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Thyroid and Adrenal functions are intimately related as they are part of the same system – The Endocrine System. The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, mood, and blood sugar balance.   The glands within the endocrine system include the hypothalamus, pituitary and pineal glands located in the brain; the thyroid, parathyroid, thymus and adrenals glands; the pancreas, ovaries and testes. During pregnancy, the placenta is also considered a part of the endocrine system.   The pancreas has both endocrine and exocrine function. The exocrine function of the pancreas produces enzymes to support digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. The endocrine function of the pancreas produces insulin and

Hormonal imbalance is a very common issue for women as we get older. Health conditions including thyroid disorders, menopause, and low sex drive are all linked to out-of-balance hormone levels.   The symptoms of hormonal imbalance can be life-altering. These symptoms can include mood swings, insomnia, weight gain, and hair loss. Thanks to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) treatments, women who are suffering from symptoms of hormone imbalance can now find relief – including better health and a higher quality of life. The treatments can safely and effectively restore a woman’s hormone balance with a comprehensive treatment plan.   Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance in Women   Hormones have an important role in many bodily processes. Your hormones affect your heart rate, metabolism, appetite, sleep patterns, sexual

Menopause - Whats So Scarey?   Many women dread the thought of menopause because they have "bought into" two common misapprehensions. The first is believing the "horror stories" they heard from their mothers and friends about the awful symptoms women must endure when they go through the "changes". Fortunately, not every woman will suffer with menopausal symptoms and many women pass through menopause without more than a few hot flashes.   The second misconception is that there is no safe and effective treatment for menopausal symptoms should the symptoms become so intolerable that they interfere with the quality of life.    It is safe to say that there is both effective and safe hormonal replacement therapy to alleviate suffering during menopause. The form of hormones and

Because symptoms are so varied and often develop slowly over time, many individuals who struggle with an imbalance of thyroid hormones never get diagnosed. Conditions like hypothyroidism can fly under the radar for years as these seemingly small issues increase in severity and frequency.    Diagnosis can feel like a major relief, as it finally provides answers and offers a way forward. For those with hypothyroidism, that way is typically hormone replacement therapy (HRT). So how do you treat hypothyroidism with HRT?   Often, 5 simple steps can get you started on the road to recovery.   Step 1: Document Your Symptoms   Before discussing the health problems you’ve been experiencing with your doctor, it’s important to know exactly what you’ve been experiencing, how severe those symptoms are,

Did your doctor recommend hormone replacement therapy, and you’re wondering if this is right for you? Maybe you have questions about the different types of hormone therapy and need some straight answers. Perhaps you want a natural treatment to fix the problem.   Both men and women come to Integrative Telemedicine for this therapy and are looking for real information. Most find interesting things online, but ultimately end-up being quite confused by everything they have found.   It makes total sense, and you’re not alone. Until you do your research, hormone therapy has been mired in controversy and rumor.   One of the most common reasons women use hormone therapy is for menopause. They may also find themselves with low thyroid function, adrenal fatigue, and difficulty

You Are Tested Low In Hormones   This one is pretty obvious, but not always acknowledged. Similar to the fact that doctors don’t give insulin to someone who doesn’t test with abnormal levels, doctors test to make sure that your levels are signaling a need for a hormone. If your body is producing a normal level of the hormone, there isn’t a reason to take it. Your body is producing a level that it is happy with, so let it be happy!    Your doctor will be able to look at your other hormone levels and the standard levels for your age, to determine that your results are within a healthy range. Many people assume they are low in a hormone because of age

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