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What is an Active Couch Potato?

Nobody wants to be a couch potato, even if it’s preceded by the word “active.” Active couch potatoes are people who get regular exercise, but they end up sitting most of the day as a result of circumstance. It’s like being a marathon runner who works a full-time job where he or she sits all day.

In addition to having sedentary jobs, most people also engage in leisure activities after work that result in a lot more time spent sitting rather than moving. Even if a person is getting a fair amount of physical activity, sedentary habits usually outweigh exercise.

How to Avoid Becoming an Active Couch Potato

The exact amount of activity needed to offset the active couch potato effect isn’t clear, but experts recommend breaking up prolonged sitting time as often as possible. It’s important to stand up and take quick one- to three-minute breaks every half hour or so throughout the day—standing burns twice as many calories as sitting. Some people work for companies that invest in office equipment that gets employees moving—such as a treadmill desk or adjustable-height desks.

Unfortunately, research shows that trips to the gym can’t undo the effects of a day spent sitting. Regardless of how someone chooses to increase his or her physical activity at work, studies show there are numerous benefits to doing so. Some ways to incorporate physical activity into a sedentary job include:

  • Taking frequent walks: Taking regular walking breaks can help circulation and work to counteract some of the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. In addition, instead of messaging or emailing a co-worker, walk over to his or her desk.
  • Perform desk exercises: Some people stretch at their desks as a simple way to get moving and increase blood circulation.
  • Use chair alternatives: Yoga ball chairs help engage the core by working abdominal and back muscles throughout the day.
  • Perform active meetings: Instead of sitting in the conference room, try going for walks with coworkers to encourage activity.

Effects of Sedentary Behavior

Sedentary behavior does not only occur at the workplace. Generally speaking, most people spend significantly more time in their cars sitting in traffic and at home participating in more sedentary forms of entertainment like watching television, playing video games and browsing the Internet. It’s not just adults who suffer from this condition, either. Children are also moving less as schools cut back on the allocated time for physical education and recess.

Medical evidence continues to show that time spent sitting has negative health effects that are independent of the time people spend exercising. Studies indicate that two hours of sitting essentially cancel out the benefits of 20 minutes of exercise. It’s important to realize how crucial exercise can be when it comes to improving physical and mental health. It’s proven that active people live longer and have a lower risk of the following:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Depression

Excessive sedentary behavior is considered a health risk, separate from getting too little exercise. Studies have shown that sitting time is an independent predictor for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and most other lifestyle diseases. In addition to incorporating more movement into everyday work activities, taking the time to exercise can greatly improve overall health. Many people fall into the active couch potato category, but getting a personalized exercise prescription and wellness plan can help fix the problem.

Request more information about the active couch potato phenomenon today. Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Adrenal Fatigue

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What is Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is a term used in functional medicine that describes a collection of signs and symptoms that include fatigue, body aches, and digestive problems.

What are the Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue?

Some common symptoms of adrenal fatigue include the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Body aches
  • Digestive problems often leading to weight loss
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Low blood pressure
  • Decreased libido
  • Cravings for sweet or salty snacks

What Causes Adrenal Fatigue?

The adrenal glands sit on top of your kidneys and produce a variety of very important hormones, such as cortisol, the “stress” hormone that helps regulate your immune system, blood sugar, and metabolism. When experiencing chronic bouts of prolonged stress, the adrenal glands will continue to make cortisol at the expense of the other hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone). This can lead to adrenal fatigue.

What Issues Can Arise When Experiencing Adrenal Fatigue?

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Adrenal fatigue can result in imbalances in your fluid and electrolyte balance; heart and cardiovascular system; and carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism.

In worst-case scenarios, adrenal fatigue can render you so tired you will find it difficult to get up for more than a few hours a day.

How Can Adrenal Fatigue be Treated?

An experienced adrenal-fatigue doctor can create a treatment plan to best address your specific case of adrenal fatigue. It may involve the following:

  • A saliva test to help diagnose your adrenal stress index
  • Cortisol samples to evaluate your body’s response to stress
  • A nutritional plan involving vitamins, minerals, and herbs to help build up your body’s energy
  • A customized plan to rebuild your adrenal glands and protect them from daily stressors

Amenorrhea

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The menstrual cycle in women is essential to reproductive health. When menstruation is absent or extremely delayed, this is the condition known as amenorrhea. Amenorrhea can affect women of any age. This condition can lead to infertility issues.

Depending on the underlying cause, there are amenorrhea treatments available. Request more information today: Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Amenorrhea Symptoms

The symptom most often associated with amenorrhea is obvious: the absence of a menstrual period. In certain women, missing a period may cause other symptoms. Some other problems associated with amenorrhea include:

  • Hair loss
  • Frequent headaches
  • Facial hair growth
  • Pelvic pain
  • Acne
  • Vision problems

Whether a missing period is cause for alarm varies depending on the age of the woman. For adult women, three missed periods is a common benchmark. For adolescent girls, if a menstrual period has not occurred by age 15, it may be a case of amenorrhea.

Amenorrhea Causes

There are many different causes of amenorrhea. Some of these causes occur for natural reasons, including:

  • Menopause
  • Recent pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding a child

Some women also experience amenorrhea as a part of hormonal birth control, including oral pills and intrauterine devices. Sometimes this amenorrhea can continue after the birth control is no longer being used.

Other possible amenorrhea causes include:

  • Low body weight
  • Eating disorders such as anorexia
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Premature menopause (perimenopause)
  • Post-hysterectomy menopause
  • Birth defects
  • Uterine scarring
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Certain medications
  • Excessive athletic training

Most amenorrhea causes are broken out in to two categories: primary and secondary. Primary causes stem from illnesses and other genetic conditions and secondary causes include pregnancy, menopause, PCOS or birth control.

Amenorrhea Treatment

The treatment of amenorrhea varies greatly depending on the underlying cause. In general, treatment targets the specific disorder or lifestyle habit that led to the missed period. Some possible amenorrhea treatments include:

  • Hormone therapy
  • Birth control pills
  • Surgery
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Certain medications

Which specific method is used is dependent on the amenorrhea cause. If the issue is caused by early menopause or PCOS,hormone therapy or hormonal birth control may be the most likely choice. If it’s caused by problems with the reproductive organs themselves, surgery may be the best option.

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Amenorrhea can wreak havoc on a woman’s system and make achieving fertility difficult. Request more information aboutamenorrhea diagnosis and treatment today: Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Anti-Aging Medicine

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Prevent Age-Related Disease and Dysfunction

Anti-aging medicine employs scientific research, advances in biotechnology, and clinical preventive medicine to slow down conditions associated with aging. Through preventative screenings, early disease detection, prompt intervention, and optimal nutrition, anti-aging physicians help fight and slow down age-related disease and dysfunction.

Anti-Aging Medicine Slows Down the Aging Process

Your biological age is not the same as your chronological age. In unhealthy people, the biological age is often measured to be much higher than their real age. On the other hand, healthy people are often seen as much younger that they actually are. Anti-aging medicine focuses on slowing down the biological aging process bytreating and preventing age-related disease on the molecular and cellular level.

Anti-Aging Medicine Treats the Underlying Condition

In traditional medicine, physicians attempt to address the processes of illness and control its symptoms. A traditional doctor will prescribe medicine to help mask individual disease symptoms. Because prescription drugs have undesired side-effects, they tend to cause further problems in the patient’s body. These secondary symptoms are not the result of the underlying disease, but rather the effect of medication used to alleviate the original symptoms. The patient receives more drugs and the downward spiral of masking disease with prescription drugs continues. The physician’s role is often reduced to managing drugs and not patient’s health.

Anti-aging medicine deals with the actual physiological and biochemical causes for diseases and age-related disorders. Anti-aging doctors focus on treating the body at the microscopic, cellular, and biochemical levels. Anti-aging physicians find and treat the cause of disease, and not simply prescribe medication to mask disease symptoms. Instead of maintaining disease in its current state, anti-aging medicine emphasizes the need to improve health, optimize performance, and increase the quality of life for the patient.

Hormone Balance is Vital to Your Health

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Patients often complain of fatigue, memory problems, headaches, emotional, and relationship issues. Although these complaints are frequently treated with prescription drugs to mask the symptoms, the true underlying causes are not adequately addressed.

The absence or imbalance of certain hormones has been found to be often the primary cause of such common patient complaints. With age, your body becomes less efficient in producing proper levels of natural hormones that are critical to the functioning of all major organs and vital body systems. Unhealthy lifestyle, poor nutrition, stress, and toxins cause molecular stress inside your body and lead to serious hormonal imbalances.

Both men and women can have hormonal problems. Women frequently suffer from premature perimenopausal symptoms. Men experience andropause, often associated with low testosterone levels.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

With minimal intervention, an anti-aging physician may help patients with hormonal deficiencies restore their health and vitality. Treating the underlying hormonal imbalance has a much better effect than prescribing separate medications for the individual symptoms. Perimenopausal women report tremendous improvement in their well-being with many noting reduced depression, better sleep, reduced anxiety, reduced weight gain specifically.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy uses hormones that are identical on the molecular level to the hormones in your body. Hormone levels are tested throughout the process to determine the proper balance. Anti-aging medicine emphasizes restoring hormones to normal, acceptable, healthy levels and returning your body to good health.

Nutrition and Supplementation

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Along with proper hormone balance, metabolic balance is crucial to your health, well-being, and optimal performance. Anti-aging physicians understand that the body must obtain and absorb the right nutrients to function properly and remain disease-free. Nutritional deficiencies and gut inflammation are often the underlying causes of serious and debilitating symptoms.

Even asymptomatic patients can suffer from low levels of amino acids, vitamins, or minerals. These nutritional deficiencies frequently lead to the development of more serious, often life-threating, conditions. For example, research shows that majority of people are deficient in vitamin D which plays an important role in improving glucose metabolism, maintaining bone health, strengthening immunity, and preventing cancer.

Using nutritional testing, a medical professional can help you determine your nutritional deficiencies and design a customized supplementation plan. Simple adjustments in your diet and supplements can make a huge difference in the improvement of your health and vitality.

Customized Medicine

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A personalized approach to healthcare is one of the most important cornerstones of anti-aging medicine. Anti-aging physicians understand and emphasize that every patient is different biochemically, physiologically, and psychologically. A successful treatment plan must take into account the unique biochemistry of each individual patient.

Anti-aging medicine focuses on designing custom treatment programs based on advanced tests, individual risk assessments, and unique health histories. Customized therapies allow anti-aging medicine doctors to help their patients achieve and maintain optimal levels of performance: sexual, physical, and mental.

Preventive Medicine

In anti-aging medicine, prevention of future disease is just as important as treating an existing one. The best way to treat any medical condition is to prevent one in the first place. Active screening, early diagnosis, latest laboratory testing, modern medical imaging technologies, and prompt intervention are fundamental in helping patients avoid serious life-threatening diseases.

An anti-aging physician will help you identify important risk factors and design a customized treatment to avoid getting sick. By optimizing health, improving nutrition, and making positive adjustments to your lifestyle, you can minimize the risks of major diseases:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Cerebrovascular disorders
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s

Anti-aging medicine focuses on optimizing health, maintaining wellness, reducing known risk factors, prevention of diseases, preemptive testing, and slowing down age-related diseases.

Integrative Medicine

Anti-aging medicine emphasizes an integrative and holistic approach to treating the body and the mind. Anti-aging physicians focus on health optimization and often combine a variety of methods to optimize their patients’ health:

  • Lifestyle modification
  • Fitness and exercise coaching
  • Weight loss support
  • Nutritional planning
  • Detoxification
  • Vitamin supplementation
  • Nutritional supplementation
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Hormone therapy
  • BHRT for men
  • BHRT for women
  • Wellness optimization
  • Body and mind regeneration
  • Aesthetic procedures
  • Sleep disorder treatment
  • Stress management
  • Acupuncture
  • Spiritual balance
  • Meditation and prayer

Back and Neck Tendonitis Treatment

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Most of us have probably experienced tendonitis at some point in our lives. The legs, feet and hands being affected most often, but back and neck tendonitis can cause just as much—if not more—pain and discomfort.

One of the main reasons back and neck pain can be so troublesome is that we constantly rely on our spines for support regardless as to whether you’re sitting, standing or lying down. This puts stress on back joints known as facet joints, which can deteriorate over time leading to a protective reflex known as guarding.

Guarding is when muscles supporting the spine take up the stress of supporting our weight when a joint is damaged and/or inflamed. As a short term response this is fine, but if chronic (long term) problems are present, the muscles will eventually become fatigued and inflamed themselves./ This usually results in tendinitis of the back or neck.

Symptoms of Back and Neck Tendonitis

The most common symptoms of tendonitis in the back or neck include:

  • Localized and radiating pain
  • Limited capacity for movement (stiffness)
  • Swelling

Types of Back and Neck Tendonitis

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

Resulting from a shoulder injury or overuse, rotator cuff tendonitis can result in sudden pain to the upper shoulder and upper portion of the arms. You may also experience difficulty extending your arm above your head.

Impingement Syndrome

Similar to rotator cuff tendonitis, impingement syndrome can result in the same symptoms, but the cause is a little different. Impingement syndrome is when tendons are pinched between two structures (bone, etc.) that perform rotating functions in the shoulder.

Bicipital Tendonitis

The upper portion of your bicep connects to the front and side of the shoulder and can create pain in that region or radiating pan to the forearm and elbow. This can then cause sufferers to compensate, straining and creating tendonitis in the back/ neck.

Cervicogenic headache

While not strictly tendonitis. Inflammation of the muscles around the spine can cause referred pain to affect other parts of your body. If the source of your pain is high enough on the spine this can result in a headache as the nerves that handle pain in this area also handle the jaw, head and behind the eyes.

Causes of Neck/ Back Tendonitis

Those with rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriasis, thyroid disease, and infection are more likely to develop tendinitis of the back or neck; as are athletes and people who perform manual labor. People who have also experienced trauma or injury like whiplash, those with poor posture and people who work on the computer are at risk as well.

Treatments for Tendonitis affecting the Back and Neck

  • Massage
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Anti-inflammatory medication (non-steroidal)
  • Autologous blood injection (ABI)
  • Increasing core strength
  • Steroid injection (corticosteroid)
  • RICE or PRICEMM (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, Medication, and physical therapy Modalities)
  • Physical therapy
  • Improving/ correcting poor posture
  • Surgery

If you have severe back or neck pain that interferes with your day-to-day life and you’d like relief, it could start with a call to your doctor about treatment options.

Request more information about Back and Neck Tendonitis today. Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Learn Your Basal Metabolic Rate

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Even though it may not feel like it, your body is always in motion. It takes plenty of fuel (calories) to keep your body running normally as it digests food, pumps blood through your body, makes your lungs move and much more. The number of calories your body burns at rest is known as your basal metabolic rate (BMR).

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What is Basal Metabolic Rate?

Knowing your basal metabolic rate (or at least an estimate) is a good way to calculate how many calories you should take in each day to lose or maintain your body weight.

You may notice that you can’t seem to eat the same foods you used to without gaining weight. This is because your BMR changes over time as your body ages and you begin to lose muscle mass. If you know your basal metabolic rate, you can adjust your daily calories to keep your figure looking fit and your body healthy.

How to Calculate Basal Metabolic Rate

The easiest way to calculate your rate is to use a simple online program. Simply input your height, weight, age and gender and the program will calculate your number. You can take this number and apply it to the Harris Benedict Formula to determine your daily caloric needs to lose, maintain or gain weight.

Basal Metabolic Rate Formula & Your Health

Pulling all the pieces of your health together can be important information. Your healthcare provider may calculate your basal metabolic rate and use other factors like:

  • Body mass index
  • Belly fat
  • Target heart rate
  • Activity level
  • Current diet
  • Overall lifestyle

These factors, along with your BMR can be used to formulate exercise and diet plans specifically tailored to your needs.

You can also take these numbers to your health care provider and share your thoughts or concerns. They are a great way to open the door of communication about ways to losing excess fat weight and live healthier.

Learn more about your basal metabolic rate today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Bioidentical Hormone Doctors

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Understanding BHRT

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has gained increasing popularity in recent years. Bioidentical hormones are designed to be chemically indistinguishable from hormones naturally produced by the body. Bioidenticals are also believed to be safer and more effective than many other hormone treatment options. Each patient receives a dosage of hormones which has been compounded to correct their individual imbalance.

BHRT has been used to treat:

  • Depression
  • Gynecomastia
  • Fatigue
  • Joint Pain
  • Hair Loss
  • Hot Flashes
  • Menopause
  • Muscle Loss
  • Night Sweats
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Memory Loss
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Endometriosis
  • Andropause
  • Low Testosterone

The Dangers of Traditional HRT

Traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has, for years, been considered the most popular option. However, the hormones used in traditional HRT are highly synthetic and do are not chemically identical to the hormones produced by the body. Because of this, only a fraction of the hormones administered under HRT are accepted for use by the body. This reduces the overall effectiveness of the treatment. The remaining synthetic hormones can potentially increase the risk of a heart attack as well as a variety of cancers.

Finding a Bioidentical Hormone Doctor

To get the most out of BHRT, patients must find a seasoned medical professional with years of experience in bioidentical hormones. Because of the versatility of the treatment, experts come from all reaches of the medical community. Many hold a degree in allopathic or osteopathic medicine. Many belong to associations related to BHRT or its applications.

Before deciding to undergo BHRT, it’s important to educate yourself on the risks and benefits the treatment can have. Look for multiple sources and perspectives when gathering information. A good bioidentical hormone doctor will offer a number of educational articles and be able to answer any questions, comments, or concerns you may have during a consultation.

Don’t let yourself suffer from symptoms treatable by BHRT. A bioidentical hormone doctor is available to help you start your journey toward a healthier life today. Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Bioidentical Hormone Pellet Therapy

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Bioidentical hormone therapy—also known as BHRT—is quickly becoming a very popular treatment for a variety of hormone imbalance. While BHRT is itself a specialized form of hormone replacement therapy that utilizes only biologically identical hormones, it has many different delivery methods.

Pellet therapy is one of the most refined and extraordinary hormone therapy delivery methods. Pellet therapy is delivered in a way that may help prevent many of the downsides and side-effects typically associated with BHRT.

If you would like to know more, call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online right away.

How Pellet Therapy Works

Pellet therapy is a subcutaneous treatment. That means it is injected under the skin in the form of small pellets that contain the prescribed amount of testosterone, estrogen or other hormones.

BHRT is different than other hormone therapy delivery methods, which may include oral pills, infections or creams applied to the skin

Unlike some of those other methods, pellet therapy is:

  • Delivered consistently: Many other hormone therapy delivery methods are subject to the roller-coaster effect. Because the hormones in those methods are delivered all at once, it can often be a shock to the system. The subcutaneous pellets on the other hand, are delivered consistently, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Long-lasting: Other common pellet therapy methods must be administered daily or weekly. Pellet therapy is instead deliveredjust once, with a single pellet often lasting months at a time. This provides a solution that many find more convenient.
  • Easy to handle: Other bioidentical hormone delivery methods are typically self-administered. This means that there is far less room for mistakes and user error. The pelleting procedure is most often administered by a medical professional in an office setting.

Bioidentical Hormone Pellet Therapy Treatment

Pellet therapy treats many conditions, the majority of which are forms of hormonal imbalance. The amount of hormones prescribed during a pellet therapy treatment course typically varies depending on the nature of your symptoms. Pellet therapy treatment is available for both men and women.

For women, pellet therapy may provide relief from:

  • Menopause
  • Mood swings
  • Low libido
  • Anxiety
  • Bone loss
  • Insomnia
  • Incontinence
  • Depression

For men, pellet therapy may help with:

  • Andropause / low testosterone
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of focus
  • Low libido

Both pellet therapy for men and pellet therapy for women are administered in the same way, although the hormones being utilized may differ greatly. Pellet therapy treatment typically begins with an initial consultation.

Request Bioidentical Hormone Pellet Therapy Information

Pellet therapy is quickly becoming a popular method of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. It provides hormones for both men and women, delivered consistently and easily. If you would like to learn more about pellet therapy, call (870) 642-8818 orcontact us online.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Insomnia

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Everyone has trouble falling asleep sometimes, but when the condition happens repeatedly it can begin to affect multiple aspects of your life. Insomnia can impact your ability to function at school, in the workplace, and even at home.

Symptoms of Insomnia

Insomnia can be defined as a number of different symptoms:

  • Having trouble falling asleep
  • Having trouble staying asleep
  • Waking up feeling unrested

Getting six hours or fewer of sleep for multiple nights in a row can also have an adverse effect on your health. Some of theconditions that can arise from insomnia include:

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Gastrointestinal problems like stomach pain, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, and vomiting

Types of Insomnia

Insomnia can occur for a short period of time (acute), or the patient may experience a lack of sleep for longer stretches (chronic). Regardless of the duration, doctors agree that there are two different types of insomnia.

Primary Insomnia

The first type is known as primary insomnia. In this form, the loss of sleep does not appear to be related to any other symptom.

Secondary Insomnia

In secondary insomnia, doctors can generally identify a contributing factor such as a preexisting health condition, prescription medication, or another substance such as caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol.

With secondary insomnia, the cause could be physical, emotional, or even changes in your daily routines. Over time, a loss of sleepwill begin to impact your health by weakening your immune system. This could lead to weight gain and an increased risk for developing high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes.

Causes of Insomnia

Hormonal imbalance can easily lead to insomnia. In particular melatonin, a hormone produced by your pineal gland can be over- or under- produced. Melatonin regulates your body’s sleep cycle, or circadian rhythm.

Similarly, insomnia can be a result of menopause in women or andropause in men.

Some other factors that could lead to insomnia are:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Medical conditions like chronic pain or respiratory problems

Insomnia Diagnosis

The first step in treating insomnia is to single out the reason it is happening. A typical insomnia treatment plan begins with a review of your current sleep patterns. During this consultation your doctor may discuss how frequently you wake up in the middle of the night, or how long it may take you to fall asleep. In some cases, a sleep diary is recommended to help log these patterns as they occur.

The consultation will generally be accompanied by a physical exams to check for any health conditions that could be the culprit. A blood sample may also be taken to check for any conditions such as diabetes.

Another test which is specific to diagnosing insomnia could be performed in a sleep center. During an overnight visit, a sleep doctorcan monitor factors such as brain waves, breathing, heartbeat, eye movement, and body movement while you sleep.

Insomnia Treatment

A more safe, effective way to treat insomnia is with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT. Unlike conventionalhormone replacement therapy (HRT), BHRT treats insomnia by balancing your melatonin, estrogen (oestrogen) or testosterone levels with hormones that are biologically identical to those your body produces.

BHRT can be delivered through pills, patches, tablets, creams and injected pellets. It’s important to note that a provider typically won’t utilize all of these hormone delivery methods. The best one for a given situation depends on the needs of the patient and the preference of provider.

Some alternate forms of insomnia treatment include:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Relaxation Exercises
  • Cognitive behavior therapy

Get Better Sleep

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can provide relief for insomnia. If you’re struggling with sleep and think a melatonin imbalance may be the cause, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) for Men

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Regain Vitality, Strength, and Libido.

You may be suffering from hormone deficiency or male hormone imbalance. Hormones play a crucial role in the functioning of your body. Their levels and balance, also known as ‘male hormone harmony’ are extremely important for your health, physical shape, and well-being.

As a man ages, his body becomes less effective in producing these vital hormones. Hormone levels fall to unhealthy levels creating a hormone imbalance in your body. A well-publicized low testosterone condition called hypogonadism, also known as Low T, is not the only type of hormone deficiency. Other hormones, such as the Human Growth Hormone (low hGH), Thyroid Hormone (hypothyroidism), estradiol, cortisol, DHEA, and more, need to stay in perfect hormonal balance for your body to function optimally.

Hormone deficiency in an adult male often causes the following symptoms:

  • Lower energy levels
  • Depression
  • Decreased libido
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle loss
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings
  • Inability to focus
  • Loss of bone density
  • Low stamina
  • Low levels of immunity
  • Lack of skin elasticity
  • Joint Pain

Historically, these symptoms were regarded as normal signs of aging and were considered inevitable and untreatable. However, research has revealed that it is really the improper levels of male hormones that are responsible for many of these ailments. This understanding of the importance and function of the male hormone balance and harmony has led to the development of modern Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men.

Restore Male Hormone Harmony with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men (BHRT) uses hormones that are identical, on a molecular level, to the natural hormones occurring in your body. The goal of BHRT is to supplement low hormone levels (low-T and other hormone deficiencies) and to restore the critical hormone balance in your system. By restoring hormones to appropriate levels, BHRT may help reduce many symptoms associated with aging, low testosterone, and other hormonal imbalances.

Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) for Men

Men suffering from hormone imbalance and low levels of testosterone (low-T) can benefit from the bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. BHRT has been shown to help men regain:

  • Higher energy levels
  • Better sex drive
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Restored muscle tone
  • Enhanced memory
  • Improved mood
  • Reduced depression
  • Greater stamina
  • Strong immune system
  • Better skin elasticity

Medical Treatment

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy must be administered by a well-trained physician who will first evaluate your existing medical condition and run a variety of tests to determine your hormone levels. Hormone levels should also be monitored during and after your treatment to ensure optimal health results and minimize side effects.

Holistic Approach

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy combined with lifestyle modifications, changes in diet, and increased levels of exercise can have a positive impact on your health, improve your quality of life, and help you look better and feel younger. A comprehensive medical approach is needed to optimize your health, renew your energy levels, and restore your body to feeling years younger. Hormone replacement therapy requires a holistic approach if you want to slow down the aging process, stay healthy, and live longer.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Muscle Loss

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It’s estimated that between ages 30 and 70, a man will lose nearly a quarter of their skeletal muscle mass, turning even the hunkiest guy into a lanky fella. Those hours spent in the gym are not in vain, however, as this muscle loss is preventable, with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).

Low testosterone, also known as Low-T for short—in conjunction with andropause—is largely responsible for this surprisingly common, yet potentially debilitating condition.

What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?

BHRT is a form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) which uses naturally derived hormones instead of synthetic versions to supplement deficiencies in natural hormone production.  Hormones are the body’s messengers, telling various organs and cells when and where to perform their respective functions. Without these messengers (in the case of hormone imbalance) the body can’t function properly resulting in problems ranging from menopause and hot flashes to depression and muscle loss.

Hormonal Muscle Loss

One of the more severe issues from chronic hormonal imbalance is the loss of skeletal muscle mass in men.  This form of muscle is responsible for how people move about, lift things and physically function. If this muscle deteriorates, especially at an accelerated rate, you could be in a world of hurt.

A hormone known as DHEA is responsible for the production testosterone (and estrogen in women), helps with immune system strength, supports cardiovascular health, aids in stress recovery, and helps build/maintain bone and muscle mass.

Low levels of DHEA can then have a significant impact on anyone’s health, with symptoms including:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle loss
  • Depression
  • Joint pain
  • Low libido
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Dry eyes

To correct these dangerously low levels of DHEA, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a popular treatment option.

How Does Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Work?

Providing a controlled and concentrated form of naturally produced DHEA (derived from yams and soy), bioidentical hormone replacement therapy provides a safer alternative to synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Available in cream, pill, patch and pellet form, bioidentical hormones can be administered in some ways to suit your lifestyle and your needs. The first step is often a saliva test and, in some cases, a blood test to determine your current hormone levels. This helps doctors supply just the right dosage to fit your requirements. Dosage is key with regards to hormone therapy. Remember it was a slight hormonal imbalance that caused your issue in the first place, an error with treatment could make matters even worse.

After you have found the deficiency and chosen an appropriate distribution method with your doctor, treatment can begin. Your hormone levels may be retested periodically to ensure a proper dosage of bioidentical hormone is administered as treatment continues.

For many, BHRT has provided a treatment option unlike anything else. Improving on the controversial synthetic hormones used before, natural/bioidentical hormones have helped many with muscle loss from low levels of DHEA.

To see if bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for muscle loss is right for you, Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Sex Drive

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A decrease in sex drive is a condition that is unique in the fact that there is no definitive way to monitor it. Doctors have no gauge for what a “normal” sex drive should be, so it is defined differently with each and every patient, whether they’re a man or a woman.

If you’ve noticed a decrease in your libido, it could be due to a number of factors. The solution may be simple, such as a side effect from a medication you were prescribed. It could be the result of the physical and mental anguish resulting from an unrelated chronic pain, or it may be hormonal imbalance.

Causes of Low Libido in Women

It may be difficult for a woman to determine what is causing her loss of libido, because it is difficult to monitor when a loss actually occurs. Simply not wanting sex as often as your partner doesn’t necessarily mean your sex drive is lacking, although if your desire is less than you think it should be, it may be time to contact someone for help.

A diminished sex drive is often caused by a drop in hormone levels. This can be due to natural phases of life such as menopause or breast feeding, or an unexpected hormonal imbalance. In particular, low estrogen (oestrogen) and low progesterone levels are often responsible for a low libido in women.

In the case of hormonal imbalance, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) may be considered as a treatment option.

Some other physical and psychological causes for a diminished libido in women include:

  • Painful sex
  • Side effects from medication
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Issues with your self-esteem

Causes of Low Libido in Men

Some people think that men should have no problem with their sex drive, and because of this, many men suffering from a diminished libido may keep the problem to themselves. The reality is that many men are suffering from the condition, but may be too embarrassed to ask for help.

There is a strong correlation between low testosterone and a lack of sex drive in men. Low-Testosterone (Low-T) may be the culprit behind your reduced libido, and may even  lead directly to depression and fatigue.

There are a number of other factors that can lower  a man’s sex drive. Some of these include:

  • Medication
  • Poor sleep habits
  • Stress
  • Issues with your self-esteem
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Drug or alcohol abuse

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Low Libido

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) may provide a solution to your diminished sex drive. Hormone replacement therapy—particularly with bioidentical hormones, which are exactly like those produced in your body—can be a lifesaver as we age.

Proper levels of testosterone and estrogen (oestrogen) help to restore men’s and women’s libidos, as well as promote intimacy and a general sense of wellbeing. Getting the hormones in balance can restore desire and the ability for men and women to enjoy healthy sex lives again.

If you’re interested in rebuilding your sex drive, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Weight Loss

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For many years, physicians and researchers struggled to connect the dots between hormones and their role in weight loss. Women have long known that food cravings and sluggish metabolisms were very real problems, making it hard to lose weight, but convincing the medical world of their link to weight was difficult. Recent studies have linked hormones and weight gain, indicating that hormonal treatment for weight loss is a viable option.

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Hormonal Weight Gain

Most men and women won’t realize their hormones are out of balance, but correcting problems within this system can help you lose weight. Hormones are chemical messengers in the body that are responsible for a long list of body functions, including growth, sexual function, metabolism, and weight.

To identify a hormonal imbalance, a provider can use several different tests including:

  • Saliva test
  • Blood test
  • Urine test

Hormone level tests can indicate if your weight gain or inability to lose weight is hormonal. When a hormonal imbalance is present, it can lead to weight gain. In men, a lack of testosterone can cause these issues, while for women the problem may stem from estrogen imbalance. Thankfully, these hormonal imbalances and deficiencies can be treated.

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for Weight Loss

When weight gain is caused by a hormonal imbalance, the most common treatment is to correct that imbalance. This is done by replacing or balancing the hormones with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). One form of HRT is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, which utilizes hormones that are molecularly identical to what your body creates naturally.

Hormonal treatment for weight loss will vary, depending on the individual receiving the treatment. For men, testosterone replacement therapy for weight loss may be the primary option. For women, estrogen replacement therapy for weight loss may be a better choice.

Bioidentical hormones and weight loss have been linked. The right BHRT treatment plan can lead to:

  • Weight loss
  • Decreased fat
  • Increased lean muscle

In addition to BHRT, other hormonal weight loss treatments exist such as human growth hormone for weight loss and the hCG diet. Not all providers offer or recommend each of these options.

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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) for Women

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Treatment of Pre-Menopause, Perimenopause, and Post-Menopause with Bioidentical Hormones

You may be suffering from hormone deficiency or female hormone imbalance. Hormones play a crucial role in the functioning of your body. Their levels and balance, also known as female hormone harmony, are extremely important to your health, mood, and well-being.

As a woman ages, her body becomes less effective in producing these vital hormones. Hormones fall to unhealthy levels creating a hormone imbalance in your body. Menopause, adrenal fatigue, and other hormone syndromes are all characterized and caused by improper hormone levels. Female hormones must stay in perfect hormonal balance in order for your body to function optimally.

Hormone deficiency in women has been shown to cause the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Hot flashes (hot flushes)
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Lower sex drive
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of bone density
  • Joint Pain
  • Low stamina
  • Memory loss
  • Inability to focus
  • Low levels of immunity
  • Lack of skin elasticity

Historically, these symptoms were regarded as normal signs of aging and were considered inevitable and untreatable. However, research has revealed that it is really the improper levels of female hormones that are responsible for many of these ailments.

This understanding of the importance and function of the female hormone balance and harmony has led to the development of modernBioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women.

Restore Female Hormone Harmony with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women

 

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women (BHRT) uses hormones that are identical, on a molecular level, to the natural hormones occurring in your body. The goal of BHRT is to supplement low hormone levels and to restore the critical hormone balance in your system. By restoring hormones to appropriate levels, BHRT can help eliminate many symptoms associated with menopause, adrenal fatigue, and other hormonal imbalances.

Medical professionals on the forefront of anti-aging medicine use BHRT and related hormone replacement therapies in an attempt to combat the aging process and its debilitating symptoms in women.

Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women

Those suffering from hormone imbalance can greatly benefit from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. BHRT has been shown to help women:

  • Improve energy levels
  • Enhance mood
  • Restore sex drive
  • Boost memory
  • Reduce depression
  • Decrease hot flashes (hot flushes)
  • Alleviate night sweats
  • Eliminate mood swings
  • Stop vaginal dryness
  • Regain skin elasticity
  • Soothe joint pain
  • Increase stamina
  • Strengthen the immune system

Medical Treatment

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women must be administered by a well-trained physician who will first evaluate your existing medical condition and run a range of tests to determine your hormone levels. A BHRT physician will then create a custom treatment plan personalized to your specific needs and health concerns. Hormone levels will be carefully monitored during and after your hormone treatment to ensure optimal health results and minimize side effects.

Holistic Approach

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy combined with lifestyle modifications, changes in diet, and increased levels of exercise can have a positive impact on your health, improve your quality of life, and help you look better and feel younger. A comprehensive medical approach is needed to optimize your health, renew your energy levels, and restore your body to feeling years younger. Hormone replacement therapy requires a holistic approach in an attempt to slow down the aging process, stay healthy, and live longer.

Bioidentical Hormones

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Bioidentical hormones are chemically and biologically identical to the hormones produced naturally in the body. These plant-derived hormones are used as a part of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, a treatment designed to restore the natural hormone levels in men and women.

While bioidentical hormones are most commonly associated with the treatment of menopause and low testosterone, they have many other uses as well. Bioidentical hormones can be used to treat both men and women.

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Types of Bioidentical Hormones

The most commonly used bioidentical hormones are testosterone and estrogen, both of which can be used to treat men and women. However, there are many other types of bioidentical hormones available.

Commonly used bioidentical hormones include:

  • Bioidentical Testosterone: Used for the treatment of andropause, low testosterone and other issues.
  • Bioidentical Estrogen: Used for the treatment of menopause and over production of progesterone.
  • Bioidentical Progesterone: Used to treat women’s health issues and restore a healthy estrogen-progesterone balance.
  • Bioidentical DHEA: Used to combat adrenal fatigue and the associated symptoms.
  • Bioidentical Melatonin: Primarily used to restore circadian rhythm and to treat sleep disorders such as insomnia
  • Bioidentical Pregnenolone: Used to restore a generally malfunctioning endocrine system.

What each of these bioidentical hormones have in common is that they are completely natural and plant-derived.

Bioidentical Hormone Treatment

There are many reasons why a person may seek out bioidentical hormone treatment. In essence, all reasons come back to one condition: hormonal imbalance.

Common hormonal imbalance symptoms for men and women include:

  • Low libido
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle loss
  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Bioidentical hormone treatment typically begins with a hormone level test. Hormone level tests can be performed on urine, blood or saliva. If a hormonal imbalance is detected, treatment using bioidentical hormones can begin.

Bioidentical hormones can be delivered as:

  • Hormone Pills
  • Hormone Patches
  • Hormone Pellets
  • Hormone Gels
  • Hormone Creams

It’s important to note that a provider typically won’t utilize all of these hormone delivery methods. The best one for a given situation depends on the needs of the patient and the preference of provider. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and bioidentical hormones are considered to be a safe and effective treatment.

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Bioidentical hormones may provide a way for men and women to avoid age-related decline and feel young again. Request more information about bioidentical hormones now: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement Therapy

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Low testosterone has become a phrase that all men fear. The gradual loss of testosterone, sometimes called low T, occurs naturally with age. Unfortunately, it also brings along many symptoms and side effects like low sex drive, erectile dysfunction and weight gain.

Bioidentical testosterone has shown to be effective in helped many men regain their youthful vigor.

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Testosterone Imbalance Symptoms

Testosterone imbalance is often referred to as low T or andropause. Low testosterone may lead to very serious symptoms and side effects. Low testosterone most commonly affects men over the age of 40, but can occur in younger men and even women in certain circumstances.

The most common symptoms of a testosterone imbalance include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low libido
  • Hair loss
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Muscle loss
  • Hot flashes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue

No two men experience testosterone imbalance the same way, so it’s possible to be going through andropause while only noticing some of these symptoms.

When faced with the prospect of growing older and less vigorous, many men feel hopeless. Bioidentical testosterone ensures that it is possible to avoid, reduce and even completely eliminate these symptoms.

What is Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

Bioidentical testosterone is administered through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, also known as BHRT. Many men are wary of trying hormonal treatments because they don’t want to put synthetic testosterone in to their bodies. Bioidentical testosterone avoids that problem because it is biologically, chemically, and molecularly identical to the testosterone produced naturally by the body.

Bioidentical testosterone can be delivered in many different ways. Bioidentical testosterone delivery methods include:

  • Testosterone Pills
  • Testosterone Patches
  • Testosterone Pellets
  • Testosterone Gels
  • Testosterone Creams

It’s important to understand not every provider will offer all of these options. Instead, the chosen delivery method depends on the needs of the patient and the individual preferences of their provider.

Bioidentical testosterone is typically used only after a testosterone level test has found testosterone levels to be low. Testosterone can be tested in the blood, urine or saliva.

There are many benefits of bioidentical testosterone. When used correctly, bioidentical testosterone can lead to:

  • Boosted libido
  • Stronger erections
  • More lean muscle
  • Reduced body fat
  • Clearer thinking
  • More energy
  • Less fatigue

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Ultimately, the only way to know if bioidentical testosterone is right for you is to schedule a hormone level test. Request more information about bioidentical testosterone treatment today call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Birth Control and Contraception

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Contraception refers to any medical method or treatment designed to prevent pregnancy. Contraception is available in both short-term and long-term varieties. Contraception is often referred to as simply birth control.

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What is Contraception?

Contraception is the broad term that encompasses all birth control methods. Birth control is a crucial part of family planning and practicing safe sex. Some methods of birth control also guard against sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs), but this is not true of every method.

In general, contraception is broken down in to three major categories:

  • Short term contraception, which is utilized just once and may be ceased at any point.
  • Long term contraception, which may last for a very long time and require extra attention to reverse.
  • Emergency contraception, which is taken or administered after unprotected or poorly-protected sex.

Each one of these broad categories contains many different types of birth control.

Types of Contraceptives

There are many different types of contraceptives. Both contraceptives for men and contraceptives for women are available. Varieties of contraceptives include:

  • Hormonal birth control: As the name implies hormonal contraceptives work by altering the body’s hormones in order to prevent ovulation or fertilization. Hormonal birth control is only available for women and may be administered as a pill, patch, implant, injection IUD or vaginal ring.
  • Barrier contraceptives: Barrier contraceptives are available for both men and woman. They act as a literal barrier between sperm and uterus, preventing pregnancy from occurring. Types of barrier birth control include condoms, sponges, cervical caps, diaphragms and more.
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs): This type of birth control is inserted directly in to the uterus. IUDs may be made out of copper or levonorgestrel. IUDs are a very long-lasting form of birth control, but are also reversible.
  • Sterilization: Sterilization is a surgical birth control option. It is available for both men (vasectomy) and women (tubal ligation). Sterilization is considered to be the most permanent form of contraception, though it may be reversed in very rare cases as well.

What Form of Contraception is Right for Me?

There is no one “correct” method of birth control, as each type features distinct advantages and disadvantages. Some prefer the long-term protection of an IUD or sterilization, while others opt for convenience with hormonal or barrier methods.

There are so many different varieties of birth control that it’s important to discuss them with a physician or healthcare professional. Only then can you determine which type of contraception best suits your level of sexual activity and person needs.

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Blood Testing

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Lab blood work, otherwise known as a blood test, is an extremely effective diagnostic tool. Your blood carries nutrients and oxygen to the organs, and impurities are filtered out by the kidneys. By testing the levels of specific substances in your bloodstream, your doctor can diagnose a number of conditions.

If you would like to schedule a blood screening, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

The Complete Blood Count (CBC) Test

Much as the name implies, the complete blood count test counts the amount of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets,hemoglobin and hematocrit in your blood stream. An irregular count in any of these cell types could indicate a number of conditions such as:

  • Anemia
  • Infections
  • Blood clots
  • Blood cancers
  • Immune system disorders
  • Vitamin deficiency

Blood Chemistry Tests

Blood chemistry tests pinpoint abnormal levels of substances in the blood that could indicate a dysfunction in one of your organs. Some of these organs include:

  • Kidneys
  • Liver
  • Thyroid

Doctors will test for abnormal levels of glucose (blood sugar) which could identify the onset of diabetes. Enzyme levels are used to monitor the health of your liver, and kidney function is tested by monitoring how many waste substances are in your blood.

Tests for Diagnosing or Monitoring Heart Disease

Some blood tests are performed for the specific purpose of diagnosing chronic heart conditions. One of these tests is known as the blood enzyme test. Blood enzyme tests monitor your levels of the enzyme creatine and the protein troponin. An elevated level of either of these substances could indicate damaged cells in the heart or other organs.

Another test done to prevent heart disease is a cholesterol test, otherwise known as a lipid test or lipoprotein panel. A lipid test is looking for four different things:

  • Total cholesterol
  • LDL (“bad”) cholesterol
  • HDL (“good”) cholesterol
  • Triglycerides

An overabundance of “bad cholesterol”, or low levels “good cholesterol”, could eventually lead to heart disease.

Other Common Blood Tests

There are numerous types of blood tests that check for a range of conditions, but here a few of the most common:

  • Blood clotting tests: If you are taking a blood-thinning medication (anticoagulant), your doctor may recommend periodic testing to monitor your blood’s ability to clot.
  • Blood culture: This is done to seek out infections, and is usually done when you are experiencing a high fever or chills.
  • Lead test: This is a very import test for children two and under. Ingesting or breathing in lead paint dust could affect brain development in small children leading to learning disabilities and behavioral problems.

Schedule Your Blood Screening

Routine blood tests are essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and are recommended even if you are not feeling ill. Identifying heart disease or other ailments early can lead to more effective treatment. To schedule your blood screening, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

BOTOX® Cosmetic Injections

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Do you have to accept wrinkles as an accepted part of aging? That may be the “common wisdom” on the subject, but there is an alternative to wrinkles, crow’s feet and more. Botox Cosmetic® provides a safe, effective solution for helping you look younger non-surgically. If you’re interested in using Botox to have the look you’ve always wanted, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Is Botox Treatment For Me?

Botox can help with a variety age-related issues for both women and men. Some of the imperfections most commonly treated with Botox include:

  • Wrinkles
  • Crow’s feet
  • Frown lines
  • Forehead lines
  • Eyebrow wrinkles
  • Forehead furrows

In addition to these cosmetic issues, Botox has also shown to be effective in treating some medical issues such as migraines, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweat) and some forms of bladder dysfunction. If you’re struggling with wrinkles, eyebrow lines, or even migraines, Botox may be the solution you need.

How Does Botox Treatment Work?

As your skin ages, wrinkles and other unwanted features form. These imperfections form for a variety of reasons, including collagen loss, hormonal imbalances, free radicals and more. Botox Cosmetic does its job by blocking nerve impulses at the site of injection with a safe, natural solution. When the Botox solution is injected, it’s done with a small needle and causes very little pain.

The non-surgical Botox procedure is typically performed in a doctor’s office, to ensure maximum comfort. A Botox session takes only 10 – 15 minutes per injection, with no downtime needed afterward. You can resume your favorite activities and even return to work right away.

The result of the treatment is firmer, more youthful skin, along with reduced wrinkles and lines. The effects of Botox Cosmetic treatment last around four months, and most typically see results within 30 days of receiving treatment.

Botox® Injections Before & After Photos

Before & After pictures are provided by the product manufacturer. Your results may vary.

How Do I Get Started?

Botox is a common wrinkle treatment, and can be cost effective. Botox Cosmetic injections are virtually pain-free, and can help you achieve a more wrinkle-reduced appearance.

To get started on the path of Botox cosmetic injections toward a more wrinkle-minimized look, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

 

Calories and Weight Gain Connection – Nutritionist

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The confusing array of fad and celebrity diets can be enough to make you give up dieting all together. However, the solution to fad diets and practically any diet can – weirdly – be found in the teachings of the Buddhists (despite Buddha’s figure). It’s all about the “middle way” in slimming down your “middle region,” specifically a happy balance of calories.

What Are Calories?

Calories are the basic unit of potential energy we consume as food. Your lamp runs on watts, your car runs on gallons of gas, and you run on calories. The more you eat, the more you have to burn; if you don’t burn them however, they are stored as fat.

If you’re eating more calories than you’re burning, you’re said to be in caloric excess; eating less than you’re burning, you’re in caloric deficit. In excess, you gain weight; deficit, you burn off fat and lose weight. It’s not that simple though.

Some believe it’s not only the amount of calories you eat that matters, but where the calories come from – specifically protein.

Metabolism and Calories

Diets high in protein are said to allow you to burn more calories at rest, as protein requires more energy to digest than carbs for instance. Overtime, a high protein diet is said to help build lean muscle mass and with more muscle mass comes a need for more energy in the form of calories. The end result is a quickening of something called a metabolism.

The metabolism is the body’s system of converting food into usable energy, like how crude oil is refined to make gasoline. A fast metabolism will burn energy quicker than a slow metabolism. That said, a quick metabolism is a gas guzzler and a slow metabolism, a hybrid.  But unlike cars, an energy guzzler is a good thing, because the energy you put into your system will be used up, not stored as fat for later. A diet low in protein is said to slow your metabolism, meaning you burn fewer calories at rest. A low protein diet may also lower the energy it takes for you to pack on fat. With fat storing easier and staying longer, this could lead to dramatic weight gain, even obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease.

The worst side effect however has little to do with how you look at the beach. A low protein diet causes the loss of lean muscle mass, dying muscle releases hemoglobin, and hemoglobin is toxic to the kidneys. So, over extended periods of time, a low protein diet could lead to the possibly of catastrophic kidney issues.

How Do Calories Equate to Pounds and Weight Loss?

  • There are approximately 3,800 calories per pound of fat
  • To lose between one and two pounds of fat per week, you’d have to shave off about 800 calories a day.

The moral of the caloric story here is to find a number of calories that work for you, with a balanced diet leaning a little toward the protein side when you can. If you live a sedentary lifestyle you will typically require fewer calories than say a carpenter or Olympic athlete (Olympic athletes can eat over 11,000 calories a day). Keep a food journal to track what you eat and tally up the calories.

Once you find your equilibrium, not gaining weight or losing, adjust from there depending on what you’d like to achieve. Slim off some fat before summer or add some muscle, it’s up to you. Remember to check with your healthcare provider before embarking on any new diet.  Request more information about Calories and Weight Gain today. Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Celiac Disease Management

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Gluten is a protein that is found in many different food components, notably wheat, barley and rye. Although it is found all over, gluten is mostly associated with bread products and other carbohydrates. Celiac disease refers to an immune condition in which the body rejects all gluten.

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Celiac Disease Symptoms

Celiac disease varies in its severity. For some people, it may be entirely asymptomatic, meaning that it has no noticeable symptoms. For many, however, celiac disease causes very troublesome problems when gluten is ingested.

Some of the most common symptoms of celiac disease include:

  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach
  • Joint pain
  • Vomiting
  • Digestive discomfort
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Headache
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Anemia
  • Obesity
  • Itchy Skin

Celiac disease can appear in both adults and children. In children, certain symptoms may be more prominent, including constipation, swollen stomach and reduced coordination.

Celiac Disease Causes

The symptoms associated with celiac disease are caused by the inflammation of the digestive system. This occurs because the body is rejecting gluten, which leads to these symptoms as an autoimmune response.

What actually causes this medical intolerance to gluten is currently unknown. Certain risk factors, however, can contribute to the appearance of celiac disease. These include:

  • Genetics (previous family member with celiac disease)
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Colitis

Celiac disease treatment begins with a test to determine if the condition is present. This is most often performed with a blood testing, but an endoscopy may also be used.

Celiac Disease Treatment

There is no cure for celiac disease. With the right treatment plan, however, the symptoms can be lessened or mitigated. The most common form of celiac disease treatment is the gluten-free diet. As the name implies, this diet avoids gluten entirely to avoid flare-ups.

Some foods that commonly include gluten are:

  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Beer
  • Cereal
  • Foods fried in oil
  • Cookies
  • Crackers
  • Many sauces
  • Processed meat

Many foods are now helpfully labeled as “gluten free.” Certain supplements may also help those who suffer from celiac disease. These include:

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B12
  • Zinc

There are also medications that are designed to control intestinal inflammation.

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Ultimately, the only way to determine if you have celiac disease is to get tested. Request more information about celiac disease testing and the gluten-free diet today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment

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If you’ve been experiencing severe exhaustion that’s lasted longer than six months, you may be suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). If left unchecked, CFS could not only leave you at a loss for energy, it could begin to diminish your quality of life. Dealing with chronic fatigue can affect your performance at work, your time spent with family and friends, and even your enjoyment of recreational activities.

In addition to the obvious symptom from which chronic fatigue gets its name, there are other symptoms doctors look for when trying to make a diagnosis:

  • Memory loss or trouble concentrating
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck or armpits
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain with no swelling or redness
  • unlike any others you’ve previously experienced
  • Sleeping without feeling rested
  • Exhaustion that lasts more than 24 hours after any moderate physical activity

Causes of Chronic Fatigue

Doctors have yet to come to an agreement as to what causes CFS. There have been studies that could possibly link it to some viral infections, problems with the immune system, and hormonal imbalances.

Doctors have noted that many of the patients suffering from CFS share three factors:

  • Age: CFS generally occurs in patients in their forties and fifties
  • Gender: Woman are more likely to report CFS than men
  • Lifestyle: People with inactive lifestyles or those dealing with weight issues are more likely to develop CFS

Getting help

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a serious condition that can lead to bouts of depression or a desire to cut off all social interactions. That’s why if you suspect you may be suffering from this affliction, it’s important to seek out the help of a healthcare professional.

The first step is to keep a log or journal of the feelings you are experiencing. Not only will this help your doctor to understand your condition, but it will help weed out any other factors that might be causing your fatigue such as sleep disorders, anemia, diabetes, hypothyroidism, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia to name just a few.

Once it has been determined that you are indeed suffering from CFS, your doctor will develop a treatment plan to help you cope with individual symptoms while trying to manage the overall condition.

A chronic fatigue treatment plan will typically include numerous approaches including medications, exercise programs, and psychological counseling.

Chronic Stress Treatment

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We all deal with stress, from work to family and everything in between; stress is a part of the body’s natural fight-or-flight response. When you’re constantly feeling stressed, however, you have a condition known as chronic stress. There are many factors that contribute to chronic stress, and a similarly high number of treatment options.

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Causes of Chronic Stress

While some stress is normal and not a medical concern, chronic stress can be caused by a larger, overlying condition. As doctors and medical professionals learn more about the body’s natural fight-or-flight response, imbalanced hormones have emerged as the primary cause of chronic stress.

The three hormones that control your body’s stress levels are:

  • Cortisol: Generated by the hypothalamus, cortisol regulates your blood pressure, blood sugar and is useful in prioritizing what process your body needs during a stressful time.
  • Adrenaline: This hormone controls your immediate, physical reactions to stress. That includes the tightening of muscles, increased blood flow and a quicker heart rate.
  • Norepinephrine: This hormone regulates your level of focus and alertness during stressful times.

The largely gender-specific hormones of estrogen (oestrogen) and testosterone also play a role in stress. When any of these hormones is either under-produced or overproduced it can lead to chronic stress and a number of frightening side-effects.

Effects of Chronic Stress

In addition to general discomfort and an uneasy mind, excess of the stress hormones along with the resulting chronic stress can cause debilitating medical conditions.

These include:

  • Weight gain / Obesity
  • Low libido
  • High blood pressure / Hypertension
  • Decreased bone density / Osteoporosis
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Hyperglycemia

If you’re seeing any combination of these conditions, you need to get help immediately. Chronic stress may seem like a side-effect of a difficult life, but it can be dangerous and even fatal if it goes untreated.

Chronic Stress Treatment

As chronic stress is largely the result of hormonal imbalance, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, is the best method of treatment available. BHRT seeks to correct your body’s natural stress hormone levels.

This is done with natural hormones, such as cortisol, estrogen (oestrogen) and testosterone, as opposed to the synthetic recreations used in conventional hormone replacement therapy. These bioidentical hormones can relieve chronic stress via a variety of delivery options including:

  • Pills
  • Tablets
  • Patches
  • Injected pellets
  • Creams
  • Gels

Each of these is a viable method for BHRT delivery. The only way to discover which method is right for you is to contact your doctor. Your doctor will also likely recommend a number of lifestyle changes to help with your chronic stress problem, including:

  • Improved diet
  • Increased exercise
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Vitamin and supplement programs

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Chronic stress shouldn’t be ignored. It’s likely a sign of hormonal imbalance, and may have fatal consequences. If you’re interested in a de-stressed, happier life through bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

 

CPAP for Sleep Apnea

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CPAP is an abbreviation for a medical device that delivers Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. A CPAP device forces air through a mask worn over your mouth and nose to hold open the airway — the tube that carries air from the nose to the lungs.CPAPs are good for men and women who have conditions like obstructive sleep apnea or in newborns with breathing difficulties.

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What is a CPAP Machine?

The most common reason adults need a CPAP device is to treat sleep apnea. You may not know if you have sleep apnea, but its most common symptoms include:

  • Snoring
  • Waking frequently at night
  • Waking up tired
  • Waking up coughing
  • Extreme fatigue

Your partner or spouse may notice if you do these things. Living with untreated sleep apnea can raise your risk for serious health problems including heart attacks and death.

To diagnose sleep apnea, you will need to take part in a sleep study. A sleep study is used to diagnose sleep disorders by observing a given patient over one or several nights.

Once sleep apnea is diagnosed, you will be fitted with a CPAP mask that covers either your nose and mouth or just your nose. The mask has a tube that connects to a small electric machine. The machine will blow air out through the tube and into the mask to keep your airway open.

Many patients who have a CPAP say they never realized how badly they slept until they began treatment and started to feel better.

How to Get a CPAP Machine

Purchasing a CPAP machine requires a doctor’s prescription.  CPAPs are typically purchased from a medical supply store or durable medical equipment supplier. A professional will likely show you how to set up your machine and you will need to follow your provider’s orders for the amount of pressure your machine produces. They will have calculated exactly how much air pressure you need to keep your airway open.

Remember that sometimes it can take a little adjusting to get your CPAP just right. There are a variety of CPAP masks available, so your options are open. CPAP machines vary in size, noise level and many other factors. Find out more about how a CPAP can help you: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.  

Diabetes Treatment

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Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when there are high levels of sugar in your blood. The condition affects more than 20 million people in the United States alone. Here’s a brief explanation of what happens in a person’s body when he or she is suffering from diabetes.

When we eat, our digestive system converts the food into a sugar called glucose, which is the fuel that our bodies use to operate. Glucose enters the blood stream and travels to all the cells in your body. While this is happening, our pancreas produces a chemical called insulin. Insulin helps our cells absorb the glucose.

Diabetes can refer to two different scenarios. In one instance the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, so the glucose cannot be properly absorbed by their cells. This condition is called Type 1 diabetes and it is mostly found in children, teens, or young adults.

In the second scenario, a person’s body may be producing enough insulin, but for some reason their cells resist it, causing the glucose levels to build up in their blood. This is called Type 2 diabetes and it mostly affects adults. It is also the most common form of diabetes.

Symptoms of Diabetes

In cases of Type 1 diabetes, the symptoms develop quickly and are generally apparent by the time a diagnosis is made. Type 2 diabetes develops over time, and it could be years before the person even knows they have it.

A third type of diabetes is called gestational diabetes. Unlike the other two types, gestational diabetes is a temporary condition. It happens to some women during pregnancy when their placenta produces hormones that cause their cells to resist insulin.

With any case of diabetes, there are symptoms that appear sooner, and some that develop over time. Some of the earlier symptoms include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Excess thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Weight loss

Some of the symptoms that appear over time include:

  • Eye problems including sensitivity to light or blindness.
  • Sores and infections on your feet and skin. If left untreated, this condition could lead to the removal of a limb.
  • Nerve damage that causes pain, tingling, and loss of feeling. It could eventually create problems with your digestive system, loss of control over your bathroom functions, and erectile dysfunction in men.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Diabetes

The most common way for a healthcare provider to diagnose diabetes is by administering a urine or blood test to check sugar levels in your blood. Because some cases of diabetes don’t initially show any symptoms, any person over the age of 45 should be regularly tested. It is also recommended that any children or adults dealing with weight problems also schedule periodic diabetes screenings.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for Type 1 diabetes, and those afflicted will have to take insulin injections the rest of their life to regulate the sugar levels in their blood.

Type 2 diabetes can often be controlled with lifestyle changes. One of the most common causes of Type 2 diabetes is being overweight, as an excess of fat cells in the body makes it more difficult for the other cells to absorb insulin properly. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend a program that includes a combination of medication, dieting, and exercise.

 

Dyspareunia (Painful Intercourse) Treatment

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Painful intercourse, known medically as dyspareunia, is a problem that can interfere with health, happiness and relationships. There are many different reasons why painful sex can occur. While it is most associated with women, dyspareunia can occur in men as well.

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Dyspareunia Symptoms

The primary symptom of dyspareunia is pain during sex. However, this pain can come in many different forms. Some symptoms occur only in female dyspareunia, while others occur in male dyspareunia.

Women’s dyspareunia symptoms include:

  • Pain during penetration
  • Pain when inserting a tampon
  • Burning pain
  • Aching pain
  • Pain during thrusting or motion

Men’s dyspareunia symptoms include:

  • Pain during erection
  • Pain surrounding foreskin
  • Pain when ejaculating
  • Burning pain
  • Aching pain
  • Pain during thrusting or motion

Dyspareunia Causes

There are many possible causes of dyspareunia in both men and women. These causes and risk factors range from physical ailments to mental and emotional factors. Some possible physical painful sex causes include:

  • Poor lubrication
  • Certain medications
  • Inflammation
  • Infections
  • Foreskin damage
  • Genital injury
  • Surgical recovery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation

Some conditions make a person more likely to suffer from dyspareunia, including:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Pelvic tumors
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Cystitis
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Vaginismus (vagina spams in women)
  • Skin disorders

Mentally, certain problems can cause painful intercourse that are entirely psychological. Some of the factors include anxiety, depression, relationship problems or a past experience with sexual abuse.

Dyspareunia Treatment

The best dyspareunia treatment will vary depending on the cause of the problem. The only way to determine the best treatment course is to meet with a dyspareunia doctor or other medical professional.

Some possible painful intercourse treatments include:

  • Counseling
  • Vaginal creams
  • Oral medication
  • Increased lubrication
  • Stopping certain medications
  • Surgery
  • Pelvic floor exercises

Many cases of painful sex are entirely treatable. Treatment typically begins with an initial consultation or appointment to discuss the problem.

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Dyspareunia can put strain on a relationship and may seem embarrassing to discuss. But treatment for these issues is available. Request more information about painful sexual intercourse treatment today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

 

Endometriosis Treatment

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Endometriosis is a women’s health disorder that involves the soft tissue known as endometrium, which normally lines the inside of the uterus. This condition can lead debilitating, even crippling pain. Those suffering from endometriosis are often unaware that they have been affected.

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Symptoms of Endometriosis

The endometrium is the tissue that typically lines the interior of the uterus. During menstruation, the endometrium breaks down and bleeds, which is completely normal. But with a case of endometriosis, the endometrium tissue actually grows outside the uterus.

The tissue can extend and grow on the ovaries, bowel, pelvis and beyond. This can lead to many complications.

Symptoms of endometriosis include:

  • Painful periods
  • Infertility
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Pelvic pain
  • Nausea
  • Excessive menstrual bleeding
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Painful sex
  • Pain when urinating

Due to the fluctuating nature of the endometrium, no two cases of endometriosis are the same. Some people experience just one of these symptoms, while others may deal with many of them.

Endometriosis can either be a minor condition or major one, depending on how much endometrium has spread to other parts of the body.

Causes of Endometriosis

Like many other women’s health issues, such as uterine fibroids, the exact cause of endometriosis is not known. That being said, there are many contributing factors to the condition.

Some of the leading causes of endometriosis include:

  • Retrograde menstruation (a condition in which menstrual blood flows back through the reproductive system)
  • Immune system disorders
  • Surgical scar transport (scar tissue)
  • Embryonic cell growth

Of these scenarios, most endometriosis is caused by retrograde menstruation. Endometriosis is treatable with a variety of different methods.

Endometriosis Treatment

Endometriosis treatment comes in many different forms. Types of endometriosis treatment include:

  • Pain medication: Mild cases of endometriosis can be mitigated or managed with over-the-counter pain medications.
  • Hormone therapy: Consistent delivery of hormones, either through contraceptives or hormone delivery medications can help relieve endometriosis pain
  • Minor surgery: In cases where the endometriosis pain too severe to be mitigated, procedures are available that can help remove the displaced endometrium. This is often done laparscopically or abdominally to preserve as much of the uterus and ovaries as possible.
  • Hysterectomy: In extreme cases of endometriosis, a hysterectomy may be necessary. The uterus, cervix and both ovaries are both removed during this surgery. Because of that, it is typically only used as a last resort.

The correct method of treatment depends on the root cause and the severity of the individual case of endometriosis.

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Endometriosis can make life incredibly difficult, especially when accompanied by excessive bleeding or crippling pain. Requestendometriosis treatment information today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

 

Enlarged Prostate (BPH) Treatment

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The prostate gland surrounds the urethra in men and has many important functions. Due to many factors, the prostate gland can become enlarged. An enlarged prostate is known medically as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) when it is not related to cancer.

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Enlarged Prostate Symptoms

In its early stages, an enlarged prostate may be asymptomatic and only detected by a medical test. As the prostate grows larger, however, many symptoms become apparently. Many of these symptoms involve the urinary system which may be inhibited or blocked by a large prostate.

Common symptoms include:

  • Difficulty starting urination
  • Starting and stopping urination
  • Weak urine stream
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Waking up to urinate multiple times a night
  • Inability to empty bladder
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Bladder stones
  • Kidney stones

No two men experience enlarged prostate the same way. Some may deal with many symptoms and others just a few.

Enlarged Prostate Causes

The prostate gland is found just beneath the bladder. When this gland becomes enlarged, it impedes the urinary system and leads to the symptoms listed above. It is not clear why this benign enlargement occurs, but several risk factors increase a man’s likeliness of facing BPH.

Risk factors include:

  • Advanced age
  • Family history

Enlarged Prostate Treatment

There are many different enlarged prostate treatments available. Treatment typically begins with a prostate exam. These treatments vary depending on the size of the prostate and the individual health needs of the patient. For minor prostate enlargement, treatment may not be necessary.

Types of enlarged prostate (BPH) treatment include:

  • Medications, such as alpha blockers
  • Prostate resection surgery
  • Prostatectomy (prostate removal)
  • Laser prostate surgery
  • Prostate ablation
  • Prostatic stents

These treatment options vary from non-invasive to major surgery. For men with only minor prostate problems, medications may cause the prostate to return to normal size and eliminate symptoms.

In more severe cases, where an extremely large prostate is present, surgical methods may be necessary to reduce the size or remove a portion of the prostate.

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Non-cancerous prostate problems are known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). If you are noticing the symptoms of BPH, request more information now: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

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There are a number of factors in a man’s body that play a role in forming an erection. It is a combination of physical properties such as the nerves, muscles, and blood vessels as well as mental and chemical attributes involving the brain, hormones, and emotions. A problem with any of these factors can lead to one of the three main symptoms of erectile dysfunction:

  • Being unable to get an erection
  • Being unable to maintain an erection
  • Experiencing a loss of sexual desire

Erectile dysfunction can lead to feelings of embarrassment, insecurity, and even depression. If you’re suffering from this condition, you are not alone. Erectile dysfunction affects an estimated 30 million men in the United States alone.

Erectile Dysfunction Causes

Any combination of psychological and physical conditions can contribute to erectile dysfunction. A man’s libido can be affected by feelings of stress or anxiety. This can lead to depression and low self-esteem which further disrupts the body’s natural functions. Sometimes relationship problems with your partner can also play a role.

Some of the physical causes of erectile dysfunction include:

  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Low testosterone
  • Nerve damage
  • Medications like antidepressants or antihistamines
  • Medical treatments like prostate surgery or radiation therapy
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol or drug use

Erectile Dysfunction Testing

Diagnosing the cause of erectile dysfunction involves a physical exam as well as a consultation to discuss potential emotional factors. Doctors will likely inspect your reproductive organs to seek out any problems related to blood flow or nerve functions. The tests could be done visually or with the use of ultrasound technology. A blood or urine test may also be performed to seek out evidence of heart disease, diabetes, or low testosterone.

During the exam your doctor may discuss any issues you may be having with your confidence or factors causing you to experience stress or depression.

Your doctor may also recommend an overnight erection test. While sleeping, a man may experience multiple erections without realizing it. If an erection occurs during this test it would further distinguish whether the problem is caused by a physical condition or an emotional one.

Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

Medications can be an option for treating erectile dysfunction. Some of the most popular treatments on the market today includeViagra, Cialis, Levitra, or Staxyn. The primary function of each of these remedies is to stimulate the natural processes caused by nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is naturally produced by the body, and it is a chemical that relaxes the muscles in the penis and increases blood flow.

If it is determined that your condition is the result of low testosterone, your doctor may recommend hormone therapy in the form of shots or patches.

An experienced erectile dysfunction doctor can also help you work through any of the issues in your life that may be leading to your stress or depression. Some doctors may coach you on positive lifestyle habits that can improve your condition. Some of these include helping you quit smoking, lose weight, and exercise more. Your doctor may also assist you with drug or alcohol rehabilitation. In situations where problems in your relationship are a contributing factor, doctors can work to improve communication between you and your partner.

Estrogen (Oestrogen) Hormone Replacement Therapy

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Low estrogen (oestrogen) levels can cause numerous health issues. Though the estrogen (oestrogen) hormone is commonly associated with perimenopausal and menopause, low estrogen (oestrogen) levels can occur for other reasons.

Estrogen (oestrogen) replacement therapy, or ERT, provides relief from the many debilitating symptoms caused by low estrogen (oestrogen) levels. If you’re interested in Estrogen (Oestrogen) Replacement Therapy, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Low Estrogen (Oestrogen) Symptoms

There are many reasons to start estrogen (oestrogen) replacement therapy. The most common reasons to seek treatment are the difficult symptoms of low estrogen (oestrogen). Some of the symptoms of low estrogen (oestrogen) levels may include:

  • Hot flashes (hot flushes)
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Low sex drive
  • Anxiety
  • Poor sleep
  • Joint pain
  • Bloating
  • Hair loss
  • Back pain
  • Mood swings
  • Depression

Low estrogen (oestrogen) levels affect everyone differently. You may experience all of these symptoms or just one. Similarly, low estrogen (oestrogen) levels can occur for any number of reasons. They can happen naturally due to age, illness, as a part of menopause or due to the surgical removal of ovaries (hysterectomy).

Estrogen (Oestrogen) Replacement Therapy

Estrogen (oestrogen) replacement therapy (ERT) is a form of hormone replacement therapy, which is commonly referred to asHRT. To determine if ERT is necessary, your doctor will perform a simple test to measure your body’s hormone levels. This can include a blood test, urine test or saliva test.

There are many different ways to replenish and balance your body’s estrogen (oestrogen) levels. These include:

  • Slow-release patches
  • Pills
  • Tablets
  • Creams
  • Pellets
  • Sprays
  • Gels
  • Vaginal rings

It’s important to note that a provider typically won’t utilize all of these hormone delivery methods. The best one for a given situation depends on the needs of the patient and the preference of provider.

Natural Estrogen (Oestrogen) Replacement

Hormone Replacement Therapy typically uses synthetic hormones that are similar to those your body naturally produces. A safer, more natural alternative is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT. BHRT uses estrogen (oestrogen) that’s biologically and chemically identical to what naturally occurs in your body.

Using Bioidentical Estrogen (Oestrogen) Replacement Therapy can reduce your risk of:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Heart disease

Deciding on the right treatment depends on your needs and comfort level. The best course of action is to talk with a doctor about Estrogen (Oestrogen) Replacement methods.

Safety of Estrogen (Oestrogen) Hormone Replacement

Estrogen (Oestrogen) Replacement Therapy is a safe way to treat low levels of estrogen (oestrogen). Regardless, it’s very important to let your doctor know if you’re suffering from any conditions that may interfere with the treatment.

Depending on your type of therapy, your doctor may have other advice. To give an example, some Estrogen (Oestrogen) Replacement patches shouldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight.

Fight Back Against Low Estrogen (Oestrogen)

If you’re struggling with menopause or dealing with low estrogen (oestrogen) symptoms like hot flashes (hot flushes), joint pain and depression, estrogen (oestrogen) hormone replacement therapy (ERT) may be the answer. Please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Estrogen Dominance Treatment

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As doctors learn more about hormones, it becomes clear that hormonal imbalance is caused by more than an overabundance or deficiency of any one hormone. Rather, your body’s endocrine system is a delicate balance of multiple hormones.

This is the case with estrogen (oestrogen) dominance syndrome, a condition that’s caused by overproduction of estrogen (oestrogen) coupled with underproduction of progesterone. If you’re suffering from estrogen (oestrogen) dominance, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

What is Estrogen (Oestrogen) Dominance?

Estrogen (oestrogen) plays a key role in a woman’s system, regulating everything from menstruation to menopause to overall wellness. The functions of estrogen (oestrogen) are balanced by progesterone, a steroidal hormone produced in the ovaries.

With an excess of estrogen (oestrogen) and a deficiency of progesterone, a condition called estrogen (oestrogen) dominance is created. Imbalanced estrogen (oestrogen) levels can cause a variety of serious health issues.

Some estrogen (oestrogen) dominance symptoms include:

  • Migraines
  • Hair loss
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Weight gain
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Mood swings
  • Low libido
  • Menopausal difficulty

In addition to these trouble symptoms, estrogen (oestrogen) dominance can also cause a number debilitating conditions, including:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Depression

What Causes Estrogen (Oestrogen) Dominance?

Estrogen (oestrogen) dominance can be caused or contributed to by a number of factors. Chiefly aging; as your estrogen (oestrogen) levels fluctuate due to age you may experience a deficiency of progesterone.

Other possible estrogen (oestrogen) dominance causes include:

  • Poor diet
  • Obesity
  • Environment
  • Weakened immune system
  • Excessive stress

These are just some of the many factors that may contribute to hormonal imbalance. Through pills, patches, creams or injected pellets, your doctor will replenish your body’s stores of progesterone. This will return you to hormonal equilibrium and alleviate your estrogen (oestrogen) dominance symptoms.

Where do I Start?

If you’re interested in learning more about estrogen (oestrogen) dominance and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, please call(870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Estrogen Replacement Therapy

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Understanding Estrogen

Estrogen is the primary sex hormone in women. It is responsible for the development of secondary sex characteristics from puberty to menopause. Men also produce estrogen, as do animals, all vertebrates and many species of insect). Estrogen is capable of diffusing through the membrane of cells and binding to estrogen receptors. From there, the hormone can direct the expression of genes, effectively regulating essential developmental/reproductive processes. Estrogen contributes to:

  • Increased vaginal lubrication
  • Sexual receptivity
  • Regular ovulation
  • Fetal development
  • Development of the uterus/uterine lining

More specifically, “estrogen” may be used to classify a variety of similar hormones. Humans produce three major forms of estrogen:

  • Estriol: This estrogen is produced in mass quantities during pregnancy and is used to help reduced the symptoms of menopause. It may also help minimize the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
  • Estrone: Also heavily abundant during pregnancy, this estrogen can be converted into—and used as—estradiol. Estrone also plays a major role in menopause.
  • Estradiol: This estrogen is largely responsible for the regulation of menstrual cycles and prevents the death of sperm cells in males.

Estrogen-Related Conditions

Estrogen dominance is a condition which affects many women. It is characterized by a deficiency in progesterone which interferes with the function of estrogen in the body. This means that an excess or deficiency in estrogen levels will have nothing to stop it from negatively affecting the body. Symptoms associated with estrogen dominance often include:

  • Allergy symptoms (asthma, hives, rashes, etc.)
  • Low libido
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Hair loss
  • Memory loss
  • Vaginal dryness

Hormone imbalance, as a whole, is not a good thing. While necessary for male development, high levels of estrogen in men can lead to the development of breasts (also known as gynecomastia), fatigue, increased body fat, low libido, and erectile dysfunction. It also acts as a fuel for the growth and spread of various forms of breast cancer. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available to those suffering from conditions related to the hormone estrogen.

Hormone Treatments

Hormone Replacement Therapy

In women experiencing the symptoms of menopause, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been used to restore the balance of estrogen levels. HRT often involves administering estrogen using a variety of delivery methods. This may include injection, pills, patches, creams and gels. HRT may relieve symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, fatigue, excessive sweating, night sweats, and low libido.

The estrogen used in hormone replacement therapy is typically mass produced and synthesized from a non-human source. Because of this, traditional HRT has a myriad of faults and weaknesses including a number of side effects. Synthesized hormones are often rejected by the body. In HRT, the hormones synthesized are not quite identical to the ones produced by the body. Therefore, it is believed that only a fraction of the synthesized hormones are able to “trick” the body into accepting them as it only accepts naturally-produced hormones. The remaining hormones are thought to increase the risk of certain conditions (including some cancers). This, however, has been highly debated and evidence is still being collected on the issue. In response to the possibility of dangerous side effects, a more natural form of hormone replacement therapy has been developed which is thought to have all the benefits of HRT with almost none of the risks.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is an alternative to traditional HRT which is believed to be more effective with fewer side effects. Hormone levels are tested and a dosage is custom-tailored to each patient. Bioidentical hormones are designed to mimic the chemical structure of the naturally produced hormone so the body is unable to distinguish between the two.

While a variety of delivery methods exist for BHRT, hormone pellet therapy is becoming an increasingly popular option. This involves implanting a small pellet of pure bioidentical hormones into muscle tissue which allows it to be gradually released into the body over the course of several months. The pellets are delivered via injection and require anywhere from three to five treatments a year as opposed to the alternative treatment options (which are typically performed on a weekly or biweekly basis).

If you are struggling with the symptoms of hormone imbalance, menopause, or perimenopause, BHRT may be right for you. Request more information about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for estrogen today! Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

 

Extreme Weight Loss – Pros & Cons | Weight Loss

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The Extreme Weight Loss Craze

Extreme weight loss has received a great deal of media attention over the years. It seems as though each week, a new story surfaces claiming to hold the key to shedding the lbs. Every awards season, we’re inundated with the latest celebrity weight loss fads. However, so much is lost under the gloss and glimmer of pop culture that the truth may be hard to stomach.

Rapid Weight Loss

There are no hard and fast rules for extreme weight loss. Losing weight fast comes down to burning more calories than you ingest by the widest possible margin. Supplementing your diet with exercise is a great way to promote rapid weight loss. Getting a full night’s sleep is another easy way to burn hundreds of calories. Beyond that, strategies shown to be effective include:

  • Limit your daily caloric intake to around 800 calories per day.
  • Cut out alcohol and other vices.
  • Eat about 5 small meals a day.
  • Take a vitamin supplement (high fiber is best).
  • Use protein shakes for meals as often as possible (for best results).
  • Low-calorie foods (celery, lettuce, etc.) can make you feel full without packing on pounds.

Pros

Taking an extreme approach to lose weight fast may help you get the most out of your diet right out of the gate. Without bogging you down with science jargon, the human gut has a variety of bacteria working to keep it healthy. Heavier people tend to have gut bacteria that’s best-suited for digesting a large amount of calories. Thinner people, on the other hand, carry bacteria capable of breaking down a lower calorie diet.

This is, in part, why people tend to lose more weight at the start of a diet than they do after a few weeks. Your gut bacteria needs time to adjust to your new diet. This means that there’s a window of time where you’re burning a larger amount of calories at a lower level of intake. You can get the “most bang for your buck” by putting in the extra discipline up front. A week of extreme weight loss dieting may provide a temporary solution for those looking to stun at a wedding or turn heads at a high school reunion.

Cons

While an extreme weight loss diet is a realistic short-term strategy, it is by no means sustainable in the long term. Real weight loss requires a lifestyle change. It’s incredibly difficult to follow the strict dietary demands extreme weight loss often entails. It’s arguably more difficult, however, to face your own free will and exercise discipline through portion control. Few following such a strict diet will develop the healthy habits for sustained weight loss. On top of this, it’s easy to push yourself too far.

As you cut calories drastically, you put yourself at risk for daytime drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, dizziness (especially upon standing), and a myriad of other symptoms. Significant muscle loss and severe digestive issues are also common. Maintaining a daily caloric intake below 300 calories (as is often the case in overzealous dieters) can lead to severe mental impairment and hair loss. Prolonged periods of extreme dieting can alter your resting metabolic rate (the number of calories the body burns in a resting state).  This may cause you to gain weight faster in the future.

The Takeaway

Let’s be honest – we’ve all wanted to pull an Anne Hathaway or a Christian Bale and lose dozens of pounds seemingly overnight. In the world we live in today, it’s unreasonable to say that “slow and steady” is the only way to win the race. With the right diet, you can achieve extreme weight loss in an amazingly short time frame. Expecting to keep that weight off, however, is a bit of a stretch. It is believed that over 65% of us regain the weight lost after extreme weight loss.

If you want to lose weight fast and keep it off, it’s probably time to call for some backup. Extreme weight loss should be monitored by a medical professional to reduce the risk of serious health problems. Contact the experts today to take control of your diet. Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Facial Aging Treatment

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Aging is an unavoidable part of life. We all grow older and expect to see some signs of aging in our appearances. But have you noticed that some people seem to age much more dramatically than others? That’s because facial aging affects every person differently.

Facial aging can make you look older than you appear and damage your confidence. To request information on facial aging, call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Causes of Facial Aging

Some degree of facial aging is unavoidable. But certain triggers and repeated factors can lead to faster facial aging or increased facial aging. Some of the common causes of facial aging include:

  • Sun overexposure
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Collagen loss
  • Hormonal changes/hormone imbalance
  • Bone loss/ osteoporosis
  • Gravity
  • Repeated facial expressions

These are just some of the issues that can lead to heavy facial aging. Of them, gravity is by far the biggest culprit. In general, the toll that gravity takes on the skin leads to sag, wrinkles and a number of symptoms of facial aging.

Types of Facial Aging

Facial aging appears in a number of different ways, and varies greatly from person to person. Many different facial aging issues exist, and can be treated in a variety of ways. Some of the most common signs of facial aging include:

  • Wrinkles
  • Crow’s feet
  • Sagging skin
  • Age spots
  • Sun damage
  • Fine lines
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Skin laxity
  • Skin discoloration

As everyone ages different, some people experience just one or a few of these issues, while others may experience nearly all of them. The one upside to facial aging is that nearly all of these conditions can be treated. The type of treatment you pursue depends on the individual nature of your facial aging and the recommendation of a professional.

Treatment of Facial Aging

There are numerous facial treatment options available, which can be sorted in to several broad categories. Some facial aging treatments include:

  • Laser aesthetic treatments
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Prescription medications
  • Dermatological treatments
  • Dermal fillers (BOTOX, Juvederm, Dysport)
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Amniotic tissue therapies

Each of these categories contains a variety of treatments, each of which can be tailed or combined with other methods to suit your individual needs as a patient. Some treatments to prevent facial aging may also be available.

Facial aging treatment typically begins with a basic consultation to discuss how your face has aged and the best course of treatment in addressing those issues.

Fight Facial Aging Now

Facial aging is unavoidable, but with skin treatments such as laser aesthetics, cosmetic surgery or dermal fillers, you may be able to turn back the clock on your look. To request more information on facial aging, call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Family Medicine Doctor

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Family medicine refers to a specialty of medical practice focused on providing general care for all members of a family. Choosing a family medicine doctor is very important, as most medical visits from issues large to small are done through a family medicine practice.

Do you need a new family medicine doctor in your area? Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

What is Family Medicine?

Family medicine doctors receive training in almost every area of medicine. This is done so that they can accurately diagnose and treat a variety of acute illnesses and injuries. Family medicine doctors are also specially trained to help their patients deal with chronic disease. Some of the issues commonly treated by a family medicine doctor include:

  • Common colds
  • Influenza
  • Minor injuries (Cuts, scrapes and bruises)
  • Infections
  • Dehydration
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Weight Gain
  • Upset stomach
  • Diabetes

The average family medicine physician treats these conditions and many more. By working with their patient, a family medicine doctor either addresses these issues or refers the patient to a specialist. Common services offered by family medicine doctors include:

  • Vaccinations
  • Acute care
  • Chronic disease management
  • Physical exams
  • School / sports physicals
  • Blood testing
  • Urine testing
  • Echocardiogram
  • Specialist referrals

As with the conditions, the types of treatments offered by a family medicine doctor will vary.

Do I need a Family Medicine Doctor?

A family medicine doctor provides a stable source for medical information and an office that can be visited for problems both large and small. As the name implies, an important part of family medicine is treating the entire family.

A great family medicine doctor is more than just a medical professional; they are a voice you can rely on for all general medical matters. Finding the right family medicine doctor is crucial to the lasting health of you and your family.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Are you trying to find a new family medicine doctor in your area? Go with a trusted, local medical professional. Call (870) 642-8818or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

Fat-Burning Injections

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When you are ready to lose weight, you have plenty of options. From traditional diet and exercise to appetite suppressants and physician-guided medical weight loss programs, there are lots of choices for success. Fat burning injections are one treatment option designed to speed up metabolism and burn fat faster.

If you would like to learn more about fat burning injections, call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

How Do Fat Burning Injections Work?

Fat burning injections contain a blend of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that support the body during weight loss. Known as lipotropic compounds, they help in the breakdown of fat which occurs in the liver.  Without lipotropics, fats and bile become trapped in the liver leading to slower fat metabolism and weight gain.

Your fat burning injections may go by the trade name “Lipolean” or other names. Most providers feel that these injections are safe and effective. If you have questions about them, make sure to ask.

Weight loss with fat burning injections will be gradual and will depend on how well you stick to your diet and exercise plan. Overall, supporters of their use claim that men and women who use the injections will lose more weight than those who don’t.

What is in a Fat Burning Injection?

Here are some of the most common components of a fat burning injection and how they work in your body:

  • Vitamin B12: This is the body’s energy vitamin. Some weight loss experts believe that Vitamin B12 can suppress the appetite and stimulate the body to use its fat and carbohydrate stores.
  • Inositol: A vitamin responsible for the use of fat and cholesterol inside the body. Inositol also prevents hardening of the arteries.
  • Choline: Minimizes excess fat in the liver and supports the body’s natural hormone production.
  • Methionine: An amino acid that eliminates free radical cells in the body. It helps to break down fats, supports digestion and removes heavy metals from the body. Methionine also increases energy and supports the development of lean muscle.

Your provider may also give you extra B-complex vitamins. This is a combination of B 1,2,3,5,6, and 12 that support many essential functions for fat burning and weight loss. B vitamins play a role in everything from energy production, to metabolism support and use of carbohydrates, proteins, sugar and much more.

Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online today to learn more about fat burning injections.

 

Fibromyalgia Treatment

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Discover the symptoms, causes and options for treatment of fibryomyalgia.

Fibromyalgia can be defined as pain felt throughout the entire body. The effects are long lasting and are specifically experienced in the muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. The pain may also feel like it is in your joints, although fibromyalgia does not physically affect these areas.

Fibromyalgia pain generally begins at a specific area known as a tender point and then radiates outward. These tender points can include the back of the neck, shoulders, chest, lower back, hips, shins, elbows, or knees.

Patients dealing with fibromyalgia describe the sensation in a number of ways. It can be experienced as a deep ache or shooting pain. Symptoms can arise exclusively in the morning upon waking, or they can persist throughout the entire day. Some people may notice that their fibromyalgia is negatively affected by physical activity, stress, or even cold weather.

Causes and Conditions

Doctors are still unsure as to what specifically causes fibromyalgia. The most popular belief is that the functions of the brain that process pain may be acting in an unnatural way causing some to experience fibromyalgia symptoms. This would explain why not all of us are affected. Whatever the cause, there are several conditions that generally coincide with fibromyalgia:

  • Physical trauma
  • Emotional stress
  • Poor sleep
  • Viral infection
  • Chronic neck or back pain
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Lyme disease

In some cases, fibromyalgia symptoms can also bring about:

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Tingling in the hands and feet
  • Migraine headaches
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Diagnosis and Treatment

If you have been experiencing pain throughout your body that emanates from one of the tender points mentioned above, and if it has persisted for three or more months, you may be suffering from fibromyalgia.

Your doctor will likely discuss your symptoms with you to determine what factors could be leading to your discomfort. At this time, a blood test may also be performed to rule out any other possible conditions.

Fibromyalgia treatment plans typically use a combination of medications, supplements, IV therapy, Infared Sauna, acupuncture, massage, nutritional counseling, and lifestyle changes.

Your doctor may recommend natural muscle relaxants or pain relievers to alleviate some of your discomfort, and sleep aids to help improve your rest.

As fibromyalgia often leads to higher levels of stress and anxiety, relaxation techniques and behavioral changes can help you cope with your pain and the rigors of daily life.

Flu Shots

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Influenza, often shortened as “the flu,” is a serious viral disease that can cause numerous complications. A bout with severe influenza can lead to missed work, pain and in some cases even hospitalization. That’s why it’s recommended that most people get a seasonal flu shot.

Schedule your flu vaccination now: please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Do I Need a Flu Shot?

The flu vaccine is recommended for children over six months and all adults. This is especially important for certain high risk groups or people that carry a high risk of infecting others. Those groups include:

  • Seniors
  • Children, especially those with preexisting conditions
  • Medical workers
  • Food service workers
  • Pregnant women
  • Adults and children with immune system disorders

Even though these are the groups most at risk for contracting or spreading influenza, it’s still recommended that most other people receive the vaccine. The flu can lead to such debilitating complications as pneumonia, ear infections and sinus infections. Conditions such as diabetes and asthma can also be worsened by the virus.

It’s estimated that as many as 40,000 people die from influenza each year. Unlike other vaccines, which can protect you for your entire lifetime, the flu vaccine must be received every year. That’s because influenza is a rapidly-changing virus.

Can I Get Sick from a Flu Shot?

Despite what you may have heard, it is not possible to contract influenza from a flu vaccine. The version of influenza used in a flu shot is already dead when injected in to you, making virus contraction scientifically impossible.

The flu shot is administered with a needle to the arm. For those who cannot receive injection-based medications, there is a throat-spray version available as an alternative. Both flu vaccines are equally effective in inoculating against the flu.

Get a Flu Shot Today

All adults and children over six months of age should receive the flu vaccine. It’s important to protect yourself from influenza or more severe variations of it, such as the swine flu (H1N1). Don’t wait until the next flu pandemic or community outbreak; get vaccinated today. Please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Food Allergy Treatment

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Understanding Food Allergies

Food allergies are an immune response to triggers found in the food we eat. Food allergies can be life-threatening, as exposure to triggers typically occurs in the mouth and throat. In some cases, food allergies may trigger anaphylactic shock and require immediate assistance. Food allergies may also cause less serious symptoms such as hives or temporary digestive problems. Food allergies are most common amongst children and those with a family history of food allergies.

Food Intolerance / Sensitivity

Food allergies and food intolerance are not one in the same. Food intolerance means you may be able to eat small amounts of a certain food or ingredient. However, symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting may occur after having eaten too much of the food or after eating an ingredient prepared in a certain way. Food sensitivity typically refers to the gray areas between allergy and intolerance (and in some cases, between intolerance and plain old bad cooking).

Two of the most well-known sensitivities are sulfite sensitivity and MSG sensitivity. Sulfites are common ingredients in processed food used to add flavor and as a preservative. Sulfite sensitivity refers to symptoms triggered by exposure to these sulfites, often in ingredients named “sulfur dioxide” “potassium bisulfite” or “sodium bisulfite”. It is rare for fresh food to contain these ingredients, but it is always helpful to check products for potential triggers. Monosodium glutamate (or MSG) is a flavor enhancing food additive which has been the subject of much debate over the years. There is no clear answer to whether the symptoms of MSG classify as an allergy or intolerance, therefore “sensitivity” has been used as a more general label. MSG has been known to trigger common symptoms of food allergies in large doses.

Common Food Allergies

  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Peanuts
  • Tree Nuts
  • Shellfish
  • Poultry
  • Wheat

Symptoms of Food Allergies

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Swelling of the mouth, lips, face, throat, and other affected areas
  • Itching and tingling in affected areas
  • Constricted airways
  • Rapid pulse
  • Difficulty breathing

Treating Food Allergies

Food allergies may cause contact dermatitis or eczema. This is often treated with corticosteroids and antihistamines. Food allergies may also disrupt the stomach and digestive system. However, those symptoms are typically only temporary and rarely require medical attention. Anaphylaxis is by far the most life-threatening symptom of food allergies. In this case a doctor may use epinephrine to help reduce symptoms and open the airways.

Pollen-Food Allergy Syndrome

Also known as oral allergy syndrome (OAS) this syndrome may cause symptoms of hay fever and, in severe cases, anaphylaxis. It occurs when the immune system confuses proteins found in food such as apples or celery for the proteins which trigger hay fever. This triggers what is known as cross-reactivity. Talk to your doctor about which foods may trigger symptoms of pollen-food allergy syndrome for you.

Living With Food Allergies

If you have an allergic reaction to a food or ingredient, it is important to read nutrition labels to make sure there are no potential triggers. It may also be helpful to carry a list of triggers or acceptable products to show to food service staff. Your doctor may recommend that you carry an autoinjector of epinephrine or adrenaline in case you go into anaphylactic shock. It may also help to wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace to alert first responders of potential triggers if you are unable to communicate. Request more information about food allergies today. Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Food Pyramid Recommendations

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There are many tools available to help you make wise food choices. Starting in 1992, United States health officials introduced the Food Pyramid, a visual eating guide divided into six food group sections. Larger sections along the bottom featured foods you should eat the most of, with higher fat or less healthy foods took their place at the very top of the pyramid.

In 2005, the original pyramid design was given a facelift and its name was changed toMyPyramid. The pyramid’s goal is to show healthy foods and how much of them you should eat each day. In 2011, the pyramid was changed to MyPlate, which provides more individualized recommendations.

Food Pyramid Recommendations

Grains are bread, cereal, crackers, rice or pasta. The recommended serving is at least 3 ounces of whole grains every day. Food pyramid recommends that 50% of these grains (1/12 ounces) come from whole grains—or grains that haven’t been processed too much. If you aren’t sure if your favorite breads or cereals are whole grain, check the ingredient list. One of the first ingredients should say “whole grain”.

What does a serving of grain look like?  1 ounce = 1 slice of bread or 1 cup of breakfast cereal or ½ cup of rice or pasta.

Vegetables

Try to eat a variety of vegetables and choose different colors if you can. Dark green vegetables (like spinach) or orange ones (like carrots or peppers) have more vitamins than some others. Adults should try to eat 2 ½ cups of vegetables every day.

What does a serving of vegetables look like? 1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables or vegetable juice or 2 cups of leafy greens (like spinach).

Fruit

Try to eat a variety of fruits and colors, but stay away from fruit juices because they don’t contain the same nutrients (like fiber) and they usually have more sugar and calories than the fruit itself. Adults should try to eat 2 cups of fruit every day.

What does a serving of fruit look like? 1 cup of fresh fruit or 100% fruit juice (only small amounts of juice, and no juice “cocktail”) or ½ cup of dried fruit.

Dairy (milk, yogurt and cheese)

Dairy products contain calcium and other vitamins important for bone and body health. Try to eat low fat cheese and yogurt and drink 1% or skim milk. Experts say you should have three cups of dairy products every day and children between the ages of 2 and 8 should have two cups.

What does a serving of dairy look like? Any combination of milk or yogurt. An ounce of cheese is about the size of two game dice. Meats (fish, chicken, beef, pork, etc.) If you eat meat, there’s not a recommendation on how many servings you should have in a day. Instead, remember to keep them as low-fat as possible and bake, broil or grill whenever you can. Fish is a great low-fat choice. If you don’t eat animal products, you can still get plenty of protein from other sources including nuts, seeds, some beans, and tofu. If you have questions, make sure to ask your doctor or a dietician for help.

What does a serving of meats size look like? Fish should be about 8 ounces (almost the size of a checkbook) and meat should be no larger than a deck of playing cards.

Fats and Oils

Most of the fat you take in should come from healthy sources like fish and nuts. Try to avoid using butter or margarine and choose plant based fats whenever you can. Solid fats (like butter, lard or margarine) are said to contribute to heart disease.

What does a serving of fat look like? That depends on what kind of fat it is. Health experts say that no more than 20-35% of your daily calories should come from fat. That means an average adult on a 2,000 calorie diet should have about 400 calories per day from fat and those numbers can add up fast, so check food labels.

You can use the information provided in the food pyramid to help you plan healthy meals. The Food Pyramid is an important tool in any weight loss and healthy eating plan.

Contact us to learn how to make healthy food choices today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Gluten Sensitivity Treatment

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Gluten refers to the substance that is found in many bread products and other foods. Gluten provides the elasticity found in dough and is frequently added to foods as a thickener. Those with gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance have issues digesting this substance, leading to many side-effects.

Request more information about gluten sensitivity testing and gluten intolerance today: Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Gluten Sensitivity Symptoms

It is important to understand that gluten sensitivity is not the same thing as celiac disease. Celiac disease refers to an autoimmune condition where the intestines have a strong, harmful reaction whenever gluten is ingested.

Gluten sensitivity is instead more similar to a traditional wheat allergy. Like most allergies, there are many different levels of gluten intolerance. People with a severe gluten sensitivity will have many symptoms, while a person with a minor one will have few.

Some of the most common gluten intolerance symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Upset stomach
  • Headache
  • Swelling
  • Cramps
  • Vomiting

Those with severe gluten sensitivity may also suffer from anaphylaxis. This is the medical term for an extreme reaction that can cause throat tightness, chest pain, dizziness and even an accelerated heartbeat.

Gluten Sensitivity Causes

Like with all food sensitivities and allergies, gluten intolerance has no one cause. However, certain factors can put a person at risk for contracting the issue, including:

  • Age
  • Family history
  • Obesity
  • Grass pollen allergy

If gluten sensitivity is detected, there are many foods that need to be avoided in order to reduce flare-ups. Some common foods that contain gluten include:

  • Bread
  • Cake
  • Beer
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Candy
  • Soy sauce
  • Processed meats

Gluten Sensitivity Treatment

There is no cure for gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity. The most popular form of treatment for this issue is a gluten free diet. In this particular diet, gluten is avoided entirely in order to avoid symptoms.

All treatment plans begin with gluten sensitivity testing. This can be performed with a blood test or several other methods. If a case of gluten intolerance is determined to be present, then a gluten free diet or other treatment can begin.

In addition to diet changes, there are several other treatment options. These can include certain medications, supplements and other lifestyle changes.

Request Gluten Intolerance Information Today

The only way to determine if you have a gluten sensitivity is to get tested. Request more information today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Gynecomastia

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Male breasts, or gynecomastia, are a condition that’s both embarrassing and dangerous. Breast growths can occur in men of any age and often signify a serious illness. Thankfully, gynecomastia is treatable. If you’re dealing with male breasts and interested in treatment, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Identifying Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia manifests itself as small areas of breast tissue around the male pectoral muscles. In some cases, these areas are typically smaller than two inches, but can grow large enough to take up most of the muscle.

Your doctor will likely be able to identify male breasts with a basic physical.

Causes of Gynecomastia

Male breasts can often occur for no reason at all, especially in adolescents. This type of gynecomastia usually goes hand-in-hand with puberty and will resolve itself as the adolescent’s growth progresses.

For adult men, however, there are other causes of gynecomastia:

  • Low testosterone
  • High estrogen
  • Certain medications (Steroids, antibiotics, androgens)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Malnutrition

Male breasts can also be a common side effect of aging. More alarmingly, gynecomastia can be a symptom of several more serious illnesses, including:

  • Testicular cancer
  • Renal failure
  • Liver failure
  • Adrenal carcinoma
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Kidney failure

Gynecomastia Treatment

After scheduling a consultation with a doctor, you’ll go through a simple physical to determine if you have gynecomastia. From there, more in-depth tests will be required such as X-rays and biopsies. The analysis these tests provide will give your doctor a more complete picture of the root cause and possible associated illnesses.

Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, provides an effective way to treat gynecomastia. Particularly bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, which uses hormones chemically identical to those your body produces.

As imbalanced hormones in men are a frequent cause of gynecomastia, BHRT provides a clear solution. Low testosterone or high estrogen can cause male breasts to form, and BHRT provides a proven, safe way to get relief.

Seek Help

Gynecomastia is a difficult condition to talk about. But we’re here to help. If you have gynecomastia, or think you might, please call(870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Male breasts can signify a serious or even life-threatening condition. It’s best to talk with a doctor as soon as you can.

Hashimoto’s Disease Treatment

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Hashimoto’s disease, also known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, is a chronic autoimmune disease. Hashimoto’s disease causes the body’s immune system to function incorrectly, resulting in damage to thyroid cells and the inability to create the thyroid hormone, T4 (Thyroxine). If you’re interested in learning more about Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease

One of the most frightening aspects of Hashimoto’s disease is that it may initially show no symptoms. One of the first signs of Hashimoto’s disease for many patients is an enlarged thyroid, colloquially referred to as a goiter.

The main effect of Hashimoto’s disease is a deficiency of the TSH hormone, also referred to as hypothyroidism. The common signs of TSH deficiency include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Joint pain
  • Hair loss
  • Depression
  • Pale skin
  • Muscle pain
  • Throat pain
  • Constipation
  • Excessive hunger

Those who have had previous thyroid surgery, or have suffered from hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism in the past, are at a much higher risk of contracting Hashimoto’s disease. If you’ve struggled with thyroid complications and are seeing these symptoms, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Causes of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

There is a bigger risk of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis for those suffering from other autoimmune diseases, such as:

  • Lupus
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Graves’ disease
  • Arthritis

Hashimoto’s is caused primarily by the inflammation of the thyroid gland. This inflammation is frequently induced by a viral illness, or may stem from issues such as GI inflammation, obesity and even genetic components. The disease can also be caused by age, weight and may even be hereditary.

The thyroid gland plays a major part in pregnancy; it’s worth discussing Hashimoto’s disease with a doctor if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.

Hashimoto’s Disease Treatment

While there’s no cure for Hashimoto’s disease, it’s easily treatable. The most common and most effective treatment for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Here, your doctor will balance your hormones by providing thyroid replacement hormones or supplementation. Your doctor will also search for the root cause of the autoimmune disorder and work to modulate the immune system.

These supplements are typically taken orally, with a pill or tablet, but other delivery methods are available. Your doctor may recommend bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), which has the advantage of using chemically-identical hormones to those found in your body, rather than the synthetic hormones of conventional HRT.

Hormone therapy is a proven method for stopping Hashimoto’s disease, reducing the size of goiters and providing relief.

Seek Treatment Now

Hashimoto’s disease can cause serious health complications. If you’re noticing signs or symptoms, the best course of action is to have your thyroid levels checked. To set up a consultation about Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Headache and Migraine Treatment

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Headaches have been experienced by almost everyone at some point in their lives and there are currently 150 different categories of headaches that vary in intensity, cause, and cure.

Headache Symptoms

Here are just a few of the countless symptoms associated with some of the most common headache types:

  • Mild pain, tightness, or pressure on both sides of the head with no specific pattern as to when it occurs.
  • Intense throbbing, pounding, or pulsating on one side of the head that lasts up to 48 hours.
  • Pain triggered by specific factors such as stress, disrupted sleep patterns, or even certain types of foods.
  • Vision disturbances such as blind spots, blurred vision, eye pain, stars, or tunnel vision. These are called auras, and they can occur anywhere from a few minutes to an entire day before the actual headache hits.
  • Severe pain behind one of the eyes that occurs at least twice a day for 30 to 90 minutes at a time. This is generally followed by redness in the eye, a runny nose, and congestion.

Headache symptoms can either lead to or coincide with a number of other conditions. Some of these include:

  • Chills
  • Increased urination
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Numbness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sweating

Headache Causes

There are a number of other factors that can lead to headaches:

  • Sinus pressure
  • Muscle spasms
  • Abnormal brain activity
  • Unusual activity in the hypothalamus.
  • Injuries
  • Inflammation

Don’t Live with Pain

Headaches can make everyday life a difficult slog. Medical headache treatment may provide the solution you need to rid yourself of migraines and other chronic headaches. Please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (Menorrhagia)

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Menstrual bleeding is a normal part of the female reproductive cycle. Many women, however, experience excessive or prolonged bleeding during their period. This is the medical condition known as menorrhagia.

Menorrhagia can be frustrating and debilitating. Request information about menorrhagia treatment today: Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Symptoms of Menorrhagia

Menorrhagia is associated with the condition known as  dysmenorrhea, the medical name for painful periods. Those suffering from heavy bleeding are impeded from every day activities and may actually suffer from legitimate blood loss.

The most common signs of heavy menstrual bleeding include:

  • Flow heavy enough to soak through multiple sanitary pads or tampons every hour.
  • Needing to “double up” on tampons in order to stem bleeding.
  • The presence of large blood clots in menstrual blood.
  • Bleeding for longer than a typical period or longer than seven days.
  • Anemia symptoms, including tiredness and fatigue.

Not every woman suffering from menorrhagia has all of these symptoms. If you are experiencing any one of them, it may be time to seek treatment or diagnosis for heavy menstrual bleeding. The best method of treatment depends on the root cause of the menorrhagia.

Causes of Menorrhagia

There can be many different causes for menorrhagia, which can make it frustrating to deal with. That being said, some causes are far more common than others. Some of the most frequent causes of heavy bleeding include:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Polyps
  • Endometriosis
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Blood clotting diseases
  • Certain medications
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

Sometimes a combination of these causes may lead to severe menorrhagia, while a single one may also contribute to heavy bleeding.

Menorrhagia Treatment

Menorrhagia is treatable. Any treatment plan will typically begin with diagnosis to determine the root cause of the heavy bleeding.Menorrhagia diagnosis methods can include:

  • Blood tests
  • PAP tests
  • Ultrasound
  • Endometrial biopsy
  • Hysterectomy

The method of treatment for heavy bleeding will vary depending on the root cause of the condition. Possible treatments formenorrhagia include:

  • Pain medication
  • Hormone therapy
  • Iron supplements
  • Endometrial ablation

In very severe cases, surgery may be necessary. The two most common surgical procedures for menorrhagia include endometrial resection and hysterectomy.

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High Cholesterol Treatment

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Cholesterol may seem like it’s a bad thing to have in your body, but it’s not. Your body needs cholesterol to help your cells function correctly. But if you have too much, you raise your risk for serious health problems like heart disease — which could lead to a heart attack or stroke.

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Heart Attack & High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a component of the fats in your blood (lipids). When there is too much cholesterol in your body, these waxy fats clump together along the tubes that carry blood through your body. This can make it difficult for blood to flow through your body and can make it hard for your heart to get enough oxygen.

If enough cholesterol sticks in an area, it can completely block arteries and cut off blood flow to important organs like the heart. This is what causes a heart attack.

What Causes of High Cholesterol?

In some cases, you may have been born with a family history of high cholesterol. That can significantly raise your risk of developing the problem. If you have a parent or sibling who developed heart disease before the age of 55, you could be at higher risk too.

The good news is though, that most cases of high cholesterol come from lifestyle choices that can be changed—so you can lower your cholesterol and reduce your chances of developing complications.

Here are common causes of high cholesterol you can change:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High fat diet
  • High blood pressure
  • Lack of exercise
  • Diabetes

High Cholesterol Diagnosis

Testing for high cholesterol is as easy as drawing blood. You should not eat or drink anything but water 9-12 hours before your test for the most accurate results. The test to check your cholesterol levels is called a lipid panel or lipid profile. This test looks at the different components of lipids in your blood including:

  • HDL cholesterol
  • LDL cholesterol
  • Total cholesterol
  • Triglycerides

Your total cholesterol numbers should be 200 or below. Any number greater than 240 is considered high. HDL, LDL and triglycerides each have their own values and expected ranges. Your healthcare provider will talk with you about each of these when your results are back.

High Cholesterol Treatment

Your provider will likely treat high cholesterol with medication. There are several drugs available that can treat your total cholesterol or one of its components. You should also follow a low-fat diet, exercise if you haven’t before and try to lose weight if needed. Always remember to ask your provider if it’s okay to begin a new diet or exercise plan before you start.

Your provider will want to monitor your cholesterol levels regularly. Follow his or her recommendations on how often you should have it checked.

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Hormone Balancing

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Hormonal imbalance is quickly becoming recognized as a serious medical condition. The problems that many men and women previously attributed to aging are now known to stem from imbalanced or depleted hormones. Hormone balancing is a treatment created to rectify this problem by restoring and rejuvenating the body’s natural hormones. The most popular type of hormone balancing treatment is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

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What is Hormone Balancing?

Hormone balancing refers to any treatment that combats hormonal imbalance. As men and women age, or due to other circumstances, they experience a loss of key hormones. These hormones play an essential role in regulating nearly every function of the body.

Hormonal imbalance causes many symptoms often associated with aging.  Symptoms that can be addressed with hormone balancing include:

  • Low libido
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Male and female pattern baldness
  • Weight gain
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness (women)
  • Mood swings
  • Lack of mental clarity
  • Trouble focusing
  • Loss of lean muscle
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

No two people experience hormonal imbalance exactly the same. Because of this, these symptoms are just some of the many problems that can stem from hormonal imbalance. While any hormone in the body can become imbalanced, the most common hormonal imbalances stem from:

  • Testosterone
  • Estrogen
  • Progesterone

How Does Hormone Balancing Work?

Hormone balancing works by restoring the body’s natural hormone levels. This helps combat age-related decline and the symptoms of hormonal imbalance.

Hormone balancing typically begins with the use of a hormone level test. A hormone level test is used to determine if an imbalance is present and which hormones are out of balance. There are several ways to test hormone levels in the body. The most common hormone level tests include:

  • Saliva test
  • Blood test
  • Urine test

If a hormonal imbalance is found, hormone balancing and optimization can begin. The process of replacing and replenishing hormones can be done in several ways. These are known as hormone therapy delivery methods. Hormones can be balanced using:

  • Patches
  • Pellets
  • Pills
  • Creams
  • Gels
  • Injections

It’s important to note that a provider typically won’t utilize all of these hormone delivery methods. The best one for a given situation depends on the needs of the patient and the preference of provider.

While hormone balancing can be performed with synthetic or lab-created hormones, many providers prefer the use of bioidentical hormones. Bioidentical hormones are versions of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and others that are chemically-identical to what the body produces naturally.

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Hormone Level Testing

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Many people find themselves concerned with their hormone levels. Imbalanced hormones, such as estrogen, testosterone and DHEA can cause serious health problems. Hormone level testing gives doctors a way to analyze your current hormone levels to see if you are deficient or overloaded with any particular hormone. If you’d like to get your hormone levels checked, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Why Get Hormone Level Testing

Hormonal imbalance can cause or be the result of numerous, serious health complications. Whether it’s a deficiency in estrogen, testosterone, DHEA or progesterone, you may see numerous debilitating symptoms. These include:

  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Decreased libido
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure
  • Baldness
  • Joint pain
  • Migraines

These signs come in addition to several life changing diseases that can be caused or worsened by imbalanced hormones, such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and even cancer. These risks make hormone level testing an easy choice.

Types of Hormone Testing

After meeting with a doctor, you’ll decide between several types of hormone testing. All types are effective, but some may be more suited to your comfort level or particular symptoms.

The three primary types of hormone testing are:

  • Urine test: This type of test can be done at a doctor’s office, similar to a typical urine exam or at home in a manner similar to a home pregnancy test.
  • Saliva test: Here, a doctor will collect a small amount of your saliva and send it to a laboratory for analysis
  • Blood test: This is also commonly referred to as a serum test. This test is performed with a doctor drawing and analyzing your blood, similar to common lab work.

Each of these methods represents safe, effective way to test your hormone levels.

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With hormone level testing, it’s best to get checked as soon as you can. Imbalanced hormones can lead to a number of difficult health issues and may even cause life-threatening diseases. If think you need your hormones tested, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction

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What’s Behind Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is a condition suffered by many men at some point throughout their lives. It is characterized by difficulty or the inability to produce and maintain an erection during sex. This telltale symptom is often accompanied by a decrease in libido. In many cases, erectile dysfunction is caused by an imbalance of androgen hormones, particularly testosterone.

A number of other factors may also lead to erectile dysfunction, including:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Smoking
  • Substance abuse

Fortunately, treating androgen imbalance, no matter its level of influence on erectile dysfunction, may help provide symptom relief. Hormone therapy is one of the most popular methods for correcting this imbalance.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for Erectile Dysfunction

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) involves taking synthetic hormones and delivering them into the body via injection, pills, patch, gel, cream, etc. The body then uses these hormones as it would the hormones it naturally produces. This method of treatment has long been the most popular option for correcting the hormonal imbalances behind erectile dysfunction. However, safety concerns have recently been a topic of much debate.

The hormones administered in HRT are synthetic, meaning that they do not perfectly imitate the hormones produced naturally in the body. As a result, only a fraction of the hormones administered are accepted for use. This decreases the overall effectiveness of the treatment. The remaining synthetic hormones have also been shown to cause bodily harm, increasing the risk of heart attacks and several forms of cancer. Fortunately, a safer, more effective treatment option exists.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

A Safer, More Effective Treatment Option

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) uses hormones which are perfect imitations of the body’s own hormones on a chemical level. Because the body cannot identify bioidentical hormones as being alien or abnormal, it uses almost all of them. This is, in part, what makes BHRT such an incredibly popular alternative to traditional HRT. The fact that almost no hormones are left behind to cause bodily harm greatly increases the safety of treatment.

One of the most popular delivery methods of BHRT is hormone pellet therapy. In this form of BHRT, a tiny pellet made of pure hormones is injected into the muscles where it dissolves slowly over time. This treatment option is so popular largely because far fewer treatments are needed in the course of a year.

BHRT and BHRT pellet therapy are widely believed to be one of the safest, most popular, and most effective methods of treating erectile dysfunction. Rebalancing you hormones can restore balance to your sex life. So why wait? Request more information about BHRT for Erectile Dysfunction today! Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Andropause

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Tired?

Depressed?

Decreased Libido?

Sometimes referred to as male menopause, andropause is a dramatic reduction in testosterone production that may occur in middle-aged men.

The term male menopause is a bit misleading. While the onset of menopause in women can be quite sudden, men can start losing their testosterone as early as the age of 35. This gradual reduction means that the resulting symptoms of andropause can slowly build with time.

Doctors began studying the causes and effects of andropause as early as the 1940’s, but it has only begun to gain acceptance as a recognized condition by the medical community within the past few years. Currently, about 25 million males between the ages of 40 and 55 may be suffering from an excessive loss of testosterone production otherwise known as andropause.

Andropause Symptoms and Causes

Some of the most common symptoms associated with Andropause include:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Decreased libido
  • Night sweats
  • Limited ability to concentrate or stay focused
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss of competitive edge
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Increased abdominal girth

It is still uncertain if these conditions are directly caused by low testosterone or if decreased production is simply a result of preexisting conditions. Doctors do believe that the factors are linked. For example, erectile dysfunction is usually the result of restricted arteries, but the condition is almost always accompanied by decreased levels of testosterone.

Treating Andropause

The most obvious therapy for treating the loss of testosterone levels is to increase them again through Testosterone Replacement Therapy or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). This increase can be received through a variety of methods. Some of them include:

  • Injection into the muscle
  • Transdermal
  • Creams or gels that are absorbed into the skin
  • Bioidentical testosterone pellets

It’s important to note that a provider typically won’t utilize all of these hormone delivery methods. The best one for a given situation depends on the needs of the patient and the preference of provider.

In addition to hormone therapy, patients may explore the use of herbal supplements and vitamins. Here are just a few options:

  • Zinc
  • Vitamins C and E
  • L-arginine (used to help maintain blood vessel tone)

A diet rich in the following may also help:

  • Low fat foods
  • Vegetables
  • Tomato products (these are also know to reduce the risk of prostate cancer)

Decreasing alcohol consumption is also recommended, because excesses of alcohol lead to a build-up of the aromatase enzyme which converts testosterone into estrogen. Fat cells can also lead to aromatase enzymes, so treatment plans always include some form of an exercise regimen to counter these effects.

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Chronic Fatigue

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If you’ve been experiencing severe exhaustion that’s lasted longer than six months, you may be suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). If left unchecked, CFS could not only leave you at a loss for energy, it could begin to diminish your quality of life. Dealing with chronic fatigue can affect your performance at work, your time spent with family and friends, and even your enjoyment of recreational activities.

Chronic Fatigue Symptoms

In addition to the obvious symptom from which chronic fatigue gets its name, there are other symptoms doctors look for when trying to make a diagnosis:

  • Memory loss or trouble concentrating
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck or armpits
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain with no swelling or redness
  • Headaches unlike any others you’ve previously experienced
  • Sleeping without feeling rested
  • Exhaustion that lasts more than 24 hours after any moderate physical activity

Causes of Chronic Fatigue

One of the leading causes of chronic fatigue is hormonal imbalance. Particularly cortisol and the hormones produced in the thyroid gland can lead to fatigue. Your doctor will likely perform a hormone level check to see if your CFS is the result of any imbalance.

Doctors have noted that many of the patients dealing with chronic fatigue also fit a certain profile:

  • Age: CFS generally occurs in patients in their forties and fifties
  • Gender: Woman are more likely to report CFS than men
  • Lifestyle: People with inactive lifestyles or those dealing with weight issues are more likely to develop CFS

Treating CFS with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a serious condition that can lead to bouts of depression or a desire to cut off all social interactions. That’s why if you suspect you may be suffering from this affliction, it’s important to seek out the help of a health care professional.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, provides relief for chronic fatigue. By replenishing your body’s supply of cortisol, testosterone, melatonin or thyroid gland hormones, BHRT can right your wrongs. Unlike conventional hormone therapy, BHRT uses hormones that are identical to those your glands produce naturally.

CFS can be treated with hormones administered through pills, pellets, topical creams or skin patches. These are all valid methods to regain energy and beat fatigue.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Depression

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Occasionally feeling upset is a natural part of life, but most of the time we’re able to snap out of it on our own or with the help of someone who’s close to us. When the feeling of unhappiness becomes severe, (lasting for days, weeks, or even months), it can affect everything that’s important to you, including your health.

Excessive negative thoughts and feelings is a chronic medical condition otherwise known as major depression, major depressive disorder, or clinical depression.

Symptoms of Depression

Often times when you or someone you know is suffering from depression, the only way to get through it is with the . Additionally, if the condition isn’t addressed it can progressively get worse. That’s why it’s important to familiarize yourself with the signs of depression. Some of the most evident symptoms include:

  • Debilitating sadness
  • Frustration
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Becoming increasingly isolated
  • Diminished libido
  • Extremes in sleep habits such as excessive sleeping or insomnia
  • Severe appetite changes that lead to either significant weight loss or weight gain
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts

Causes of Depression

Your mental health and happiness are greatly influenced by your body’s hormone levels. Hormonal imbalance, whether it’s of melatonin, cortisol or DHEA can lead to depression. Commonly referred to as chemical imbalance or chemical depression, this variety can be debilitating.

Your doctor will likely review a combination of both physical and social factors before proceeding with treatment. Some of the physical causes of depression include:

  • Physical changes in the brain
  • Neurotransmitter imbalances. Neurotransmitters are the chemicals in your brain that help control everything from body functions to your mood
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Prescription drugs such as blood pressure medications or sleeping pills
  • Hypothyroidism

Some of the social factors that contribute to depression are:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Excessive pessimism
  • Not having enough close friends to share your thoughts and feelings with
  • Having family members or friends with depression
  • Traumatic events in your life such as financial hardships, relationship problems, or the death of a loved one
  • Trauma that occurs during childhood including the death of a loved one or some form of abuse whether it’s physical, sexual, or emotional
  • Alcohol, nicotine, or drug abuse

Treatment of Depression

Depression can be treated effectively with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, also known as BHRT. Conventional HRT uses synthetic versions of hormones that are similar, but not exactly the same, as those your body produces naturally.

BHRT provides hormones such as melatonin, cortisol and DHEA that are chemically identical to those that occur naturally in your system.

Some other common forms of depression treatment are:

  • Psychological evaluations
  • Antidepressant medication
  • Psychotherapy / talk therapy
  • Support groups

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Endometriosis

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Endometriosis is a painful condition which affects many women. It is characterized by the growth of endometrial tissue (which lines the inside of the uterus) on the outside of the uterus. This tissue can become trapped within a woman’s body during menstruation and cause irritation, scarring and cysts.

Other symptoms of endometriosis include:

  • Infertility
  • Painful intercourse
  • Painful urination
  • Intensified menstruation symptoms

Unfortunately, a cure for endometriosis has yet to be found. However, early detection and treatment can prevent further growth and irritation. Treatments for endometriosis typically involve increasing the levels of hormones [[crosslink:’bioidentical-estrogen’,’estrogen’ and [[crosslink:’bioidentical-progesterone’,’progesterone’, as both are heavily involved in a woman’s menstrual cycle.

Treatment of Endometriosis with Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) uses synthetic hormones to slow the progression of endometriosis. These hormones are often delivered into the body via pills, patches, creams, gels or injections. This form of treatment has long been popular with those suffering from endometriosis, although its side effects are worth noting. Because the hormones administered during HRT are synthetic, only a fraction of the full dosage is accepted by the body for use. The remaining synthetics may potentially increase the risk of heart attacks and certain forms of cancer. Fortunately, a safer alternative may exist.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) – A Safer Alternative

The hormones administered in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) are chemically identical to those naturally produced by the body. Because of this, almost all of the bioidentical hormones introduced are used, leaving nothing behind to cause damage to the body. Because almost all the hormones administered in BHRT are used, this treatment option has shown to be far more effective as well.

A common method for administering BHRT is using hormone pellet therapy. A pellet no larger than a grain of rice is injected into the muscles. It is made of pure bioidentical hormones. Over time, this pellet dissolves, dispersing the hormones throughout the body. The reason this method of BHRT treatment is so popular is likely because fewer treatments are needed over the course of a year.

Many women have found relief from endometriosis symptoms with BHRT. It has shown to be a safe and highly effective method of slowing the progression of this painful condition. Request more information about BHRT for endometriosis treatment today! Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

 

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia can be defined as pain felt throughout the entire body. The effects are long lasting and are specifically experienced in the muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. The pain may also feel like it is in your joints, although fibromyalgia does not physically affect these areas.

Fibromyalgia pain generally begins at a specific area known as a tender point and then radiates outward. These tender points can include the back of the neck, shoulders, chest, lower back, hips, shins, elbows, or knees.

Causes of Fibromyalgia

Doctors are still unsure as to what specifically causes fibromyalgia. Research indicates that hormonal imbalance may have an impact, especially when it comes to the thyroid and adrenal glands.

Another popular belief is that the functions of the brain that process pain may be acting in an unnatural way causing some to experience fibromyalgia symptoms. Some people may notice that their fibromyalgia is negatively affected by physical activity, stress, or even cold weather.

Symptoms & Associated Conditions of Fibromyalgia

Patients dealing with fibromyalgia describe the sensation in a number of ways. It can be experienced as a deep ache or shooting pain. Symptoms can arise exclusively in the morning upon waking, or they can persist throughout the entire day.

There are several conditions that generally coincide with fibromyalgia:

  • Physical trauma
  • Emotional stress
  • Poor sleep
  • Viral infection
  • Chronic neck or back pain
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Lyme disease

In some cases, fibromyalgia symptoms can also bring about:

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Tingling in the hands and feet
  • Migraine headaches
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Diagnosis and Treatment

If you have been experiencing pain throughout your body that emanates from one of the tender points mentioned above, and if it has persisted for three or more months, you may be suffering from fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia that’s caused by thyroid or adrenal imbalance can be treated with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT. BHRT replenishes your thyroid and adrenal glands with biologically identical hormones.

Other possible fibromyalgia treatments include:

  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Massage
  • Counseling
  • Stress and relaxation techniques

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Headaches

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Headaches have been experienced by almost everyone at some point in their lives and there are currently 150 different categories of headaches that vary in intensity, cause, and cure.

Headache Symptoms

Here are just a few of the countless symptoms associated with some of the most common headache types:

  • Mild pain, tightness, or pressure on both sides of the head with no specific pattern as to when it occurs.
  • Intense throbbing, pounding, or pulsating on one side of the head that lasts up to 48 hours.
  • Pain triggered by specific factors such as stress, disrupted sleep patterns, or even certain types of foods.
  • Vision disturbances such as blind spots, blurred vision, eye pain, stars, or tunnel vision. These are called auras, and they can occur anywhere from a few minutes to an entire day before the actual headache hits.
  • Severe pain behind one of the eyes that occurs at least twice a day for 30 to 90 minutes at a time. This is generally followed by redness in the eye, a runny nose, and congestion.

Headache symptoms can either lead to or coincide with a number of other conditions. Some of these include:

  • Chills
  • Increased urination
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Numbness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sweating

Headache Causes

Chronic headaches and migraines can both be the result of hormonal imbalance. Imbalanced hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol can lead to painful headaches. In women, hormone-induced headaches are often a sign of menopause.

In addition to hormonal imbalance there are a number of other factors that can lead to headaches:

  • Sinus pressure
  • Muscle spasms
  • Abnormal brain activity
  • Unusual activity in the hypothalamus.
  • Injuries
  • Inflammation
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Stress
  • Micronutrient deficiencies

Treatment

Headaches caused by hormonal imbalance are treatable with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT. BHRT uses hormones that are biologically identical to those your body creates naturally.

This stands in contrast to conventional HRT, which uses synthetic hormones. Your doctor may prescribe hormones in the form ofpills, pellets, gels or patches, all of which are safe and effective.

For non-hormonal chronic headaches, your doctor may recommend:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Antidepressants
  • Blood pressure or seizure medications
  • Oxygen
  • Botox
  • Lidocaine injections
  • Nausea medicines or sedatives for treating individual symptoms

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Hormonal Imbalance

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Many people unknowingly suffer from hormone imbalance. Imbalanced hormones can cause a host of medical problems and should be dealt with as soon as possible. If you think you may suffer from hormonal imbalance, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Types of Hormone Imbalance

Hormone imbalance is a general term that can refer to upset levels of any variety of your body’s natural regulatory substances. Hormones that are commonly imbalanced include:

  • Estrogen (oestrogen), which regulates secondary sexual characteristics.
  • Testosterone, which regulates secondary sexual characteristics.
  • Melatonin, which regulates sleep.
  • Thyroid, which regulates calorie burn.
  • Cortisol, which regulates energy.
  • Progesterone, which regulates pregnancy and menstruation.
  • DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), which regulates sexual function and can be converted by your body to other hormones.

These hormones control many of your body’s natural functions. Hormone imbalance commonly affects more than one of these.

Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

With the variety of hormones that can suffer from imbalances, your symptoms can vary wildly. It’s worth talking with a doctor about common symptoms you’re feeling, such as exhaustion or weight gain; hormone imbalance can cause or be the result of many other conditions. Some of the signs of hormone imbalance are:

  • Estrogen (oestrogen): Weight gain, breast cancer, hot flashes (hot flushes), joint pain, migraines
  • Testosterone: Low libido, male pattern baldness, Irregular menses
  • Melatonin: Lack of sleep, insomnia, depression
  • Ghrelin: Excessive hunger, overeating
  • Thyroid: Hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, anxiety, irregular heartbeat
  • Aldosterone: High blood pressure
  • Cortisol: Weight gain, Excessive stress, high blood pressure
  • Progesterone: Low libido, mood swings, cramps, acne, urinary tract infections
  • DHEA: Adrenal fatigue, joint pain, frequent sickness, loss of muscle mass

Since many people typically experience an imbalance of more than one hormone, you may experience any number of these symptoms as a result of imbalance.

Hormone Imbalance Treatment

Hormone imbalance is a complex medical issue. As such, a variety of options are available to treat or help. To find the best hormonal imbalance treatment for you, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Treatments for imbalanced hormones can include:

  • Changes in lifestyle, such as increased exercise, healthier diet, better sleep and reduced stress.
  • Vitamins & supplements, such as vitamin D, calcium, dandelion, melatonin, zinc and black cohosh.
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), including bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), hormone pills, pellets and combination therapy.

BHRT represents a new, bold direction or hormone therapy that uses your body’s natural hormones to create balance.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Hot Flashes

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Hot flashes are a common symptom of menopause in women. Although their cause is unknown, it is widely agreed upon that they are linked to the hormonal changes which characterize this period. Hot flashes are typically defined by a sudden feeling of immense warmth throughout the upper body. This leads to an increase in heart rate and subsequent sweating. Hot flashes are commonly concluded with a bout of chilliness as the warmth subsides.

Hot flashes are thought to be at their worst at night and can cause a number of other symptoms, including:

  • Memory loss
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Fortunately, treatments exist which correct the hormonal imbalance brought on by menopause, enough to provide relief from hot flashes. Estrogen and progesterone are the two primary hormones involved in the treatment of hot flashes (largely due to their role in menopause).

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Hot Flashes

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) involves administering doses of hormones to correct imbalances in the body. The hormone levels of each patient are tested before a unique dosage which best meets their needs is compounded. These hormones are typically delivered into the body via pills, patches, gels, creams or injections. While many have reported symptom relief using HRT, there are a number of frightening side effects.

The hormones used in HRT are synthetically created and are not perfectly identical to those naturally produced by the body. Because of this, only a fraction of the hormones administered are accepted and used, causing the therapy to be less effective. The remaining synthetics linger in the body and can potentially increase the risk of heart attacks and certain types of cancers.

BHRT as a Safer Alternative

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is believed to be a much safer and more effective alternative to traditional HRT. The hormones used in BHRT are chemically identical to the hormones the body naturally produces. This allows more of them to be accepted for use, increasing the effectiveness of the treatment and decreasing the risk of any hazardous side effects.

A popular delivery method for BHRT is via hormone pellet therapy. A pellet made of pure bioidentical hormones is injected into muscle tissue where it slowly dissolves over the course of weeks to months. This means that less treatments are needed overall, saving you time and money.  

BHRT and BHRT via hormone pellet therapy have provided needed relief to many women suffering from dreaded hot flashes. Request more information about BHRT for hot flashes today. Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Hot Flashes in Men

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Understanding Hot Flashes

While hot flashes are a characteristic symptom of menopause in women, many men report experiencing hot flashes as well. A feeling of sudden warmth radiating throughout parts of the upper body is perhaps the most defining feature of hot flashes. This is often accompanied by an increase in heart rate, sweating on the forehead, and finally a brief bout of the chills.

Hot Flashes in Men | Symptoms

Hot flashes in men are typically at their worst at night and may induce symptoms such as:

  • Memory loss
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

But what causes hot flashes, a symptom of menopause, in the opposite sex? It is widely believed that a deficiency of androgen hormones (such as testosterone) increases the influence of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone to cause hot flashes. The androgen imbalance that causes hot flashes may be due to a number of things, but obesity, old age, and a sedentary lifestyle are believed to place men at a higher risk. Fortunately, it is possible to counteract this hormonal imbalance and keep men free of hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for Hot Flashes

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is one of the most popular treatment options for hot flashes in men. HRT begins by measuring hormone levels before a dosage is tailor-made to correct the imbalance. The doses used in HRT are administered using a number of delivery methods, including injections, patches, pills, gels, or creams. While traditional HRT has been shown to provide symptom relief to men with hot flashes, there are some risks.

The hormones used in HRT are synthetic. This means that, while they closely mimic the hormones naturally produced by the body, the hormones used in HRT aren’t fully chemically identical. Because of this, not all of the hormones administered in HRT are accepted for use in the body. This decreases the effectiveness of HRT. Unused synthetics remain in the body and have been shown to increase the risk of heart attacks and certain cancers.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Safer and More Effective?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) differs from traditional HRT in that the hormones used in this treatment are chemically identical to those naturally produced by the body. Because of this, more of the bioidentical hormones administered in the treatment are used by the body and almost none remain to potentially cause bodily harm.

BHRT is delivered, perhaps most popularly, via hormone pellet therapy. With this delivery method, a pellet no larger than a grain of rice is injected into muscle tissue. This pellet is made out of pure bioidentical hormones and dissolves gradually for several weeks. This method is popular because it calls for far fewer treatments over the course of a year. BHRT and BHRT via hormone pellet therapy are shown to be one of the safer and more effective than HRT in treating hot flashes in men. Don’t wait on finding symptom relief for hot flashes. Request more information about BHRT for Hot Flashes today! Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Hypothyroidism Treatment

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Your endocrine system is an intricate collection of glands, all of which produce hormones. One of the most important of these glands is the thyroid. The hormones produced by the thyroid, known as thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), play a major role in regulating your metabolism, cholesterol and heart health.

When the thyroid gland fails to produce enough T3 and T4, this causes a condition known as hypothyroidism. An underproductive, underactive thyroid can result in variety of serious health complications and can make life difficult. If you think you may be dealing with hypothyroidism, please call(870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Causes of Hypothyroidism

As with all thyroid conditions, there are a number hypothyroid causes. These factors can weaken or eliminate your thyroid hormone production:

  • Autoimmune disease
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Chemotherapy / Radiation therapy
  • Certain medications
  • Iodine deficiency
  • Infections

Some medications prescribed for hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) seek to lessen hormone production, but may actually be too effective and cause hypothyroidism.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

An underproductive thyroid gland can have a massive impact on your health. The symptoms of hypothyroidism vary from person to person and typically develop over time.

If you’re suffering from hypothyroidism, you may notice:

  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Weakness
  • Joint pain
  • Aches
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Yellowed skin

If hypothyroidism isn’t treated, it can develop more serious and even life-threatening side-effects such as low blood pressure and slowed breathing. It’s important to treat hypothyroidism as soon as possible.

If you’re experiencing any or all of these symptoms, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Hypothyroidism Treatment

The best, most-effective hypothyroidism treatment is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT. In essence, BHRT replenishes your thyroid gland with hormones and restores your thyroid levels to their natural state.

To start BHRT, your doctor will likely check your thyroid hormone levels with a blood, saliva or urine test. From there, a BHRT treatment plan can be created.
Thyroid hormones can be delivered with:

  • Pills
  • Tablets
  • Injected pellets
  • Topical creams
  • Dermal patches

Each of these methods represents a way to achieve hormonal balance, using T3 and T4 that are natural, not synthetic. BHRT can also be supplemented with:

  • Improved diet
  • Increased physical activity
  • Some over-the-counter medications

Get Healthy

Hypothyroidism should not be taken lightly. If left to fester, it can worsen and even threaten your life. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy provides a safe, natural way to restore balance to your system.

If BHRT sounds right for you, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Joint Pain

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Joint Pain – Not Just Part of Getting Old

Joint pain can cause an often debilitating amount of pain. Joint pain may come in the form of arthritis or from severe wear and tear over time. Often, those who suffer from obesity or frequently perform certain exercises are at increased risk of experiencing joint pain. While many suffering from joint pain seek relief from over-the-counter painkillers and medications, it is often possible to eliminate chronic joint pain in the long term.

Hormone imbalance may be behind many cases of joint pain. This often occurs in response to the hormonal changes involved in aging. Menopause, perimenopause, and andropause, are largely influenced by hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Because joint pains are dismissed as a natural part of aging, most cases of joint pain due to hormonal imbalance go untreated. However, treatment options exist which may correct these hormonal imbalances, reduce joint pain, and leave patients feeling refreshed and healthy.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for Joint Pain

Hormone replacement therapy is becoming an increasingly popular method for treating the hormone imbalance which can cause joint pain. In this treatment, synthetic hormones are delivered into the body (often through pills, patches, creams, gels, or injections). The body then uses the synthetics as it would its own naturally-produced hormones. However, HRT has been the subject of much debate in recent years due to its potential side effects.

The synthetic hormones used in hormone replacement therapy are not chemically identical to those produced by the body. Because of this, only a fraction of the hormones used in HRT are accepted by the body. This reduces the effectiveness of the treatment. The remaining unused hormones are believed to be a potential source of bodily harm, increasing the risk of heart attacks and certain cancers.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

A Safer Alternative?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is similar to traditional HRT, however the hormones used are chemically identical to the body’s own hormones. This means that more of the hormones administered are actually used and few are left behind to potentially cause bodily harm. Hormone pellet therapy is a popular delivery method for those considering BHRT. A hormone pellet is injected into the muscles where it slowly dissolves over the course of weeks and months. This means that far fewer treatments are needed. BHRT has been shown to be a safer and more effective alternative to HRT in treating the hormone imbalance responsible for many cases of joint pain. Request more information about BHRT for joint pain today. Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Memory Loss

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Memory loss is a common problem faced by both men and women as they age. However, short lapses or blank spots in memory are noted as being particularly frequent in women undergoing menopause. This is largely due to the hormones that fluctuate the most during the process of menopause (namely estrogen) are involved in the body’s ability to process and store memories.

Memory loss is tolerated by many, but can pose certain dangers. It may also be the start of greater mental deterioration in the aging process—this often includes dementia, Alzheimer’s, and delirium. This is why memory loss is not something anyone, man or woman, should take lightly. Fortunately, certain treatments exist which correct the hormone imbalances responsible for memory loss.

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Memory Loss

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) corrects hormonal imbalance by introducing (often via injection, pill, patch, cream, or gel) synthetic hormones into the body that the body then accepts as its own. Traditional hormone replacement therapy has shown to be effective in treating the hormonal imbalances behind many cases of memory loss. However, its side effects have become a subject of great debate in recent years.

The hormones administered during traditional HRT are synthetic and don’t perfectly replicate the hormones the body naturally produces. The body can detect many of the synthetic hormones, resulting in large portions of HRT dosages going unused. The synthetic hormones that are left behind in HRT are believed to cause a great deal of bodily harm, increasing the risk of heart attacks and certain cancers. Fortunately, a safer, more effective alternative is available to help those suffering from memory loss.

Bioidentical Hormones: A Safer Alternative

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) uses hormones that are perfect replicas of the hormones naturally produced by the body – imitating them on a chemical level. Because of this, the body is often unable to distinguish between bioidentical hormones and its own. More of the bioidentical hormones are used, leading to a more effective treatment. In addition to this, fewer hormones remain to potentially wreak havoc on the body.

A popular method of delivery for bioidentical hormones is through hormone pellet therapy. This involves injecting a tiny pellet made of pure hormones into muscle tissue where it dissolves over the course of several weeks. Part of what makes hormone pellet therapy such a popular method of delivery for BHRT patients is a reduced number of treatments in a given year.

BHRT is thought to be a safer, more effective method of balancing the hormones that are responsible for conditions like memory loss. Now is the time to take action. Request more information about BHRT for memory loss today! Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for Men

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Regain Vitality, Strength and Libido.

Are you tired?

Overweight?

Depressed?

You may be suffering from hormone deficiency or male hormone imbalance. Hormones play a crucial role in the functioning of your body. Their levels and balance, also known as male hormone harmony, are extremely important for your health, physical shape, and well-being.

As a man ages, his body becomes less effective in producing these vital hormones. Hormone levels fall to unhealthy levels creating a hormone imbalance in your body. A well-publicized low testosterone condition called hypogonadism, also known as low T, is not the only type of hormone deficiency. Other hormones, such as the Human Growth Hormone (low hGH), Thyroid Hormone (hypothyroidism), estradiol, cortisol, progesterone, DHEA, and more, need to stay in perfect hormonal balance for your body to function optimally.

Hormone deficiency in an adult male often causes the following symptoms:

  • Lower energy levels
  • Depression
  • Low libido
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle loss
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings
  • memory loss
  • Inability to focus
  • Loss of bone density
  • Low stamina
  • Low levels of immunity
  • Lack of skin elasticity
  • Joint pain

Historically, these symptoms were regarded as normal signs of aging and were considered inevitable and untreatable. However, latest research has revealed that it is really the improper levels of male hormones that are responsible for many of these ailments.

This understanding of the importance and function of the male hormone balance and harmony has led to the development of modernHormone Replacement Therapy for Men.

Restore Male Hormone Harmony with HRT

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men (HRT) uses hormones that are identical, on a molecular level, to the natural hormones occurring in your body. The goal of HRT is to supplement low hormone levels (low-T and other hormone deficiencies) and to restore the critical hormone balance in your system. By restoring hormones to appropriate levels, HRT can help eliminate many symptoms associated with aging, low testosterone, and other hormonal imbalances.

Medical professionals on the forefront of anti-aging medicine use HRT and related hormone replacement therapies to combat the aging process and its debilitating symptoms.

Benefits of HRT for Men

Men suffering from hormone imbalance and low levels of testosterone (low-T) can benefit from the hormone replacement therapy. HRT can help men regain:

  • Higher energy levels
  • Better sex drive
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Restored muscle tone
  • Enhanced memory
  • Improved mood
  • Reduced depression
  • Greater stamina
  • Strong immune system
  • Better skin elasticity

Medical Treatment

Hormone Replacement Therapy must be administered by a well-trained physician who will first evaluate your existing medical condition and run a variety of tests to determine your hormone levels. Hormone levels should also be monitored during and after your treatment to ensure optimal health results and minimize side effects.

Holistic Approach

HRT combined with lifestyle modifications, changes in diet, and increased levels of exercise can have a positive impact on your health, improve your quality of life, and help you look better and feel younger. A comprehensive medical approach is needed to optimize your health, renew your energy levels, and restore your body to feeling years younger. Hormone replacement therapy requires a holistic approach in the attempt to slow down the aging process, stay healthy, and live longer.

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause

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Menopause refers to the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Typically starting in the 40s or 50s, women lose the ability to produce eggs, which causes estrogen (oestrogen) levels to drop and monthly menstruation to cease.

Menopause is a natural part of women’s health, but there are many menopause treatments that mitigate or reduce problems associated with the condition.

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Menopause Symptoms

Most well-known menopause symptoms begin before menopause itself. This is known as perimenopause, which begins in the months or years leading up to menopause. No two women are the same, but some common perimenopause and menopause symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes (hot flushes)
  • Night sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Irregular periods
  • Low sex drive
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Bone loss
  • Joint pain
  • Weight gain (menopausal weight gain)

Very few women enter menopause immediately after their last menstrual cycle. Instead, most women experience a gradual cessation of periods as they enter menopause. Menopause symptoms become more apparent during this transition period. After 12 months of missed periods, menopause begins.

What Causes Menopause?

For most women, menopause occurs naturally. This happens due to a reduction of hormone production, specifically of estrogen (oestrogen) and progesterone. These hormones regulate menstruation and fertility; when at low or non-existent levels symptoms emerge and menstruation stops.

Other possible menopause causes include:

  • Post-hysterectomy menopause
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Ovarian insufficiency (premature menopause)

There is no specific age where menopause begins, but for most women it occurs between the ages 40 and 50.

Menopause Treatment

Menopause is a natural part of aging, but its side-effects and symptoms make life difficult. Menopause treatment is designed to help menopausal women overcome problems like hot flashes (hot flushes), weight gain, and low sex drive. Some of the most common types of menopause treatment include:

  • Hormone therapy
  • Estrogen (oestrogen) medication
  • Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Low-dose antidepressants
  • Lifestyle counseling

The best menopause treatment will vary depending on the individual woman. What is right for one woman may not be right for all. Similarly, the cost of menopause treatment depends on which treatment is performed.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis, which means “porous bones,” is a disease that causes the weakening of bones, leading to lower bone density and diminished bone strength. When osteoporosis occurs, bones may become so brittle and weak that mild strains on your bones caused by such simple acts as bending or coughing can cause a fracture.

While osteoporosis is typically associated with aging, as your bone mass reduces as you age, it can also be caused by hormonal imbalance. In women, there is a direct correlation between menopause and the development of osteoporosis due to sudden and oftentimes severe drops in estrogen levels. In fact, women over the age of 50 are at the greatest risk of developing osteoporosis due to the drop in hormone levels and absence of menstrual periods. Men are also at risk of developing osteoporosis due to a drop in testosterone which commonly occurs as they age and andropause ensues or from medication use such as glucocorticoids.

Even though menopause and andropause are inevitable conditions faced by aging men and women, developing osteoporosis can be avoided. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is an effective natural therapy to help prevent the onset of osteoporosis or slow its progression.

To schedule a consultation with a hormone specialist in that can help you preserve your bone health with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Osteoporosis Symptoms

Many men and women do not experience osteoporosis symptoms until the disease has progressed to a severe state and they suffer a bone fracture. Some symptoms of osteoporosis include:

  • Height loss
  • Back pain
  • Bone fracture, which begin to occur more frequently and/or easily
  • Arched posture
  • Reduced strength

If you are suffering from osteoporosis you may see one or all of these signs. If you have a family history of osteoporosis or are over the age of 50, it is important to contact your healthcare provider if you experience any of these symptoms.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Bone Health

If you are experience osteoporosis as a result of a hormonal imbalance, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help combat the drop in estrogen or testosterone and your osteoporosis symptoms, as well and help to prevent and slow bone mass loss.

In contrast to synthetic hormone replacement therapy, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for bone health uses hormones that are chemically identical to those your body produces naturally. If you are experiencing osteoporosis-related symptoms or your healthcare provider has identified lower levels of estrogen or testosterone, BHRT may be recommended. Bioidentical hormones can be administered via:

  • Pills
  • Pellets
  • Patches
  • Injections
  • Topical creams

The frequency of your hormone replacement sessions will be dependent upon the administration technique you and your healthcare provider elect. Your healthcare provider will continually monitor and test your estrogen or testosterone levels to ensure healthy levels are maintained. For women, a combination of estrogen and progesterone will likely be recommended to prevent the growth of the uterine lining.

Lifestyle Changes for Osteoporosis

In addition to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, it is important to continually make healthy lifestyle choices which can strengthen bone health and your overall wellness. Together with your healthcare provider, you will devise a plan which may include:

  • Diet changes
  • Increased physical activity
  • Smoking cessation
  • Limited alcohol consumption
  • Dietary supplements like vitamin D, calcium, magnesium and strontium

Schedule a consultation with a BHRT practitioner in that specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for osteoporosis! Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

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A woman’s regular menstrual cycle can bring about more than 150 symptoms, both physical and emotional. They generally show up during the time between her ovulation and menstrual bleeding in a space called the luteal phase. The luteal phase usually begins about 14 days from the first day of her last menstrual period. Premenstrual symptoms can arise at any point during this phase and continue through the second or third day of the menstrual period.

Premenstrual syndrome affects three out of four women, generally those who are in their late twenties to late forties. It is more likely to occur in women with at least one child and can grow more severe as she approaches menopause.

Causes of PMS

Doctors have yet to conclusively identify the exact cause of PMS, but evidence shows that it may be the result of hormone imbalances that occur during the menstrual cycle. Particularly, imbalanced levels of estrogen (oestrogen) and progesterone can cause severe PMS symptoms.

Both of these hormones are produced in the ovaries and play a role in menstruation and pregnancy.

Symptoms of PMS

Some of the physical symptoms of PMS include:

  • Swollen or tender breasts
  • Water retention and bloating
  • Irregular bowel movements
  • Acne
  • Discharge from the nipples when they are pressed
  • Cravings for sweet or salty food
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased libido
  • or migraines
  • Sore muscles and joints
  • Cramps
  • Lower back pain

Emotional symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of focus
  • Mood swings

PMS symptoms may be manageable, but when they begin to affect your quality of life, the best solution is to seek the help of a medical professional.

Treatment

In addition to mitigating the pain of PMS with medication and lifestyle changes, hormone replacement therapy, or HRT can provide relief. This is particularly true of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) which rejuvenates your system with progesterone and estrogen (oestrogen) that’s natural, not synthetic.

PMS can be treated with hormone supplements delivered via injected pellets, patches, pills or topical creams. It’s important to note that a provider typically won’t utilize all of these hormone delivery methods. The best one for a given situation depends on the needs of the patient and the preference of provider.

Beat PMS

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Urinary Incontinence

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Loss of bladder control, or urinary incontinence, is a problem that many experience as they age. Having the inability to control when you urinate or dealing with urinary leakage can cause embarrassment and make enjoying your life difficult.

There are many reasons you may be suffering from an over-active bladder (OAB). If you’re looking for help with urinary incontinence, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

What is Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. It can be gradual or sudden, and takes many forms. In general, there are five types of urinary incontinence:

  • Functional incontinence: Normal urine control, but difficulty “holding” or getting to the bathroom in time.
  • Urge incontinence: A sudden, strong need to urinate immediately.
  • Overflow incontinence: Small amounts of leakage caused by an overfilled bladder, along with strained urination.
  • Stress incontinence: Sudden urination or urge to urinate caused by contracted muscles. This includes laughing, coughing or exercise.
  • Mixed incontinence: Any combination of the other four types of incontinence.

Each of these types of urinary incontinence can cause embarrassment and interfere with your life.

What Causes Urinary Incontinence?

Though it’s commonly associated with age, urinary incontinence is caused by more than growing old. Some minor conditions can cause temporary incontinence, such as urinary tract infection (UTI) or constipation. The loss of bladder control from these conditions will subside as the overlying problem is treated.

For persistent urinary incontinence, more troubling conditions may be the cause. These include:

  • Enlarged prostate
  • Kidney stones
  • Bladder stones
  • Spinal injuries
  • Stroke

If you’ve been diagnosed with any of these conditions and have noticed a decrease in bladder control, it may be related. If you’re noticing other symptoms associated with these illnesses in addition to incontinence, immediately.

Can Urinary Incontinence Be Treated?

There are numerous treatment options for urinary incontinence, depending on the source and nature of your specific type. Your doctor will run tests to identify why you’re losing bladder control. These tests can include pelvic ultrasounds, stress tests and X-rays.

Your doctor will likely recommend lifestyle changes to start. Diet, exercise, smoking and alcohol can all have a major effect on bladder control. Stress exercises and behavior techniques may also be included in this step.

If it’s decided that more in-depth treatment is needed, your options include:

  • Surgery (bladder suspension, artificial urinary devices)
  • Catheters
  • Medications (duloxetine, imipramine)
  • Hormones (topical estrogen, testosterone)

Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, can provide relief from urinary incontinence, particularly for women. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy uses chemically identical hormones, such as estrogen, to “right” many of your body’s “wrongs.”

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Urinary incontinence can control your life. Resume your favorite activities and free yourself from the embarrassment of an over-active bladder by seeking treatment. To get started with a urinary incontinence consultation, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Vaginal Dryness

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What Causes Vaginal Dryness?

Vaginal dryness is a condition most women suffer from at some point in life. Insufficient vaginal lubrication, at its core, is caused by a fluctuation of certain hormones, namely estrogen (oestrogen) and progesterone. These fluctuations may be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Menopause / Perimenopause
  • Smoking (from nicotine)
  • Childbirth
  • Certain cancer treatments

Hormonal imbalance is a fairly common problem amongst women, particularly during menopause. Fortunately, treatments exist which may correct this imbalance and provide effective symptom relief.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for Vaginal Dryness

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment focused on correcting hormonal imbalance. Hormone levels are first tested before a custom dosage of hormones are compounded (blended to your unique needs). The hormones are typically delivered via injection, pills, patches, creams, or gels. While traditional HRT has been shown to be effective in treating vaginal dryness, its symptoms are worrying.

The hormones used in HRT are synthetic, meaning that they do not perfectly imitate the bodies naturally produced hormones. Because of this, a large portion of the hormones administered go unused, decreasing the effectiveness of the treatment. The unused synthetic hormones have been shown to increase the risk of heart attacks as well as many forms of cancer. In recent years, however, a safer and more effective alternative has been gaining popularity.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

The Future of Hormone Therapy

While vaginal dryness may be treated with traditional HRT, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has been gaining popularity for its comparative safety and effectiveness. Bioidentical hormones are designed to chemically match hormones naturally produced by the body. Because of this, almost all the hormones administered in the treatment are used with few left behind to potentially cause bodily harm.

Its efficient use of hormones is, in part, what makes BHRT a significantly more effective option for treating vaginal dryness. Many women have found relief from vaginal dryness using BHRT. The time for action is now. Request more information about BHRT for vaginal dryness today. Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Hormone-Assisted Weight Loss

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Weight gain (and the inability to lose it) is a problem that plagues millions of Americans. The quickest, cheapest, best-tasting food is also typically the worst for you. Unfortunately, finding balance and moderation is not always easy.

Are any of these troubling you?

  • Love handles
  • Excess fat
  • Sleep apnea
  • Fatigue
  • Back pain
  • Joint pain

All of these issues and more can come with weight gain. It often seems like there’s a new fad diet or miracle pill each week. With all the buzz and the hype circling the newest weight loss trends, finding solutions you can trust is a nearly impossible task. It’s time to stop worrying about issues like these and focus on the root of the problem.

The answer to your weight loss needs may come from within!

Let’s Talk About Hormones

There are three major hormonal players contributing to your weight. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas which breaks food into glucose (sugars) as it digests. What it doesn’t use is stored as fat. When the body isn’t producing enough insulin, you gain weight and put yourself at risk for conditions like type 2 diabetes.

Triiodothyronine and thyroxine are produced in the thyroid gland and can have a significant impact on the rate of your metabolism (as well as a wide variety of other bodily functions). If your thyroid gets sluggish, the production of these hormones slows and drags your metabolism down with it.

Hormones for Weight Loss

Hormone replacement therapy is a procedure in which the levels of imbalanced hormones’ are measured and then corrected. Balancing your hormones can kick start the body’s metabolism and restore its abilities to properly break down sugars and eliminate excess fat.

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Hormones and Weight Gain

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For many years, physicians and researchers struggled to connect the dots between hormones and their role in weight loss. Women have long known that food cravings and sluggish metabolisms were very real problems that made it hard to lose weight, but convincing the medical world of their link to weight was difficult. Recent studies have linked hormones and weight gain, indicating that hormonal treatment for weight loss is a viable option.

Find out more about hormones and weight loss by calling (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Hormonal Weight Gain

Most men and women won’t realize their hormones are out of balance, but correcting problems within this system can help you lose weight. Hormones are chemical messengers in the body that are responsible for a long list of body functions including growth, sexual function, metabolism and weight.

To identify a hormonal imbalance, a provider can use several different tests including:

  • Saliva test
  • Blood test
  • Urine test

Hormone level tests can indicate if the weight gain or inability to lose weight you are suffering from is hormonal. When a hormone imbalance is present, it can lead to weight gain. In men, a lack of testosterone can cause these issues, while for women the problem may stem from estrogen (oestrogen) imbalance. Thankfully, these hormonal imbalances and deficiency can be treated.

Hormones for Weight Loss

When weight gain is caused by a hormonal imbalance, the most common treatment is to correct that imbalance. This is done by replacing or balancing the hormones with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). One form of HRT is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), which utilizes hormones that are molecularly identical to what your body creates naturally.

Hormonal treatment for weight loss will vary depending on the individual receiving the treatment. For men, testosterone replacement therapy for weight loss may be the primary option. For women, estrogen (oestrogen) replacement therapy for weight loss may be a better choice.

Bioidentical hormones and weight loss have been linked. The right BHRT treatment plan can lead to:

  • Weight loss
  • Decreased fat
  • Increased lean muscle

In addition to BHRT, other hormonal weight loss treatments exist such as human growth hormone for weight loss and the hCG diet. Not all providers offer or recommend each of these options.

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As with all weight loss treatments, hormones and weight loss work best when combined with healthy diet and exercise. Learn if hormonal treatment for weight loss is the right option for you today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Hot Flashes (Hot Flushes) Treatment

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Hot flashes, sometimes referred to as hot flushes, are an uncomfortable, irritating condition to deal with. They can interfere with your life and make ordinary situations frustrating. If you’re dealing with hot flashes (hot flushes) and want help, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Symptoms of Hot Flashes (Hot Flushes) in Women

Hot flashes (hot flushes) in women are usually quick and often debilitating. The experience of a hot flash (hot flush) can vary from person to person, but generally some symptoms of a hot flash (hot flush) include:

  • Redness in face
  • Redness in neck
  • Increase in temperature
  • Perspiration
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid heartbeat

After the hot flash (hot flush) is over, many will experience a feeling of extreme cold, or chills. A hot flash (hot flush) can last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, with time needed for recovery after.

Causes of Hot Flashes (Hot Flushes) in Women

Though commonly associated with menopause and perimenopause, there are many causes of hot flashes (hot flushes) in women. Hot flashes (hot flushes) are typically associated with hormones, so low estrogen may be a culprit.

In addition to hormonal issues, hot flashes (hot flushes) can be caused or made worse by a number of triggers:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Diet pills
  • Certain foods
  • High temperatures
  • Smoking
  • Saunas
  • Certain clothes

Avoiding or reducing these triggers can help mitigate your hot flashes (hot flushes) and bring you closer to finding the root cause.

Treatments for Hot Flashes (Hot Flushes) in Women

If you’re experiencing hot flashes, treatment is available through a hormone specialist. There are many options for treating hot flashes (hot flushes), including simple lifestyle changes. In addition to avoiding the aforementioned triggers, increasing exercise, losing weight and changing your diet can help cut down on hot flashes (hot flushes).

A doctor specializing in treating hot flashes (hot flushes) may also recommend:

  • Medication
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Holistic medicine
  • Birth control
  • Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)

Hormone replacement has emerged as a cutting-edge way to treat hot flashes (hot flushes). This is particularly true of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, or BHRT. BHRT uses natural hormones to right your body’s levels of estrogen and other key hormonal issues.

If you’re curious about using Hormone Replacement Therapy to treat hot flashes (hot flushes), please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

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Whether through lifestyle changes, medication or hormone replacement therapy, hot flashes (hot flushes) are a debilitating issue worth treating. Hot flashes (hot flushes) can be confusing to deal with on your own, so it’s best to contact a doctor. Please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Hot Flashes in Men

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Many think of hot flashes as a problem that only affects women. This isn’t true. Although they occur more frequently in women, hot flashes in men are real and prevalent. Frequent hot flashes can change your life; if you’re interested in treating hot flashes safely and effectively, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

What is a Male Hot Flash?

Male hot flashes are virtually identical to women’s hot flashes. Sometimes called hot flushes or night sweats (hot flashes at night), male hot flashes consist of these general symptoms:

  • Redness in face
  • Redness in neck
  • Increase in temperature
  • Perspiration
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid heartbeat

After the hot flash is over, many men experience a feeling of extreme cold. This feeling is commonly called chills or cold sweat and is your body’s reaction to the flash. Hot flashes can come at any time and last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour.

What Causes Hot Flashes in Men?

Almost all male hot flashes stem from low testosterone, also known as Low-T. Low testosterone itself is a form of hormonal imbalance that stems from these two root causes:

  • Andropause: Also known as the male menopause or manopause, this is a condition that men see as they age. After men reach a certain age, usually in their 50s, their body produces less and less testosterone. A lack of testosterone can lead to fatigue, weight gain and, of course, hot flashes.
  • Prostate cancer: Treatment for this cancer typically involves the restriction of androgen hormones, including testosterone. This reduction in androgens can lead to many of the same symptoms as andropause, including hot flushes.

How to Stop Hot Flashes in Men

There are a number of remedies for hot flashes and ways to treat hot flashes in men. The most effective of these is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT. BHRT replaces your lost testosterone and androgens with hormones that are biologically identical to those your body produces naturally.

The hormones of BHRT are derived from natural sources, which make them a safer and more effective solution than the synthetic hormones of conventional replacement therapy. As always, the best course of action is to consult with a doctor. These other hot flash remedies may be recommended:

  • Medication
  • Herbal remedies
  • Vitamins and supplements, including black cohosh for hot flashes
  • Diet and lifestyle changes

Hot Flash Relief

The best way to treat hot flashes is with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, which can fight Low-T and restore your testosterone levels. If you’re interested in treating hot flashes in men with BHRT, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

 

Hyperthyroidism

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What is Hyperthyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid makes too much of the thyroid hormone, called thyroxine. Your thyroid controls your metabolism, and hyperthyroidism can speed up your metabolism to above-normal levels.

What are the Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism?

Common symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

  • Rapid weight loss
  • Excessive sweating
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure
  • A rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Eye sensitivity
  • Anxiety

What Causes Hyperthyroidism?

Graves’ disease causes most cases of hyperthyroidism. Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease that leads to overactivity of the thyroid, which results in releasing too much of the thyroxine hormone (T-4). Hyperthyroidism may run in the family.

What are the Risks of Untreated Hyperthyroidism?

If left untreated, hyperthyroidism can lead to heart problems, brittle bones, eye problems, and a condition called thyroid storm in which the heart rate is increased to dangerously high levels.

How is Hyperthyroidism Treated?

Depending on the patient’s severity of the hyperthyroidism condition, it can be treated in several ways.

  • Supplementing your diet with calcium and vitamin D.
  • Hyperthyroidism may result in thinning of the bones, so it’s important to discuss with your doctor how much calcium you need to prevent osteoporosis.
  • Avoiding caffeine.
  • Caffeine can quicken your heart rate, so avoid consuming caffeine if you are experiencing a rapid heartbeat.
  • Taking anti-thyroid medication.
  • These medications reduce symptoms related to hyperthyroidism by preventing your thyroid from producing excess amounts of hormones. Some patients take anti-thyroid medication for as long as a year.
  • Consuming radioactive iodine.
  • Radioactive iodine is absorbed by your thyroid gland, causing it to shrink. This treatment may cause thyroid activity to slow down significantly, leading to hypothyroidism. If this is the case, you might need to take medication to replace the thyroxine hormone.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Hypogonadism

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Hypogonadism, or low testosterone, is often misdiagnosed by the patient due to the fact that the symptoms are similar to andropause, or the male menopause. If you think you might be suffering from hypogonadism, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Symptoms of Hypogonadism

Most common symptoms of hypogonadism include:

  • Low libido
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability

The similarities of these symptoms with those of andropause can cause patients to misdiagnose themselves as suffering from andropause.

Types of Hypogonadism

There are two basic types of hypogonadism:

  • Primary Hypogonadism: Also known as primary testicular failure, the condition originates from a problem in the testicles.
  • Secondary Hypogonadism: Indicates a problem in the hypothalamus or the pituitary gland which are responsible for signaling the testicles to produce testosterone.

Causes of Primary Hypogonadism

Most common causes of primary hypogonadism include:

  • Aging: Roughly from the age of 35, a man’s testosterone level begins to gradually decrease.
  • Klinefelter Syndrome: A condition caused by an extra Y chromosome being present in a male patient’s DNA.
  • Testicle displacement: When a man’s testicle or testicles do not descend into the scrotum it can lead to permanent damage.
  • Chemotherapy: Used for patients who have had cancer treatment.

Causes of Secondary Hypogonadism

  • Kallmans Syndrome: The hypothalamus gland is abnormally developed or under-developed.
  • Pituitary disorders: Presence of tumors found either in or near the pituitary gland.
  • Inflammatory disease: sarcoidosis, histiocytosis, and tuberculosis are inflammatory diseases that affect the hypothalamus and pituitary gland.
  • Medications: The use of particular medications can affect testosterone production.
  • Stress: The abundance of stress will decrease the body’s ability to produce testosterone. The hypothalamus is greatly affected due to its lack of signaling ability to the testes. A high demand for cortisol, a stress hormone, can lead to lower testosterone production.
  • Obesity: The weight of a patient is detrimental in maintaining endocrine function. The more weight a male patient accumulates, the more confused the body becomes. Excess body fat converts testosterone into estrogen which lowers testosterone production.

Treatment of Hypogonadism with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Once hypogonadism has been identified, it is important to begin treatment if results want to be seen in the patient’s health.

Testosterone replacement therapy utilizes bioidentical hormones to fight the underlying cause of hypogonadism. The treatment creates an environment in the body that allows testosterone to be made naturally or be supplemented.

With this BHRT treatment, it should be known that an outward change is just as important as the inward change. Therefore diet, exercise, lifestyle, and stress management all need to be adjusted for the treatment to take its full effect on the patient.

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Living with hypogonadism does not have to be a part of everyday life. To learn more about treatment of hypogonadism with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Hypothyroidism Treatment

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What is Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid does not make enough of the most important thyroid hormones, called triiodothyronine (T-3) and thyroxine (T-4).

What are the Symptoms of Hypothyroidism?

Some more common symptoms of hypothyroidism include the following:

  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness or stiffness
  • Dry or cold skin
  • Heavy or irregular menstrual periods
  • Constipation
  • Elevated blood cholesterol level
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Depression
  • Low sex drive
  • Joint pain
  • Cold extremities

What Causes Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism may be the result of a number of conditions including autoimmune disease, pregnancy, and iodine deficiency.

What are the Risks of Untreated Hypothyroidism?

If left untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to myxedema, a condition that causes tissues to swell, increases fluid around the lungs and heart, and slows down muscle reflexes. A myxedema coma may cause you to lose consciousness, experience trouble breathing, and can potentially lead to heart failure. Hypothyroidism can also cause mental health issues like depression and slowed mental functioning.

How is Hypothyroidism Treated?

Hypothyroidism is usually treated with thyroid hormone medicine. Most symptoms of hypothyroidism start to improve a short time after you begin treatment. All symptoms related to hypothyroidism usually disappear within a few months.

Hysterectomy

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Hysterectomy is a surgery performed by gynecologists, women’s health doctors and other medical professionals. This surgery is designed to remove the uterus, and can be performed for a number of reasons. There are many types of hysterectomy surgery.

Deciding to receive a hysterectomy can be very challenging. Request more information today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

What is a Hysterectomy?

Hysterectomy refers to any surgical procedure created to remove the uterus. A part of the female reproductive system, the uterus is used to carry and develop a healthy child. There are many different medical problems that affect the uterus.

In these cases, depending on the severity of the issue, the uterus may need to be removed via hysterectomy. Some reasons why a hysterectomy may be performed include:

  • Uterine fibroids: If fibroids, also known as uterine cysts, develop they can cause severe damage to the uterus. In cases where the fibroids are enlarged, hysterectomy may be recommended.
  • Cervix cancer: Cancer that affects the cervix can easily spread to the uterus. If this is the case, a hysterectomy may be able to stop the spread.
  • Uterine cancer: Similarly, if cancer is found in the uterus, a hysterectomy is typically the recommended option.
  • Endometriosis: In this scenario, the uterine wall that lines the inside of the uterus begins to spread to the outside, causing heavy pain and possible bleeding.
  • Uterine prolapse: During a prolapse, the pelvic floor ceases to hold up the pelvic organs, causing the uterus to push against the vagina. In cases of severe prolapse, surgery may be necessary.
  • Prolonged periods: Excessive bleeding or spotting surrounding the menstrual period can be caused by uterine problems.

These are just a selection of the issues that may necessitate a hysterectomy. In most cases, hysterectomy surgery is the last resort, as it inhibits the ability to carry a child to term.

How does Hysterectomy Work?

Hysterectomies can be performed in a number of different ways. The exact steps of the procedure will vary depending on which version is performed. Some of the different types of hysterectomy include:

  • Abdominal hysterectomy: This procedure is performed through the abdomen. This surgery is not limited by the size of the uterus, but features the longest surgical time and recovery period as a result. The most invasive form.
  • Vaginal hysterectomy: This type of hysterectomy is performed through the vaginal canal. While this procedure is limited by the size of the uterus, it is the fastest procedure and features very little recovery time.
  • Laparoscopic hysterectomy: With this less invasive hysterectomy, the uterus is removed laparoscopically, meaning it is removed in small pieces by utilizing special surgical tools.
  • Robotic hysterectomy: The newest type of hysterectomy surgery, a robotic hysterectomy is performed similar to a laparoscopic procedure. It differs by utilizing special robotic instruments that allow more precision.

Only a medical professional can determine the best type of hysterectomy for any individual case.

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While electing to receive a hysterectomy can seem difficult, living with the effects of women’s health problems can be far more dangerous. Request more information about hysterectomy treatment today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Inflammation Treatment

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Inflammation is your body’s way of protecting itself from invaders and pathogens that could harm your body. It could be easy to mistake inflammation for infection but it’s quite the opposite. Infection is caused by bacteria, virus or fungus and inflammation is your body’s response to these invaders.

The process of inflammation is a complex series of events triggered by your immune system and while it’s designed to help protect your body it can trigger a cycle of long-term (chronic) inflammation. contact us online today to find out more about inflammation: call (870) 642-8818

Stages of Inflammation

When an injury or illness strikes, your body usually responds with inflammation. Without it, you would never heal. To help you visualize how inflammation works, let’s imagine you have an injury to your knee. Within just a few moments the site will start to swell, and may be slightly red and warm. This is a normal response as your body sends in extra blood and a variety of different cells to protect the injured structures and tissues.

Over time, you may have some pus or drainage that leaves an injury. This can be normal and may not always mean that you have a more serious infection but to make sure, seek medical attention if you see large amounts of pus or drainage coming from an injury.

Short-term inflammation (acute inflammation) to areas near the surface of the skin has five common signs.

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Immobility
  • Swelling
  • Heat

Chronic inflammation lasts longer and has been linked to a variety of medical conditions. Chronic inflammation can last months or years as your body works to eliminate a trigger that an acute response could not clear, or your body may mistake its own healthy tissues as an invader. Higher levels of chronic inflammation have been linked to a variety of conditions including:

  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Asthma
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Hepatitis
  • Lupus
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Fibromyalgia and many others

Treating Inflammation

Not all types of inflammation should be stopped. Acute inflammation is designed to help tissues heal and suppressing the response with medications may not always be the right choice. Talk to your medical provider for help deciding how to manage a sudden case.

For chronic inflammation, your doctor may use a variety of medications and lifestyle approaches to control your symptoms. This may include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Corticosteroids
  • Fish oil supplements
  • Hyssop supplements
  • Green tea
  • Weight loss and more

Doctors are still studying inflammation and are not entirely sure what causes the response in some people. Traditional medications, herbs, or other supplements may be used to control your inflammation. Remember to never mix any herbal supplements with your medications without permission from your medical team.

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Find out if your inflammation is normal or needs attention. contact us online today at (870) 642-8818 to learn more.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment

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Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBD) is a group of disorders affecting the colon and small intestine. All IBD conditions are characterized by inflammation and include:

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Collagenous colitis
  • Lymphocytic colitis
  • Ischemic colitis
  • Diversion colitis
  • Behcet’s disease
  • Indeterminate colitis

The most prominent types of IBD are ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease which differ in location and nature of the inflammation. Ulcerative colitis occurs only in the colon and the rectum, while Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

In most cases, inflammatory bowel disease is caused by immune reactions of the body used against its own intestinal tissues.

Symptoms include:

  • Bleeding
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anemia
  • Abdominal pain
  • Cramping
  • Increased risk of cancer
  • Diarrhea

A variety of prescription drugs and integrative holistic therapies are available as treatment options. Stress reduction and a customized diet plan are often helpful in reducing symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease.

 

Influenza Treatment

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Influenza, otherwise known as the flu, is a viral infection of the respiratory system (nose, throat and lungs). It is a different type of infection than the stomach viruses, or “stomach flu” that may cause diarrhea and vomiting.

Influenza generally shows up in seasonal outbreaks or epidemics that affect many people. Epidemics can sometimes turn into a pandemic when they spread across a larger area, such as a continent or several continents.

Influenza Risks

People at a high risk for complications due to influenza are:

  • Young children age 6 months to 4 years old
  • Older adults over 65
  • Pregnant women
  • People with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, or heart problems
  • People with a compromised immune system due to cancer treatments, anti-rejection drugs, corticosteroids, or HIV

If you are suffering from flu symptoms, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Symptoms of the Flu

In the beginning, flu symptoms may be similar to those of the common cold, such as a runny nose, sneezing, and a sore throat. The main difference is that flu symptoms are more sudden, and progressively become more severe.

Adults suffering from the flu may experience:

  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills and sweats
  • Headaches
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion

Children with the flu may additionally have:

  • Ear pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Flu Shots and Influenza Treatment

Influenza is an airborne disease, meaning it travels through the air, usually when someone coughs or sneezes. You can also contract the flu by making contact with something like a computer keyboard, then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. The best way to prevent the spread of influenza is to wash your hands, and cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.

Another important way to protect yourself from getting the flu, or to make the symptoms less severe, is through annual vaccinations.

Flu vaccinations, also known as flu shots, are recommended every year because the influenza virus is constantly changing. This means that your antibodies for the old version will not protect you from the new version. Flu shots are typically given between the months of September and mid-November to children 6-months and older, teens, and adults.

Patients between the ages of 2 and 49 years old also have the option of getting a nasal mist which contains weakened, live flu viruses that your body uses to build antibodies.

Fight the Flu

For patients suffering from the flu, a doctor will prescribe a comprehensive flu treatment plan of rest, fluids, and antiviral medications to ensure that the symptoms don’t worsen.

If you or your child has the flu, or you would like to receive preventative vaccinations, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Injections for Pain Management

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Therapeutic Injections: Targeted Treatment for Severe, Chronic and Acute Pain

The best way to treat pain is at the source. Therapeutic injections do just that. Introduced directly to the affected joint, vertebrae, or muscle, therapeutic injections result in fast, comprehensive and lasting pain relief. Simple injections can even be used to gently manipulate nerves, diminishing their ability to transmit pain signals to the brain.

Shortly after treatment, patients begin enjoying weeks of relief for everything from shooting pain in their fingers to aching hips. Equally as exciting, all of these procedures take very little time, an hour on average, and are done right in our office on an outpatient basis with minimal discomfort or disruption to your routine.

Types of Pain Injections

  • Targeted facet joint injections can eliminate several ailments in one treatment. Pain from these tiny joints can even radiate to the legs, arms and head making life difficult. Degenerative disorders, neck pain and restricted movement can also be addressed by treating these joints around the vertebra.
  • Added pressure from inflamed tissue or vertebra on nerves in the spinal column causes ongoing and severe pain. In this situation, doctors may choose to administer an epidural steroid injection, bathing the agitated nerve, lessening pressure and pain. The epidural procedure also effectively flushes out the area, removing inflammatory proteins and chemicals, slowing chances of relapse.
  • A carefully formulated mix of corticosteroid, paired with anesthetic and lubricant reduces inflammation, lessens pain and improves ease and range of mobility in joints. This can be applied to nearly any joint and is especially effective in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, gout, and even carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Pain and numbness in the extremities often emanates from nerve irritation in the spine. And that’s where the pain should be treated. Once the appropriate nerve pathway is identified, a simple injection can block the nerves from sending pain signals to the brain. Painful conditions that can benefit from nerve block injections include chronic headaches, peripheral vascular disease, stenosis, shingles, traumatic injury, neuralgia and chronic pancreatitis.
  • We often feel knots in our back or neck when a muscle won’t relax or waste has built up. If untreated, these spots only get worse and can damage the nerves around them, sending pain to other areas of the body. Trigger point injections can instantly relieve all pain associated with pesky points. This treatment can also be effective for those suffering from fibromyalgia.

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While you’ll experience liberating relief for weeks with injection treatments, they are also helpful in finding the long-term pain solution.

To discuss how therapeutic injections can free you of pain and improve your long-term outlook, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

 

Insomnia Treatment

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Everyone has trouble falling asleep sometimes, but when the condition happens repeatedly it can begin to affect multiple aspects of your life. Excessive insomnia can impact your ability to function at school, in the workplace, and even at home.

Insomnia can be defined as a number of different symptoms:

  • Having trouble falling asleep
  • Having trouble staying asleep
  • Waking up feeling unrested

Getting only six hours of sleep for multiple nights in a row can also have an adverse effect on your health. Some of the conditions that can arise from insomnia include:

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Headaches
  • Gastrointestinal problems like stomach pain, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, and vomiting

Causes of Sleep Problems

Insomnia can occur for a short period of time (acute), or the patient may experience a lack of sleep for longer stretches (chronic). Regardless of the duration, doctors agree that there are two different types of insomnia.

The first type is known as Primary Insomnia. In this form, the loss of sleep does not appear to be related to any other symptom. InSecondary Insomnia, doctors can generally identify a contributing factor such as a pre-existing health condition, prescription medication, or another substance such as caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol.

With secondary insomnia, the cause could be physical, emotional, or even changes in your daily routines. Over time, a loss of sleep will begin to impact your health by weakening your immune system. This could lead to weight gain and an increased risk for developing high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes.

Some other factors that could lead to secondary insomnia are:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Medical conditions like chronic pain or respiratory problems
  • Hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle in female patients

Insomnia Diagnosis

The first step in treating insomnia is to single out the reason it is happening. Your doctor will begin by sitting down with you to review your current sleep patterns. During this consultation your doctor may discuss how frequently you wake up in the middle of the night, or how long it may take you to fall asleep. Your doctor might even recommend that you keep a sleep diary to help log these patterns as they occur.

The consultation will generally be accompanied by a physical exam to check for any health conditions that could be the culprit. A blood sample may also be taken to check for any conditions such as diabetes.

Another test which is specific to diagnosing insomnia could be performed in a sleep center. During an overnight visit, doctors can monitor factors such as your brain waves, breathing, heartbeat, eye movement, and body movement while you sleep.

Insomnia Treatment

Some insomnia treatment techniques include relaxation exercises for reducing the effects of stress as well as cognitive behavior therapy for helping you maintain a positive outlook. Here are a few of the other methods doctors have found effective in treating insomnia:

  • Light Therapy: Using artificial light to regulate your internal clock.
  • Sleep Restriction: Intentionally depriving sleep one night to make you more tired for the next.
  • Restricting non-sleep related activities such as eating or TV watching from the bedroom.

Iodine Deficiency Treatment

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Iodine is an essential trace element found in very small amounts within the human body. Even though it doesn’t take a lot of iodine to keep your body functioning normally, it can be hard for some people to get enough. According to Medscape, 29% of people in 130 countries around the world live in an iodine deficient area.

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Causes of Iodine Deficiency

Iodine enters your body through the food you eat. Your body can’t make it on its own. There tends to be less of it in soil, so people who only eat local foods without any supplementation may become deficient in iodine.

In the United States, most of us consume iodized salt or foods made with iodized salt. This means iodine has been added and helps our bodies meet its daily requirements.

How Does Iodine Deficiency Affect My Body?

Iodine’s role in the body is to help make thyroid hormones. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland found on the front of the neck behind the Adam’s apple area. This gland is called a “master gland” because it sends out hormones that regulate many important functions of the body including metabolism, heart rate, body temperature and reproduction.

It’s influence is extensive and when there is an imbalance in your iodine levels, your body may respond by making too much, or too little thyroid hormone for your body. A goiter, or swelling of the thyroid gland is a common occurrence with iodine deficiency. The thyroid is working so hard to make enough hormones that it enlarges and may show up as a knot on the front of the neck.

Iodine deficiency may be linked to a variety of other conditions as well. These include:

  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Prostate cancer
  • Breast cancer

Treatment of Iodine Deficiency

In most traditional medical practices, an imbalance in thyroid function will be treated with synthetic thyroid hormone if you aren’t making enough, or your provider may recommend radiation or other treatments to kill off or stop part of your thyroid if you are making too much. These approaches only treat the symptoms.

Functional medicine looks beyond the symptoms and works to treat the root cause of the disease. Functional medicine treatment approach may include:

  • Changing your diet
  • Changing your lifestyle (like exercise, smoking and other factors)
  • Taking supplements like vitamins, minerals or amino acids

Your functional medicine provider is unlikely to prescribe a traditional medication for your iodine deficiency. He or she will do extensive testing to look for biologic, genetic and environmental factors that are influencing your health, and help you change those so you can fix the root cause and feel better.

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Juvederm XC Injections

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Vertical lines, smile lines, marionette lines, and parentheses. Wrinkles have many names but the same end result: aged, less desirable skin. But it isn’t hopeless: dermal fillers provide relief in the form of smoother, more youthful skin.

Juvederm XC is the best procedure available for smoothing lines and wrinkles on the face. If you’re interested in restoring your skin, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

How Does Juvederm XC Work?

Juvederm XC is a smoothing gel that’s injected under the skin. This simple procedure has been approved by the FDA to keep facial lines and wrinkles away for up to one year. Juvederm is best used on moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.

Juvederm works by adding temporary volume to your facial tissue, which restores a smoother appearance to your face.

Juvederm has been used to treat:

  • Wrinkles
  • Lines
  • Smile lines
  • Marionette lines
  • “Parentheses”
  • Vertical lines

Juvederm addresses these issues with the use of hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a hydrating substance that occurs naturally in youthful, healthy skin. As you age, your HA levels decrease, which causes your facial volume to decrease and facial lines to increase. In essence, hyaluronic acid is your skin’s natural moisturizer.

Juvederm injections rejuvenate your skin by placing HA, along with a smoothing gel, under your skin. This makes Juvederm a natural, effective solution.

What will My Juvederm XC Treatment be Like?

The typical Juvederm XC appointment takes only a few minutes and features almost no down time. After assessing your skin, your doctor or healthcare professional will administer the injection, and your appointment will be complete.

Because Juvederm is formulated with a mild anesthetic, most patients require no additional pain relief. After the treatment, as with any injected medication, you may experience mild swelling or irritation. This will take care of itself within a few days.

For a period of 24 hours, your doctor will recommend that you avoid:

  • Strenuous exercise
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Extended sun exposure

This means that you can virtually resume your daily life immediately after a Juvederm treatment. Many people even treat theirJuvederm XC appointment like any other errand; a quick stopover, and then you’re on with the rest of your day.

Juvederm XC Before & After Photos

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How Do I Start?

Juvederm XC is dermal filler that’s approved by the FDA for smoothing facial wrinkles and facial lines. The results of Juvederm can last up to one year, with easy touch ups performed after the effects wear off.

If you’re ready to get started on the path toward youthful, rejuvenated skin, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

 

Kidney Stone Treatment

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“Kidney stones” is the casual term given to the medical condition renal lithiasis. Kidney stones can range anywhere from asymptomatic to very painful. Many people struggle with the repeat formation of kidney stones, and passing them can be difficult.

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Kidney Stone Symptoms

No two kidney stones are exactly alike. When a kidney stone forms, it can range in size and shape. Most kidney stone symptoms occur when the stone grows large enough to obstruct the urinary system or kidney.

The most common kidney stone symptoms include:

  • Pain in the lower back or side
  • Painful urination
  • Discolored urine
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Frequent urination
  • Inability to urinate
  • Fever
  • Blood in urine

Many kidney stone symptoms come and go in what is known as a kidney stone attack. This is caused by the stone itself shifting or moving in the body.

Kidney Stone Causes

A kidney stone is essentially a crystal that forms in the kidney. This crystal, known as a stone, can be comprised of many different substances including calcium, uric acid, nitrates and oxalates.

There is no one reason why a kidney stone forms, but there are many different risk factors that make a person likely to get one. Some kidney stone causes include:

  • Family history
  • Dehydration
  • Excess salt consumption
  • Gout
  • Urinary infection
  • Kidney infection
  • Excess dietary calcium
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Digestive diseases
  • Excess amino acids

Men are more likely than women to develop kidney stones with obese people from either gender facing the highest risk. Kidney stones in children are very rare, but do occur.

Kidney Stone Treatment

There are many different kidney stone treatments available. These treatments vary based on the size of the kidney stone and the individual patient. For a small kidney stone with few symptoms, treatment may include:

  • Increasing water intake in order to break up and pass the stone through urination.
  • Prescription medications such as muscle relaxers or alpha blockers to help pass the stone with less pain.
  • Over-the-counter pain medications to mitigate symptoms until the stone has passed.

More severe, larger kidney stones require more intense treatment. Options for a large or very painful stone include:

  • Sonic shock wave therapy, utilized to break up a large kidney stone in to smaller pieces.
  • Open surgery to manually remove a kidney stone too large to pass from the body.
  • Insertion of a scope through the urethra to break up the kidney stone, typically combined with a urethral stent.

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Kidney stones can be painful and frightening. Request more information about kidney stone treatment today: call (870) 642-8818or contact us online.

 

Laceration Treatment

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Lacerations are cuts that go all the way through your skin. Many cuts can be cared for at home, but deeper cuts need prompt medical attention and maybe even sutures (stitches) to close the cut properly. How do you know if you need stitches? Only your medical provider can make that decision, but here are a few signs to determine if you should see a medical professional:

  • You have a cut that is jagged, deep, or gaping/spreading open
  • The cut is on your face or in another area where a scar might develop
  • The skin around the cut feels numb
  • The cut is still bleeding after you have provided 20 minutes of direct pressure

While you are waiting for medical care, try to keep continue pressure on the cut and – if you can – raise the cut above the level of your heart, this may help slow the bleeding.

Your laceration could need sutures. Call (870) 642-8818 to find out more. Or if this is an emergency, call 911 or visit your local emergency room.

What are Sutures?

Sutures are stitches used to close a cut or would. Made of special threads of silk or nylon, having sutures placed in most cases is only mildly uncomfortable. Before your sutures are placed, your doctor will need to clean the cut properly and will numb the area with an injection. This is usually the worst part. Once your laceration is numb, you shouldn’t feel anything further. Before the cut is closed, your medical provider will look closely for any tiny shards of glass or other debris that may have gotten inside. Sometimes you may need an X-ray to find any foreign objects.

Once the wound is clean, the cut is closed with sutures. Using a special needle, the sutures are guided into the skin on both sides of the cut and then pulled together and tied in a knot, holding the cut closed.

How to Care for Your Sutures

It’s important to keep your stitches clean and dry for proper healing. Here are a few other important steps to keep in mind:

  • Keep your stitches dry for at least two days after they have been placed.
  • It is okay to wash around your sutures with mild soap and water. Just be careful not to scrub over your sutures.
  • If your laceration is draining and you have a bandage over it, replace it as needed to keep the cut clean and dry.
  • After three days, remove any bandages if you can and leave the sutures open to air.

Remember to follow up with your doctor to have your stitches removed. When your sutures were placed, you should have been given a time to return for their removal. If not, call your medical provider. Most stitches are removed in a week’s time to ten days, unless told otherwise. Even dissolving sutures may need to be checked by your doctor.

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For prompt laceration and suture care, call today (870) 642-8818. Please do not use our online contact form for urgent needs. If you have a true emergency, please call 911 or visit your local emergency room.

Lipid Profiles Testing

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Lipid profiles measure the amount of fatty substances traveling in the blood. Cholesterol and triglycerides are examples of lipids. The human body needs lipids to function properly, but poor diet and some medical conditions can cause these fats to increase and could put you at risk for serious health risks.

If you have higher than normal lipid levels you could be at higher risk for conditions like heart disease, heart attack, or stroke. Your risk is higher because bad lipids can stick to the inside of the vessels that carry blood to the heart. These lipids can reduce blood flow to the heart or cause it to stop altogether and cause a heart attack. Pieces of the lipids may also break loose and land in other parts of the body, like the brain, causing a stroke.

You may need a lipid profile for several reasons:

  • As a part of your regular annual check-up
  • To monitor the effectiveness of medicines that lower lipid levels
  • To assess your risk for heart disease or heart attack

Is it time for your lipid profile? Call or contact us online.

Preparing for Your Lipid Profile Test

Depending on the type of lipid profile test you are having, you may not be able to eat beforehand. Ask your medical provider if you should fast. If you are required to fast, make sure you do not eat or drink anything except water for 9-12 hours before the test. You can have water and you can take your medicines the morning of your test. Your lipid profile test will be scheduled early in the morning so you don’t have to go all day without eating.

Some other tips to keep in mind when preparing:

  • Avoid eating high-fat foods the night before your test
  • Do not drink alcohol or exercise very hard before your test
  • Mention any medications, herbs or vitamins you are taking.
  • Tell your medical staff if you have had any nuclear medicine tests (like a thyroid or bone scan) within a week of your lipid profile

To complete the lipid profile, blood will be collected from your arm. The test only takes a couple of minutes to complete and only a small amount of blood is needed. Your results will be ready in less than 24 hours, but you may need to wait until your follow up appointment to get them. The test can be done in your healthcare provider’s office or you may need to visit your hospital laboratory.

What are Normal Lipid Levels?

For normal healthy adults, total cholesterol levels should be less than 200. Levels over 240 are considered high. Triglycerides should be less than 150 and are considered high if they are over 200. You can control lipid levels with medications prescribed by your healthcare provider and with exercise and a healthy diet. If your lipid levels are high or borderline, you will be instructed on what to do next.

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You can protect your heart and your health. Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online today to find out more about your lipid profile.

Low Libido Treatment

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A decrease in sex drive is a condition that is unique in the fact that there is no definitive way to monitor it. Doctors have no gauge for what a “normal” sex drive should be, so it is defined differently with each and every patient whether they’re a man or a woman.

Only you can define what your natural desire for sexual relations should be, and as a result, only you can decide when it’s time to seek the help of a qualified professional.

If you’ve noticed a decrease in your libido, it could be due to a number of factors. The solution may be simple, as in the case where the culprit is a side effect from a medication you were prescribed. It could be the result of the physical and mental anguish that comes with dealing with an unrelated chronic pain, or it may be hormonal.

Low Libido in Women

It may be difficult for a woman to determine what is causing her loss of libido, because it is difficult to monitor when a loss actually occurs. Simply not wanting sex as often as your partner doesn’t necessarily mean you’re sex drive is lacking, although if you’re desire is less than you think it should be, it may be time to contact someone for help.

Whether the cause is physical, psychological, or hormonal, an experienced doctor can develop a treatment plan that restores your vigor to a level that meets your expectations.

Some physical and psychological causes for a diminished libido include:

  • Pain during sex
  • A preexisting condition such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, or high blood pressure
  • Side effects from medication
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Issues with your self-esteem

A diminished sex drive can also be caused by a drop in hormone levels. This can be due to natural phases of life such as menopause or breast feeding, or an unexpected hormonal imbalances. In the case of an imbalance, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) may be considered as a treatment option.

Low Libido in Men

Some people think that men should have no problem with their sex drive, and because of this, many men suffering from a diminished libido may keep the problem to themselves. The reality is that many men are suffering from the condition but may be too embarrassed to ask for help. The first step in treatment is to admit there is a problem. While there is no standard measurement for a healthy male sex drive, you have the power to determine when it isn’t what you think it should be.

There are a number of treatable factors that can lower your sex drive. Some of these include:

  • Side effects from medications such as antidepressants or drugs for high blood pressure
  • Poor sleep habits
  • Stress
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Low testosterone

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If you feel that you may be suffering from a loss of sex drive, your doctor may recommend that you keep a log of your experiences as well as any questions you may have. This information is vital in helping determine a unique path to helping you improve your condition.

Treatment plans may be a combination of lifestyle coaching, medical examinations and hormone therapy (BHRT).

 

Low Testosterone Treatment

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Testosterone is the male hormone responsible for developing the testes during puberty. It contributes to male attributes such as facial hair and a deepened voice while affecting a man’s libido and even his mood.

Symptoms of Low Testosterone (Low-T)

After the age of 30, a man’s testosterone levels naturally begin to decrease. This regression is usually gradual and spread out over the rest of his life. In some cases, though, the levels drop rapidly, which leads to a host of symptoms. Some symptoms of low testosterone (low-t) may include:

  • Low libido
  • Clinical depression
  • Less energy
  • Loss of bone density which will appear as a loss of height
  • Decreased strength due to depleted muscle mass
  • Weaker erections
  • Obesity, type 2 diabetes, or problems with your thyroid
  • Less semen during ejaculation
  • Testicle shrinkage or numbness in the testicles
  • Erectile dysfunction

Causes of Low Testosterone (Low-T)

Among the known causes of low testosterone, medical professionals have defined three main factors. They believe the condition originates either in the testes, pituitary gland, or the hypothalamus of the brain.

Low testosterone in relation to the testes can occur due to a number of reasons:

  • Undescended testicles
  • Injury to the testicles
  • Cancer therapy in response to testicular cancer
  • Aging
  • Contracting the mumps in puberty or adulthood because which leads to an inflammation of the testes
  • Genetic conditions such as a chromosome abnormality
  • Exposure to pesticides, preservatives, phthalates and xenoestrogen from the foods we eat and the plastics we are exposed to

When low testosterone is a result of a condition in the pituitary gland or hypothalamus, doctors may seek out one of the following:

  • Damage to the pituitary gland caused by a tumor
  • A malformed hypothalamus
  • A decrease in blood flow to the pituitary gland or hypothalamus
  • The existence of the HIV or AIDS virus because either one may inflame the pituitary gland or hypothalamus

Your doctor may also ask if you’ve used anabolic steroids or have been battling with obesity, because both factors can interfere with the body’s natural production of testosterone.

Low Testosterone Treatment and Testing

The first test your doctor will likely perform is a check to determine where your testosterone levels are at. In some cases, they may already be dangerously low before any of the more serious symptoms have become apparent.

Whether your symptoms have begun to impair your quality of life or not, your doctor may recommend that you pursue some type of treatment plan. Ignoring low testosterone can lead to more serious conditions over time such as a weakening of bone and muscle mass.

Treatment can include testosterone replacement or stimulation of the pituitary gland to in order to re-establish normal production. A low testosterone doctor may also monitor your hormone levels and additionally track how your testosterone is processed.

Mammogram Screening Procedures

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A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast used for screening and detection of breast cancer. Mammograms can be performed once a year as part of a routine screening, or as a more thorough diagnostic exam if a doctor believes a tumor may be present.

Screening Mammograms

Many women perform breast self-exams by feeling for lumps with their own hands; however, self-exams are generally not efficient enough in finding cancer. Also, regular life circumstances such as pregnancy, a menstrual cycle, menopause or even birth control pills may lead to uneven or swollen breasts that skew the results of a self-exam.

That is why your doctor may recommend that women come in for a regular screening mammogram every one to two years beginning at the age of forty. The goal of screening mammograms is to find cancer when it is too small to be felt during a self-exam or by a doctor.

Diagnostic Mammograms

There are a number of conditions that may lead us to suggest that you come into the office to have a diagnostic mammogram performed. While most of these may be the result of a non-cancerous source, none of them should be ignored:

  • Breast pain
  • Change in breast size or shape
  • Thicker breast skin
  • Discharge from the nipples (other than milk)

Diagnostic mammograms generally last longer that screenings, because a more in-depth examination is performed.

Mammogram Procedure

On the day of your mammogram, you should refrain from wearing deodorant, perfume, or any other skin product as they may affect the results.

Once inside the exam room, you will be instructed to remove all jewelry and clothes above the waist.

The breasts will be pressed between two plates equipped with an x-ray device. This is not a painful compression, but it may feel uncomfortable. The pressure is necessary to produce an accurate test.

Your technician may instruct you to hold your breath for a few seconds as the picture is being taken. We will perform at least two pictures per breast from the top and the side.

What a Mammogram Can Determine

  • Abnormal growths
  • Cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign) lumps
  • Fluid filled lumps (cysts)
  • Calcium deposits which may be an indicator of cancer growth

Things to Know

As with any screening, a mammogram is not a perfect test. Certain conditions may make testing more difficult. These may include:

  • Scar tissue from a previous biopsy
  • Thicker breast tissues found in patients under the age of 40
  • Breast implants

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Memory Loss

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Occasionally forgetting things is just a normal fact of life. It’s even somewhat expected that we’ll lose portions of our memory as we age. Aside from these natural phenomena, a significant loss of memory could be a serious condition that should not be ignored.

Signs of Memory Loss

Whether you’ve been forgetting things that happened in the near or distant past, there are several habits that you should be aware of if your memory lapses are becoming more frequent:

  • Asking people to repeat the same question to you over and over
  • Mixing up or completely forgetting basic words as you speak
  • Constantly misplacing items
  • Getting lost often
  • Having trouble learning new things
  • Experiencing dramatic changes in your mood

Causes of Memory Loss

In some cases, the cause of your memory loss could be a single factor, and once it’s identified, the problem might completely go away. Often times, memory lapses are a result of hormone imbalance, especially in the thyroid and adrenal glands. Imbalanced hormones can cause or lead to memory loss in a number of ways, including hypothyroidism.

Some of the other causes of memory loss include:

  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Alcohol, tobacco, or recreational drug use
  • Poor nutrition
  • Head injury
  • Tumor
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Memory Loss Diagnosis

During a consultation your doctor may cover topics such as how long you’ve been experiencing your memory loss, and how soon your forgetfulness became apparent.

With the information you provide, an experienced memory loss doctor will likely proceed with a physical and neurological exam to identify any health factors that may be impairing your memory. These exams are usually accompanied by a blood or urine screening to test for conditions such as a vitamin deficiency or thyroid disease. In some cases, your doctor may also order an imaging test such as a CT scan or MRI to get a closer look at your brain and nerve tissues.

Memory Loss Treatment

Using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is an effective way to deal with memory loss. BHRT can provide a memory boost by replenishing your body’s thyroid and adrenal glands with hormones that are chemically identical to those your body naturally produces.

Additionally, memory loss can be treated with:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Counseling
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Over-the-counter and prescription medications
  • Vitamins and supplements

These treatments can help bolster your memory and improve your quality of life.

Reclaim Your Memory

BHRT and traditional medication can both help your memory. If you’re worried about memory loss and aging, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Migraine Treatment

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A migraine is a severe, debilitating form of headache where sufferers typically experience sensitivity to light, sounds and experience nausea. The intense pain can last for a few hours or a few days, leaving you incapacitated until the attack runs its course. Typically beginning in childhood, adolescences or early adulthood, there are four main stages of a migraine.

Stages of a Migraine

While no two people are alike, a migraine tends to follow a specific course of stages in all those who suffer from this condition.

Predrome; occurring a few days before the attack are several bodily warning signs of an impending migraine.

  • Constipation
  • Moodiness/ irritability
  • Stiffness in your neck/ upper back
  • Cravings for food
  • Hyperactivity and increased energy
  • Depression
  • Excessive yawning

Aura; typically experienced at the start or right before a migraine, the aura is a group of sensory warning signs.

  • Seeing flashes of light
  • Blind spots in your field of vision
  • Seeing shapes
  • Arm/leg numbness
  • Paresthesia (painful pins & needles sensation)
  • Aphasia (speech problems)

If symptoms of an aura last past the attack/ pain phase of a migraine or span several days, seek immediate medical attention as this can be a sign of an impending stroke.

Attack; lasting several hours to three days or more, this is the migraine itself. Often presenting with:

  • Pain on one-or both-sides of the head
  • Pain that is pulsing or throbbing
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to lights and sounds
  • Nausea and vomiting; this is caused by a built-in fight or flight response your sympathetic nervous system uses in times of emergency. In preparation to fight or flee, digestion is slowed (closing the sphincter that connects the stomach to intestines, dilating the stomach). This can cause nausea or vomiting.

Postdrome; the final stage of a migraine.

  • You may feel depleted or have a slight ”high” feeling.

Seek emergency medical care if:

  • Your migraine appears abruptly and is severe
  • You have a migraine alongside a fever, disorientation, weakness, aphasia, numbness, and/or seizures as these symptoms may signal another severe issue.

Causes of a Migraine

The exact cause of migraines are yet unknown, but many believe genetics play a role as do serotonin levels. Low serotonin levels can-in a roundabout way-trigger cranial pain.

Some common migraine triggers include:

  • Estrogen level changes; women are far more likely than men to experience migraines (pregnancy, menopause and periods can trigger attacks)
  • Specific foods such as cheese, sodium, MSG, aspartame, alcohol, wine, caffeinated drinks and not eating at all have been reported to trigger a migraine.
  • Smells
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Sounds (loud)
  • Lights (glaring and bright)
  • A change in atmospheric pressure
  • Physically demanding activities
  • Vasodilators/oral contraceptives

Avoiding these triggers when possible may help prevent the onset of a migraine.

Treatment Options for Migraines

While there is no absolute cure for migraines, many of the symptoms can be treated. Meds like Triptains and beta blockers can help reduce intracranial swelling by constricting blood vessels, thus reducing/ alleviating pain. A caffeine/amine known as ergots can offer help as well. Codeine can treat the pain directly, SSRIs (a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor is a medication used to treat depression) can control serotonin levels, and Botox can help with chronic sufferers.

Alternative treatments including acupuncture, massages and exercise have been recommended to help manage migraines as well.

Migraines are immensely painful and can disrupt your day-to-day life, but options do exist.

Request more information about Migraines today. Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Mole Removal

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Dark or pigmented growths on the skin are referred to commonly as moles. The majority of moles are benign and harmless, if somewhat unsightly. Some skin moles, however, are a sign of major illness and possibly even cancer. Regardless of the severity of the mole, mole removal is a viable option.

If you are interested in mole removal, call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Do I need a Mole Removal Procedure?

It is very normal to develop one or several moles throughout your lifetime. Moles can occur anywhere on the surface of the skin, and can be flat or raised. It is not uncommon for skin moles to change shape, size and appearance over a lifetime. In cases where a mole is determined to be cancerous or pre-cancerous (which can be determined with a mole biopsy), mole removal surgery is almost always recommend. More often, however, moles are a cosmetic issue.

Many people with prominent moles, particularly in the facial area, feel that the growth takes away from their overall appearance. Mole removal surgery can help rejuvenate your look and eliminate an unsightly growth altogether.

The only way to determine if you are a candidate for mole removal surgery is to schedule a consultation with an experienced medical professional. Despite what you may have heard about natural mole removal or mole removal at home, these methods are unsafe and not recommended for use.

Mole Removal Surgery

Mole removal surgery is a short, efficient procedure. The amount of surgery required and the cost of mole removal are dependent on the amount of moles being removed and the individual nature of your skin. During the procedure:

  • Anesthesia is administered
  • A small incision is made to remove both the mole itself.
  • A small pocket of skin is removed around the mole, to prevent regrowth.
  • The incision is stitched up.

Mole removal is most often performed as an outpatient procedure, and features little-to-no recovery time. Because of today’s advanced surgical techniques, the amount of scarring from mole removal surgery is minimal and in many cases, not noticeable at all.

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If you’ve dealt with an unsightly mole your entire life, it’s never too late to have it removed. Mole removal surgery can provide the clean, clear skin you have always wanted, all without high amounts of pain or scarring. Don’t rely on odd home remedies, get professional mole removal: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

 

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Muscle Loss

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As you get older, you lose muscle mass. Muscle loss, also called muscle atrophy, is the gradual reduction of muscle tissue. Some muscle loss occurs naturally due to age, but it may also indicate a more serious medical condition. If you’re dealing with reduced strength, you need to get help. Please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Symptoms of Muscle Loss

Muscle loss is usually accompanied by several noticeable symptoms. If you’re suffering from muscle atrophy, you’ll likely notice:

  • Reduced strength
  • Low stamina
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Joint pain
  • Reduced mobility
  • Low range of motion
  • Trouble standing (in extreme cases)

Causes of Muscle Loss

Some muscle loss can be attributed to lack of exercise; this can occur in any person that doesn’t get enough physical activity.

Other things that factor in to muscle loss include:

  • Obesity
  • Insufficient protein
  • Menopause
  • Poor diet
  • Inadequate caloric intake

As people age, they lose muscle gradually. This condition is called sarcopenia. Sarcopenia typically starts after age 30, and accelerates toward extreme muscle loss after age 50.

One of the primary reasons age-related muscle loss occurs is a decrease in certain hormones. These hormones include:

  • Growth hormone
  • Insulin-like growth factor
  • Testosterone

Muscle Loss Treatment

Depending in on the nature of nature of your muscle loss, your doctor may try any various methods of treatment. For some forms of atrophy, increased exercise, weight loss or an adjusted diet will be sufficient.

For sarcopenia, a safe, effective treatment is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Also called BHRT, this treatment builds strength through replenishing your testosterone and growth hormone levels. Whether delivered with pills, pellets, patches or topical creams, BHRT uses testosterone and growth hormones that are biologically identical to those your body produces naturally. It’s important to note that a provider typically won’t utilize all of these hormone delivery methods. The best one for a given situation depends on the needs of the patient and the preference of provider.

Restore Your Strength

Muscle loss can change your life. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy provides a proven way to regain your strength naturally. If you’re suffering from sarcopenia and need help, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

 

Nutraceuticals

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Nutraceuticals is a blanket term for the combination of nutrients, vitamins, dietary supplements, healthy foods and sometimes herbal products that contribute to overall wellness. Nutraceutical products are designed for a variety of uses and functions.

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What are Nutraceuticals?

The word “nutraceutical” is a combination of the root words “nutrition” and “pharmaceutical”. The big picture of nutraceuticals is that by taking these dietary supplements, many claim to obtain the full health and medical benefits of certain foods.

Some examples of common nutraceuticals include:

  • Antioxidants
  • Flavonoids
  • Soluble fiber
  • Ginseng
  • Garlic oil
  • Fish oil
  • Lecithin
  • Inositol
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin C
  • Soybean
  • Whole grain
  • Chondroitin
  • Omega-3

There are many, many different types of nutraceuticals. This list is comprised of just some of the most common dietary supplements and vitamins. Many nutraceuticals are prepared only from natural sources, although this not always the case.

How do Nutraceuticals Work?

When working with a nutraceutical provider, having a set nutrient plan is not uncommon. These plans are developed to be either preventive or to address a specific condition through the use of nutraceuticals.

Just as there are many different types of nutraceuticals, there are a number of conditions that these dietary supplements and vitamins are designed to treat. Some issues commonly addressed with nutraceutical treatment include:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic pain
  • High cholesterol
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Smoking cessation
  • Upset stomach
  • Osteoporosis
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • neuropathy

These are just a handful of the many issues that may be treated with nutraceuticals. Just like with any treatment method, the effectiveness of nutraceuticals will vary from person to person. Nutraceuticals are often, but not always, combined with nutritional counseling.

It’s important to get vitamins, supplements and herbal solutions only from a trusted medical source. That’s the only way to ensure you are receiving safe, complete nutraceutical solutions.

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Those who provide nutraceuticals believe that food can be medicine. By utilizing refined, supplemental forms of the nutrients and vitamins found naturally in food, nutraceuticals have been used to treat a variety of health problems. Nutraceuticals are also part of nearly every preventive medicine plan.

Request nutraceutical information today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Nutrition and Hormone Balance

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Hormones are your body’s messengers, responsible for facilitating and regulating how different body parts communicate, and fostering such body functions as growth and development, metabolism, sexual function and mood. Nutrition plays an important role in achieving balanced hormones—for instance, foods that are high in sodium, sugar and grease (such as fast foods) are low in essential nutrients needed for optimal body function, having a dragging effect on your system. When you refrain from eating a well-balanced diet, it is no surprise that the result is imbalanced hormones.

Making the correct choices about what to eat can improve your overall physical and mental fitness, and can even help mitigate certain hormone-related conditions.

Your nutritional expert can help you make sensible dietary choices that will have a balancing effect on your hormones, which will lead to optimal health. Some recommendations will likely include:

  • Reducing portions of high-fat meals and dairy products
  • Increasing your consumption of high-fiber foods such as whole grains, vegetables, beans and fruits
  • Decreasing omega-6 polyunsaturated fats found in vegetable oils and meat products
  • Increasing omega-3 fatty acid consumption
  • Limiting caffeine intake
  • Avoiding alcohol intake to one drink per day

If you’d like help with nutrition to balance your hormones, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Hormonal Benefits of Proper Nutrition

A healthy diet is the first step toward balanced hormones and optimal health. Seeking help from a nutritional specialist can have such benefits as helping you lose weight and improving your mood and energy levels. Furthermore, certain preexisting conditions may benefit from nutritional support:  

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Decreased libido
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Hypertension
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Diabetes

Nutritional counseling can work as a supplement to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT. Your nutrition counselorwill likely recommend a diet change in addition to BHRT.

What to Expect

When meeting with a hormone specialist, it’s important to provide them with detailed information about your current diet and ailments. This will allow them to formulate the best possible plan to fit your needs, lifestyle and budget.

Your healthcare provider will also recommend regular exercise, which is a key component to any nutritional counseling session. Like your food selection, your style and amount of exercise will be personalized to suit your needs.

Nutritional Plan for Hormone Imbalance

Your hormone specialist will provide you detailed information regarding your current diet and conditions. They will develop a nutritional treatment plan that accommodates your specific contextual needs, lifestyle and budget. While every plan is different, your nutritional plan may include:

  • Fruits
  • Nuts, seeds and legumes
  • Vegetables
  • Lean proteins
  • Healthy fats and oils
  • Fermented and probiotic foods

With any nutritional plan, it will be important to not skip meals, to avoid processed and prepackaged foods and to cut out refined carbohydrates and sugar.

Hormone Balance Supplements

When nutritional support is not sufficient, your healthcare provider may recommend hormone balance supplements that can have a positive effect on your health. Some supplements your healthcare provider may recommend to incorporate into your nutritional plan include:

  • Adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha and rhodiola
  • Omega-3 fish oil
  • DHEA
  • Pregnenolone
  • Any critical nutrient in which you are deficient such as vitamin D or magnesium

Getting Started with Nutrition and Hormone Balance

Nutrition is essential for balanced health. It is important to consult your healthcare provider to develop a personalized plan that suits your needs. To take the path toward a happier, healthier life please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Obesity Treatment

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Obesity is a major challenge for people from all walks of life. While this condition can sometimes seem insurmountable, we can help you overcome obesity and feel great about your weight.

If you’re looking to improve your diet, exercise, and overall health, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

What is Obesity?

Obesity is a condition consisting of being heavily overweight, in many cases in excess of 100 pounds. Those who are obese carry a high amount of body fat, which can lead to a number of complications.

As a rule of thumb, anyone with a body mass index (BMI) of over 40 is considered to be obese, though this may vary from person to person. BMI is determined by dividing your weight in kilograms (kg) by your height in meters (m) squared.

Obesity has been linked with many health risks, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension (High blood pressure)
  • High cholesterol
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Sleep apnea
  • Arthritis

Though obesity is most frequently diagnosed in adults, childhood obesity and teen obesity are also growing concerns.

What Causes Obesity?

Poor diet and lack of exercise are two factors that may lead to obesity. There is also a genetic component to excessive weight gain, as the children of obese parents are more likely to be obese themselves. Some other causes of obesity include:

  • Poor sleep
  • Medication side-effects
  • Quitting smoking
  • Pregnancy
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Other disorders (PCOS, Cushing’s syndrome)

Some of these causes are merely contributing factors. Behind every case of obesity there are likely lifestyle changes that need to be made in regards to diet and exercise. Even healthy, non-obese people can benefit from nutritional counseling and exercise programs.

Obesity Treatment

Treatment options for obesity are varied and comprehensive. Most obesity treatment starts with behavioral changes and lifestyle adjustments in regards to eating and exercise. Even the other treatments listed below are often combined with an uptick in healthy eating, a reduction in caloric intake and increased exercise.

Other weight loss and obesity treatment options include:

  • Medical weight loss programs
  • Bariatric surgery, such as LAP-BAND, gastric bypass or more
  • Prescription weight loss medications

An important part of any obesity treatment is ensuring that the weight stays off, and isn’t just a quick fix. That means prevention of weight gain is as crucial a part of treatment as any. That can include education, lifestyle coaching and more.

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Overactive Bladder Treatment

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Overactive bladder (OAB) is a collection of symptoms that affect the bladder and urinary system. Overactive bladder can lead to embarrassment, frustration and difficulty with enjoying everyday life. In most cases, overactive bladder is treatable.

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Overactive Bladder Symptoms

There are many different symptoms of overactive bladder; all are related to urination. The most common OAB symptoms include:

  • Sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate
  • Frequent urination
  • Urinary incontinence  (urge incontinence)
  • Waking up to urinate multiple times a night

Urge incontinence refers to episodes of a strong urge to urinate, accompanied by urine leakage.

Overactive Bladder Causes

The urinary system normally voids the bladder (urination) without issue. This is due to a healthy combination of kidney function, bladder function, muscle activity and the brain sending the correct signals to the bladder.

When any of those items are functioning improperly or not at all, it can lead to overactive bladder. Some of the most common causes of overactive bladder include:

  • Poor kidney function
  • Kidney failure
  • Diabetes
  • Neurological disorders
  • Bladder stones
  • Bladder tumors
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Certain medications
  • High fluid consumption
  • Excessive caffeine intake
  • Excessive alcohol intake

Overactive bladder can occur in both men and women. This condition is more common for women who have gone through menopause and for men suffering from prostate enlargement.

Overactive Bladder Treatment

If left untreated, overactive bladder can greatly interfere with everyday life. OAB can lead to poor sleep quality, anxiety, depression and overall frustration with everyday life. Thankfully, overactive bladder treatment exists.

All treatment plans begin with tests to determine if an overactive bladder is present. In addition to a basic physical or neurological exam, special tests may be done on the bladder itself. These include:

  • Urodynamic testing
  • Urine flow rate
  • Bladder pressure
  • Measuring the amount of urine left in the bladder

There are many treatment options for overactive bladder. The best overactive bladder treatment will vary depending on the cause of the problem. Options include:

  • Weight loss
  • Lifestyle adjustments
  • Catheterization
  • Medication
  • Bladder injections
  • Sacral nerve stimulation.
  • Bladder removal surgery
  • Bladder capacity surgery

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The only way to determine which treatment is right is to meet with a qualified medical professional. Request more information aboutOAB today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Weight Loss Plateau Solutions

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You have been eating right, exercising, and drinking plenty of water but the numbers on your scale have suddenly stopped dropping. This discouraging event is known as a weight loss plateau.

Weight loss plateau is a normal part of shedding pounds and happens to virtually everyone trying to lose weight.  It can be very frustrating and may even tempt you to give up your healthy changes in favor of your old lifestyle.

Do not let it keep you down!  Request information about how to get past a weight loss plateau today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

What is a Weight Loss Plateau?

A weight loss plateau is telling you that your body has done all it can to lose weight under the current conditions. Once your scale stops moving, it’s time to make a few decisions. You can decide if the weight you are at is okay for you, or if you want to lose more.

If you are happy with your weight, continuing the same calorie intake and exercise plan will allow you to maintain your results. To lose more weight, you will have to:

  • Decrease your calories further. If you have already decreased your calories, don’t drop below 1,200 per day or you may actually gain weight.
  • Increase your activity level. Consider increasing your exercise time or intensity, or trying a new exercise routine. Instead of walking, try swimming to work out new muscle groups or join a yoga or aerobics class for a change.
  • Take a look at your habits. Are you eating late at night, or still not eating on a regular schedule? Have you allowed yourself larger portions or a shorter exercise time lately? Try keeping a journal of your food and exercise routines so you can look back and adjust what isn’t working.

How to Get Past a Weight Loss Plateau?

Remember not to let your weight loss plateaus keep you down. If you make changes and still aren’t seeing your numbers drop, talk with a medical weight loss provider or nutritionist. The weight loss goals you are using may not be realistic and need adjustment.

Even small drops in weight can have a large impact on your overall health and lower your risk for complications like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. No matter what, keep up with your lifestyle changes. Going back to poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle will undo your hard work and pack the pounds back on.

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Overweight and Obesity Treatment

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Carrying too much body fat can increase your risk for a variety of health complications. Heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and many other conditions can be directly linked to being overweight.

Everyone probably feels like they would like to lose a pound or two at some time, but being overweight is more than that. Being overweight indicates you may need to lose significant weight to get your body healthy and lower your risk for health issues.

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Am I Overweight?

Most health providers today calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) and use this number to determine whether you are in a healthy weight range or need to lose weight. BMI uses your weight in kilograms and multiplies it by your height to calculate a result. This result is then compared to a chart that shows weight ranges. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the range is:

  • Less than 18.5 = underweight
  • 18.5-24.9 = normal weight
  • 25.0-29.9 = overweight
  • 30.0 and above =obese

BMI results have been shown to be as accurate as other very advanced methods of body fat testing.

Remember that body mass index numbers should be considered individually. For example, women carry more body fat than men, while older adults usually have more fat than younger adults. Athletes with high muscle mass may also weigh more even if they don’t have a lot of body fat—they will still have a high BMI and can be classified as overweight.

None of these factors make it okay to be overweight, but you should talk about your BMI with your healthcare provider just to make sure you understand your own risk factors, how much weight you should lose and what weight loss plan is best for you.

Overweight Health Risks

Being overweight can directly lead to many different health problems and diseases. Some of these problems are caused as a result of the effects that excess fat has on your internal organs, while others are physical problems caused by the extra pounds putting strain on your body.

Health problems associated with being overweight include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Coronary heart disease (CHD)
  • Stroke
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • sleep apnea
  • Gallstones
  • Depression
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Menstrual issues and infertility (in women)
  • Erectile dysfunction (in men)

The list above represents just a small portion of the many health risks linked to being overweight. Losing weight may drastically reduce your chances of dealing with these issues.

Overweight vs. Obesity

For determining the difference between overweight and obesity, health care officials go back to BMI numbers. Carrying too much weight for your height is the key element of both obesity and being overweight—obese men and women carry more.

Here is one more chart that can help. These are weight ranges for a 5’9” adult:

  • 124 pounds or less = underweight
  • 125-168 pounds = healthy weight
  • 169-202 = overweight
  • 203 pounds or more = obese

Remember that these numbers are for a 5’9” adult. If you are shorter, you can carry less weight than what’s shown here. If you are taller, you may be able to carry slightly more.

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Painful Periods (Dysmenorrhea) Treatment

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Menstruation is an important part of the female reproductive system. That being said, some women experience immense pain during their monthly period. Often referred to as painful periods or menstrual cramps, these issues are medically known as dysmenorrhea.

 

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Symptoms of Dysmenorrhea

Some amount of discomfort can be expected during the monthly period of menstruation, extreme dysmenorrhea can debilitating and may be a sign of a larger illness or condition.

The most common symptoms of dysmenorrhea include:

  • Pain around the abdomen (menstrual cramps)
  • Lower back pain
  • Thigh pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Hot flashes

Not every woman suffering from dysmenorrhea experiences all of these symptoms. These issues may also vary in severity and intensity depending on the root cause of the pain.

Causes of Dysmenorrhea

There can be many different causes of dysmenorrhea and menstrual cramps. Mild, expected dysmenorrhea is created by uterus contractions, a necessary function of menstruation. More serious menstrual cramps, however, can have other causes.

Others causes of painful periods include:

  • Uterine fibroids: With this condition, non-cancerous growths occur either inside, outside or in the wall of the uterus. These growths can press against the body and lead to period pain.
  • Stenosis: During cervical stenosis, the opening of the cervix may be abnormally small and inhibit menstrual flow. This can lead to additional pressure and pain.
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID):  PID is a bacterial infection of the female reproductive organs. When untreated, it can lead to heavy amounts of menstrual cramping and period pain.
  • Endometriosis: The endometrium, the lining of the uterus, spreads to other parts of the reproductive system with this condition. This can be incredibly painful and debilitating.

Dysmenorrhea Treatment

Determining the cause of dysmenorrhea can be done with a number of advanced methods. This process typically begins with a simple pelvic exam, to see if the dysmenorrhea may stem from a disease or illness. Other testing methods include:

  • Ultrasound
  • Computerized tomography
  • MRI
  • Laparscopy
  • Hysterectomy

After the cause is discovered, treatment may begin. The type of treatment varies depending on the nature of the condition. For minor cases of menstrual cramps, simple over-the-counter pain medication may be successful. When the cause is hormonal in nature, low dose birth control may be recommended.

Surgery is typically a last resort option, but may be necessary in cases of endometriosis, uterine fibroids or stenosis.

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Dysmenorrhea, also known as painful periods or menstrual cramps, can make life incredibly difficult. If you would like to know more about dysmenorrhea treatment, call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Perimenopause

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As women hit middle age, they become infertile and no longer menstruate. This is known as menopause. Perimenopause refers to the time before menopause begins—it literally translates to “around menopause.” Due to fluctuating hormones, perimenopause causes significant symptoms that can affect quality of life. Today, there are more treatments than ever to mitigate the side effects and symptoms of perimenopause.

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Perimenopause Causes

Perimenopause is a natural part of aging. As women grow older, their production of the hormones estrogen (oestrogen) and progesterone decreases. This leads to a hormonal imbalance, which in turn leads to side effects. Once the body stops producing estrogen (oestrogen) entirely, menopause has begun.

The fluctuating hormones associated with perimenopause can’t be avoided. Perimenopause typically begins in the 40s, but can occur earlier depending on certain factors. This is known as early menopause or early perimenopause. These factors include:

  • Hysterectomy
  • Oophorectomy
  • Certain cancer treatments
  • Smoking
  • Family history of early menopause

Perimenopause Symptoms

The most noticeable symptom of perimenopause is the irregularity and eventual cessation of the menstrual cycle. However, low estrogen (oestrogen) levels result in many other side effects. These problems are often synonymous with both perimenopause and menopause.

Common symptoms of perimenopause include:

  • Hot flashes (hot flushes)
  • Low libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Insomnia
  • Bone loss
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Urinary incontinence

No two women experience perimenopause the same, and that includes symptoms. For some women, perimenopause may cause few problems. For others, it can make everyday life a difficult challenge.

Perimenopause Treatment

There is no cure for perimenopause, as it is a natural part of the life cycle. However, treatments exist to reduce and mitigate its symptoms. Treatment for perimenopause can begin with a hormone level test to determine if estrogen (oestrogen) or progesterone levels are currently imbalanced. Treatments options believed to be effective in treating the symptoms of perimenopause include the following:

  • Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
  • Estrogen (oestrogen) replacement therapy
  • Hormone replacement therapy

The treatments listed above seek to reduce perimenopause symptoms by rebalancing hormones such as estrogen (oestrogen) and progesterone. The hormones used in these methods can be delivered in many ways, including pills, patches, vaginal creams or pellets. The delivery methods vary in their use depending on the individual needs of the patient.

In some cases, healthcare professionals may choose to target specific symptoms of perimenopause instead. Otherperimenopause treatments include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Lifestyle adjustments
  • Hot flash (hot flush) reducing medication

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Going through perimenopause is a challenge, but one that can be made easier with the right treatment. Thanks to advances in medical science and women’s health, many of the worst symptoms of perimenopause can be reduced or eliminated completely.

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Physical Exams

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The key to preventing illness is to detect it early, but this knowledge is easy to neglect when we’re feeling well. The problem is many conditions don’t begin to show any symptoms until they’ve progressed to a dangerous point. That is why it’s essential to visit a health care facility at least once a year for a physical examination.

While a visit to a doctor for a physical is different for each patient based on their personal situation and needs, there are several common elements that make their way into each exam. Here are just a few:

Medical History

During the first part of your visit will likely begin with the simplest step: your doctor will ask you how you’ve been feeling. During this time your physician may also discuss your dietary and exercise routines as well as any negative habits you may have such as smoking. Your doctor will also review your immunization records to ensure that you are current on all of your vaccinations.

Physical Examination

Following an initial consultation, your doctor will likely begin the physical examination portion of your visit. The purpose of each test is to determine early signs of a problem and to address them before they escalate. Some of the tests performed during the physical exam include:

  • Blood pressure Test: A normal blood pressure measurement is 120 over 80. Anything at or above 140 over 90 indicates the onset of hypertension.
  • Heart Rate Test: A healthy heart beats between 60 and 100 beats per minute.
  • Respiration Rate: This is a measurement of how many breaths you take in a minute. A count of 16 is considered normal, but 20 times or more could be a sign of lung or heart problems.
  • Cholesterol Test: Four measurements of the fat cells (lipids) in your blood. They are your total cholesterol, high-density lipoproteins, low-density lipoproteins, and triglycerides.
  • Diabetes Test: A measurement of the glucose in your blood. A desirable level is below 200 milligrams per deciliter of blood. 240 milligrams or above is considered high.
  • Heart Exam: Your doctor listen for any signs of an irregular heartbeat, heart murmur, or heart disease.
  • Lung Exam: Your physician listen for crackles, wheezing, or decreased breath.
  • Head and Neck Exam: An examination of your dental health, tonsils, ears, nose, sinuses, eyes, lymph nodes, thyroid, and carotid arteries.
  • Abdominal Exam: Performed by hand to check for any tenderness, abnormal liver size, or abdominal fluid buildup.
  • Neurological Exam: Testing the nerves, muscle strength, reflexes, balance, and mental sharpness.
  • Colon Cancer Screening: Recommended for anyone between the ages of 50 and 75.

Gender Specific Exams

Some tests are specific to male and female patients. These include examinations of the reproductive organs to seek out any sexually transmitted diseases or potential signs of cancer.

Areas of examination for male patients:

  • Testicles: Your doctor will look for lumps, signs of tenderness, or a change in size
  • Penis lesions such as warts or ulcers
  • Prostate
  • Hernia test performed to identify a weakening in the abdominal wall

Areas of examination for female patients:

  • Breasts
  • Reproductive organs such as the vulva, vagina, and cervix
  • Bone density test performed to seek out signs of osteoporosis

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

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In addition to the female hormones estrogen and progesterone, the ovaries produce small amounts of male hormones. In some instances, the ovaries produce larger quantities of these chemicals, leading to a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome.

This condition affects one out of fifteen women generally in their twenties or thirties, although in some cases, the symptoms may begin in the teen years or as soon as a girl begins menstruating.

Symptoms of PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can lead to a number of symptoms that include:

  • An irregular menstrual cycle
  • Unwanted hair growth on the face, chest, belly, or nipples
  • A thinning of the hair on the head
  • Acne breakouts
  • Weight gain
  • Numerous small cysts along the outer edge of the ovaries
  • Low levels of the hormone progesterone

Medical professionals are still uncertain as to what the causes of PCOS are, but the condition is most likely genetic, passed down from mother to daughter.

Signs of PCOS

The most common sign of PCOS in very young women is an infrequent menstrual period, or no period whatsoever. This can begin at the onset of puberty if a girl experiences one or two regular cycles, and then her periods go away entirely. The periods may return, but they will fluctuate between very light to extremely heavy. They may also last longer than 35 days or disappear completely for four or more months.

Adult women suffering from PCOS may discover their condition when they find that they are unable to get pregnant. This is usually coupled with excessive weight gain. The reason for fertility problems is due to the fact that increased levels of male hormones make it difficult for the ovaries to release eggs.

PCOS Diagnosis and Treatment

When diagnosing PCOS doctors look for two of the three main symptoms:

  • Abnormal menstruations
  • Unwanted body and facial hair, or a loss of scalp hair due to an excess of male hormones
  • Multiple cysts on the ovaries
  • Low progesterone levels

Your doctor may perform a visual pelvic exam, a blood test to check your hormone levels, and a vaginal ultrasound to seek out cysts on the ovaries.

An effective way to treat PCOS is with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Also referred to as BHRT, this treatment can help with PCOS by restoring your body’s progesterone levels.

With balanced hormone levels, your body will return to its natural state and cease over-production of male hormones. BHRT is safe and natural, as it doesn’t use synthetic hormones.

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PCOS represents a major issue in women’s health and wellness. An increase in male hormones can make your life extremely difficult. If you think may be suffering from PCOS, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may be the answer. To get started, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Post-Hysterectomy Menopause

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The cessation of the female monthly cycle, or menopause, typically occurs in women entering their late 40s or early 50s. Surgical menopause, which occurs after the removal of the ovaries, can occur in women of any age. Post-hysterectomy menopause can be a scary, difficult condition, but you don’t have to go it alone: Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Why Post-Hysterectomy Menopause Happens

Having a hysterectomy performed isn’t a certainty that you’ll suffer from early menopause. Some hysterectomies remove only the uterus, which doesn’t produce estrogen (oestrogen) and therefore will not cause menopause if absent. Many procedures, however, also remove the ovaries which is your body’s primary source for the estrogen (oestrogen) hormone.

When the ovaries are removed an early, abrupt menopause will begin.

Signs & Symptoms of Post-Surgical Menopause

The symptoms of post-hysterectomy menopause are indistinguishable from those of natural menopause. These issues can range from mildly irritating to completely debilitating.

Some of the common symptoms of post-surgical menopause include:

  • Hot flashes (hot flushes)
  • Night sweats
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain
  • Dry skin

Not all women experience the same symptoms or the same level of severity. A combination of these symptoms, along with the absence of your monthly cycle, indicates that you have begun menopause.

Treatment for Post-Hysterectomy Menopause

After consulting with a doctor, you’ll see there are many treatments that can mitigate or eliminate the symptoms of post-surgical menopause. The first thing a doctor will likely recommend is lifestyle change. Things such as:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Stress
  • Poor diet
  • Lack of exercise

All of these can all affect or worsen symptoms of menopause. Your doctor will assess your current lifestyle and make recommendations to match. Some vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter medications may also help abate your symptoms.

Post-hysterectomy menopause is most commonly, and effectively, treated with hormones. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)replenishes your body’s hormones and provides balance. Estrogen (oestrogen) therapy, in particular, is effective in treating menopause. A lack of estrogen (oestrogen) in younger women due to a hysterectomy has even been known to cause unrelated health complications.

A safer, more advanced form of HRT is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT. Unlike traditional hormone therapy,BHRT uses hormones that are chemically identical to those your body produces naturally.

Hormone therapy can be performed in any number of ways; it’s best to talk with a doctor to find the most appropriate treatment for your needs. Pills, pellets, creams and gels are all viable methods of hormone therapy.

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Pre-Operative Evaluations

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Before you have surgery, it is important for your medical team to gather specific information about your health through a pre-operative evaluation. This can help them team identify any potential problems that could cause complications before, during, or after surgery. The type of evaluation you need depends on the kind of surgery you are having, but there are a few common components for all patients.

Pre-operative evaluations are not meant to authorize you for surgery, but to identify any potential complications that could arise and then treat them. An evaluation is completed several weeks before your surgery so your doctor has time to plan any preventive treatments like prescribing antibiotics for an infection, or speak with other doctors who may be participating in your surgery.

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What are the Components of a Pre-Operative Evaluation?

Your medical team will take notes on your history based on what you share with them and may perform his or her own tests including:

  • A physical examination of your body, including your heart and lung health
  • Your experience with anesthesia in the past
  • A history of any infections or current infections you may have
  • Your medication history and any drug allergies
  • An evaluation of how well you move, walk and perform tasks independently
  • Evaluation of your nutritional status with blood work and physical exam
  • Blood work to monitor current diseases or overall health status
  • Cardiac stress tests or echocardiogram (EKG) for patients with a history of heart problems
  • Medications to improve lung function for patients with lung disease

Get the Most from Your Pre-Operative Evaluation

Pre-operative evaluations help you and your family prepare for the many phases of surgery—before, during, and after. Most hospitals have entire teams of trained medical staff who will oversee your pre-operative evaluation including any extra tests you may need. Take this time to learn as much as you can about your surgery and how you will feel afterward. Ask your medical team about healing, possible side effects and any rehabilitation you may need.

When you are preparing for surgery, it can be helpful to bring along a trusted friend or family member who will help you listen to the medical team’s instructions. You may also find it helpful to bring along a notebook or recorder to document what is said so you can listen to it later.

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Premature Ejaculation Treatment

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While perhaps less frustrating than complete erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation is still an aggravating and embarrassing problem that effects the lives and relationships of countless men.

Despite the stigma and negativity surrounding the condition, it’s very common. In fact, it’s normal for nearly every man to experience premature ejaculation at some point in their lifetime. However, it can be classified as a medical problem when:

  • You continually ejaculate prematurely
  • Only last up to one minute after penetration
  • Cannot effectively control when you ejaculate
  • The issue causes distress, both personally and in relationships

What Causes Premature Ejaculation?

There are two types of premature ejaculation, primary and secondary. Primary premature ejaculation is when you’ve had the issue since birth. Secondary or acquired premature ejaculation is when you’ve developed the habit somewhere along the line. Either primary or secondary premature ejaculation can be a result of physical and/or psychological causes.

Some of the more common causes and risk factors include:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Anxiety
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Localized Inflammation
  • Heart disease
  • Stress
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Interpersonal issues

Whatever the cause, treatment options do exist. Premature ejaculation is not a curse you have to suffer. A simple talk with your doctor may even help ease performance anxiety causing your issue. For some, the simple fact of learning that the average duration of sexual intercourse is not some 3-hour long tantric marathon is all that’s needed.   

What Treatments are Available for Premature Ejaculation?

The first step is speaking with your doctor, specifically an urologist as they specialize in these matters. A urine test may be performed as well as blood work to check for infection and hormone levels respectively.

Changing your habits may help with your issue. Masturbating an hour or so before intercourse can dull sensitivity and delay ejaculation. Avoiding sex altogether for a predetermined amount of time may help. Something known as the pause-squeeze technique is often employed to delay the ejaculatory response. By having your partner squeeze the end of the penis before you ejaculate (right below the head on the shaft), ejaculation will be interrupted. Done often enough, you may be able to reproduce the sensation/ effect internally.

Medications are an option too. Sometimes selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (meds used to treat depression), pain relievers, erectile dysfunction meds and even topical numbing agents to dull sensitivity have been used.

Cognitive behavioral therapy and even yoga have been recommended as well to help identify and ease the source of anxiety which may be producing your premature ejaculation.

If you suffer from premature ejaculation, worry not, treatments are available.  

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Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Treatment

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A woman’s regular menstrual cycle can bring about more than 150 symptoms, both physical and emotional. They generally show up during the time between her ovulation and menstrual bleeding in a space called the luteal phase. The luteal phase usually begins about fourteen days from the first day of her last menstrual period. Premenstrual symptoms can arise at any point during this phase and continue through the second or third day of the menstrual period.

Premenstrual syndrome affects three out of four women, generally those who are in their late twenties to late forties. It is more likely to occur in women with at least one child and can grow more severe as she approaches menopause.

Doctors have yet to conclusively identify the exact cause of PMS, but evidence shows that it may be the result of hormone changes that occur during the menstrual cycle. During this phase, serotonin levels in the brain fluctuate as well, which may additionally be a contributing factor. A history of depression, stress, and poor eating habits may not be directly responsible, but they can increase the severity of PMS symptoms.

Some of the physical symptoms of PMS include:

  • Swollen or tender breasts
  • Water retention and bloating
  • Irregular bowel movements
  • Acne
  • Discharge from the nipples when they are pressed
  • Cravings for sweet or salty food
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased libido
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Sore muscles and joints
  • Cramps
  • Lower back pain

Emotional symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of focus
  • Mood swings

PMS symptoms may be manageable, but when they begin to affect your quality of life, the best solution is to seek the help of a medical professional.

Treatment

Your physician can help you determine if the conditions you’re suffering from are the result of premenstrual syndrome, and can recommend lifestyle changes and medications that can lessen the effects of your symptoms.

If you feel that you may be suffering from premenstrual syndrome, or if the effects of PMS are adversely affecting your life, the first step in treatment is to keep a log of these symptoms for two or three menstrual cycles. In addition to the specific symptoms, you should keep track of their durations as well as the severity. This will help your doctor determine the ideal form of treatment.

Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online so a medical professional can end your discomfort and help you cope with the effects of premenstrual syndrome.

Preventative Medicine Clinic

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The best way to treat an illness is to prevent it from occurring. Preventative medicine is an important aspect of anti-aging medicine where physicians focus on optimizing health, slowing the aging process, and preventing the body from going into a disease state. Preventive medicine can help patients avoid serious chronic disease through:

  • Frequent screening
  • Early diagnosis
  • Modern laboratory testing methods
  • Latest medical imaging technologies
  • Clinically verified treatments
  • Prompt intervention

If you can reduce or eliminate significant risk factors, you can avoid future diseases and prevent chronic illness from developing. These body and mind stressors include:

  • Tobacco smoking
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Poor nutrition
  • Fast and unhealthy foods
  • Improper cholesterol levels
  • Sugar consumption
  • Prescription medicine
  • Illicit drugs
  • Environmental toxins
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Pollution
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Lack of exercise
  • Unmanaged stress

A preventative medicine physician will help you identify your personal risk factors and design a customized treatment to avoid getting sick. By optimizing health, improving nutrition, and making positive adjustments to your lifestyle, you can minimize the risks of major diseases:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Cerebrovascular disorders
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Preventive and anti-aging medicine focuses on optimizing health, maintaining wellness, reducing known risk factors, preventing diseases, preemptive testing, and stopping and reversing age-related diseases. Preventive medicine emphasizes:

  • Frequent screening and testing
  • Early detection and intervention
  • Balanced diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Hormone balancing
  • Vitamin and dietary supplementation
  • Detoxification

Primary Care Physician

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Primary care refers to the most common type of medical treatment. Primary care is associated with the day-to-day treatment of a patient’s needs, both small and large. Primary care can be provided by a primary care physician (PCP), nurse practitioner or other qualified medical provider.

This is the opposite of specialized care, which is more often situational and provided by a medical specialist. Choosing a primary care physician is one of the most important decisions a person can make. Request more information about primary care treatment today: Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

What is Primary Care?

Primary care is the day-to-day medical treatment a patient receives. Primary care is typically delivered through a doctor’s office or a similar setting. This type of treatment encompasses nearly every health issue. If a particular symptom or problem is considered severe, the primary care provider will contact a specialist for further assistance.

Conditions that may be treated by a primary care provider include:

  • Infections
  • Injuries
  • Major health risks
  • General health problems
  • Men’s health problems
  • Women’s health problems

Primary care providers offer generalized care, but deal with patients frequently. Because of this, selecting a primary care provider is incredibly important. This medical provider will serve as the patient’s ongoing medical support.

How Does Primary Care Work?

Primary care is typically based around an appointment structure. When a patient has a health concern, they schedule an appointment with the primary care provider. Some primary care includes regular visits or check-ups, particularly if a patient is on a new medication. If a more pressing health problem occurs, many primary care providers offer some type of urgent care.

Services that may be a part of primary care include:

  • Family medicine
  • Internal medicine
  • Urgent care
  • Blood testing
  • Urinalysis
  • Annual physical exams
  • School and sports physicals
  • Preventive care
  • Vaccinations
  • Mental health evaluations
  • Chronic disease management
  • Diagnostics

These are just a small portion of the many treatments offered by primary care providers. Primary care typically encompasses all aspects of a patient’s health. Primary care providers are often internists, meaning experts at diagnosing medical conditions. In these scenarios, if a serious problem is detected, the primary care provider can refer the patient to a specialist.

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A primary care provider should meet your needs completely; they will be your long-term partner in health care. Request more information about primary care treatment now: Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

 

Restless Leg Syndrome Treatment

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Restless leg syndrome, also known as RLS, is a sleep disorder that affects many people. Those who have restless leg syndrome are often unable to sleep or sit for a long time, due to an irritation or pain in the legs that is only stopped by moving. This can lead to sleep deprivation and many other serious problems.

Request information about restless leg syndrome today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Restless Leg Syndrome Symptoms

The most common symptom of restless leg syndrome is the desire to move the legs when they are at rest. Although it is called restless leg syndrome, this condition can affect the arms as well.

The discomfort that appears in the legs during RLS can be described in many different ways, affecting each person differently. Restless leg syndrome can manifest itself as:

  • Throbbing pain
  • Itching
  • Burning sensation
  • Tingling
  • Dull pain
  • Crawling or creeping feeling

When these sensations occur, they cause restlessness and are only relieved by moving the legs. People suffering from restless leg syndrome often notice that the problems occur or get worse:

  • During inactivity
  • When sleeping
  • In the evening

Restless Leg Syndrome Causes

There is currently no consensus on the exact cause of restless leg syndrome. There are several risk factors or related conditions that may cause a person to be more likely to suffer from RLS. These causes of restless leg syndrome include:

  • Family history
  • Pregnancy
  • Iron deficiency
  • Kidney issues
  • Neuropathy
  • Advanced age

Scientifically, some believe that restless leg syndrome is related to imbalances of the brain chemical dopamine. Ultimately, the cause of RLS is not definitely known at this current time.

Restless Leg Syndrome Treatment

Restless leg syndrome treatment almost always begins with a sleep test to determine if the problem is present. If restless leg syndrome (RLS) is diagnosed, treatment can begin. There are many different types of restless leg syndrome treatment.

Types of RLS treatment include:

  • Epilepsy medications
  • Parkinson’s disease medications
  • Dopamine medication
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Sleep medication
  • Pain medication
  • Lifestyle adjustments
  • Relaxation techniques

This list provides just a portion of the possible treatments available. Ultimately, the best restless leg treatment will depend on the individual case.

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Restless leg syndrome is incredibly uncomfortable and painful in some cases. It can lead to lack of sleep and other problems. Request RLS treatment information today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Skin Tag Removal

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Skin tags, also called skin tabs, are small pockets or flaps of excess skin that hang from the body. Unlike moles, which may be cancerous, skin tags are entirely harmless. They are, however, unsightly and can be painful if touched or snagged.

Skin tag removal is a viable option to remove these uncomfortable skin flaps and restore your appearance. Don’t suffer with skin tags: Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

What Causes Skin Tags?

Skin tags, medically known as acrochordon, form naturally over time and are not a sign of an ongoing illness or cancer. Skin tags can occur in both genders, but are much more common in women than men. Skin tags can occur anywhere in the body, but most frequently appear on the:

  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Underarm
  • Under the breasts
  • Around the groin

Age and weight are the main contributing factors that cause skin tags. Skin tags appear much more frequently in the elderly, and much more frequently in those who have recently gained weight.

Regardless of the cause, skin tags should not be treated with “natural” skin tag removal or home skin tag removal, as these methods are unsafe and untested. The best skin tag removal is performed by an experienced medical professional with skin tag surgery.

Skin Tag Removal Surgery

Skin tag surgery is very similar to mole removal surgery. During the procedure:

  • A small amount of anesthesia is applied.
  • Utilizing a scalpel, the skin tag is removed.
  • The area is stitched up, if necessary

Skin tag removal is an outpatient procedure and is considered minimally-invasive. As such, it has very little recovery time and scars that are tiny or not visible altogether. Skin tags vary in amount and size from person to person, so the cost of skin tag removal depends on your individual treatment needs.

Schedule a Skin Tag Consultation

You don’t have to live with unsightly or potentially harmful skin tags. Skin tag removal surgery provides a safe, effective and minimally-painful way to address skin tabs. It’s time to take your skin back, to schedule a consultation call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

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Sleep apnea refers to a sleep disorder within the field of sleep medicine in which breathing stops and starts many times over the course of a night. Sleep apnea can lead to many major health problems, and in some cases, fatality. However, many people live for years with sleep apnea without knowing they have a problem.

Thankfully, sleep apnea is treatable. Request more information about sleep apnea treatment today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

There are two major types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea, where throat muscles relax and cause breathing disturbance, and central sleep apnea in which the brain function that promotes breathing is inhibited.

Both types of sleep apnea have very similar symptoms. In many cases, the person suffering from sleep apnea does not notice symptoms; instead they appear to a partner or as a part of sleep study.

Sleep apnea symptoms include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS)
  • Frequent breathing interruption
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Morning headaches
  • Frequently waking up during sleep

Sleep Apnea Causes

Sleep apnea is caused by either the relaxing of the throat muscles (obstructive sleep apnea) or problems with the brain transmitting the breathing response (central sleep apnea). When either of these problems happens, breathing stops and sleep apnea occurs.

There are several risk factors that make someone more likely to develop sleep apnea. These problems include:

  • Obesity
  • Narrowed airway
  • Advanced age
  • Family history
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Sedative use
  • Smoking
  • Congestion

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea is treatable. The first step is to determine if sleep apnea is present. This is most often done with a sleep test. Sleep tests are usually performed in a lab setting, but home sleep tests can be used in some cases.

Depending on the severity of the problem, treatment will vary. Types of sleep apnea treatment include:

  • Lifestyle adjustments, such as quitting smoking or losing weight
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices, which keep airway passages open and supply oxygen consistently
  • Surgery, including jaw repositioning , implants and tracheostomy
  • Supplemental oxygen

The best sleep apnea treatment ultimately depends on the individual needs of the patient. In some cases, sleep apnea may be addressed by treating a related condition.

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Sleep apnea can deal lasting damage to health and even be life threatening. Request more information about sleep apnea treatment today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Sleep Medicine

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People from all walks of life can have difficulty sleeping. Whether they’re dealing with a serious medical condition or just can’t seem to fall asleep at night, sleep medicine is designed to address these problems. Sleep medicine providers focus on helping patients achieve healthy sleep.

Request more information about sleep medicine today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

What is Sleep Medicine?

Sleep medicine refers to the treatment of sleep disorders. There are many different types of sleep disorders, but they all have one thing in common: they tend to lead to lack of sleep, poor sleep quality or irregular sleep patterns.

Some of the most common sleep disorders and sleep problems include:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Restless leg syndrome (RLS)
  • Hypersomnia
  • REM sleep disorder
  • Sleepwalking
  • Snoring
  • Jet lag
  • Sleep talking
  • Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD)
  • Circadian rhythm disorders / shift work sleep disorder
  • Night terrors
  • Sleep deprivation

The conditions above are just a small portion of the problems that a sleep medicine doctor or provider treats. Sleep medicine treatment may also involve addressing other medical problems that can lead to poor sleep quality, including depression, anxiety or alcohol abuse.

How does Sleep Medicine Work?

Just as there are many sleep medicine disorders, there are numerous sleep disorder treatments. Most sleep medicine treatments begin with a sleep test. This is a diagnostic test to determine what is causes poor sleep quality or lack of sleep. During a sleep test, the patient is monitored with various devices to test for sleep-related issues.

If a sleep test detects a sleep disorder, treatment can begin. Sleep medicine can include everything from lifestyle changes to medication to assistive devices and beyond. Some common sleep medicine treatments include:

  • Lifestyle adjustments, such as increased exercise, decreased caffeine or sleep scheduling
  • Assistive devices, such as CPAP
  • Surgery
  • Sleep medication
  • Long-term monitoring
  • Sleep counseling

The type of sleep medicine treatment will vary depending on which condition is present. Sleep disorders left untreated can lead to a number of sleep-deprivation related health problems including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain
  • High diabetes risk
  • Obesity
  • Headaches
  • Memory loss

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Sleep medicine is designed to promote healthy sleep and combat sleep disorders. Request more information about sleep medicine treatment today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

 

Speed Up Metabolism

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Metabolism is the complex process your body uses to change the food and drink you take in into energy. To do this, your body takes calories and combines them with oxygen to supply the fuel to keep your body functioning. This means supporting obvious functions (like walking or talking) and the ones you may not think about like digestion, breathing and circulating blood through your body.

Sometimes people will blame a “slow metabolism” for changes in their weight. While it is true that metabolism controls how your body uses calories, the larger influence on your weight comes from your diet and how much you move. If you burn more calories than you take in, you will lose weight—take in more than you burn, and you’ll gain. These factors can also influence how you gain weight:

  • How much muscle you have. Muscle burns more calories than fat, even when you’re sitting still.
  • Your gender. Because men tend to have more muscle than women, they burn more calories.
  • Your age. Muscle mass drops as we get older and slows down calorie use.

Unless you are under a medical provider’s care for a condition like Cushing’s syndrome or an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), chances are your metabolism probably isn’t working against you. But just like everyone’s body is different, so is the metabolic rate —making it easier to gain or lose weight depending on who you are.

How to Speed Up Metabolism?

Most of the processes that make up your body’s metabolism are natural and happening inside your body without any effort—they are not something you can control. However, there are a few ways you can help boost your calorie burn:

  • The best way to speed up your metabolism is to exercise. Exercise builds muscle and muscles burn more calories. This leads to a faster metabolism.
  • Remember to eat every three to four hours. Eating high quality foods (not junk food and empty calories) every few hours helps keep your body from entering starvation mode. Eating on an unpredictable schedule tells your body to start storing calories as fat (since your body is unsure when the next meal will come) instead of using them.
  • Stay away from junk food. Highly processed foods (high in sugar or fat; low in fiber and water) slow down digestion and metabolism, and leave you feeling like a slow motion version of yourself. While they may provide a quick pick-me-up, the end result is nothing but bad. Stay away from the junk and choose fresh fruits, vegetables, healthy fats (like avocado) and lean meats like fish or grilled chicken.
  • Get plenty of rest. Researchers say that people who don’t get enough sleep will burn fewer calories at rest than those who do. Try to get 7 or 8 hours a night if you can.
  • Get more calcium. Calcium plays an important role in how your body burns fat. A diet high in calcium can help you burn more, but make sure to speak with your healthcare provider before changing your diet or starting any supplements, just to make sure it’s safe for your body.
  • Drink plenty of water.  Dehydrated cells will not burn as many calories as those which are meeting their need for fluids. Stick with water to avoid extra calories. Try to drink six to eight glasses of water a day.

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Sports and School Physicals

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It most states, the law requires students to undergo a physical examination before attending school. This is done for their own health, as well as the health of others. If they are trying out for a sport, a separate examination related to their specific activity is also strongly recommended. A sports physical can help prevent injury, and ensure that it is safe for your child or teen to participate.

To schedule a school or sports physical exam for your child, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

School Physicals

There are several options when choosing where your child receives their physical exam, but it is recommended that they see a pediatrician. The visit will begin with a health history where your doctor will ask questions about past illnesses, injuries, or hospitalizations. This portion is then followed by the health checkup. Some of the items that your doctor will examine include:

  • Height and weight measurement
  • Pulse rate and blood pressure check
  • Heart and lung health
  • Neurological function such as reflexes, coordination, and strength
  • Vision and hearing
  • Ears, nose, and throat
  • Joint flexibility, mobility, spinal alignment, and posture
  • Cholesterol screening
  • Hemoglobin count
  • Urinalysis
  • Hernia check

Sports Physical

In medical terms, the sports physical is also called a pre-participation physical examination. It is not meant to take the place of an annual examination. Rather, it is a series of questions and tests specific to the sport your child intends to play.

Your doctor will be looking for potential illnesses or injuries that could flare up as a result of participating in a strenuous activity. They may also prescribe preventative measures such as special protective equipment or medications.

The following conditions are an example of the type of things that may hinder your child’s ability to participate in a sport:

  • Asthma or shortness of breath
  • Dizziness or fainting spells
  • High blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Diabetes
  • Frequent headaches
  • Eating disorders
  • Vision problems
  • Epilepsy
  • Past surgeries or injuries
  • Heart problems
  • Bone, joint, or spine injuries
  • Skin problems
  • Allergies to food, pollen, or stinging insects
  • Liver or kidney problems
  • Certain medications
  • A family history of heart problems

Meet School Physical Requirements Today

When scheduling your school or sports physical, it is important to remember that many people will be trying to fit their appointment into the final days before the school year. It is recommended that you schedule your own appointment as early as possible.

It can also be helpful to have a list of questions prepared to ask your doctor during the visit. If you or your child needs to schedule a school or sports physical exam, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Synthetic vs Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

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With the discovery and applied use of isolated hormones in the 1960’s, it wasn’t until the early 2000’s did hormone replacement therapy (HRT) really take off. A deficiency in hormone levels has been credited with contributing to illnesses such as menopause, hot flashes, perimenopause, and several other conditions.  However, with the discovery of bioidentical hormones, there has been debate as to which is safer and more effective—synthetic or bioidentical hormones.  

What’s the Difference between Synthetic and Bioidentical?

The main difference between synthetic or synthesized hormones and bioidentical hormones is accuracy. Bioidentical hormones replicate the exact molecular structure of naturally produced hormones (estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, etc.), resulting in a hormone that functions far better than synthetic forms.  

Hormones and other bodily chemicals work like a lock and key. A molecule with a unique structure (the “key”) is sent to a receptor (the “lock”), if they fit, a further chemical process takes place resulting in body functions. If you’ve ever accidentally used the wrong key in a lock, you know all too well that the lock won’t function, the key may get stuck, or ultimately the lock may break. If a chemical in the body doesn’t exactly fit a receptor, issues may arise.

Bioidentical hormones aim to get around the problem of mismatched hormones by starting with a natural hormone as a base, treating menopause, hot flashes and a myriad of other conditions more efficiently.

What are Natural Hormones?

Technically speaking, the only true natural hormones of the human body are those produced by the human body. When the term “natural hormone” is used, it’s referring to the fact that these hormones were first extracted from a natural source like plants.

Despite the term “natural,” both synthetic and bioidentical hormones are modified or manufactured in a lab, leading many to feel mislead by the term “natural” with bioidentical hormones. However, hormonal imbalances result from very minute changes in hormone levels. It wouldn’t make sense then to simply pick up a yam (one of the major sources of natural estrogen called phytoestrogen found in bioidentical hormones), eat it and expect to be cured. Dosage matters and having the ability to extract a hormone, measure a set amount, and accurately supplement your hormonal deficiencies is essential. This extraction, measurement and packaging can only be performed in a safe, clean lab.

Synthetic hormones, on the other hand, are not derived from anything naturally occurring. They are made entirely in a lab. The problem with making something as complex as a hormone in a lab is that it can never match the complexity of a natural hormone. Look at it this way, hormones have conversations with cells, “telling them” to act a certain way. With synthetic hormones, it’d be like trying to carry on a conversation with Siri from your phone, some things are going to be lost in translation even though it was created by humans. A bioidentical hormone however, is like having a conversation with another human.

Risks of Synthetic Hormones

In a series of studies conducted in 2002, the differences between synthetic and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy were identified, not in their intended function, but their side effects.  Taking a natural form of progesterone and comparing it against a synthetic form, researchers saw that the synthetic form posed a much greater risk to the health of patients.

One of the main side effects of the synthetic progestins (a synthetic progesterone compound) was an increased risk of developing Breast cancer. Synthetic forms have the potential to incite and increase estrogen related breast cell mitosis, this is to say the division and spreading of cells. This out of control cellular division is known as cancer. Synthetic hormones have also been shown to convert endogenous estrogens into stronger variants (16-hydroxyestrone). These stronger, even toxic versions of estrogen can stimulate cancer formation.

Bioidentical progesterone however, has been shown to have the opposite effect of synthetic versions. Bioidentical hormones like progesterone inhibit breast cell division and have been said to stop breast cancer (by acting on kinase inhibitors). Naturally derived progesterone has been described as having a protective role in the female body by preventing breast cancer, whereas synthetic forms of progesterone may actually incite breast cancer.   While new research is always being conducted, recent discoveries seem to show that bioidentical hormones are a safer long term alternative to controversial synthetic forms.

Request More Information about Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

If you’re looking for a solution to help control menopause, low libido, depression, fatigue, and many more conditions, hormone therapy with bioidentical hormones could be for you.  Request more information about the difference between bioidentical and synthetic hormones and hormone replacement therapy today. Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

  • Hormones, Bioidentical. “A comprehensive review of the safety and efficacy of bioidentical hormones for the management of menopause and related health risks.” Altern Med Rev 11.3 (2006): 208-223.

The Well Woman Exam

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Regular gynecologist visits and breast exams are of the utmost importance, but they only cover a small portion of your overall health. Any woman over the age of 21 should consider an annual Well Woman Exam. A Well Woman Exam covers the pelvis and breasts, as well as any area related to a woman’s overall wellness, including:

  • Heart health
  • Brain heath
  • Thyroid health
  • Condition of your organs, such as the liver and kidneys
  • Early identification of cancer

Health History

Most women’s health visits begin with a consultation to discuss your current and past health history. Your doctor may ask about any pregnancies you’ve had or plan to have. Eating and exercise routines may also be discussed, along with any negative health habits such as smoking. Your doctor will also review your immunization records to make sure your shots are all up to date.

Physical Exam

After the initial consultation, your doctor will likely proceed with a physical examination. In addition to a blood pressure and body mass index test, a women’s health doctor typically studies the following areas:

  • Eyes, ears, nose, and mouth
  • Thyroid and lymph nodes
  • Lungs and heart
  • Breasts
  • Abdomen
  • Skin
  • Bones and spine
  • Reflexes

Breast Exam

The purpose of a breast exam during a Well Woman Exam isn’t to replace regular mammogram screenings. It is just another opportunity for your doctor to identify potential problems in your breast tissue.

This exam is a surface inspection performed by hand, where a doctor checks for conditions such as dimpling, nipple inversion, redness, soreness, rashes, or swelling. Your doctor may also feel for any lumps or thickening in the breasts.

Pelvic Exam

During the pelvic exam, your doctor will examine the external and internal parts of the reproductive system like the vulva, labia, the vagina, cervix, uterus, and ovaries. Your physician may also perform a pap smear. This is a procedure where a small sample of cells is collected from your cervix. The results of a pap smear are typically sent to a lab for analysis.

 

For women who have experienced menopause, your doctor may spend some time discussing issues such as bladder function or vaginal dryness. Your doctor may also test your bone density for signs of osteoporosis.

Counseling

In addition to your physical examination, your doctor may also discuss any emotional challenges you may be dealing with. You may be experiencing stress or depression from internal conditions such as chronic pain or external issues at home or work. At this time, your doctor will likely make recommendations about your diet, including the use of supplements or exercises for managing weight and improving how you feel.

Thyroid Disorders

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The most common thyroid disorders include hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Having hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can be both unpleasant and uncomfortable, but these thyroid conditions can be managed if properly diagnosed and treated.

Hyperthyroidism

What is hyperthyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid makes too much of the thyroid hormone, called thyroxine. Your thyroid controls your metabolism, and hyperthyroidism can speed up your metabolism to above-normal levels.

What are the symptoms of hyperthyroidism?

Common symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

  • Rapid weight loss
  • Excessive sweating
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure
  • A rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Eye sensitivity
  • Anxiety

What causes hyperthyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism is a form of hormonal imbalance; in this case the thyroid gland is over-productive. This can cause a host of health problems, so as a first test your doctor will likely check your hormone levels.

What are the risks of untreated hyperthyroidism?

If left untreated, hyperthyroidism can lead to heart problems, brittle bones, eye problems, and a condition called thyroid storm in which the heart rate is increased to dangerously high levels.

How is hyperthyroidism treated?

In addition to things such as medication and lifestyle changes, hyperthyroid treatment typically consists of hormone replacement therapy. In particular bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) which equalizes your thyroid gland by using hormones that are identical to those produced in your body naturally.

Hypothyroidism

What is hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid does not make enough of the most important thyroid hormones called triiodothyronine (T-3) and thyroxine (T-4).

What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?

Some more common symptoms of hypothyroidism include the following:

  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness or stiffness
  • Dry or cold skin
  • Heavy or irregular menstrual periods
  • Constipation
  • Elevated blood cholesterol level
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Depression
  • Low libido
  • Joint pain
  • Cold extremities
  • Foggy brain
  • Hair thinning or falling out
  • Reduced attention span
  • Inability to lose weight

What causes hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is a form of hormonal imbalance; in this case the thyroid gland is under-productive. Your doctor will check for a hormone deficiency before beginning any treatment.

What are the risks of untreated hypothyroidism?

If left untreated, hypothyroidism can lead to myxedema, a condition that causes tissues to swell, increases fluid around the lungs and heart, and slows down muscle reflexes. A myxedema coma may cause you to lose consciousness, experience trouble breathing, and can potentially lead to heart failure. Hypothyroidism can also cause mental health issues like depression and slowed mental functioning.

How is hypothyroidism treated?

Like hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism can be treated with BHRT. With bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, your doctor can raise your thyroid levels and provide relief.

Have a Healthy Thyroid

If you think you’re experiencing the symptoms of a thyroid disorder, it’s best to start treatment right away. Please call (870) 642-8818or contact us online.

Thyroid Hormone Replacement Therapy

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Your endocrine system generates a multitude of hormones that serve crucial functions in your body. One of the most important is the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). Created in the pituitary gland, TSH is a precursor hormone. This means TSH is essential for the thyroid gland to release its hormones thyroxin (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). It is also essential that the body have enough free T3 and free T4 available.

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TSH, Free T3 and Free T4 Levels

Having balanced levels of TSH, free T3 and free T4 is crucial for your thyroid health and overall wellness. In addition, checking reverse free T3 levels and thyroid antibodies can be included in a comprehensive thyroid exam. Both high TSH levels and low TSH levels can cause serious health problems.

TSH, T3 and T4 imbalance can cause serious health problems and numerous symptoms. Most of these symptoms are signs of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism:

  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Memory loss
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Weakness
  • Swelling

Thyroid Treatment

Correcting your TSH, T3 and T4 levels revolves around supplementing your natural thyroid production. This is done with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT. BHRT uses free T3 and free T4 that’s chemically identical to what your body produces to naturally rejuvenate your thyroid.

Get Tested Now

If you’re experiencing a number of seemingly unrelated symptoms you may be suffering from TSH, T3 or T4 imbalance. Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can make life extremely difficult, so it’s of the utmost importance to you have TSH levels checked.

If you’re interested in a BHRT consultation, please call (870) 642-8818 or right away.

 

Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Treatment

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Your endocrine system generates a multitude of hormones that serve crucial functions in your body. One of the most important is the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). Created in the pituitary gland, TSH is a precursor hormone. This means TSH is essential for the thyroid gland to release its hormones thyroxin (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).

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TSH Levels

Having balanced TSH levels is crucial for your thyroid health and overall wellness. For adults, the normal TSH range is anywhere from .4 – 4.2 milliunits per liter. Both high TSH levels and low TSH levels can cause serious health problems.

High TSH can be caused by:

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hashimoto’s disease

Low TSH can be caused by:

  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Secondary hypothyroidism
  • Thyroid goiters

TSH imbalance can cause serious health problems and numerous symptoms. Most of these symptoms are signs of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism:

  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Memory loss
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Weakness
  • Swelling

TSH Testing

TSH levels serve as a strong indicator of your overall health, along with hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Because of this, getting your TSH levels checked is a good idea. TSH levels are measured with a blood test.

Just like a standard blood draw, this test is virtually painless. Before the test, it’s important to let your doctor know about any medications you’re taking or treatments you’ve recently undergone. These can both interfere with the TSH screen.

A blood test gives your doctor the opportunity to analyze your TSH levels and recommend treatment.

TSH Treatment

Correcting your TSH levels revolves around supplementing your natural thyroid production. This is done with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT. BHRT uses TSH that’s chemically identical to what your body produces to naturally rejuvenate your thyroid.

Your thyroid can be restored via a number of delivery methods:

  • Injected pellets
  • Pills / Tablets
  • Creams / Gels
  • Patches

These are all equally valid ways of correcting your TSH levels. It’s best to talk with a doctor and find out which method is right for you.

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If you’re experiencing a number of seemingly unrelated symptoms you may be suffering from TSH imbalance. Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can make life extremely difficult, so it’s of the utmost importance to you have TSH levels checked.

If you’re interested in a TSH and BHRT consultation, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Trigger Point Injections

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Chronic pain can make even the easiest tasks seem incredibly difficult. Trigger point injections, sometimes referred to as TPIs, are used to address chronic pain that starts in the muscles including treatment for muscle spasms. Trigger point injections are a type of pain management injection referred to as minimally-invasive pain treatments.

Trigger point injections have been used to provide pain relief for people all around the world. Request more information about TPI injections today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

What Are Trigger Point Injections?

Trigger point injections are one type of pain management injection. Trigger point injections are used to treat many different pain-related conditions. Some of these include:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tension headaches
  • Tinnitus
  • Reduced mobility
  • Myofascial pain syndrome (chronic muscle pain)

The list above represents just a small portion of the many conditions that can be treated with trigger point injections. As the name implies, trigger point injections target the “trigger points” within the muscles. These trigger points are the “knots” within the muscles that tense up and cause pain. When a knot occurs, it can actually damage the nerves and lead to pain in other parts of the body.

Trigger point injections address pain through the use of medication. Because they feature no incisions or surgery, trigger point injections are considered a less-invasive pain treatment.

How Do Trigger point Injections Work?

Trigger point injections can be utilized on any muscle group in the body. Some of the most commonly areas treated with trigger point injections include the:

  • Lower back
  • Arm
  • Legs
  • Head
  • Neck
  • Shoulders

A single trigger point injection takes just moments to administer. The actual contents of the injection will vary depending on the issue being treated and the individual needs of the patient. The most common types of trigger point injections utilize either steroidal medication to bring down inflammation or muscle relaxers to stop spasms. Most TPIs are combined with a mild pain medication, as well.

When utilized correctly, trigger point injections may lead to:

  • Reduced pain
  • Increased mobility
  • Less frequent muscle spasms

Trigger point injections are often used as one part of a larger pain management treatment plan. To increase their effectiveness, TPIs may be used in conjunction with physical therapy, oral medication, massage and many other pain management methods. The only way to determine what pain management methods are right for your needs is to meet with a medical professional.

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Trigger point injections can provide crucial pain relief to those in need. By combating the many forms of chronic muscle pain, trigger point injections provide a higher quality of life and reduced pain. Request more information about trigger point injection treatment today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Tubal Ligation

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When a woman is finished having children, she may seek a permanent birth control solution. These options provide a way to enjoy sex without the difficulty of daily oral birth control. Tubal ligation is the most popular female sterilization procedure. It is sometimes known as having your “tubes tied.”

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What is Tubal Ligation?

Tubal ligation, also known as tubal sterilization or tubectomy, is a form of permanent female birth control. Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure used to prevent pregnancy by stopping sperm from reaching the egg.

Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure that may eliminate the need for any other methods of contraception. Tubal ligation is considered permanent, although it can be reversed in certain cases. Because of this, it is only recommended for women who are certain they are finished having children.

Some women have a higher risk factor for tubal ligation and may not be ideal candidates. This can include women who:

  • Have had previous abdominal or pelvic surgery
  • Are obese or dramatically overweight
  • Have diabetes or inflammatory diseases

Tubal ligation is mostly recommended for older women, as very young women risk a higher chance of pregnancy.

How Does Tubal Ligation Work?

Tubal ligation targets the fallopian tubes, the part of the female reproductive system from which the procedure gets its name. These tubes play a key role in sperm traveling to the egg, resulting in a pregnancy.

To prevent this, the tubal ligation procedure seals the fallopian tubes by removing small segments and replacing them with plastic rings or clips. Eventually, the body’s natural scar tissue takes over and seals the fallopian tubes.

There are two primary varieties of tubal ligation :

  • Laparoscopic tubal ligation: This is the most common tubal ligation procedure. In this form of tubectomy, two small incisions are made and a device known as a laparoscope is inserted to make the necessary adjustments.
  • Abdominal tubal ligation: In this type of tubectomy, sometimes known as an open tubal ligation , a larger incision is made on the abdomen and the surgery is performed traditionally. Abdominal tubal ligation is typically done for women who have recently given birth or suffer from pelvic inflammation.

After the surgery is complete, there will be some recovery time. Pain and cramping is to be expected during this period. After a few weeks, regular activity can resume.

Regardless of the method, tubal ligation is considered a permanent procedure. It can be reversed in very rare cases, although this is not always effective.

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Permanent birth control can provide the ability to enjoy safe sex after childbirth without the use and hormonal issues associated with traditional birth control. Request more information about tubal ligation today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Urinalysis Tests

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A urinalysis is a simple test that helps medical providers identify infection, irritation or other illnesses through compounds or components of your urine. Depending on your situation, your medical provider may have you collect your urine in a special container at home or in the office during an appointment. If your provider is looking for a specific compound, the urine may be sent to a lab for testing. More general tests like those done to find a urinary tract infection can be completed in the office in just a few minutes.

To complete the urinalysis, all you will need to do is urinate or pee into a cup. Your medical provider or laboratory team will handle the rest.

Find out more about how to prepare for your urinalysis by calling our office at (870) 642-8818.

What Does a Urinalysis Look For?

Urinalysis can be used to identify or monitor a variety of different compounds. A urinalysis may be completed for several reasons:

  • As a part of your regular annual check-up or physical
  • When monitoring for diabetes or kidney disease
  • To check for blood in the urine
  • To identify a urinary tract infection

There are dozens and dozens of other medical conditions that may change the contents of your urine. If your doctor finds something abnormal, he or she will discuss these results with you and then set up any additional testing. Very few conditions can be diagnosed with only a urine sample.

What Happens During the Test?

To test your urine, your doctor or lab personnel will look at several factors. Color, clarity and odor are usually first. The urine may be tested to see how concentrated it is. A urine chemistry test uses a special stick that is dipped into the urine and tests for many different compounds at once. The stick has several different colored pads on it that will change color when exposed to blood, glucose, nitrates, bacteria and other chemicals in the urine. These color changes are evaluated by medical personnel and the results are recorded.

Your urine may also be examined under a microscope to find items you cannot see with your eyes. Mucus, bacteria and crystals in your urine may be found this way. Depending on what test you have, it may take several days to get the results.

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A urinalysis is an effective way to monitor for many conditions. Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online for more information on urinalysis.

Urinary Incontinence Treatment

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Loss of bladder control, or urinary incontinence, is a problem that many experience as they age. Having the inability to control when you urinate or dealing with urinary leakage can cause embarrassment and make enjoying your life difficult.

There are many reasons you may be suffering from an over-active bladder (OAB). If you’re looking for help with urinary incontinence, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

What is Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. It can be gradual or sudden, and take many forms. In general, there are five types of urinary incontinence:

  • Functional incontinence: Normal urine control, but difficulty “holding” or getting to the bathroom in time.
  • Urge incontinence: A sudden, strong need to urinate immediately.
  • Overflow incontinence: Small amounts of leakage caused by an overfilled bladder, along with strained urination.
  • Stress incontinence: Sudden urination or urge to urinate caused by contracted muscles. This includes laughing, coughing or exercise.
  • Mixed incontinence: Any combination of the other four types of incontinence.

Each of these types of urinary incontinence can cause embarrassment and interfere with your life.

What Causes Urinary Incontinence?

Though it’s commonly associated with age, urinary incontinence is caused by more than growing old. Some minor conditions can cause temporary incontinence, such as urinary tract infection (UTI) or constipation. The loss of bladder control from these conditions will subside as the overlying problem is treated.

For persistent urinary incontinence, more troubling conditions may be the cause. These include:

  • Enlarged prostate
  • Kidney stones
  • Bladder stones
  • Spinal injuries
  • Stroke

If you’ve been diagnosed with any of these conditions and have noticed a decrease in bladder control, it may be related. If you’re noticing other symptoms associated with these illnesses in addition to incontinence, immediately.

Can Urinary Incontinence Be Treated?

There are numerous treatment options for urinary incontinence, depending on the source and nature of your specific type. Your doctor will run tests to identify why you’re losing bladder control. These tests can include pelvic ultrasounds, urodynamic tests and X-rays.

Your doctor will likely recommend lifestyle changes to start. Diet, exercise, smoking and alcohol can all have a major effect on bladder control. Stress exercises and behavior techniques may also be included in this step.

If it’s decided that more in-depth treatment is needed, your options include:

  • Surgery (bladder suspension, artificial urinary devices)
  • Catheters
  • Medications (duloxetine, imipramine)
  • Hormones (topical estrogen, testosterone)

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it may feel like urinary incontinence controls your life. Resume your favorite activities and free yourself from the embarrassment of an over-active bladder by seeking treatment. To get started with a urinary incontinence consultation, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Vasectomy Surgery

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After they no longer desire to have children, many men wish to take an active role in birth control. The vasectomy, a permanent birth control procedure for men, was created for this reason. Vasectomy is a form of permanent birth control, also known as sterilization.

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What is Vasectomy?

Vasectomy is a permanent birth control procedure for men. When performed correctly, a vasectomy is over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. Like other sterilization procedures, however, vasectomy does not provide protection from sexually transmitted disease (STDs).

While it is reversible in some cases, vasectomy is considered a permanent operation. The vasectomy targets the vas deferens to stop sperm from entering the semen released during ejaculation.

Some of the benefits of vasectomy include:

  • Over 99% effective
  • Less costly than female sterilization (tubal ligation)
  • Less invasive than female sterilization (tubal ligation)
  • Outpatient surgery
  • Low risk of side effects
  • Eliminates need for condoms and hormonal birth control

How does Vasectomy Work?

Vasectomy is almost always performed as an outpatient procedure. This means that those receiving a vasectomy can typically leave the hospital the same day. Before the surgery is performed, a vasectomy consultation is done. This is a meeting with the doctor or surgeon to discuss the benefits and risks of the procedure.

During vasectomy:

  • Anesthesia is provided to the surgical site.
  • A small incision is made in to the scrotum; some “no-scalpel” methods use a small puncture instead.
  • The vas deferens is located and partially removed through the surgical opening.
  • The remaining portion of the vas deferens is sealed using heat or surgical clips.
  • The surgical site is closed, using stitches if an incision was made.

There is some downtime after a vasectomy has been performed. Bandages and ice-packs are almost always recommended, along with plenty of rest. It’s important to avoid sexual activity for at least a week after a vasectomy.

There may still be some sperm that can enter semen short after a procedure has been performed. Vasectomy follow-up typically includes an appointment to confirm that sperm are completely absent from the semen.

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Vasectomy can provide peace-of-mind and has proven to be a highly successful means of pregnancy prevention. Request more information today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Treatment

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The primary function of B12 vitamins is to assist other chemicals in the body with the production of red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout your system, so a lower number of these cells mean that your organs are receiving less oxygen – a condition known as vitamin B12 deficiency anemia.

Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency Anemia include:

  • Fatigue
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Looking pale
  • Sore tongue
  • Bruising easily
  • Bleeding gums
  • Upset stomach leading to weight loss
  • Diarrhea or constipation

If left untreated, vitamin B12 deficiency anemia can begin to affect your nervous system and even damage some of your nerve cells. This can lead to:

  • Tingling in the fingers and toes
  • Trouble walking
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Advanced mental deterioration resulting in memory loss, disorientation, and dementia

Who’s at risk?

We get most of our vitamin B12 by eating foods such as meat, eggs, and dairy products. This means that consuming a vegetarian diet without the proper supplements can put you at risk for developing a vitamin B12 deficiency. Expectant mothers who eat a vegetarian diet could also give their baby a B12 deficiency.

In some cases though, people who consume enough B12 can still develop the condition. This may be the result of a problem in their digestive system that doesn’t allow them to properly absorb these vitamins. Some digestive conditions that could lead to vitamin B12 deficiency anemia include:

  • Pernicious Anemia – a condition where the stomach produces lower amounts of a protein called intrinsic factor, needed to absorb B12.
  • Atrophic Gastritis – an inflammation of the mucous lining the walls of your stomach, a common condition that affects about 30 percent of people over the age of 50.
  • Diseases in the small intestine such as Crohn’s Disease, celiac disease, harmful bacteria, or parasites such as tape worms
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Autoimmune diseases like Graves’ disease or lupus
  • Surgery that removed part of the stomach or small intestine
  • Extended use of acid reducing drugs

Vitamin B12 Deficiency – Diagnosis and Treatment

To diagnose B12 deficiency, your doctor will generally begin with a physical examination to check your reflexes, as these will be negatively affected by the condition.

Your doctor may also take a blood sample to check the levels of B12 in your blood stream. This screening will also determine a blood cell count and hemoglobin production levels which are both affected by a B12 deficiency.

In some cases your doctor may perform an internal exam of the stomach or small intestine to determine if there is a digestive problem.

Treatments for a B12 deficiency vary, and are determined by the cause. If the cause was due to your diet, your doctor will likely recommend different foods that can increase the amount of B12 you eat. If the problem exists in your digestive tract, the best option is to administer a direct injection of the vitamin.

Vitamin D Deficiency Treatment

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Vitamin D is found in a variety of places. We consume it in the dairy products we eat and drink. Eggs and certain kinds of fish are an abundant source. We even absorb it through our skin by spending time outdoors in direct sunlight.

The most important benefit of vitamin D is that it keeps our bones healthy and strong. Without enough of this vital nutrient, we could develop a condition known as rickets where the bones become soft and possibly deformed.

Aside from just bone health, research now suggests that a vitamin D deficiency can play a role in a number of other illnesses. Not having enough vitamin D can possibly increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Vitamin D deficiency can be responsible for severe asthma in children and it can speed up mental deterioration in the elderly.

How can I tell if I have a Vitamin D deficiency?

Some patients experiencing Vitamin D deficiency may notice weaker muscles or pain in their bones. For a lot of people, a deficiency may have no initial symptoms at all. Here are some factors that could contribute to lower amounts of vitamin D in your body:

  • Lack of exposure to sunlight.
  • Darker skin. Melanin inhibits your ability to convert sunlight into vitamin D.
  • Not enough milk in your diet.
  • A vegan diet.
  • Problems with your digestive system such as Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis, and celiac disease which prevent proper absorption of Vitamin D from the foods you eat.
  • Kidney problems.
  • Body mass index at 30 or above. Fat cells pull vitamin D from the blood stream, preventing it from reaching other parts of your body.

Vitamin D Deficiency – Diagnosis and Treatment

The easiest way for a doctor to determine if you are vitamin D deficient is to perform a blood test which checks the Vitamin D levels in your blood stream. If a deficiency is found, your doctor may recommend a combination of diet changes and supplements to try and bring your levels back to normal. This is especially important in patients aged 70 and older, because at that stage of life, the necessary levels of vitamin D increase from 600 IU to 800 IU.

In addition to preventing rickets, vitamin D supplementation can be used to prevent or treat a number of other conditions:

  • Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Glucose intolerance
  • Multiple sclerosis

 

Weight Gain

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Unexplained weight gain can be startling. We all expect to gain weight if we don’t maintain a healthy diet or a get a proper amount of exercise. But weight can sometimes seem to happen for no apparent reason, which makes it much more frustrating.

Even “unexplained” weight gain comes from somewhere; medical weight loss healthcare providers can identify the cause of your weight gain and help you address it with medical weight loss. Please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Unexplained Weight Gain

Weight gain can occur even in people who appear to be healthy and maintain regular exercise. That’s because there are a number of weight gain causes that can contribute to this increase. A combination of these causes can even lead to obesity, which can be life-threatening.

Common causes for weight gain include:

  • Stress
  • Steroid medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Poor sleep
  • Pregnancy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Aging
  • Hormonal imbalance

Some fluctuation in weight is completely normal and may just stem from fluid retention or water retention. When that’s the case, you can expect this weight gain to take care itself with a basic combination of diet of exercise. But when weight gain is the result of one of these other causes, it’s best to seek treatment. If you are interested in losing weight, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Weight Gain Treatment

The most effective weight gain treatment is with a medical weight loss program. Unlike fad diets, surgery or trendy exercise videos, medical weight loss is backed by medical research and knowledge.

A medically-supervised medical weight loss program is centered on a combination of:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Lifestyle changes

Much of losing weight is based around building good habits, such as eating right and getting a full night’s sleep. Your healthcare provider may analyze your lifestyle to uncover the root cause of your weight and provide a solution that’s customized to your needs.

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Don’t let weight gain control your life. If you’re unsatisfied with your weight or worried about your long-term health, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Weight Loss Motivation

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Science tells you that losing weight is simple: just take in fewer calories than you burn. While that is factually true, keeping your weight loss motivation can be challenging when faced with temptation, busy schedules, and days when you just don’t feel like working out.

Experts say that ups and downs on your weight loss journey are normal—you just can’t hang on to them for longer than a day or two before you need to get back on track.

Let us help you find the tools for better weight loss motivation today: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Weight Loss Motivation Tips

Here are some weight loss motivation tips you might want to consider:

  • Focus on the “feel good”. Instead of focusing on the scale’s numbers and what you have to do to see it drop, try focusing on how you feel after eating a healthy meal or finishing an energizing workout. Keep your mind on those positive good feelings and you’ll want to do more.
  • Set goals. Setting a goal can give you a clear point to work toward. When you set weight loss goals, keep them realistic so you don’t feel discouraged. Remember that losing weight takes time. Write your goal down and post it in a place where you will see it often. You may also want to try sharing this goal with a friend or setting up a little competition to see who can lose the most weight.
  • Don’t look at models. Believe it or not, posting those magazine photos of chiseled bodies all over your treadmill may not be as motivating as you might think. Researchers in Europe found that study participants who looked at images of very fit models became discouraged with their fitness progress more easily than those who did not.
  • Reward, don’t punish. Providing steady rewards is a great way to stay motivated. You may still plan a large goal—like a vacation or trip to the spa for a specific point in your weight loss, but don’t be afraid to reward yourself with fun activities. Losing weight is a journey, not a punishment.

How to Get Motivated to Lose Weight? If you are one of those men or women who need daily weight loss motivation, there are plenty of options. One of the easiest and cheapest ideas is to buddy up with a friend to whom you can be accountable. Call each other, work out together, share your frustrations and successes. Above all, just keep moving.

You may want to check out one of a variety of apps you can download to your phone or other mobile device for motivational quotes, fitness tracking, dieting and more.

To learn more about how to get motivated to lose weight: call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Wellness Evaluations

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Wellness evaluations are of form of preventive medicine. The goal of a wellness exam is to not only monitor your current health status, but to prevent future illnesses from occurring. This is accomplished with consultations, physical exams, health screenings, and regular immunizations.

Wellness evaluations should be performed annually regardless of your current health status. If you would like to schedule a wellness evaluation, please call (870) 642-8818or contact us online.

What Happens during a Wellness Evaluation?

A typical wellness exam begins with a consultation, where your doctor will discuss your medical history. This could also include a discussion on your family’s medical history in order to diagnose potential genetic illnesses. The consultation is a good time for you to ask any questions or concerns you may have about your health.

The next step of a wellness evaluation is a physical exam. Some of the monitoring and tests your doctor may perform include:

  • Height, weight, and body fat measurement
  • Listening to your lungs
  • Ears, nose, and throat examination
  • Blood pressure and cholesterol test
  • STD screenings
  • Neurological examination
  • Urinalysis
  • Lifestyle analysis
  • Preventative health screenings
  • EKGs

Typical Wellness Screenings

There are a number of recommended wellness screenings that should be performed depending on your age and gender. Some of the tests for women include:

  • Pap tests
  • Mammograms
  • Colon cancer screenings for women over 50
  • Bone density tests for women over 65

Recommended tests for men include:

  • Prostate cancer screening for men over 40
  • Colon cancer screening for men over 50

Lifestyle and Nutrition Counseling

A large part of wellness evaluations is a lifestyle and nutrition counseling session. Lifestyle coaching combines recommendations on fitness programs, as well as encouragement to eliminate negative health habits from your life such as smoking and excessive drinking.

The nutrition portion of a counseling session could include a diet plan, meal recommendations, or an education on what nutrients to include in your daily menu. Your doctor may also suggest supplements that can improve your health and the way you feel.

Schedule Your Wellness Evaluation

Most people don’t think about seeing a doctor when they’re feeling great, but regular wellness screenings are the most important way to maintain your health. Schedule a wellness consultation now: please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

What are Bioidentical Hormones? BHRT

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Let’s Start With Hormones

Before you can truly grasp the concept of bioidentical hormones or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), it’s best to begin by establishing the definition of “hormones.” Hormones are chemical messengers the body sends out to control a variety of functions and processes. They are secreted into the blood stream through the endocrine glands, like the:

  • Pancreas
  • Testes
  • Ovaries
  • Pituitary gland
  • Thymus
  • Adrenal glands

Once hormones are secreted from these glands, they bind to receptor sites where they induce chemical changes. These changes allow hormones to control such bodily functions as:

  • Stimulating growth
  • Puberty
  • Sexual arousal
  • Hunger/cravings
  • Menopause
  • Perimenopause
  • Andropause

Detecting Hormone Imbalance

Hormone imbalance is more common than most people think. Unfortunately, this is an issue that is often ignored or misidentified. Most people fail to make the link between physical or mental changes and hormone deficiency/imbalance. This may lead to certain symptoms going untreated. This often includes symptoms such as:

  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Excessive sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Low libido

Once an imbalance is detected, however, the solution is often simple. If you have low testosterone, find a treatment to raise your testosterone levels. If you’ve got low estrogen (oestrogen), find a treatment to raise your estrogen (oestrogen) levels. This pattern applies to many treatment strategies and shown to be effective in restoring balance in the body.

The Bioidentical Difference

Traditional hormone replacement therapy has been the subject of much debate in recent years. Evidence points to an increased risk of heart attacks, stroke, and certain cancers for those using hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Arguments have been made for the increased safety and effectiveness of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). This is because bioidenticals are designed to imitate the structure of your body’s hormones. This means the body has a hard time telling them apart from hormones it naturally produces. Their mimicry of naturally produced hormones is believed to play a role in the seemingly reduced risk of negative side effects and increased effectiveness.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Another key benefit of BHRT is that the treatment is custom-tailored to your hormone levels for maximum effectiveness. It is, in part, because of this, that BHRT has yet to be approved by government regulatory authorities. It becomes infinitely harder to test for safety and effectiveness when each treatment and condition are unique to the patient.

The lack of solid scientific support of BHRT’s safety over traditional HRT has fueled a great deal of debate over its use. However, much of the research that does exist regarding the safety of BHRT points to it being safer in the long-term.

Bioidentical hormones are widely delivered via injection. However, the implantation of a hormone pellet which releases hormones over an extended period is an option that is becoming increasingly popular. The popularity of pellets may be due in no small part to the fact that pellet therapy extends the intervals between treatments to once every 3-5 months.

Balancing your hormones with BHRT may help treat a wide variety of symptoms and conditions. Some of these include:

  • Andropause
  • Hot flashes (hot flushes)
  • Menopause
  • Perimenopause
  • Muscle loss
  • Night sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Damaged skin
  • Poor memory
  • Hair loss

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a treatment worth considering when struggling with these conditions. It is believed to be a stronger, healthier and safer approach to getting your hormones back on track. Learn more about BHRT treatment options today! Call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Sources

Holtorf, Kent. “The bioidentical hormone debate: are bioidentical hormones (estradiol, estriol, and progesterone) safer or more efficacious than commonly used synthetic versions in hormone replacement therapy?.” Postgraduate medicine 121.1 (2009): 73-85.

 

Wrinkles Treatment

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Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, but can damage confidence and self-esteem nonetheless. Skin naturally sags, stretches and changes with age. But wrinkles, especially in people who are not elderly, can be unsightly and many people choose to seek wrinkle treatment.

If you’re concerned about wrinkles, lines, folds or other signs of skin aging, please call(870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

What Causes Wrinkles?

Wrinkles occur naturally as a part of the aging process, but can stem from or are worsened by a number of other factors. Some of the other causes of wrinkles include:

  • Repetitious facial expressions: This is where the terms “laugh lines”, “frown lines” and even “smile lines” stem from. Making the same expression over many years leads temporary wrinkles to expand and become permanent.
  • Nutrition: Poor nutrition, especially dehydration, can lead to skin damage and the earlier onset of wrinkles in certain areas of the body.
  • Smoking: Years of tobacco smoking can lead to wrinkles surrounding the mouth and eyes.
  • Sun damage: Exposure to harmful (or even healthy levels of) UV rays causes the skin to show signs of aging, especially in the areas most frequently exposed to the sun such as the face and hands.

While people most often are concerned about facial wrinkles, lines and folds can manifest themselves in a number of other areas. Some common types of wrinkles include:

  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Eye wrinkles
  • Neck wrinkles
  • Under-Eye wrinkles
  • Lip wrinkles

Wrinkle Treatments

There are a variety of ways to treat wrinkles. Although wrinkles are themselves a natural part of the aging process, many people prefer a more youthful or wrinkle-free appearance.

In addition to general wrinkle-reduction tips, such as smoking cessation and better sleeping habits, wrinkle treatments include:

  • Laser wrinkle reduction
  • Skin tightening
  • Dermal fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm
  • Injectable wrinkle reducers, such as Botox and Dysport
  • Wrinkle creams
  • Chemical peels
  • Facelifts

The wrinkle treatment that is right for you depends on the severity and location of your wrinkles. Consulting with a dermatologist or medical professional is the best way to determine a wrinkle treatment course.

Turn Back the Clock

Reducing wrinkles and looking younger is possible! To schedule a skin care consultation, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Hyperthyroidism

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Located at the front of your neck, the thyroid gland is crucial to your overall wellness. By producing the thyroid hormones, this gland regulates your metabolism and cholesterol levels, and affects your muscles, bones, and heart.

An overactive thyroid gland causes the condition known as hyperthyroidism. With an overabundance of the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), your body will experience numerous devitalizing symptoms that will undermine your way of life. If you’re struggling with thyroid woes, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Causes of Hyperthyroidism

Many factors contribute to hyperthyroidism. Graves’ disease, which causes your body’s immune system to target the thyroid gland, is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. Your body responds to Graves’ disease by overproducing the thyroid hormones.
Hyperthyroidism can also be caused by an inflamed thyroid gland, known as thyroiditis. Your doctor can test for these conditions by checking your hormone levels. This is performed with a blood test, saliva test or urine test.

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism

Because it causes so many symptoms and side-effects, hyperthyroidism is often misdiagnosed. Patients who have an overactive thyroid gland typically experience many of the following symptoms:

  • Sudden weight loss
  • High appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Thinning hair and skin
  • Irritable bowels
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Tremors

In addition to these symptoms, the tell-tale sign of hyperthyroidism is a visible goiter. When located on the front of the neck, a goiter is literally an enlarged thyroid. If you’re noticing these symptoms, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

Hyperthyroidism Treatment

Hyperthyroidism treatment is based around balancing your hormones. Because hyperthyroidism involves an overactive gland, anti-thyroid medications and possibly even thyroid removal surgery (thyroidectomy) are recommended. Surgery is taken only as a last resort, or for those that cannot take hormonal medication.

Getting your hormone levels equalized may also require bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT. Some hyperthyroid treatments may actually cause your gland to become underproductive. This is where BHRT comes into play, as it replenishes your thyroid hormones with naturally identical T3 and T4.

Other hyperthyroidism treatment possibilities include:

  • Iodine supplements
  • Changes in diet
  • Changes in exercise
  • Beta blockers

Heal Your Thyroid

Hyperthyroidism can be disruptive to your health and to your life. If you’re suffering from an overactive thyroid, it’s of the utmost importance that you get help immediately. To set up a hyperthyroidism consultation, please call (870) 642-8818 or contact us online.

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Active Couch Potato

An active couch potato gets regular exercise, but spends a lot of time sitting.

Active couch potatoes are people who get regular exercise, but they end up sitting most of the day as a result of circumstance. Research shows that trips to the gym can’t undo the effects of a day spent sitting. Even if a person is getting a fair amount of exercise, sedentary habits usually outweigh exercise.

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Adrenal Fatigue

Replenish Your Depleted Hormones

The adrenal glands sit on top of your kidneys and produce a variety of very important hormones, such as cortisol, the “stress” hormone that helps regulate your immune system, blood sugar, and metabolism. When experiencing chronic bouts of prolonged stress, the adrenal glands will continue to make cortisol at the expense of the other hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone). This can lead to adrenal fatigue.

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Amenorrhea

Understand the Impact of a Missed Cycle

The menstrual cycle in women is essential to reproductive health. When menstruation is absent or extremely delayed, this is the condition known as amenorrhea. Amenorrhea can affect women of any age. This condition can lead to infertility issues.

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Anti-Aging Medicine

Fight Back Against Old Age

Anti-aging medicine employs the latest scientific research, advances in biotechnology, and clinical preventive medicine to slow down conditions associated with aging. Through preventive screenings, early disease detection, prompt intervention, and optimal nutrition, anti-aging physicians help fight and slow down age-related disease and dysfunction.

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Back and Neck Tendonitis

Could Your Severe Back and Neck Pain Actually be Tendonitis?

Most of us have probably experienced tendonitis at some point, the legs, feet and hands being affected very often, but back and neck tendonitis can cause just as much-if not more-pain and discomfort, interfering with your ability to conduct daily life.

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Basal Metabolic Rate

Calculate & Understand the Meaning of BMR

Even though it may not feel like it, your body is always in motion. It takes plenty of fuel (calories) to keep your body running normally as it digests food, pumps blood through your body, makes your lungs move, and more. The number of calories your body burns at rest is known as your basal metabolic rate (BMR).

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Bioidentical Hormone Doctors

Find Bioidentical Hormone Doctors in Your Area Today

Patients must find a seasoned medical professional with years of experience in bioidentical hormones. Because of the versatility of the treatment, experts come from all reaches of the medical community. Many hold a degree in allopathic or osteopathic medicine. Many belong to associations related to BHRT or its applications.

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Bioidentical Hormone Pellet Therapy

Bioidentical Hormones, Delivered Consistently and Easily

Bioidentical hormone therapy, also known as BHRT, is quickly becoming a very popular treatment for a variety of hormonal imbalances. BHRT is itself a specialized form of hormone replacement therapy that uses only biologically identical hormones, it has many different delivery methods.

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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Insomnia

Achieve Better Sleep with BHRT

Everyone has trouble falling asleep sometimes, but when the condition happens repeatedly it can begin to affect multiple aspects of your life. Insomnia can impact your ability to function at school, in the workplace, and even at home.

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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy For Men

Andropause, Low Testosterone and More

Hormones play a crucial role in the functioning of your body. Their levels and balance, also known as male hormone harmony, are extremely important for your health, physical shape, and well-being. As a man ages, his body becomes less effective in producing these vital hormones. Hormone levels fall to unhealthy levels, creating a hormone imbalance in his body.

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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Muscle Loss

Bioidentical Hormone Solutions for Your Muscle Loss

It’s estimated that between ages 30 and 70 a man will lose nearly a quarter of their skeletal muscle mass, turning even the hunkiest guy into a lanky fella. Hours spent in the gym are not in vain, however, muscle loss is preventable with Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).

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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Sex Drive

Boost Your Sex Drive with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

A decrease in sex drive is a condition that is unique in the fact that there is no definitive way to monitor it. Doctors have no gauge for what a “normal” sex drive should be, so it is defined differently with each and every patient. If you’ve noticed a decrease in your libido, it could be due to a number of factors.

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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Weight Loss

Bioidentical Hormones & Your Body Weight

For many years, physicians and researchers struggled to connect the dots between hormones and their role in weight loss. Women have long known that food cravings and sluggish metabolisms were very real problems making it hard to lose weight, but convincing the medical world of their link to weight was difficult. Recent studies have linked hormones and weight gain, indicating that hormonal treatment for weight loss is a viable option.

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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy For Women

Menopause, Hormones and Aging

Hormones play a crucial role in the functioning of your body. Their levels and balance, also known as female hormone harmony, are extremely important to your health, mood, and well-being. As a woman ages, her body becomes less effective in producing these vital hormones. Hormones fall to unhealthy levels creating a hormone imbalance in your body. Female hormones must stay in perfect hormonal balance for your body to function optimally.

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Bioidentical Hormones

Achieve Hormone Balance Naturally

Bioidentical hormones are chemically and biologically identical to the hormones produced naturally in the body. These plant-derived hormones are used as a part of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, a treatment designed to restore the natural hormone levels in men and women. Bioidentical hormones are most commonly associated with the treatment of menopause and low testosterone, but they have many other uses as well. Bioidentical hormones can be used to treat both men and women.

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Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Low-T Treatment

Low testosterone has become a phrase that all men fear. The gradual loss of testosterone, sometimes called low T, occurs naturally with age. Unfortunately, it also brings along many symptoms and side effects like low sex drive, erective dysfunction and weight gain. Bioidentical testosterone has helped many men regain their youthful vigor.

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Birth Control & Contraception

Hormonal, Barrier, IUDs and Many Other Birth Control Alternatives

Contraception refers to any medical method or treatment designed to prevent pregnancy. Contraception is available in both short-term and long-term varieties. Contraception is often referred to as simply birth control.

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Blood Testing

Standard Lab Blood Work for Adults & Children

Lab blood work, otherwise known as a blood test, is an extremely effective diagnostic tool. Your blood carries nutrients and oxygen to the organs, and impurities are filtered out by the kidneys. By testing the levels of specific substances in your bloodstream, your doctor can diagnose a number of conditions.

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BOTOX Cosmetic

Beat Wrinkles, Lines and Age

Botox Cosmetic® provides a safe, effective solution for helping you look younger non-surgically. Botox can help with a variety age-related issues for both women and men. Some of the imperfections most commonly treated with Botox include wrinkles, crow’s feet, and forehead lines.

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Calories and Weight Gain

Could Counting Calories be all it Takes to Shed Pounds?

Eat this, don’t eat that, this is good, that is bad; how are we supposed to make any sense of the countless diets out there? Do any of them even work? There is evidence to suggest a much easier way to lose weight and keep it off. Simply counting calories.

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Celiac Disease

Testing, Treatment and the Gluten-Free Diet

Gluten is a protein that is found in many different food components, notably wheat, barley and rye. Although it is found all over, gluten is mostly associated with bread products and other carbohydrates. Celiac disease refers to an immune condition in which the body rejects all gluten.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Fight Fatigue & Tiredness

If you’ve been experiencing severe exhaustion that’s lasted longer than six months, you may be suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). If left unchecked, CFS could not only leave you at a loss for energy, it could begin to diminish your quality of life.

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Chronic Stress

Treat Stress with Hormones & Relaxation

We all deal with stress, from work to family and everything in between; stress is a part of the body’s natural fight-or-flight response. When you’re constantly feeling stressed, however, you have a condition known as chronic stress. There are many factors that contribute to chronic stress, and a similarly high number of treatment options.

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CPAP

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure for Sleep Apnea

CPAP is an abbreviation for a medical device that delivers Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. A CPAP device forces air through a mask worn over your mouth and nose to hold open the airway – the tube that carries air from the nose to the lungs. CPAPs are good for men and women who have conditions like obstructive sleep apnea or in newborns with breathing difficulties.

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Diabetes

Insulin, Blood-Sugar and What to Know

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when there are high levels of sugar in your blood. The condition affects more than 20 million people in the United States alone. Here’s a brief explanation of what happens in a patient’s body when he or she is suffering from diabetes.

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Dyspareunia (Painful Intercourse)

Painful Sex Treatment for Women and Men

Painful intercourse, known medically as dyspareunia, is a problem that can interfere with health, happiness and relationships. There are many different reasons why painful sex can occur.

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Endometriosis

Treatment for Pelvic Pain, Excessive Bleeding & More

Endometriosis is a women’s health disorder that involves the soft tissue known as endometrium, which normally lines the inside of the uterus. This condition can lead debilitating, even crippling pain. Those suffering from endometriosis are often unaware that they have been affected.

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Enlarged Prostate (BPH)

Non-Cancerous Prostate Problems

The prostate gland surrounds the urethra in men and has many important functions. Due to many factors, the prostate gland can become enlarged. Enlarged prostate is known medically as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) when it is not related to cancer.

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Erectile Dysfunction

Rejuvenate Your Sex Life

There are a number of factors in a man’s body that play a role in forming an erection. It is a combination of physical properties such as the nerves, muscles, and blood vessels as well as mental and chemical attributes involving the brain, hormones, and emotions.

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Estrogen (Oestrogen) Hormone Replacement Therapy

Menopause, Age and Women's Health

Low estrogen levels can cause numerous health issues. Though the estrogen hormone is commonly associated with perimenopause and menopause, low estrogen levels can occur for other reasons. Estrogen replacement therapy, or ERT, provides relief from the many debilitating symptoms caused by low estrogen levels.

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Estrogen Dominance

Women's Health & Hormones

As doctors learn more about hormones, it becomes clear that hormonal imbalance is caused by more than an overabundance or deficiency of any one hormone. Rather, your body’s endocrine system is a delicate balance of multiple hormones. This is the case with estrogen dominance syndrome, a condition that’s caused by overproduction of estrogen coupled with underproduction of progesterone.

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Estrogen Replacement Therapy

Explore the Complexities of the Female Sex Hormone

Estrogen is the primary female sex hormone. It is responsible for the development of secondary sex characteristics from puberty to menopause. Men also produce estrogen, as do animals (all vertebrates and many species of insect). Estrogen is capable of diffusing through the membrane of cells and binding to estrogen receptors.

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Extreme Weight Loss is Real, But Are Your Expectations?

Extreme weight loss has received enormous media attention over the years. It seems as though each week, a new story surfaces claiming to hold the key to losing weight. However, so much is lost under the gloss and glimmer of pop culture that the truth may be hard to stomach.

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Facial Aging

Wrinkles, Lines, Sun Damage & Facial Aging Treatment

Aging is an unavoidable part of life. We all grow older and expect to see some signs of aging in our appearances. But have you noticed that some people seem to age much more dramatically than others? That’s because facial aging affects every person differently. Facial aging can make you look older than you appear and damage your confidence.

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Family Medicine

Comprehensive Care for You and Yours

Family medicine refers to a specialty of medical practice focused on providing general care for all members of a family. Choosing a family medicine doctor is very important, as most medical visits from issues large to small are done through a family medicine practice.

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Fat Burning Injections

Eliminate Fat without Invasive Surgery or Scars

When you are ready to lose weight, you have plenty of options. From traditional diet and exercise to appetite suppressants and physician-guided medical weight-loss programs, there are lots of choices for success. Fat-burning injections are one treatment option designed to to speed up metabolism and burn fat faster.

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Fibromyalgia

Tender Points and Trauma

Fibromyalgia can be defined as pain felt throughout the entire body. The effects are long lasting and are specifically experienced in the muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. The pain may also feel like it is in your joints, although fibromyalgia does not physically affect these areas.

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Flu Shots

Protect Your Family with Seasonal Flu Vaccinations

Influenza, often shortened as “the flu,” is a serious viral disease that can cause numerous complications. A bout with severe influenza can lead to missed work, pain and in some cases even hospitalization. That’s why it’s recommended that most people get a seasonal flu shot.

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Food Allergies

Learn More about How to Detect and Prevent Food Allergies

Food allergies are an immune response to triggers found in the food we eat. Food allergies can be life-threatening, as exposure to triggers typically occurs in the mouth and throat. Food allergies may trigger anaphylaxis and require immediate assistance. Food allergies may also cause symptoms like hives or digestive issues.

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Food Pyramid

Recommended Daily Amounts of Healthy Foods

There are many tools available to help you make wise food choices. Starting in 1992, United States health officials introduced the Food Pyramid, a visual eating guide divided into six food group sections. Larger sections along the bottom featured foods you should eat more of, and higher fat or less healthy foods took their place at the very top of the pyramid.

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Gluten Sensitivity

Treatment and Testing for Gluten Intolerance

Gluten refers to the substance that is found in many bread products and other foods. Gluten provides the elasticity found in dough and is frequently added to foods as a thickener. Those with gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance have issues digesting this substance, leading to many side-effects.

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Gynecomastia

BHRT and Male Breasts

Male breasts, or gynecomastia, are a condition that’s both embarrassing and dangerous. Breast growths can occur in men of any age and sometimes signify a serious illness. Thankfully, gynecomastia is treatable with cosmetic surgery.

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Hashimoto's Disease

Your Thyroid and BHRT

Hashimoto’s disease, also known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, is a chronic autoimmune disease. Hashimoto’s disease causes the body’s immune system to function incorrectly, resulting in damage to thyroid cells and the inability to manufacture thyroid hormones.

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Headaches

Unlocking the Path to Less Pain

Headaches have been experienced by almost everyone at some point in their lives. For example, up to 90% of adults have reported experiencing tension headaches, and 28 million people in the United States alone have had a migraine. There are currently 150 different categories of headaches that vary in intensity, cause, and cure.

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Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (Menorrhagia)

Treatment for Heavy Period Bleeding & Menstrual Pain

Menstrual bleeding is a normal part of the female reproductive cycle. Many women, however, experience excessive or prolonged bleeding during their period. This is the medical condition known as menorrhagia. Menorrhagia can be frustrating and debilitating.

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High Cholesterol

LDL, HDL, Triglycerides & Your Health

Cholesterol may seem like it’s a bad thing to have in your body, but it’s not. Your body needs cholesterol to help your cells function correctly. But if you have too much, you raise your risk for serious health problems like heart disease – which could lead to a heart attack or stroke.

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Hormone Balancing

Hormone Level Optimization

Hormonal imbalance is quickly becoming recognized as a serious medical condition. The problems that many men and women previously attributed to aging are now known to stem from imbalanced or depleted hormones. Hormone balancing is a treatment created to rectify this problem by restoring and rejuvenating the body’s natural hormones. The most popular type of hormone-balancing treatment is bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.

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Hormone Level Testing

Saliva, Blood and Urine Tests

Many people find themselves concerned with their hormone levels. Imbalanced hormones, such as estrogen, testosterone and DHEA can cause serious health problems. Hormone level testing gives doctors a way to analyze your current hormone levels to see if you are deficient or overloaded with any particular hormone.

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Hormone Replacement for Erectile Dysfunction

A Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction Arises - BHRT

Erectile dysfunction is a condition suffered by many men. It is characterized by difficulty or the inability to produce and maintain an erection during sex. This telltale symptom is often accompanied by a decrease in libido. Erectile dysfunction is, in many cases, caused by an imbalance of androgen hormones.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Andropause

The 'Male Menopause' and HRT

Sometimes referred to as male menopause, andropause is a dramatic reduction in testosterone production that may occur in middle-aged men. Men can start losing their testosterone as early as the age of 35. This gradual reduction means that the resulting symptoms of andropause can slowly build with time.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Chronic Fatigue

Feel Energetic Again with BHRT

If you’ve been experiencing severe exhaustion that’s lasted longer than six months, you may be suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). If left unchecked, CFS could not only leave you at a loss for energy, it could begin to diminish your quality of life.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Depression

Struggling with Hormonal Imbalance

Occasionally feeling upset is a natural part of life, but most of the time we’re able to snap out of it on our own or with the help of someone who’s close to us. When the feeling of unhappiness becomes severe, (lasting for days, weeks, or even months), it can affect everything that’s important to you, including your health.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Endometriosis

Stop the Progression of Endometriosis Today with BHRT!

Endometriosis is a painful condition which affects many women. It is characterized by the growth of endometrial tissue (which lines the inside of the uterus) on the outside of the uterus. This tissue can become trapped within a woman’s body during menstruation and cause irritation, scarring, and cysts.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Fibromyalgia

Hormone-Induced Pain Treatment

Fibromyalgia can be defined as pain felt throughout the entire body. The effects are long lasting and are specifically experienced in the muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. The pain may also feel like it is in your joints, although fibromyalgia does not physically affect these areas.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Headaches

Unlocking the Path to Less Pain

Headaches have been experienced by almost everyone at some point in their lives. For example, up to 90% of adults have reported experiencing tension headaches, and 28 million people in the United States alone have had a migraine. There are currently 150 different categories of headaches that vary in intensity, cause, and cure.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Hormonal Imbalance

Balancing Hormone Levels for Optimal Wellness

Many people unknowingly suffer from hormone imbalance. Imbalanced hormones can cause a host of medical problems and should be dealt with as soon as possible. Hormone imbalance is a general term that can refer to upset levels of any variety of your body’s natural regulatory substances.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Hot Flashes

Don't be Blindsided by Hot Flashes, Try BHRT Today!

Hot flashes are a common symptom of menopause in women. Although their cause is unknown, it is widely agreed upon that they are linked to the hormonal changes which characterize this period. Hot flashes are typically defined by a sudden feeling of immense warmth throughout the upper body.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Hot Flashes in Men

Male Hot Flashes Are Common and Treatable. Learn More Today!

While hot flashes are a characteristic symptom of menopause in women, many men experience hot flashes as well. A feeling of sudden warmth radiating throughout parts of the upper body is a defining feature of hot flashes. This is often accompanied by an increase in heart rate and sweating.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Hypothyroidism

Harness the Power of Hormones to Combat an Underactive Thyroid

An underactive thyroid, known as hypothyroidism, occurs when you thyroid gland fails to produce enough T3 and T4. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is an effective solution to help raise these levels and to alleviate many of the symptoms associated with the condition.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Joint Pain

Find Long-Term Relief for Joint Pain Today With BHRT

Joint pain can cause an often debilitating amount of pain. Joint pain may come in the form of arthritis or from severe wear and tear over time. While many suffering from joint pain seek relief from over-the-counter painkillers, it’s often possible to eliminate chronic joint pain in the long term.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Memory Loss

HRT and BHRT for Memory Loss

Memory loss is a common problem countless men and women are forced to face. Short lapses or spots in memory are frequent in menopausal women. This is because the hormones that fluctuate the most during the process of menopause are involved in the body’s ability to process and store memories.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy For Men

Andropause, Low Testosterone and More

As a man ages, his body becomes less effective in producing these vital hormones. Hormone levels fall to unhealthy levels, creating a hormone imbalance in your body. A well-publicized low testosterone condition called hypogonadism, also known as low T, is not the only type of hormone deficiency. Other hormones, such as human growth hormone (low hGH), thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism), estradiol, cortisol, progesterone, DHEA, and more, need to stay in perfect hormonal balance for your body to function optimally.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause

Symptoms and Causes of Menopause

Menopause refers to the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Typically starting in the 40s or 50s, women lose the ability to produce eggs, which causes estrogen levels to drop and monthly menstruation to cease. Menopause is a natural part of women’s health, but there are many menopause treatments that mitigate or reduce problems associated with the condition.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Osteoporosis

Strengthen Bone Health with BHRT

Menopause can cause a drop in estrogen levels in women which can be detrimental to bone health. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can replace the deficient estrogen in your body to help maintain bone mass and prevent the onset of osteoporosis symptoms.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Enjoy a Happier Life through BHRT

A woman’s regular menstrual cycle can bring about more than 150 symptoms, both physical and emotional. They generally show up during the time between her ovulation and menstrual bleeding in what’s called the luteal phase. The luteal phase usually begins about 14 days from the first day of her last menstrual period. Premenstrual symptoms can arise at any point during this phase and continue through the second or third day of the menstrual period.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Urinary Incontinence

Return to Normal Life

Loss of bladder control, or urinary incontinence, is a problem that many experience as they age. Having the inability to control when you urinate or dealing with urinary leakage can cause embarrassment and make enjoying your life difficult.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Vaginal Dryness

Fight Back Against the Irritation and Discomfort of Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness is a condition most women suffer from at some point in life. Insufficient vaginal lubrication, at its core, is caused by a fluctuation of certain hormones, namely estrogen and progesterone. Hormonal imbalance is a common problem amongst women during menopause. Treatments exist to correct this and relieve symptoms.

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Hormone-Assisted Weight Loss

Bring Balance Back to Your Weight Loss Efforts

Weight gain is a problem that plagues millions of Americans. It often seems like there’s a new fad diet or miracle pill each week. With all the buzz and the hype circling the newest weight loss trends, finding a solution you can trust can feel nearly impossible.

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Hormones and Weight Gain

Bio-Identical Hormones & Your Body Weight

For many years, physicians and researchers struggled to connect the dots between hormones and their role in weight loss. Women have long known that food cravings and sluggish metabolisms were very real problems that made it hard to lose weight, but convincing the medical world of their link to weight was difficult. Recent studies have linked hormones and weight gain, indicating that hormonal treatment for weight loss is a viable option.

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Hot Flashes (Hot Flushes)

Hot Flashes Treatment

Hot flashes, sometimes referred to as hot flushes, are an uncomfortable, irritating condition to deal with. They can interfere with your life and make ordinary situations frustrating. Hot flashes in women are usually quick and often debilitating.

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Hot Flashes in Men

Night Sweats, Flushes & Andropause

Many think of hot flashes as a problem that only affects women. This isn’t true. Although they occur more frequently in women, hot flashes in men are real and prevalent. Frequent hot flashes can change your life.

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Hyperthyroidism

Your Over-Productive Thyroid

Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid makes too much of the thyroid hormone, called thyroxine. Your thyroid controls your metabolism, and hyperthyroidism can speed up your metabolism to above-normal levels.

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Hypogonadism

Treatment of Low Testosterone

Hypogonadism, or low testosterone, is often misdiagnosed by the patient due to the fact that the symptoms are similar to andropause, or the male menopause. The most common symptoms of hypogonadism include low libido, fatigue, depression, memory loss, difficulty concentrating and irritability.

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Hypothyroidism

Your Underproductive Thyroid

When the thyroid gland fails to produce enough T3 and T4, this causes a condition known as hypothyroidism. An underproductive, underactive thyroid can result in variety of serious health complications and can make life difficult.

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Hysterectomy

Targeted Surgery for Fibroids, Cancer & Endometriosis

Hysterectomy is a surgery performed by gynecologists, women’s health doctors and other medical professionals. This surgery is designed to remove the uterus, and can be performed for a number of reasons. There are many types of hysterectomy surgery.

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Inflammation

Treating Short Term & Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation is your body’s way of protecting itself from invaders and pathogens that could harm your body. It could be easy to mistake inflammation for infection but it’s quite the opposite. Infection is caused by bacteria, virus or fungus and inflammation is your body’s response to these invaders.

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Digestive Health

Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBD) is a group of disorders affecting the colon and small intestine. All IBD conditions are characterized by inflammation.

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Influenza

Fight the Flu with Comprehensive Care

Influenza, otherwise known as the flu, is a viral infection of the respiratory system (nose, throat and lungs). It is a different type of infection than the stomach viruses, or “stomach flu” that may cause diarrhea and vomiting. Influenza generally shows up in seasonal outbreaks or epidemics that affect many people. Epidemics can sometimes turn into a pandemic when they spread across a larger area, such as a continent or several continents.

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Injections for Pain Management

Treat Pain at the Source

The best way to treat pain is at the source. Therapeutic injections do just that. Introduced directly to the affected joint, vertebrae, or muscle, therapeutic injections result in fast, comprehensive and lasting pain relief. Simple injections can even be used to gently manipulate nerves, diminishing their ability to transmit pain signals to the brain.

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Insomnia

Trouble Falling Asleep

Everyone has trouble falling asleep sometimes, but when the condition happens repeatedly it can begin to affect multiple aspects of your life. Excessive insomnia can impact your ability to function at school, in the work place, and even at home.

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Iodine Deficiency

Iodine, Thyroid and Functional Medicine

Iodine is an essential trace element found in very small amounts in the human body. Even though it doesn’t take a lot of iodine to keep your body functioning normally, it can be hard for some people to get enough. According to Medscape, 29% of people in 130 countries around the world live in an iodine deficient area.

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Juvederm XC

Smooth Away Wrinkles & Lines

Vertical lines, smile lines, marionette lines, and parentheses. Wrinkles have many names but the same end result: aged, less desirable skin. But it isn’t hopeless: dermal fillers provide relief in the form of smoother, more youthful skin. Juvederm XC is the best procedure available for smoothing lines and wrinkles on the face.

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Kidney Stones

Treatment for Kidney Stones Large & Small

“Kidney stones” is the casual term given to the medical condition renal lithiasis. Kidney stones can range anywhere from very painful to asymptomatic. Many people struggle with the repeat formation of kidney stones, and passing them can be difficult.

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Lacerations

From Minor Scrapes to Major Cuts

Lacerations are cuts that go all the way through your skin. Many cuts can be cared for at home, but deeper cuts need prompt medical attention and maybe even sutures (stitches) to close the cut properly.

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Lipid Profiles

Testing for High Cholesterol Levels, Blood Disorders & More

Lipid profiles measure the amount of fatty substances traveling in the blood. Cholesterol and triglycerides are examples of lipids. The human body needs lipids to function properly, but poor diet and some medical conditions can cause these fats to increase and could put you at risk for serious health risks.

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Low Libido

Boost Your Sex Drive

A decrease in sex drive is a condition that is unique in the fact that there is no definitive way to monitor it. Doctors have no gauge for what a “normal” sex drive should be, so it is defined differently with each and every patient. If you’ve noticed a decrease in your libido, it could be due to a number of factors.

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Low Testosterone

Fix Your Low-T Problem

Testosterone is the male hormone responsible for developing the testes during puberty. It contributes to male attributes such as facial hair and a deepened voice, while affecting a man’s libido and even his mood.

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Mammograms

How and Why To Get Tested

A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast used for screening and detection of breast cancer. Mammograms can be performed once a year as part of a routine screening, or as a more thorough diagnostic exam if a doctor believes a tumor may be present.

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Memory Loss

Stay Sharp with Age

Occasionally forgetting things is just a normal fact of life. It’s even somewhat expected that we’ll lose portions of our memory as we age. Aside from these natural phenomena, a significant loss of memory could be a serious condition that should not be ignored.

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Migraines

The Pain, Nausea and Sensitivity of Migraines Needn't Control You

A migraine is a severe, debilitating form of headache where sufferers typically experience sensitivity to light, sounds and experience nausea. The intense pain can last for a few hours or a few days, leaving you incapacitated until the attack runs its course.

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Mole Removal

Procedures for Cosmetic & Cancerous Growths

Dark or pigmented growths on the skin are referred to commonly as moles. The majority of moles are benign and harmless, if somewhat unsightly. Some skin moles, however, are a sign of major illness and possibly even cancer. Regardless of the severity of the mole, mole removal is a viable option.

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Muscle Loss

Building Strength with BHRT

As you get older, you lose muscle mass. Muscle loss, also called muscle atrophy, is the gradual reduction of muscle tissue. Some muscle loss occurs naturally due to age, but it may also indicate a more serious medical condition. If you’re dealing with reduced strength, you need to get help.

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Nutraceuticals

Dietary Supplements, Vitamins, Nutrition & More

Nutraceuticals is a blanket term for the combination of nutrients, vitamins, dietary supplements, healthy foods and sometimes herbal products that contribute to overall wellness. Nutraceutical products are designed for a variety of uses and functions.

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Nutrition and Hormone Balance

Restore Hormonal Balance with a Healthy Diet

Hormones are the chemical messengers that regulate body function–when imbalanced, your hormones often cause unrest in your body leading to a variety of health complications. By adhering to a healthy, well-balanced diet, you can not only maintain proper hormone levels, but you can also reverse a current hormone imbalance affecting your overall health.

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Obesity

Understand Weight Gain and Learn How to Lose It

Obesity is a major challenge for people from all walks of life. While this condition can sometimes seem insurmountable, we can help you overcome obesity and feel great about your weight.

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Overactive Bladder

Understand OAB Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a collection of symptoms that affect the bladder and urinary system. Overactive bladder can lead to embarrassment, frustration and difficulty with enjoying everyday life. In most cases, overactive bladder is treatable.

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Weight Loss Plateau Solutions

Break Through to a New, Healthy You

Patients often reach their weight loss plateau after long periods of eating right and exercising. Weight loss plateau is a normal part of losing weight, though it can be frustrating. To lose more weight patients will often have to decrease calories, increase activity and change your habits.

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Overweight

Understand the Health Risks of Excess Weight

Carrying too much body fat can increase your risk for a variety of health complications. Heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and many other conditions can be directly linked to being overweight.

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Painful Periods (Dysmenorrhea)

Menstrual Cramps, Uterine Fibroids, Endometriosis & More

Menstruation is an important part of the female reproductive system. That being said, some women experience immense pain during their monthly period. Often referred to as painful periods or menstrual cramps, these issues are medically known as dysmenorrhea.

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Perimenopause

Hormonal Imbalance and Early Menopause

As women hit middle age, they become infertile and no longer menstruate. This is known as menopause. Perimenopause refers to the time before menopause begins – it literally translates to “around menopause.” Due to fluctuating hormones, perimenopause causes significant symptoms that can affect quality of life. Today, there are more treatments than ever to mitigate the side effects and symptoms of perimenopause.

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Physical Exams

Regular Health Checks

The key to preventing illness is to detect it early, but this knowledge is easy to neglect when we’re feeling well. The problem is many conditions don’t begin to show any symptoms until they’ve progressed to a dangerous point. That is why it’s essential to visit a health care facility at least once a year for a physical examination.

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Male Hormones and the Female System

In addition to the female hormones estrogen and progesterone, the ovaries produce small amounts of male hormones. In some instances, the ovaries produce larger quantities of these chemicals, leading to a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome.

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Post-Hysterectomy Menopause

Post-Surgical and Early Menopause

The cessation of the female monthly cycle, or menopause, typically occurs in women entering their late 40s or early 50s. Surgical menopause, which occurs after the removal of the ovaries, can occur in women of any age.

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Pre-Operative Evaluations

Prepare for Surgery with a Complete Physical Analysis

Before you have surgery, it is important for your medical team to gather specific information about your health through a pre-operative evaluation. This can help them team identify any potential problems that could cause complications before, during, or after surgery.

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Premature Ejaculation

Put an End to Your Premature Ejaculation Today

While perhaps less frustrating than complete erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation is still an aggravating, embarrassing problem that effects the lives and relationships of countless men. But treatments do exist, your ED could with just a doctor’s appointment.

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Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Menstrual Cycle Help

Your physician can help you determine if the conditions you’re suffering from are the result of premenstrual syndrome, and can recommend lifestyle changes and medications that can lessen the effects of your symptoms.

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Preventative Medicine Clinic

A Healthy Body and Mind

The best way to treat an illness is to prevent it from occurring. Preventative medicine is an important aspect of anti-aging medicine, where physicians focus on optimizing health, reversing the aging process, and preventing the body from going into a disease state.

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Primary Care

Comprehensive Health Care

A primary care provider (PCP) is a health care provider who sees people that have common medical problems. The main goal of primary care is to deliver a comprehensive range of preventive and curative care over a period of time. This type of treatment encompasses nearly every medical specialty.

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Restless Leg Syndrome

Identify the Causes and Symptoms of RLS

Restless leg syndrome, also known as RLS, is a sleep disorder that affects many people. Those who have restless leg syndrome are often unable to sleep or sit for a long time, due to an irritation or pain in the legs that is only stopped by moving.

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Skin Tag Removal

Remove Skin Tags & Skin Tabs with Cosmetic Surgery

Skin tags, also called skin tabs, are small pockets or flaps of excess skin that hang from the body. Unlike moles, which may be cancerous, skin tags are entirely harmless. They are, however, unsightly and can be painful if touched or snagged. Skin tag removal is a viable option to remove these uncomfortable skin flaps and restore your appearance.

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Sleep Apnea

CPAP, Surgery and Other Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea refers to a sleep disorder in which breathing stops and starts many times over the course of a night. Sleep apnea can lead to many major health problems, and in some cases, fatality. In many cases, the person suffering from sleep apnea does not notice symptoms; instead they appear to a partner or as a part of sleep study.

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Sleep Medicine

Treatment & Diagnosis of Sleep Disorders

Whether they’re dealing with a serious medical condition or just can’t seem to fall asleep at night, sleep medicine is designed to address these problems. Sleep medicine providers focus on helping patients achieve healthy sleep.

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Speed Up Metabolism

Speed Up Your Metabolism Safely

Metabolism is the complex process your body uses to change the food and drink you take in into energy. Most of the processes that make up your body’s metabolism are natural and happening inside your body without any effort-they are not something you can control.

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Sports and School Physicals

Everything Your Child Needs for Education & Athletics

School and sports physicals are routine tests designed to ensure safety and prevent injury. These exams include a thorough medical history and a physical examination. During the physical exam, the physician will evaluate the patient’s general health, current fitness level, risk of injury and overall physical well-being.

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Synthetic vs Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Harnessing the Power of Mother Nature with Bioidentical Hormones

The main differences between synthetic or synthesized and bioidentical hormones are accuracy and side effects. Bioidentical hormones are said to replicate the molecular structure of naturally-produced hormones identically, resulting in a hormone which the body can more readily use without harmful long-term side effects.

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The Well Woman Exam

Overall Wellness for Women

A well woman exam is a thorough evaluation of the pelvis and breasts, as well as any area related to a woman’s overall wellness. After the initial consultation, the physician will perform a physical examination – including a breast and pelvic exam.

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Thyroid Disorders

Hyperthyroid, Hypothyroid and BHRT

The most common thyroid disorders include hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Having hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can be both unpleasant and uncomfortable, but these thyroid conditions can be managed if properly diagnosed and treated.

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Thyroid Hormone Replacement Therapy

Understand these Crucial Hormones

Your endocrine system generates a multitude of hormones that serve crucial functions in your body. One of the most important is the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). Created in the pituitary gland, TSH is a precursor hormone. This means TSH is essential for the thyroid gland to release its hormones thyroxin (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). It is also essential that the body has enough free T3 and free T4 available.

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Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Imbalance

Understand this Crucial Hormone

Your endocrine system generates a multitude of hormones that serve crucial functions in your body. One of the most important is the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). Created in the pituitary gland, TSH is a precursor hormone. This means TSH is essential for the thyroid gland to release its hormones thyroxin (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).

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Trigger Point Injections

Non-Invasive Pain Management Injections

Trigger point injections, sometimes referred to as TPIs, are used to address chronic pain that starts in the muscles including treatment for muscle spasms. Trigger point injections are a type of pain management injection referred to as minimally-invasive pain treatments. TPIs are used to provide pain relief for people all around the world.

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Tubal Ligation

"Tied Tubes" for Permanent Birth Control

When a woman is finished having children, she may seek a permanent birth control solution. These options provide a way to enjoy sex without the difficulty of daily oral birth control. Tubal ligation is the most popular female sterilization procedure. It is sometimes known as having your “tubes tied.”

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Urinalysis

Urine Testing for Kidney Disorder & More

A urinalysis is a simple test that helps medical providers identify infection, irritation or other illnesses through compounds or components of your urine. If your provider is looking for a specific compound, the urine may be sent to a lab for testing. More general tests can be completed in the office in just a few minutes.

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Urinary Incontinence

Don't let Urinary Incontinence Control You

Loss of bladder control, or urinary incontinence, is a problem that many experience as they age. Having the inability to control when you urinate or dealing with urinary leakage can cause embarrassment and make enjoying your life difficult. There are many reasons you may be suffering from an over-active bladder (OAB).

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Vasectomy

Safe, Permanent & Effective Birth Control for Men

A vasectomy is a permanent birth control procedure for men. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and there is no downtime following the procedure. During the procedure, the male vas deferens is severed and sealed to prevent sperm from entering the seminal stream.

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Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Restore Your Body's Natural Levels

Vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to depression, paranoia and delusions, memory loss, incontinence, loss of taste and smell and more. The body needs B12 to make red blood cells, nerves, DNA and carry out other functions. Vitamin B12 is not produced by the body, it only consumed in animal products.

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Vitamin D Deficiency

Avoiding Rickets through Treatment

Vitamin D helps boost bone and muscle growth – vitamin D deficiency has been linked to health conditions including prostate cancer and a number of other illnesses. If you are vitamin D deficient, your physician may recommend a combination of diet changes and supplements to bring levels back to normal.

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Weight Gain

Lose Weight Now

Weight gain can sometimes happen for no apparent reason, even to seemingly healthy adults who maintain regular exercise. There are a number of weight gain causes that contribute to this increase including stress, poor sleep, aging and pregnancy. The most effective weight gain treatment is a medical weight loss program.

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Weight Loss Motivation

The Secrets of Healthy Weight Loss & Fitness

Staying motivated to lose weight can be difficult thanks to daily temptations and busy schedules. If you are struggle with weight loss motivation, there are plenty of options to help. Personal motivation can be improved by focusing on the good, setting goals and rewarding yourself are all very helpful.

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Wellness Evaluations

Unlock Ultimate Health and Vitality

Wellness evaluations are performed to monitor your current health status and prevent future illness from occurring. These thorough health exams include a consultation, physical exam, health screening and updating immunizations. There are a number of wellness screenings that should also be performed, depending on your age and gender.

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What Are Bioidentical Hormones

Discover the Difference Bioidentical Hormones Can Make

Traditional hormone therapy may lead to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Arguments have been made for the increased safety and effectiveness of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). This is because bioidenticals are designed to imitate the structure of your body’s hormones.

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Wrinkles Treatment

Defeat Fine Lines, Wrinkles and Other Signs of Aging

Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, but they can damage confidence and self-esteem nonetheless. Skin naturally sags, stretches and changes with age. But wrinkles, especially in people who are not elderly, can be unsightly, and many people choose to seek wrinkle treatment.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy for Hyperthyroidism

Hormones & Your Thyroid Gland

When your body produces too much thyroxine (an overactive thyroid), hyperthyroidism results leading to many trouble symptoms like fatigue, anxiety and sudden weight loss. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help to balance your hormones and bring you relief!