There is an ongoing debate about the risk factors involved in hormone supplementation. However, there is a place for proper hormone evaluation and assessment. As an internist, Dr. Casañas is well versed in endocrinology and the assessment and use of hormones, as well as recognition of side effects.
Many of the side effects recently documented and debated involve the pharmaceutical progesterone. This supplement can be the cornerstone of a weight loss program in some patients. At this point, our best approach is to continue to monitor patients’ subjective symptoms, as well as risk factors and ongoing assessment by blood or saliva testing. Dr. Casañas uses the natural versions which are safer and more effective (Bioequivalent).
Many hormone problems can be assessed and treated without controversy and implemented for situations such as metabolic regulation, prevention of chronic disease, and age management. Below are some areas of hormone evaluation and treatment offered by Lunasol Institute at Westchase. For more details on these and other hormone treatments, please visit www.lunasolinstitute.com.
Adrenal-Pituitary Axis. Patients entering any health maintenance, age management, or weight management program are assessed for cortisol and DHEA levels, since these are important in controlling metabolism. Cortisol excess is associated with insomnia, early dementia, toxicity to frontal lobe cortical cells, and suppression of the immune system. In general DHEA can be used to counter cortisol excess.
Thyroid. Thyroid testing is crucial for all weight loss patients and for general health and age management purposes. We implement a sophisticated approach to thyroid assessment which includes various forms found in the blood that are not checked by most medical practices.
Estrogen. Age-appropriate screenings are performed for these hormones. However, most weight loss patients over 30 years of age benefit from at least progesterone screening.
Progesterone. Progesterone is important to assess in most cases. Dr. Casañas has found that progesterone deficiency is profoundly linked to insomnia, restlessness, and muscle contracture which are found in most perimenopausal women and some premenopausal women.
Testosterone. Patients over 30 years of age will be screened for testosterone and it is always checked in any weight loss program. Testosterone will induce the recovery of muscle function, improve fatigue, and lead to a general sense of well-being in most men.