Hormones are the chemical messengers that regulate nearly every aspect of our lives and control the functions of our body:
• Energy levels
• Immune functions
• Sex drive
• Ability to sleep well
• Even our mood and weight
Every hormone has a specific effect on our organs. When young, our body functions in harmony. As we age this harmony becomes eroded.
When the balance is lost, the body malfunctions and causes many disorders that vary from the uncomfortable e.g. yeast overgrowth in the gut and genitals to the potentially life threatening e.g. severe mental decline and the changes of menopause and andropause (male menopause).
At Dr Chio’s, we prefer to use bio-identical hormones in the lowest effective doses combined with nutritional supplementation to heal and strengthen the body from within.
Of course, if the patient already has a long-term disorder e.g. diabetes, this approach does not mean that they do not need their medications or injections. However, many diabetic patients do find that this holistic and comprehensive approach reduces the number or types of medicine they need to take. For those on insulin injections, the number and dosages of injections can dramatically drop.
What we treat:
• Andropause (male menopause)
Successful anti-ageing means more than looking young and fabulous ! You must also feel and be young from the inside.
When young, the hormones of the body are co-ordinated in a complex but harmonious manner. With aging, this normal control is disrupted and many of the hormonal glands under or over-secrete.
The master hormone is Human Growth Hormone (HGH). The decline of this hormone when a patient is in their 30s signals the start of the aging process.
Lean muscle mass declines and fat accumulates more easily. Energy levels drop and the patient experience a decline in the quality of their sex life.
Besides HGH, many other hormones like DHEA, Thyroxine and the sex hormones can also be sub-optimal.
By doing a comprehensive hormonal assessment, we are able to detect problems and replace those which are deficient.
Optimal nutrition plays an extremely important role in anti-ageing. The damage from malnutrition can accumulate daily and lead to many of the degenerative conditions that occur with age. See the relevant section for more information.