Published on February 28th, 2014
For most women in the U.S., menopause occurs around age 51. The loss of hormones that occur after menopause can lead to hot flashes, vaginal and urinary tract dryness, depression, and a host of other conditions. Given that the average life expectancy for women in the U.S. is 79, this means that the average woman will spend more than a third of her life living with the adverse effects of hormone loss. Fortunately, estrogen therapy using bio-identical hormones can produce remarkable results in post-menopausal women.
Bio-identical hormones are derived from natural plant sources, usually yams or soybeans. Unlike synthetic hormones, bio-identical hormones match your body’s natural hormones exactly. In the case of natural estrogens, therapy using bio-identical hormones can help adverse effects of menopause. The conditions most often helped by estrogen replacement therapy include:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Mood Swings
- Vaginal and Urinary Tract Dryness
- Hot Flashes
Certain conditions, like osteoporosis, require early treatment in order to counteract the negative effects of hormone loss.
Estrogen is actually comprised of three separate hormones, each of which has its own effects on the body. The three types of estrogen are estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), and estriol (E3). When prescribed as a mixture of all three types of estrogen, the compound is referred to as Tri-Est. However, estrone is so prevalent in women after menopause that many doctors prefer not to prescribe it for hormone replacement therapy. Instead, they may recommend a different compounded drug.
Bio-identical estrogen is usually not available as a mass-produced pharmaceutical. If you are prescribed estrogen, you can get your prescription filled at your local compounding pharmacy. For those in Los Angeles, Fusion Rx Compounding Pharmacy can produce the estrogen treatment you need to help alleviate your worst post-menopause symptoms.
Published on February 24th, 2014
Declining testosterone levels are a part of the aging process. Once you reach age 30, your body produces about one percent less testosterone each year. So what do we make of all the talk about low testosterone, or “low T,” that’s so prevalent in the media today? Could it be that men today are suffering from lower testosterone levels than they did in the past? The answer may surprise you.
Although a natural decline in testosterone is unavoidable as we age, men today do have lower levels of testosterone than previous generations. A study by the New England Research Institutes has shown that over the past two decades, men have had lower testosterone levels, regardless of age. That means that a 60-year-old man in 1989 had a higher level of testosterone than a different 60-year-old in 1995. Environmental factors seem to play a role – including decreases in activity levels and higher obesity rates – but researchers could not isolate the contributing factors. It is thought that environmental factors, such as food additives that increase estrogen levels, may be to blame. Regardless, the message is clear: your testosterone levels are most likely lower than your father’s were at your age.
Low testosterone can have a number of undesirable side effects, not least of which is a severely diminished libido. Men whose testosterone levels are below the normal range for their age group often suffer from a host of problems such as:
- Diminished Sex Drive
- Lack of Energy
- Loss of Muscle Mass
- Increased Adipose (Fat) Tissue
- Lower Bone Density
- Higher Risk of Heart Failure
- Trouble Concentrating
If you are suffering from any of the conditions listed, you may have low T. These symptoms are generally not part of the normal aging process and should be reported to your doctor. He or she can run tests to determine whether or not your testosterone levels are within the normal range for your age.
If testosterone therapy is prescribed, Fusion Rx Compounding Pharmacy can provide your testosterone in a range of preparations. Taken regularly, testosterone therapy can greatly improve the symptoms of low T. Testosterone levels may be declining, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with the effects. Talk to your doctor today to find out if testosterone therapy is right for you.
Published on February 17th, 2014
As HIV progresses into AIDS, many patients develop a condition known as HIV-associated wasting. As a matter of fact, this loss of body mass is often considered evidence of the progression from HIV to AIDS. Regaining diminished muscle mass can be nearly impossible for patients with this condition. However, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, have had some promising results when treating these patients with nandrolone decanoate.
Nandrolone decanoate is an anabolic steroid, currently approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of anemia of renal insufficiency, a condition commonly associated with kidney disease. Nandrolone decanoate is similar to testosterone, and has demonstrated the ability to increase red blood cell production, increase muscle mass, and stimulate appetite.
In the aforementioned UCSF study, men enjoyed a 3 to 4 kg (about 6.5 to 9 lbs.) increase in weight, primarily lean body mass. Furthermore, men randomly selected from the study showed increases in total testosterone and sex hormone-binding globulin. Both men and women were able to achieve increased lean body mass with no changes to body fat. This means that many patients can halt and partially reverse the debilitating effects of HIV-related wasting.
Even more promising, the benefits of nandrolone decanoate can be augmented through resistance training. Patients who underwent supervised resistance training during their nandrolone treatment showed even greater increases in weight, strength, and lean body mass than those who got no exercise.
Treatments similar to this can be formulated by a compounding pharmacy, provided you have a prescription from your doctor. Here at Fusion Rx Compounding Pharmacy, we are proud to serve our Los Angeles patients who need assistance in their battle with unwanted weight loss and other unwanted diseases.
Published on February 10th, 2014
Human growth hormone is an increasingly popular substance, at least in terms of public perception. Growth hormone is a naturally occurring peptide hormone that stimulates growth, cell reproduction, and regeneration. It is an anabolic agent and, as such, has been abused by athletes as a performance enhancer since at least 1982. However, muscle building and other off-label uses of growth hormone are strictly prohibited by the FDA. Instead, the main use of growth hormone today is for the treatment of growth hormone deficiency in children and adults.
Growth hormone deficiency in adults can take many forms. There are physical, emotional, and mental symptoms that may be experienced as a result of growth hormone deficiency. These may include:
- Increased body fat, particularly around the waist
- Reduced lean body mass
- Decreased strength/stamina
- Decreased bone density
- Changing cholesterol levels
- Increased sensitivity to cold or heat
- Feelings of isolation
If you are suffering from any of these conditions, you may want to ask your doctor to screen you for growth hormone deficiency. Adults who develop this condition often do so because of the presence of a tumor or thetreatment to remove a tumor. In some cases, it can also be the result of injury to the pituitary gland, which produces human growth hormone under normal circumstances.
Growth hormone deficiency can also affect children and infants. This can lead to conditions like idiopathic shortness, which occurs when a child is much shorter than normal for their age group with no other explanation.
Growth hormone has also been used to treat a number of other diseases. Doctors today are prescribing growth hormone to treat a wide range of conditions, including:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
If your doctor has prescribed growth hormone to you, Fusion Rx Compounding Pharmacy can help develop a compounded formula to fill your prescription quickly and easily.
Published on February 3rd, 2014
Hormonal changes occur naturally during the aging process but, as many advertisements for “Low-T” treatments suggest, they can often lead to undesirable bodily changes. In fact, men and women both experience decreased testosterone levels as they age. Loss of energy, decreased muscle mass, trouble concentrating, and slower healing can all be attributed in some capacity to these hormonal changes.
Sermorelin is a growth hormone releasing peptide that occurs naturally in the body. During childhood and adolescence, your brain produces sermorelin to stimulate additional human growth hormone production in the pituitary gland. Human growth hormone is often looked to as an anti-aging therapy for older people. Sermorelin is prescribed as an alternative therapy to stimulate your body’s own natural production of HGH. It is also prescribed to children for the treatment of growth hormone deficiency, indicated by conditions like otherwise unexplained short stature.
Sermorelin anti-aging therapy can help stimulate a number of positive outcomes in the body. Many people use it to turn back the clock and restore a more youthful vigor. Sermorelin therapy may produce a wide range of positive effects in older patients:
- Increased muscle cell production and lean body mass
- Regulation of body fat
- Boosted energy
- Improved concentration
- Accelerated immune response and healing
- Better heart health
- More restful sleep
- Added bone density
If you are prescribed a similar prescription of sermorelin by your physician, you may be able to get your prescription filled by a compounding pharmacy. Here at Fusion Rx Compounding Pharmacy, we can produce the perfect formula catered to your prescribed specifications, allowing you to get anti-aging therapy that you need in an easy-to-use application.