Restoring a Natural Balance
The goal of Advance Life Clinic’s Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is to provide an adequate supply of a deficient hormone in a form that is molecularly identical to that which your body produces. We are all different! No set combination or dosage of bio-identical hormones works for every man or woman. We work with patients to customize a bio-identical hormone replacement program based upon individual symptoms and hormone levels.
Serenity is our Female Wellness Program
The Advance Life Clinic’s Serenity Program is a wellness and anti-aging program that begins with a comprehensive consultation and interview conducted by our Wellness Coordinator. Usually it’s a more exhaustive consult than you’ll receive with a general physician. The interview is designed to find out what symptoms you are having – like hot flashes, fatigue, and/or insomnia – and how severe they are on a scale of 1 to 5.
The next step consists of extensive laboratory monitoring that, once complete, will determine the prescribed course of treatment, including bio-identical hormone replacement, thyroid treatment, dietary supplementation, B12/vitamin injections, and lifestyle counseling.
How Are The Bio-Identical Hormones Supplied?
Bio-identical hormones include estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Estrogen and testosterone can be given in a pellet or cream form, while progesterone is given orally or as a topical cream. Other hormones that may be recommended include DHEA, Melatonin, and Pregnenolone.
Thyroid supplementation is done with more natural forms of thyroid such as Armour Thyroid or Nature-Throid, as opposed to the synthetic forms often prescribed by family physicians, such as Synthroid.
Other supplements include Vitamin D, Fish Oil, L-Carnitine, CLA, and Green Coffee Bean Extract. These can be used to treat a condition called “adrenal fatigue,” in which deficiencies in cortisol lead to fatigue and low energy levels.
Dietary and exercise monitoring may also be done to ensure pre-menopausal women are getting enough protein and exercise to prevent Sarcopenia, an age-related decline in muscle mass. Close monitoring and follow up care are provided, with initial visits scheduled every 3 months and follow-up visits spaced every 4 to 6 months depending on progress.
Vitality is our Male Wellness Program
Testosterone helps maintain fat distribution, bone density, sex drive, red blood cell production, and muscle strength and mass. As men age, however, testosterone levels naturally begin to decline. But there is a solution. It’s called Vitality. Advanced Life Clinic’ Vitality Program combines the use of bio-identical male hormones and DHEA, dietary supplements, and lifestyle counseling to increase testosterone levels.
With Vitality, you’ll begin to see significant results in just a short time. That’s because testosterone therapy helps restore muscle mass, increase exercise tolerance, improve sleep, improve mental quickness, reduce fatigue, reduce belly fat, and improve libido. Even more, men with normal testosterone levels are less likely to suffer from depression, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
How Does The Customized Program Work?
During your initial visit, blood will be drawn to check your testosterone levels. Shortly after that (approx. 2 to 3 days), our Wellness Coordinator is able to determine the hormones you need from your blood work and individually formulate the amounts required for your symptoms and hormone levels.
Once your program has been customized, small testosterone pellets the size of a grain of rice are implanted right underneath your skin, providing time-released therapy. Not only is there no cream to remember to apply, but the pellets actually offer a higher concentration of testosterone than the cream.
After that, follow-up visits are recommended for 4 to 6 months so that we can periodically check your testosterone levels and ensure that the therapy has been successful. After all, our goal is to return your testosterone level back to that of a 30-year-old. What you do with all that energy is up to you!