Feeling fatigued, but you cannot sleep?
Having trouble concentrating and feel like you are in a fog?
Gaining weight without changing your diet or exercise routine?
More moody…sad, irritable, anxious?
Having weird periods and decreased libido?
Well, you are not alone! Many of us feel these symptoms and they are often grouped into a diagnosis called perimenopause. Some have said it may last from 8-15 years. The average age of menopause (meaning no periods for 1 solid year) is 51, but symptoms can begin in our 30s. Progesterone is the first hormone to begin decreasing and this usually begins in our 30s, although it can begin much younger if your adrenal glands are stressed.
By definition, hormones are regulatory substances produced in an organism and transported in tissue fluids such as blood and lymph to stimulate specific cells or tissues into action. We have multiple hormone glands: adrenals, thyroid, pancreas (secretes insulin), ovaries/testes. All these hormones do a dance together, and if one is out of step, the whole cascade is unbalanced and thus, symptoms appear. That is why it is so important for a healthcare professional to sit down and listen to your story and try to figure out where things started to go wrong. Often times when you improve adrenal or thyroid function, the sex hormones will correct themselves. The insulin/glucose pathway must also be corrected if there are issues.
At Julian Healthcare, we listen to your story and your preferences for treatment. We order extensive hormonal blood testing including a comprehensive thyroid panel & insulin levels, among others specific to your needs. Sometimes we need to test sex hormone levels by blood or by having you collect saliva or urine. After those results return, we sit down together to discuss a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
This may include lifestyle changes such as better nutrition, activity, sleep, and stress management, as well as supplements, herbals, or sometimes, hormone replacement. Susan has been prescribing compounded (bioidentical) hormones when needed for about 10 years and have seen numerous lives restored.
Julian Healthcare is here to help you with your hormones. Call us for an appointment at 765-530-8008, and we can develop a plan for you.