Frequently Asked Questions about Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy used to have a bad rap. That’s because the conventional approach to treatment was to use synthetic hormones. These hormones were derived from the urine of a pregnant mare and then chemically altered to more closely resemble human hormones. Unfortunately, synthetic hormone therapy came with great risks for side effects, including breast cancer, heart disease, stroke, and pulmonary embolism. Needless to say, when the information about the dangerous side effects of synthetic hormone came to light, the number of women who sought treatment declined greatly.

However, advances in hormone therapy have been made in recent years. Now, bioidentical hormones derived from plants can be used to increase a patient’s hormone levels much more safely and effectively. Bioidentical hormones more closely resemble human hormones, so the results are typically much better than when synthetic hormones are used.

Of course, if you’re considering bioidentical hormone therapy, it’s important to ask questions so you can be informed. Below, you’ll find some of the most frequently asked questions about bioidentical hormones. Hopefully, this will serve as a good starting point for your research.

What are bioidentical hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are derived from plants, and they are precise replicas of the hormones naturally produced by the body. Some of the plants bioidentical hormones are derived from include wild yams and soy. 

Are bioidentical hormones safer than synthetic hormones?

Because bioidentical hormones are designed to be identical to natural human hormones, the body typically accepts them with no side effects, unlike synthetic hormones. Bioidentical hormones have never been shown to have the serious health risks associated with synthetic hormones, and they are generally seen as a much safer, more effective option for hormone replacement therapy.

Who can benefit from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

As humans age, our hormone levels decrease. For adults, this can lead to depression, reduced sex drive, diminished energy levels, difficulty sleeping, and an array of other highly unpleasant symptoms. If you suspect you may be suffering from low hormone levels, consult with a physician for testing and further analysis.

How long does it take to see results from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Every patient is different. However, many patients start to see results within a few months of starting bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Some even see some benefits within the first few weeks of treatment. It’s different for everyone, but over time, most enjoy health benefits.

Want to learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy? The seasoned staff at Kaner Medical Group is here to discuss your treatment options. Click here to learn more.

Why Bioidentical Hormone Therapy is Preferred Over Synthetic Hormones

As we get older, our hormone levels decrease. It’s a natural part of the aging process. Decreased hormone levels often lead to a lower sex drive, weight gain, difficulty sleeping, depression, fatigue, and a host of other unwelcome symptoms. That’s why so many men and women seek hormone therapy. With hormone replacement therapy, adults can counteract these unwanted symptoms by replacing the decreased hormones to boost levels to a higher amount.

However, it’s important to note that not all hormone replacement therapy is created equal. When it comes to hormone therapy, you have two main options: synthetic hormones or bioidentical hormones. There is a huge difference between the two, and anyone considering hormone therapy needs to understand this.

Synthetic hormone therapy is the old approach to treatment. Synthetic hormones are derived from animals and then chemically changed to more closely resemble human hormones. The problem is that they aren’t real human hormones, and they actually come from pregnant horse urine. That’s right, horse urine.

As you might imagine, pumping these synthetic hormones into your body comes with some great risks. In fact, women who take synthetic hormones are at higher risk of developing breast cancer than those who don’t seek treatment. Additionally, synthetic hormones have been linked to an increased risk for stroke, heart disease, pulmonary embolism, and other deadly conditions. 

The Advantages of Bioidentical Hormones

Bioidentical hormones are everything synthetic hormones are not. Rather than coming from animal products (read: horse urine), bioidentical hormones actually come from plants. These plant-based hormones are much closer to natural human hormones, so the body responds to them better than it does synthetic hormones. That means fewer to no side effects in many cases, leading many to tout bioidentical hormone therapy as a safer, more effective option than synthetic hormone therapy.

The other great thing about bioidentical hormone therapy is that it can be highly tailored to each patient’s unique needs. When hormone deficiencies are identified, the medical team can concoct the right ratio of bioidentical hormones to replace the deficiency in the patient’s system. Amounts can be adjusted over time based on the patient’s changing body. This allows for much more effective replacement therapy. 

Consult with a Doctor

If you’re considering hormone replacement therapy, it’s important that you speak with a specialist as soon as possible. A physician who specializes in hormone therapy can assess your condition, answer your questions, and provide treatment recommendations to help you achieve your goals.Click here to learn more about bioidentical hormone therapy.

5 Allergy Myths Debunked

 

Are you one of the estimated 50 million Americans who suffers from allergies? For many, 2014 has been a particularly harsh allergy season. Perhaps all of the sniffling, sneezing, itchiness, and watery eyes have driven you to look online to learn more about your condition. Unfortunately, you’ve probably found there’s a lot of conflicting information about allergies out there. Today, we’re here to expose that misinformation by debunking 5 of the most popular allergy myths.

Myth #1: Locally produced honey is an all-natural way to fight allergies

Fact: While a tablespoon of local honey might satisfy your sweet tooth, don’t expect it to do anything to curb your allergies. The fact is there is no evidence that shows local honey alleviates allergies. On the contrary, a 2013 study in the Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America found that consuming honey did not provide relief for allergy symptoms.

Myth #2: It’s all in your head

Fact: Is there anything more frustrating than someone telling you that you’re imagining your allergy problem? Allergies are absolutely real. They are typically caused by genetics and our environment. However, the mind does play some role in triggering allergic reactions as stress can lead to symptoms acting out.

Myth #3: You should move to cure your allergies

Fact: You can’t outrun allergies. Studies have shown that where you live isn’t a significant contributor to whether or not you’ll suffer from allergies. While a new environment might temporarily reduce your allergy symptoms, they’ll likely come back as you react to new allergens in your new environment.

Myth #4: Allergies aren’t serious

Fact: Allergies are nothing to sneeze at (no pun intended). Not only can an allergy problem reduce your quality of life by making you miserable and even disrupting your sleep, but in severe cases, it can threaten your life. If you suspect you may have an allergy problem, seek medical attention so you can get testing and treatment if needed.

Myth #5: You’ll outgrow your allergies

Fact: While allergy symptoms do tend to decline with age, they don’t go away altogether. In fact, one recent study found that about 15% of people over the age of 60 suffer from hay fever. So, while your response to allergies might not be as strong as you age, it won’t completely disappear. 

Suffering from allergies? At Kaner Medical Group, we have an Allergy Center and team of allergists who can help you beat your allergy problems once and for all.

Visit our allergy testing page for more info.

 

The Most Common Allergies People Suffer From

 

Get this: about 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. That’s about 1 out of every 6 people who

deals with wheezing, itching, sniffing sneezing, water eyes, and other annoying symptoms of allergies.

While the list of allergens is far too long to cover, there are some very common allergens that give many of these sufferers those nasty side effects just mentioned.

 According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, some of the most common allergens include:

 • Pollen—When pollen season kicks off (as early as January in the south and April in the north), it’s an allergy sufferer’s worst nightmare. Pollen exposure can cause sneezing, nasal congestion, watery eyes, runny nose, and a host of other awful symptoms.

• Dust mites—A dust mite is a very tiny organism that resides in dust around your house. While the symptoms of a dust mite allergy are pretty similar to those of pollen allergies, the major difference is that dust mites are prevalent all year long. They can get all over your bedding, in your mattresses, pillows, and box springs, as well as in the carpet, drapes, and even stuffed animals. Regular cleaning and washing of bedding can help control dust mite populations.

• Weeds—Come summer and fall, weed allergies are at their worst. Ragweed is the most common weed allergen, but pigweed sagebrush, and countless other weeds can cause sniffling, sneezing, and other allergy symptoms.

• Mold—It has been estimated that up to 70 percent of homes have mold hiding behind the walls. Breathing in mold can prove hazardous to your health and lead to an array of respiratory issues and allergy symptoms. Some of the symptoms you may experience with a mold allergy include congestion, coughing, sneezing, and watery eyes.

 Think You May Have An Allergy Problem?

 If you suspect you might be suffering from allergies, it’s important to seek medical counsel as soon as possible. Allergy testing can help pinpoint your allergies, and doctors can work with you to come up with a treatment plan for helping you overcome allergens.

 At Kaner Medical Group, we have an Allergy Center and team of allergists who can help you beat your allergy problems once and for all. Visit our allergy testing page for more info.

 

5 Simple Weight Management Tips

With about 160 million Americans struggling with being overweight or obese, weight management is a constant battle for most people. That’s why losing weight is among the most common New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, it’s also the New Year’s resolution that most people fail to achieve. 

If you’re overweight, chances are that you’ve tried to diet and exercise but simply haven’t been able to maintain a healthy weight. By now, you may have given up on trying to lose weight altogether, telling yourself it’s just not going to happen. Wait – don’t give up just yet. With the right approach, you can achieve a healthy weight, and it could even be simpler than you ever imagined. To get started on the right path, just follow these 5 easy tips:

  1. Reduce your portions—The average plate is loaded with portions that are far too big. Even restaurants serve up portions that are much larger than is recommended for a single meal. Try to start reducing your portion sizes, a little at a time if necessary. Ideally, your plate should contain a palm-size serving of a lean protein (like fish or chicken), a fist-size portion of an unrefined grain (e.g. rice), and a two-fist-size portion of colorful veggies. 
  2. Eat at the table—Make an effort to set aside time to sit down at the table for your meals. Why? When you’re at the table eating, it helps ensure you’re not munching down on unhealthy snacks and fast food while you’re on the go. It forces you to focus more on what you’re eating, so you’re feeding your body the right stuff.
  3. Get enough sleep—Your body needs sleep. In fact, not getting enough sleep is linked to being overweight. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t sleep enough. You should be aiming to get 7 or 8 hours of sleep every night. 
  4. Set realistic goals—Having goals is a good thing when trying to lose weight. It gives you direction and motivation. However, it’s important that your goals are realistic. If you’re hoping to get a model’s body in a month, you’re probably going to be disappointed when it doesn’t happen. Failure to reach such goals can discourage you and make you want to quit. If you have a big goal, break it into smaller, more manageable goals (e.g. lose 2 pounds this week). This will keep you on track, and help you stay positive.
  5. Start moving—Believe it or not, you don’t need to sign up at a fancy gym to lose weight and get in a little better shape. You don’t need to run 10 miles a day either. Nor do you need to develop sculpted arms and six-pack abs like a bodybuilder. Instead, you just need to start moving a little more. Go for a brisk walk in the evenings. Do some body weight exercises to build up strength, like push-ups. Every little bit will help you burn calories and drop weight.

Need a little help losing weight? The experienced, friendly team at Kaner Medical Group can help you get on the path to achieving a healthier weight and slimmer figure. 

The Shocking Dangers of Being Overweight

A recent survey found that a jaw-dropping 160 million Americans are either obese or overweight. In fact, with 78 million obese adults, the United States holds the dubious distinction of the country with the most obese people in the world. That’s about three-quarters of all American man and three-fifths of all women who are obese or overweight. Add in the fact that about 30 percent of all American children and teens are obese or overweight, and the severity of this battle of the bulge is abundantly clear. And with the very serious and very real dangers linked with being overweight, something needs to be done to address the problem sooner rather than later.

Don’t think that carrying a few extra pounds is a big deal? Consider these health risks of being overweight:

  • Heart disease—Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and high blood pressure, is the top killer of adults in the United States. When you’re overweight, you’re likely to have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar, which are all factors that increase your risk for developing heart disease. The heavier you are, the harder your heart has to work to send blood throughout your body. Heart disease can lead to heart failure, heart attack, chest pain, and death. Losing even a few pounds can reduce your risk for heart disease.
  • High blood pressure—Of course, you can’t mention cardiovascular disease and heart disease without talking about high blood pressure. Being overweight means your heart has to pump harder to get blood to all of your body. It can also harm your kidneys, which play an important role in regulating blood pressure. High blood pressure can increase your risk of heart disease, and as you’ve already learned, that comes with a litany of dangers.
  • Type 2 diabetes—Overweight individuals are at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes which occurs when elevated blood sugar levels exist. High blood sugar is a very common cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and a host of other health issues. Losing weight can go a long way to reducing your risk of diabetes.
  • Gallstones—While there’s not yet a clearly defined link between being overweight and having gallstones, the fact is that gallstones are more prevalent in overweight and obese individuals. Gallstones can prevent your gallbladder from helping to break down fat in the digestive process, and they can cause severe abdominal pain, nausea, and other symptoms. The most common treatment for gallstones is surgery to remove the entire gallbladder.
  • Cancer—Just about every form of cancer is more prevalent in overweight individuals. Not only that, about 15 percent of all cancer deaths are linked to being overweight, according to a study from The New England Journal of Medicine. The risks of developing cancer are already too high as it is for the average person. Don’t increase your cancer risks by carrying excess weight.

 

 

The health risks that come with being overweight are too numerous to ignore. If you need help with weight management, turn to the friendly, professional team at Kaner Medical Group. We can work with you to help you achieve a healthier weight.

Turn to Kaner Medical Group to Get Back on Track

If you’re looking to get your health back on track, turn to KMG. At KMG, we’re passionate about helping you achieve your health and weight loss goals. That’s why our approach to care is personalized and comprehensive. KMG’s weight management programs are designed to meet the individual health and weight goals for each one of our patients. Our highly trained team will help you identify healthy and effective ways to manage your weight and will be there to support you every step of the way. Let us help you on your road to a better, healthier lifestyle.

More Than Just Weight Loss

In America today, more than 35% of adults over the age of 20 are overweight. If you’re one of the millions seeking a way to lose weight, and achieve your personal goals, KMG’s Weight Management Solutions can help you get started down the right path. Not only does weight loss help you look and feel better, it also reduces the risk of several medical conditions, including:

  • Some forms of cancer
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Reproductive problems
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Liver and gallbladder problems
  • Osteoarthritis

According to the American Heart Association, excess weight puts additional strain on your heart. Obesity can increase blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as lead to type II diabetes. Losing weight can reduce the risk of many of these conditions, help you regain your energy, and improve your quality of life.