Hormones are responsible for regulating nearly all important functions in the human body. Ongoing research clearly identifies chronic inflammation as the basis of heart disease, diabetes, asthma, arthritis and even Alzheimer’s disease. And nothing treats inflammation better than hormonal balance!
One study shows that at least 30-40% of type II diabetic males are low in testosterone. Treating these males with testosterone replacement therapy has been shown to significantly improve their diabetic control as shown by a decreased fasting glucose, decreased insulin resistance, decreased cholesterol and even a decreased waist circumference.
Changing levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone have a role to play in age-related inflammation. It appears that a decrease in estrogen corresponds with a rise in the cytokines interleukin-1 and interleukin-6. This changes the rate at which new bone is formed, a leading indicator of osteoporosis.
We know that before menopause the balance of hormones has a calming effect on inflammation and that symptoms of chronic inflammation often become more apparent during and after menopause. The hormonal changes leading up to menopause also contribute to weight gain. There is clear evidence that extra fat cells, especially around the middle of the body, add to systemic inflammation by creating extra cytokines and C-reactive protein.
When the body is in a constant state of inflammation, it reacts to it by having the adrenal glands pump out high amounts of cortisol, the primary anti-inflammatory hormone used to decrease excess inflammation. We tend to think of cortisol as a stress hormone, but in reality it is an anti-stress hormone. At the cellular levels all stress creates an inflammatory state caused by an over-production of pro-inflammatory eicosanoids. Cortisol is sent out to lower the levels of these eicosanoids, which is fine over the short run when stress is temporary. But having a high level of constant inflammation means you are going to have high levels of cortisol on a permanent basis, causing a number of nasty consequences such as increasing insulin resistance (which makes you fatter), killing nerve cells (which makes you dumber), and depressing your entire immune system (which makes you sicker). This is the collateral damage that comes from increased inflammation.
At The Healthy Choice Compounding Pharmacy, we specialize in helping you balance your hormones through Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Call or stop by and speak with pharmacist Phil Altman who has been helping patients with hormone balancing since 1997.