How does aging affect my hormones?
How Can I Keep My Hormones In Balance As I Age?
The Hormone theory of aging states that the most important factors in aging are the changes brought about in the body by the endocrine system(2).
The endocrine system is made up of tissues and organs that produce hormones. Hormones are natural chemicals that are produced, released into the bloodstream and then used by other target organs and systems(1). As we get older the ability for tissues to sense their controlling hormone, the amount of hormones produced and the way in which hormones are metabolized may change. The Hypothalamus, Pituitary gland and Thyroid gland manage the endocrine system.
Are Both Men and Women Affected Hormonally With Age?
With aging men and women commonly experience a decreased level of testosterone (50% in women after the age of 40 and low bioavailable testosterone in men after 50 years). Women will experience decreased levels of estradiol and Prolactin after Menopause. Other hormones that usually decrease with age are:
Aldosterone, Calcitonin, Growth Hormone and Renin. There are hormones that remain unchanged and also that increase as well. As we age we tend to gain weight because our thyroid hormones slow down and our metabolisms slow down as a result.
How Can I Keep My Hormones In Balance As I Age
Dr. Deanna will provide you with some lifestyle and nutritional changes that will help keep your hormones balanced. This may include a unique diet, exercise routine and various ways of coping with stress.