Southwest Anti-Aging Clinic Procedures

Medical research has shown that hormone replacement therapy can actually slow, stop, and reverse the deterioration of our organs and cells. This means that we can significantly improve the quality of your life. You can live healthier and longer!

New patients will have a comprehensive blood analysis done that will measure blood chemistry and determine their hormone levels. The most commonly replaced hormones (with definitions) are as follows:

Human Growth Hormone
Human-Growth hormone is secreted by the pituitary gland and is taken into the liver and converted to a protein called Somatomdern-C or ICF-1 (insulin like growth factor one). It is IGF-1 that is partially responsible for the growth hormone functions in the body. Growth hormone contributes to ongoing tissue repair, healing, cell rejuvination, bone strength, brain function, enzyme production, and the integrity of hair, nails and skin. The signs of growth hormone deficiency are the same as the signs of aging. Body composition shifts with an increase in fat and body weight and a decrease in muscle mass and energy. There is a decrease in bone mineralization, vitality ebbs, and there is increased cardiovascular disease and mortaility. There are also psychosocial deficits and paired physical performance, poor sleep and decreased social interaction.

Dehydroeprandrosterone is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands, the brain, and the skin. It is the most abundant steroid in the body. DHEA has its own hormone effects. However, it is also converted over to estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. For many years, DHEA was felt to have no particular value other than a precursor to our sex hormones. Researchers then discovered that DHEA dropped steadily as we aged and then discovered that the DHEA could be used as a bio-marker to measure the aging process itself. Since then, doctors have been prescribing DHEA to patients on a regular basis.

Pregnenolone is a steroid hormone that functions to keep our brains working at peak capacity. Research has shown that pregnenolone is the most potent memory enhancer of all time. Pregnenolone improves memory and mental function, concentration and overall well-being. Pregnenolone is a hormone synthesized from cholesterol. It is the precursor hormone to DHEA as well as the other sex hormones. Pregnenolone is produced both in the brain and the adrenal cortex. Like other hormones, the production declines with age. By the time we are 40, we produce half the amount we did when we were 20. When pregnenolone production drops, so does the production of other hormones in the steroid pathway.

Testosterone is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, testes and ovaries. It contributes to muscle mass, strength and endurance, decreased fat and arthristis. It leads to improved healing capacity, and increased libido and sexual performance. It prolongs the quality of life by decreasing the diseases of aging, as does estrogen in the female. Testoseterone is also present and extremely important in the female as well as the male, making supplementation absolutely recommended for both men and women.

Estrogen is secreted by the ovearies. Estrogen protects against heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's Disease and memory disorders. It protects against vaginal atrophy, urinary incontinence, and prevents symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and temperature disregulation. It improves balance by improving the visual somatosensory system in the central nervous system. Estrogen deficiency results in skin wrinkles of the face, decreased fatgue, depression, mood swings, ad decreased libido. It is of extreme importance that the estrogen prescribed by a natural estrogen and not a synthetic estrogen.
For our patients
Each patient is given a thorough physical exam, a review of laboratory results, and placed on an individualized treatment plan. Dosage will be determined from your laboratory blood levels. We also stress proper nutrition, antioxidant supplementation, exercise, and certain lifestyle changes that maximize the hormone replacement therapy.

At SOUTHWEST ANTI-AGING CLINIC we want you to be as informed as possible during your initial consultation, all aspects of hormone replacement and the function of each hormone is explained in detail. After your comprehensive overview, you will be trained in the techniques of how to administer the therapy. Each individual will be tested, supplemented, followed and balanced for optimal benefits. Follow-up tests will be coordinated at a sight convenient for you and follow-up consultations may be done by phone and in writing, if necessary. You will need to visit our Scottsdale Clinic in person only once.

Bio-identical Hormones are Not Drugs

At SOUTHWEST ANTI-AGING CLINIC we use only bioidentical
hormones! The term "bio-identical" refers to a hormone that is
chemically the exact same molecule that is naturally found in our
bodies. These bio-identical hormones can be obtained from natural
sources (humans and animals), or synthesized in a laboratory.
Though hormones such as estradiol and progesterone are
synthetically made from yams or soy, they are still considered
bio-identical because they are molecularly indistinguishable
from what is released from the ovaries of women.