Houston Bioidentical Hormones Specialist
Dr. Gilbert Manso is a Houston Bioidentical Hormones specialist that endeavors to find natural remedies to his patient’s health problems, and to get to the root of a problem instead of just treating the symptoms. He aims to learn more about natural remedies and, to use those whenever possible. He limits the use of prescription drugs, surgical procedures, and x-rays. He, however, does not hesitate to use the latest technology or prescriptions if it is the patient’s choice or the most effective way to treat an illness. For example, if a person has bacterial meningitis, he would definitely recommend antibiotics instead of a natural remedy. He would, however, also replace the friendly bacteria and address the immune system in addition to prescribing the antibiotic.
Hormones play a major role in how fast a person ages. In part they act to advance the life cycle according to the biological plan. Alternatively, they may go haywire, promoting disease states associated with the aging process. Since hormones influence the rate at which the body ages, considerable research is underway to evaluate the feasibility of replacement therapy to forestall the aging process and the degenerative changes that accompany it. Hormone replacement therapy has been around for some time in the treatment of menopause. Many gynecologists advocate the use of estrogen and progesterone in the alleviation of menopausal symptoms. The use of testosterone, the adrenal hormones such as DHEA, pregnenolone, and melatonin are now just being investigated.
Bio-identical Hormone Supplementation
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy has come to the forefront of anti-aging medicine over the last few years, and it has completely changed the way women and men receive hormone replacement therapy. Bio-identical hormones have several major differences, the biggest difference being that they are exact matches to the hormones produced in the human body. For this reason, the body can easily metabolize them and use them like it would its own hormones.
Another unique factor to bio-identical hormones is that they are made from soy or yam products, unlike other hormone supplements used in the past. Other hormone therapies used horse hormones, which are not identical to human hormones. These non bio-identical hormones attached to cell receptors, blocking the sites for the body’s hormones, which may have increased the risks of dangerous side effects in the human body. Some side effects that may have occurred due to non bio-identical hormones include breast or uterine cancer, bloating, water retention, digestive issues, weight gain, and headaches. Bio-identical hormones can go to right places and be used for the body’s necessary functions.
Bio-identical hormones can be dosed according to individual needs, which is an added benefit to bio-identical hormone supplementation. In the past, each person received the same dosage despite the imbalance. For example, a woman with major estrogen deficit may have received the same amount of a hormone as a woman with a small estrogen deficiency and a large progesterone imbalance, which would have created an even bigger problem due to estrogen dominance. Other hormone therapies were unable to balance both estrogen and progesterone in order to prevent estrogen dominance. However, bio-identical hormones can be suited to fit individual needs and all hormone levels will be checked to determine imbalances.
Because hormones are interconnected and ratios of certain hormones are interdependent, all hormone levels should be checked and returned to balance in order to ensure overall wellness and health. Balancing hormones can help men and women to achieve optimal levels of health and promote increased vitality. Thousands of patients have reaped the benefits of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy without having to encounter debilitating side effects.
Questions? Please call Houston Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Gilbert Manso, M.D., with The Whole Health Center, directly at 800-775-4902 Ext. 557 to schedule your initial consultation, discuss your symptoms and decide on a course of treatment for your specific needs.