These statistics indicate that a number of Americans are suffering from imbalances due to improper diet and ability to handle insulin. This can, in turn, affect many other hormones in the body including the sex hormones
Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) October 17, 2007
When it comes to keeping cholesterol in-check, BodyLogicMD reports that maintaining healthy cholesterol levels between 160 and 200 helps naturally produce hormones necessary for healthy living. BodyLogicMD is a national network of anti-aging physicians specializing in bioidentical hormone therapy integrated with fitness and nutrition.
The American Heart Association says that total cholesterol levels below 200 mg/dL are most desirable; 200-239 mg/dL are borderline high risk for heart disease and strokes. One out of every two Americans have high cholesterol. More than 106 million Americans have cholesterol levels above 200 and another 46 million have levels above 239.
"These statistics indicate that a number of Americans are suffering from imbalances due to improper diet and ability to handle insulin. This can, in turn, affect many other hormones in the body including the sex hormones," said Dr. Alicia Stanton, Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD. "At BodyLogicMD, we believe in naturally treating these symptoms using a combination of lifestyle changes including diet and fitness integrated with bioidentical hormone therapy when necessary."
Cholesterol naturally rises with age and is a leading contributor to heart disease - the number one killer in the United States. While it's important to watch cholesterol levels for a healthy heart, the connection between cholesterol levels and hormones is a critical factor in anti-aging medicine. However, it is important to understand that the lowest cholesterol numbers may not always be better.
"Cholesterol is the key ingredient used in creating and maintaining hormones," said Dr. Stanton. "If the cholesterol level is too low (below 160), the building blocks may not be present in sufficient quantities. This lower level of cholesterol can restrict the body's ability to produce proper levels of hormones such as testosterone and estradiol (sex drive hormones)."
Cholesterol is the building material for the following hormones:
These hormones are important in many aspects of our lives, including:
- Mineral balance
- Blood pressure regulation
- Sex hormone balance
- Blood sugar regulation
"As part of our routine diagnostic testing at BodyLogicMD, we check cholesterol levels and the ratios between "good" and "bad" cholesterol. This allows us to correlate them to risk of heart disease and overall health as well as to help women and men balance their hormones," said Dr. Stanton. "If adequate cholesterol levels are not maintained and balanced, these hormones cannot be made in good quantities and symptoms of hormone deficiency may occur."
Founded in 2003, BodyLogicMD is a national network of anti-aging physicians specializing in natural bioidentical hormone therapy integrated with fitness and nutrition serving men and women suffering from hormonal imbalance, menopause and andropause. Suzanne Somers' latest book, "Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones," features BodyLogicMD as an expert source. BodyLogicMD currently has 15 locations in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, New Hampshire, Ohio, Texas and Virginia.