As we age, there is potential for our body’s hormone levels to become imbalanced. There are many and seemingly unconnected symptoms of hormone imbalance. Here is a rather comprehensive list of some of the symptoms associated with a hormone imbalance:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Lack of energy and fatigue during the day
- Reduced mental focus and memory
- Depression, anxiety
- Weight gain
- Muscle/joint pain
- Decreased muscle strength
- Reduced sexual desire and performance
Men and women can be equally affected by hormone imbalance, though there are some different symptoms. None of these symptoms are enjoyable, and many of us face several of these symptoms at the same time. Do not let yourself suffer through these symptoms. You need to take the first step by acknowledging that it has become an issue in your daily life. There is help for you once you do that.
What Comes Next?
The next step is to get a blood test. From there, New Life Medical Group can help you get back on track with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) if your results show a hormone imbalance. We use an innovative procedure called BioTE® Pellet Therapy. The pellets, derived from natural plant sources, get implanted underneath the skin. Estrogen is implanted for women and testosterone for men. This therapy keeps the hormones balanced throughout the day, reducing the problems encountered in other treatments for this condition, such as topical or orally administered hormones. Because BioTE® Pellet Therapy uses natural plant sources, studies have shown fewer side effects than a synthetic counterpart. There is some recovery time; usually, a few days (men longer than women). Patients may observe minor bruising or skin discoloration. There are also specific restrictions, based on strenuous exercise, baths, swimming and hot tubs for the first few days after the injections.
None of the symptoms related to hormonal imbalance are things we should simply live with. They ruin our quality of life. For that reason alone, we encourage you to reach out to us for a consult. Getting your life back on a healthy track will be one of the best things you could do for yourself.
You’ve been suffering from osteoarthritis or some other type of debilitating pain in your knee for far too long… and you know it is time to do something about it. The doctor has recommended knee replacement surgery. Precisely what you dreaded. You start asking friends, family, coworkers, and even google searches…. you’ve discovered all the things you feared, but what if you had a non-invasive alternative to surgery?
Typical Method: Surgery
Surgery of any kind, is never a sure thing, as we all know. Anesthesia complications and infections after surgery are common enough for patients to be very cautious before they sign up for their own trip to the O.R. (operation room). Then there is the dreaded recovery time. It’s 6 weeks on average before resuming daily activities; 3 to 4 months, at minimum, before full recovery – sometimes up to a year! The inconveniences of being immobilized as well as needing to take time off work for an extended period can prove detrimental to our lives and livelihood.
Cost factors are another conversation. The average cost of a total knee replacement surgery is roughly $50,000! Add on another 12 weeks of physical therapy, and you are staring at a hefty number of expenses. Even with amazing insurance covering 90% of the costs of surgery, anesthesia, the hospital stay, physical therapy, and prescriptions – your out of pocket pay can still easily be well over $10,000! Unfortunately, one more tidbit of negative news we have yet to mention: The average ‘lifespan’ of a knee replacement is 20 years. If you are a middle-aged knee replacement patient, you may have to experience this pain and suffering twice in your life.
What Other Options Are There?
New Life Medical Group is the foremost provider of treatments classified as regenerative medicine
, using treatments such as stem cell therapy, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
to repair damaged joints. In short, we use your own body’s cells to help you heal! It has been proven that stem cell therapy has the ability to reduce or eliminate the need for surgery.
Derived from your bone marrow or adipose tissue, your stem cells will be injected directly into the joint. The entire process is less than an hour with the most common complaint being discomfort at the injection site. The best part? No downtime. Your answer to non-invasive pain relief is just a phone call away!
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints. This means the body’s own immune system attacks its own healthy tissue. Although target areas like joints and ligaments are defining characteristics of rheumatoid arthritis, it can also affect other parts of the body as well, such as the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels.
Symptoms of RA include:
- Pain or aching in joints
- Stiffness of joints
- Swelling of joints
- Tender, warm joints
- Weight loss
In addition to treatment, there are several lifestyle changes you can consider to help with RA symptoms, such as changing up your diet. Check out these foods that help fight rheumatoid arthritis.
Research suggests that food high in omega-3 fats help prevent inflammation. This healthy fat is found in salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, flaxseeds and walnuts. Try eating 3 to 4 ounces of fish, twice a week.
Broccoli really is a super food. It is rich in vitamins C and K, calcium, and contains a helpful compound called sulforaphane. According to a Mayo Clinic study, Broccoli helps protect against the development of RA. Try also adding cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale to your regular diet.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Olive oil, a heart healthy fat, contains oleocanthal, which blocks inflammation enzymes. Try using it as a replacement for other oils in your cooking and salad dressings.
Cartilage protects and cushions joints as they move. Vitamin C protects collagen, which is a large part of cartilage. Try adding more citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits to your diet to reap this vitamin C benefit.
Green tea contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants believed to reduce inflammation and slow cartilage destruction. When looking for your morning caffeine kick, try switching from coffee to a hot cup of green tea.
C-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood is a marker of inflammation. Whole grains help lower these levels. The next time you are at the store, skip the white rice and pick up some brown rice. Oatmeal and whole-grain cereals are also a smart choice.
Anyone can be affected by RA. Having a family member with RA can increase your odds; however, the majority of people with the disease do not have a family history of the disease. Currently, RA affects about 1% of Americans. It affects almost 3 times as many women as it does men.
If you feel RA may be affecting you, let us help you at New Life Medical Group. Give us a call at 866-892-6262 to schedule an appointment today!