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Functional Endocrinology can help you manage the physiological effects of stress better. If you want to take charge of your health and life, or simply feel better, functional endocrinology may have answers for you!
LEARN MORE ABOUT NATURAL HORMONE BALANCING WITH FUNCTIONAL ENDOCRINOLOGY
What is Functional Endocrinology?
Endocrinology is the branch of medicine dealing with the glands and their hormones. Functional endocrinology identifies alterations in the endocrine systems that are not in a disease state at the point of diagnosis. Many alterations in the endocrine systems that are not in a disease state, if not treated at the early signs of dysfunction may lead to pathology down the road. People that suffer from functional endocrine disorders are not diagnosed with disease and therefore are left untreated in the standard healthcare model until manifestations of disease become present.
These patients typically suffer from wide ranges of symptoms from fatigue to serious cases of depression. Allopathic doctors are trained to look for signs and symptoms of a given condition and then prescribe medicine for the diagnosed condition. Functional endocrinology, however requires the detective work necessary to find the main culprit that leads to the signs and symptoms that the allopath prescribes medication for. For example, in the traditional endocrine model, patients that present with elevated blood pressure or cholesterol will be placed on pharmaceutical agents to alter the secondary changes that may take place from insulin resistance. In functional endocrine model, factors that change metabolism, altering physiological response will be evaluated first.
An example of this is managing the primary concern of insulin resistance and looking for improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol values. Functional endocrine disorders also increase risk for many disorders if not treated. In order to practice functional endocrinology, the clinician must understand the depth of human physiology and metabolism. Functional endocrinology involves understanding and supporting a complex series of vicious cycles that feed each other; therefore, the range of ailments assessed is wide and includes but is not limited to slow working thyroid (hypothyroidism), hypertension to high cholesterol, PMS to perimenopause, menopause to depression, fatigue to fibromyalgia, IBS to GERD, etc. Functional endocrinology uses diet, nutrition, lifestyle and other non-invasive therapies to manage metabolic conditions. The goal is to optimize physiology to restore health and function.
Functional endocrinology’s approach and tools therefore, differ from general or medical endocrinology. General endocrinology uses pharmaceuticals or hormones to replace, suppress or support the endocrine system. This approach is often appropriate for disease patterns or genetic disorders. People who suffer from functional endocrinology disorders are often left untreated, or perhaps, over treated in the traditional healthcare system since there is no pathology. For example, “menopausal syndrome” is a collection of symptoms, but not a disease.
Common problems successfully treated by functional endocrinology include PMS, infertility, peri-menopausal and menopausal symptoms, gastro-intestinal problems, such as IBS or indigestion, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and depression or mood swings and irritability, difficulty losing weight, and generalized aches and pains including fibromyalgia. Many of these problems affect men as well as women but the symptoms might be different. For example, when a man’s hormones are not in balance common problems are high blood pressure and cholesterol, weight gain around the middle and depression. According to Dr. Datis Kharrazian, noted functional endocrinologist, this is the most unrecognized health disorders in males today.
The root of many functional endocrinology problems often lies in physiological reactions to stress. Stressors can be mental or emotional, chemical, including diet, lifestyle and pharmaceutical, or physical. Ignoring or minimalizing the effects of stress is as common as the manifestations. According to the World Health Organization, stress is the leading cause of degenerative disease in developed countries. In the US, stress related complaints account for 60% to 90% of primary care physician visits.
Stressors, like a demanding job, raising a family, relationship issues, lack of sleep, financial pressures, improper nutrition, dieting, and unresolved emotional distress cause the adrenal glands to produce cortisol . However, when we ask our adrenal glands to chronically sustain high cortisol levels, they eventually become fatigued. The resulting adrenal dysfunction not only affects cortisol production, but also impairs the adrenals’ ability to produce and balance hormones like DHEA, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
We utilize saliva testing to evaluate your “free fractioned” hormone levels-the hormones that are available for use at any given time. Blood testing looks at the “bound” hormones-hormones that are not an indicator of your true hormonal status. It’s more reliable and less invasive than blood testing.
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