Dr. Stengler’s treatments have been very successful. Testosterone replacement (with the bioidentical form) has helped restore physical energy and improve mental alertness. The testosterone along with thyroid extracts (from natural origins) seems to have provided the basis for other more… [Read More]
To diagnose a hormonal deficiency, it is necessary to consider symptoms as well as the results of laboratory testing and hormone testing. For instance, blood tests may not pick up mild cases of low thyroid hormone, so I look for telltale symptoms, including fatigue, hair and eyebrow loss, dry skin and poor memory. Many such patients get relief by using bioidentical thyroid HRT, even when lab test results appeared normal.
Conversely, some patients with hormonal deficiencies may not have obvious symptoms. Without treatment, they may develop serious health problems. For example, low testosterone (in men and women) increases the risk of heart disease and depression. In such cases, laboratory testing is vital.
Because hormone levels fluctuate, the most accurate tests use multiple samples and/or a sample collected at Warning Signs of Hormone Deficiency a specific time of the day or month. I recommend annual testing (usually covered by insurance) for anyone over age 40 with a chronic disease or with symptoms of a hormonal imbalance.
Talk to a doctor about bioidentical HRT if you experience several of the symptoms within any of the sets below or if lab tests indicate a hormone deficiency. Note: Except for symptoms that obviously apply to only one gender, these symptoms can affect both sexes.