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Posted: Friday, February 26, 2010 12:00 am

At the beginning of each year, many people make resolutions to change. Some want to lose weight; others want to earn more money.

But how many people made the resolution this year to actually feel great. Most people struggle through each day feeling fatigued and lethargic with headaches and tension in the shoulders due to heavy stress loads. Afterwards, they go home exhausted, yet sometimes struggle with insomnia all night long. Then the alarm goes off in the morning, and they feel more tired than when they went to bed.

Did you ever think that this problem is most likely due to hormones being out of balance?

When most people think of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy, the first image in their minds is a woman in her 50’s with hot flashes who is going through menopause. Now, this is a common trend I see in patients at Derma Health Institute, but there is so much more that hormones do in our bodies besides control our temperature.

Hormones have a powerful influence over both our mental and physical health. They begin influencing our bodies at birth, and stimulated us to grow. Hormones play an essential part of helping our bodies maintain a healthy environment throughout our entire lives. They have a significant impact on our cardiovascular and mental health.

Both men and women of all ages can have hormonal imbalances that sometimes can be so severe that it impacts not only their quality of life but also their ability to function normally. These imbalances can actually increase their risks of developing severe cardiovascular or mental illness, such as strokes, heart attacks and dementia. Many physicians believe that keeping our hormones balanced is the most important thing we can do to improve our health, second only to diet and exercise.

I commonly see patients for skin problems, but underneath it all most of my clients have issues that stem from their hormones changing. Women especially can begin to have severe hormonal imbalances as early as their late 20’s to early 30’s. One or more of the following symptoms is present in every one of my patients: fatigue, irritability, insomnia, anxiety, depression, difficult concentration, brain fog, weight gain or difficulty losing weight, acne, aging skin, frequent common colds and a lack of excitement for life.

I have a deep passion for hormone balancing and how it can affect your life, because I personally suffered for a long time feeling miserable, only to finally discover on my own that a few little hormones were imbalanced. It was so simple to fix that I wanted to kick myself for waiting so long to do something about it. Now it’s my goal to make sure everyone knows they do not have to go through each day feeling terrible. If you wake up every morning feeling exhausted already, it will set the tone for the rest of your day to be miserable. Stop dragging yourself through life, and make a change. No one should ever settle for less than feeling great. You need to test your hormones, find out what is out of balance, and begin on your journey to the best health of your life.


Ahwatukee Foothills’ Dr. Ann Watwood specializes in medical aesthetics and anti-aging medicine at Derma Health Institute. She is certified in advanced laser skin care treatments and is a member of the Naturopathic Board of Aesthetic Medicine in Arizona. Reach her at (480) 460-1505 or www.dhiskin.com

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