Mecklenburg County Bioidentical Doctor
Dr. Scott Shapiro specializes in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) for both men and women, and he has been in practice for over 20 years, helping patients to improve their health and levels of wellness. Hormones are molecules that are manufactured in the endocrine glands, which include the adrenal glands, ovaries, testes, and thyroid gland.
They are released into the bloodstream and exert biochemical effects on receptor sites to regulate our body’s temperature, metabolism, reproduction, growth, aging and immune functions. Unfortunately, as the body ages, the levels of hormones diminish. In addition, the specific hormone receptor sites in the cells tend to change with age and become less sensitive and more resistant to hormone stimulation.
This leads to the signs and symptoms both men and women experience with hormone deficiency:
- Depression and Stress
- Cognitive Decline
- Insulin Resistance
- Loss of Sex Drive
- Sleep Disorders
- A Compromised Immune System
- Wrinkling and Thinning of Skin
- Weight Gain
- Loss of Muscle Mass
- Degenerative Diseases (Diabetes, Cancer, Heart Disease, Osteoporosis)
Replenishment of hormones to optimal, physiological levels has been shown to alleviate these age-related changes. It has also been shown to help with PMS, as well as hormonal imbalances that are not age related.
Dr. Scott uses an individualized approach to bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for both men and women. He assesses each patient’s individual hormonal status using his or her medical history, symptoms, and lab work. He then implements a protocol individually tailored for that particular person using bio-identical hormones compounded for pellet, cream, or oral use. Therapy is then carefully monitored, and if necessary, modified or titrated in accordance with clinical and laboratory results.
How is the BHT Administered at Dr. Scott’s Practice?
Pellet therapy follows the basics of how the body works best. It combines a low dosage of key hormones with a delivery system (pellet implant) that functions similar to the human body. Small dissolvable pellets (each the size of a grain of rice) are inserted underneath the skin, into the fatty tissue. This is usually done in the buttock in women and in the hip in men. It releases hormones directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the GI tract and liver. When properly administered, pellet implants provide the hormone release needed for proper blood levels 24/7, over a period of months. It’s the only method that allows the body to control the release of hormones- raising levels when more hormone is needed and decreasing levels when less is needed. This is the real secret to restoring hormonal balance and the reason it works so well for so many men and women. You don’t have the rapid rise and fall of hormones (and the inherent side effects) that are seen with injections.
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