a decade of experience of doing this for men of all ages.