Humanity has been searching for the Fountain of Youth throughout history. Death is one of the few guarantees in life, and the longer you are able to put it off, the more you will have to battle aging. Immortality is a dream that most people agree will elude us forever. However, strides continue to be made to increase life expectancy and quality of life as we get older.
One of the areas that are yielding the most interesting results in the constant battle against time is hormone therapy. The extent to which hormones can help slow or reverse the aging process will require a lot more testing. However, hormone therapy has shown promising results in some areas.
How Hormone Therapy Works
As we grow older, the rate of hormone production in our bodies begins to drop. There is a strong belief among many that by helping to restore declining hormone levels, people can slow the aging process and maintain a more youthful appearance as well as stronger body systems. Many of these hormones are administered in pill form, but some are given to patients through injection.
The area in which the most conclusive results have come through regarding the benefits of hormone therapy is when it comes to treating the skin. Using targeted hormone therapy has helped make skin appear younger and healthy. Patients show reduced wrinkles, and the therapy appears to also have possible benefits regarding dry skin and other conditions.
The debate over the effectiveness of hormone therapy in other areas is more heated. While there have been studies that suggest hormone therapy may have a wide range of benefits, some feel that the results are not conclusive and that further testing is required.
There is also a lot of debate over how some of these hormones are administered. Many of these hormones are taken as supplements. Supplements are not regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Because of this, their quality can not be guaranteed. However, when hormones are administered by a qualified physician, you can feel more confident that you are getting a quality product.
Potential Benefits of Hormone Therapy
In addition to improved skin quality, there are many other potential benefits of hormone therapy. Some conditions in which various hormones have shown signs of being beneficial are:
- Sleep problems
- Thinning hair
- Low sex drive
- Muscle wasting
- Adrenal insufficiency (Addison’s disease)
- Turner syndrome
- Short bowel syndrome
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- Problems linked to menopause
To what degree these conditions can be improved by hormone therapy will require more testing. However, there is a lot of promise that as hormone therapy evolves and becomes more focused, the benefits could be substantial. You can read more about anti-aging & regenerative medicine for women and the advances being made.
Possible Side Effects
The potential for negative side effects from hormone therapy will require more research in order to fully understand. It’s recommended that any administration of hormones be conducted exclusively by a medical professional to avoid complications. Taking unregulated over-the-counter supplements carries a much higher risk of negative side effects causing harm.
The Search Continues
The hope of a longer life with increased quality will always be something that the human race continues to pursue. As further research goes into hormone therapy, treatment should continue to improve. Of course, hormone therapy isn’t the only game in town when it comes to fighting the wheels of time.
Doctors and scientists continue to research hundreds of possible paths to slow down or reverse the aging process. Life expectancy is much higher than it was one hundred years ago and will likely be even higher in another hundred years. Forty is the new thirty, and with the advances being made, it likely won’t be long before forty gets replaced by fifty. Time marches on, but a little slower than it once did.
After graduating from a skincare course, Tia B. Garcia decided to become a beautician and start her own clinic. Once she achieved her goal, Tia was surprised by not feeling fulfilled. So, she began focusing on sharing her knowledge and expertise with others. Tia collaborates with various blogs and writes about cosmetic procedures, skincare tips, and shares secrets of the beauty industry.
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