Dr. Susan Ashley, the medical director of Healthy Living Liberty Lake, specializes in anti-aging medicine. She combines specialized anti-aging therapies, such as bio-identical hormone replacement therapy with traditional and alternative medicine practices to provide a way for patients to reduce or eliminate the many signs of aging.
One of the most common culprits for the symptoms of aging is hormone imbalance, and because hormones control thousands of functions in the human body, they must be balanced for a person to achieve and maintain optimal levels of health. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help men and women to recover from imbalanced hormones.
Bio-identical hormones are identical in chemical structure to the body’s natural hormones. They are produced in a lab from plant matter that has an abundance of “phyto-hormones” which can be easily converted into bio-identical hormones. These hormones include estrogens (estrone, estradiol, estriol), progesterone, testosterone, melatonin, pregnenolone, and adrenal hormones such as DHEA and cortisol. Bio-identical thyroid hormones are also available.
Bio-identical hormones have an identical chemical and molecular structure to the natural hormones produced by the human body. They are custom formulated for each patient to generate normal, physiological responses when taken in the required doses. The human body has receptors for specific hormones, and bio-identical hormones attach easily to these receptors for a “perfect fit”. Synthetic hormones are different in molecular structure to human hormones and do not provide an exact fit, which can result in numerous side effects.