Bioidentical Hormone Replacement
“Aging, while remaining healthy and functioning at high levels, is the primary goal of my Chicago bioidentical hormone replacement (BHRT) practice.” — Dr. Selma Rashid
As we age, it’s both natural and predictable that we lose our hormonal balance. Indeed, it’s the single most critical aspect of the aging process. However, there is no need to just accept the situation. Bioidentical hormone replacement can restore health and function.
As women lose their cycles of estrogen and progesterone production, and men produce less testosterone, the symptoms of aging accelerate rapidly. Fortunately, although we may not have control of our natural lifespan we do have the knowledge to restore well-being through hormone replacement.
The Anti-aging Medical Group of Chicago specializes in the hormone replacement therapy known as bioidentical hormone replacement or BHRT. Under the direct supervision of founder Dr. Selma Rashid, the Group provides the most natural solution available to restoring hormonal balance.
Dr. Selma’s approach to hormone balance is unique, using the simplest techniques to achieve maximum results. Crucially, the treatment replaces the exact hormones the body has lost, enabling it to function again at the optimum level. What’s more, every patient receives the treatment best suited to their individual needs.
What are bioidentical hormones?
The term “bioidentical hormone” simply means that the hormone’s molecular structure is identical to that which occurs in the human body. Water, for example, has a molecular structure of H2O, which means that a molecule of water consists of 2 H (hydrogen) and one O (oxygen) atom.
If you add or take away atoms on a molecule and create something that did not naturally occur in nature, it is called “synthetic”. Synthetic hormones are created by adding atoms to the parent bioidentical molecule. This means that it becomes something unique that never existed in nature. It also means that it can be patented, and therefore sold and marketed – regardless of any negative consequences.
Now, to varying extents the human body may utilize these synthetic molecules, but the side effects should be considered harmful until proven otherwise. As we’ve stated, synthetic hormones are patentable. However, crucially bioidentical ones are not. This is very significant.
In contrast to synthetic hormones, when correctly administered bioidentical hormone therapy is gentle, safe and natural – and the most effective way to restore health and function.
Take a different path
The loss of the hormones estrogen and progesterone in women, and testosterone in men, is part of our natural life cycle and associated with the start of a decline in health. Disturbing symptoms such as declining energy, loss of libido, depression, anxiety, memory decline and loss of mental sharpness are all inevitable consequences of this hormone depletion.
The goal of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is to restore the body’s hormone balance so that it can return to functioning healthily. The diseases of aging, such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, senile dementia and insomnia, are preventable by restoring hormone balance. The solution is based on simply restoring what nature planned to take away and sending us down a different path.
Nutrition and exercise
As we age, nutrition and exercise become more important than ever. This means eating a healthy, balanced diet and taking regular exercise. Dr. Selma believes that many people take too many supplements, often without even knowing what is in them. Although there are several supplements we can benefit from, we should be wary about marketing messages from the supplement industry.
In contrast, the bioidentical hormone replacement therapy offered by the Anti-Aging Medical Group of Chicago provides a simple and manageable approach to hormone health and balance. Our patients often report they are eating more healthily and exercising more than ever, without seeing the results they used to. Once hormones are balanced, weight becomes easier to manage.
Our bioidentical hormone replacement treatment plan is also tailored to your individual therapeutic hormone requirements, and employs a treatment regimen supervised by a specialist with up-to-date expert knowledge. For anybody living in the Chicago area, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy from the Anti-Aging Medical Group represents the natural hormone solution.
“My best friend had been nagging me to get help from Dr. Selma Rashid. I finally did, after 2 years! Over a few months I became the person I used to be. I’m not depressed, irritable or moody. I sleep like a log and have no more night sweats. My mind is clear. I have energy to exercise. I never realized how much I had changed. I wouldn’t stop this for anything.” — A.J. Bartlett