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Dr. Scott Keith
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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more


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Can you take bioidentical hormone replacement therapy while you still have periods ?

Can you take bioidentical hormone replacement therapy while you still have periods ?

Yes. : Whenever you start suffering with menopausal symptoms of estrogen or Progesterone deficiency, you may start to use bioidentical hrt. This may be several years before your period stops completely. ...Read more

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I've heard that hormone replacement therapy can help with hot flashes. Everyone's talking about bioidentical hormones. What exactly are they and are they safe to use?

I've heard that hormone replacement therapy can help with hot flashes. Everyone's talking about bioidentical hormones. What exactly are they and are they safe to use?

Natural HRT. : Bioidentical hormones are hormones produced in a laboratory to be identical in chemical structure to what the body would produce. Many doctors, including myself, consider them safer and more effective than non-bioidentical hormones. ...Read more

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What do you think of bio-identical hormone replacement?

What do you think of bio-identical hormone replacement?

Unnecessary: "bio-identical" is a marketing term which generally refers to compounded preparations which may be of variable quality and strengths and are poorly regulated. Natural hormones are commercially available in standardized doses if that is what is preferred. ...Read more

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I am over 50 and considering bio-identical hormone replacement. Thoughts?

I am over 50 and considering bio-identical hormone replacement. Thoughts?

Possibly appropriate: "bio-identical" is a marketing term which generally refers to compounded preparations which may be of variable quality and strengths and are poorly regulated. Natural hormones are commercially available in standardized doses if that is what is preferred. ...Read more

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In using bio identical hormone replacement therapy, for a 57y/o, what is the target values to make me feel young and sexy in my blood work.

In using bio identical hormone replacement therapy, for a 57y/o, what is the target values to make me feel young and sexy in my blood work.

No magic: Bioidentical is a great marketing phrase, but has no medical substantiation. It's just another hype to sell product. Blood work values don't make you feel young and sexy. That all a state of mind and mental attitude. ...Read more

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How do you feel about bio identical hormone replacement therapy for weight loss?

How do you feel about bio identical hormone replacement therapy for weight loss?

Hormone: Therapy (except for thyroid) doesn't help with weight loss. "bioidentical" is a lay term with no legal meaning, but generally "very expensive without any benefit". Most, if not all, of the commercially available hormones are manufactured to be identical to naturally secreted hormones, have been inspected and approved by multiple agencies, and are manufactured to exacting and reproducible standards. ...Read more

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If there is a simple answer to the question, must I or mustn't I take hormone replacement?

If there is a simple answer to the question, must I or mustn't I take hormone replacement?

No: It's complicated based upon symptoms, recently menopausal or not, family history, modality of delivery, etc. Your gyn md can explain in more detail. ...Read more

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Can you use natural hormone replacement for menopause?

Yes: Absolutely one could use bioequivalent ie natural hormone replacement for menopause. I especially recommend it to patients whos are very sensitive to synthetic hormone replacement therapy. There are quite a few compounding pharmacies that can help one obtain these types of hormones for treatment. ...Read more

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What's the hormone replacement for transgendered m to f?

What's the hormone replacement for transgendered m to f?

Individualized Care: An endocrinologist working w/u would tailor hormone treatments 2 u, specifically. But in general, 4 someone ur age the endo would likely consider 2 classes of agents: (1) agents that block production of andogens -"male" sex hormones like testosterone. One commonly used is the drug spironolactone. (2) "female" hormones -typically some mix of estrogen & progesterone. Specifics: http://bit.Ly/17gtqra. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, i need info on natural hormone replacement?

Which of: the thousands of hormones in your body are you asking about, Most so-called "natural" hormones are not standardized or regulated, potentially impure, and should be avoided like the plague. Check w/your doctor. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or internet scams. ...Read more

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What does hormone replacement have to do with osteoporosis?

Prevents: Women rapidly lose bone density (strength) in the first 2 years after menopause. Hormone replacement can slow or prevent that rapid loss, preventing osteopenia or the more severe osteoporosis. ...Read more

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Does hormone replacement come in pills or syringes? Or both?

Does hormone replacement come in pills or syringes? Or both?

Depends on hormone: Which hormone needs replacing? Thyroid hormone and Hydrocortisone can be taken as pills. Estrogen may also be taken as patches or creams. Testosterone can be given as injections or through the skin (patches, gels). Insulin has to be injected (syringe, pump). ...Read more

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How effective is natural hormone replacement in fibromyalgia?

How effective is natural hormone replacement in fibromyalgia?

Possibility of good: When you check the saliva test of a patient with fibromyalgia, you often find several deficiencies. Treat what you find to be deficient and the possibility of good results is high. ...Read more

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How long should a hormone replacement like estrogen be taken.?

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How long should a hormone replacement like estrogen be taken.?

As long as necessary: But as short as possible. It also depends upon which hormone you are referring. Type 1 diabetes is associated w/pancreatic failure which means no Insulin is produced. In this case, Insulin replacement is lifelong. Hypothyroidism is inadequate production of levothyroxine, so again, replacement is lifelong. Estrogen is trickier. Current thinking is only if you have symptoms, so for as short as possi. ...Read more

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Should i take hormone replacement wven i still have 1 ovary left?

Not if it is working: You should not need to consider whether to go on hormone replacement if you have at least one functioning ovary. If due to surgery, chemotherapy or other reasons that ovary is not functioning, you should have a discussion about the pros and cons of hrt with your doctor. ...Read more

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If i stop taking hormone replacement, will my hot flashes return?

Probably: Most women will experience hot flushes and or night sweats when withdrawing from estrogen. Most of those women will see that those symptoms lessen over time. For many women the hot flushes last only 3 to 6 months. ...Read more

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What guidelines are the latest with respect to hormone replacement?

What guidelines are the latest with respect to hormone replacement?

HRT guidelines: There are really no guidelines with respect to hormone replacement. Going to a trained, experienced physician is you best best bet to receive hormone replacement. ...Read more

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Hormone Replacement (Definition)

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