Proper Hormone Balance
Balance of the androgenic hormones; estrogen (and its conjugates), progesterone, DHEA, pregnenalone and Testosterone, are important in many ways. The older we get the more important it becomes. The higher the stress level or the poorer our diets, proper hormone balance becomes even more important. For those who have a cancer history or family predisposition to cancer it is absolutely vital.
Over the past years the consequences of environmental impacts, genetics, obesity, sedentary lifestyles and stress are becoming almost prediction factors for the development of cancer. We are assaulted daily by hormones and hormone mimetic (hormone-like) agents in the air, water, foods, soaps, lotions, cosmetics which we contact. Disruption of our regulatory systems is being recognized as a key factor in the development of many chronic diseases such as osteoporosis, diabetes, thyroid disease, arthritis, IBS, cancer and even ADD/ADHD, depression and many forms of dementia.
Correct identification of ratios and balancing these ratios of hormones is absolutely necessary. It is fortunate that many of these can be done by salivary testing instead of blood which makes the acquisition of samples and frequency of testing more reasonable for patients and doctors. Balancing these hormones has huge impacts upon our body, both physically and mentally.
The following are a few of the necessary factors which need to be evaluated and corrected in order to bring hormones into balance. This is by no means an exhaustive list or all that is needed to properly diagnose and correct hormone dysfunction.
- BMI (body mass index) at or near optimum levels to keep aromatase conversion low.
- High protein, low carbohydrate diet – helps ensure proper conjugation of estrogens.
- Consumption of fresh vegetables – adequate levels of meta-I-3 carbamol in cruciferous vegetables.
- Fiber (soluble and insoluble) and lignan intake – proper gut flora and detoxification.
- Mental/emotional stress levels – reduce serum cortisol.
- Blood lipid evaluation – reduces conversion of these into 16-hydroxy esterone.
- Aerobic exercise status – reach target heart rate four days weekly; increases SHBG activity.
- Pre and post metabolic Hormone analysis – determining the levels of numerous hormones from the Hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenals, thyroid and gonads is absolutely vital.
- Thyroid Function – this testing should be performed any time there is a central HPA dysfunction. Supplement DHEA and/or pregnenalone only if tests indicate. Only a physician diagnostic test evaluation should be done to determine if these are safe for a person to take. These are hormones and can have significant deleterious effects if taken when not necessary or improperly.