Progesterone is a hormone of the reproductive system. This hormone prepares the lining of the uterus for implantation of the fertilized egg and helps to maintain pregnancy. Progesterone is also a precursor hormone, meaning it transforms itself to create other hormones…especially estrogen and testosterone. Another very important function of progesterone is to “oppose” estrogen. It works synergistically with estrogen and together they balance each other in the body. When estrogen is present without progesterone, the estrogen properties are not kept in check and may eventually lead to conditions associated with too much estrogen in the body. It is therefore, critical to balance estrogen with progesterone for maximal health benefits of each hormone.
Progesterone is often confused with Progestin. Progestins are synthetic hormones made to mimic the actions of progesterone but they are dangerous and cause many unwanted side effects. For example, Progestins have been associated with blood clots, fluid retention, acne, weight gain, depression, and an increase in heart disease and diabetes. In addition, Progestins have been linked with an increase in the symptoms of hormone imbalance and deficiency. Bio identical progesterone (also sometimes referred to as natural or human identical progesterone) is made from soy or yam and has the exact molecular structure as progesterone made in the human body. Only Bio-identical Progesterone has the properties necessary to appropriately balance Estrogen. Symptoms of Progesterone Loss
Pain and inflammation
Some Causes of Low Progesterone
Impaired progesterone production
Increased prolactin production
Decreased thyroid hormone
Low Luteinizing hormone
Benefits of Progesterone
Helps build bone
Helps thyroid hormone function
Protects against fibrocystic breast disease
Protect against endometrial cancer
Normalizes zinc and copper levels
Some anti-epileptic activity
Helps balance estrogen
Natural calming effect
Lowers high blood pressure
Helps the body use and eliminate fats
May protect against breast cancer
Increases scalp hair
Helps balance fluids in the cells
Increases the beneficial effects of estrogens on blood vessel dilation
Increases metabolic rate
If you believe you may be suffering from hormone loss, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help. Call the Southern California Center For Anti-Aging today for more information at 424.247.4962.
Due to the emergence of Anti-Aging Medicine, it is no longer necessary to accept the mental and physical decline associated with aging. A century ago the average life expectancy was 43 to 47. Today, life expectancy has almost doubled, due mostly to advances in medicine and technology. The rapid rate of these advances may put one in position to take advantage of cutting edge technologies in the pipeline, such as genetic engineering, stem cell transplants, therapeutic cloning, nanotechnology, and artificial organs. However, a longer life span is only desirable if living longer means living stronger, healthier, and without disabilities.
This is the premise of Anti-Aging Medicine. It is also known as
Age Management Medicine
Optimal Aging Medicine
Preventive-Regenerative Medicine is a new specialty of health care based on early detection, prevention, and reversal of the degenerative effects of aging. The primary goal is living healthier for a longer period of time.
The Anti-Aging specialty began in 1993 when twelve forward thinking physicians formed the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (also known as A4M). Today, the Academy is composed of 20,000 physicians and scientists from over 100 countries. It is the fastest growing scientific society in the world. The Academy is devoted to examining scientific research pertaining to:
Cause of illnesses
The aging Process
And the decline in physical and mental function as aging occurs
What are the Principles of Anti-Aging medicine?
The principals of Preventive-Regenerative Medicine are well documented in medical and scientific journals. In addition, they are based on sound and responsible medical care. While traditional medicine focuses on treating the effects of the aging process, Anti-Aging Medicine focuses on treating or preventing the causes of aging. Stated differently, traditional medicine predominately treats external symptoms that have internal causes. On the contrary, Anti-Aging Medicine addresses the internal causes in order to prevent external symptoms. The different approach may sound subtle. That being said, it can produce substantial differences in a person’s health and well-being.
What are The Modalities of Anti-Aging Medicine?
As an Anti-Aging clinic in Los Angeles, CA, you might be wondering what modalities we use. In order to deliver our anti-aging medicine, Dr. Judi Goldstone uses a combination of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Testosterone Treatment, Peptides and more. In addition, Dr. Goldstone’s weight loss and medical weight loss departments help people with diet needs.
Anti-Aging Clinics in Los Angeles & Holistic Health
You have to understand that the functional medicine and anti-aging models follow a holistic protocol. That means that the body is treated as a whole. On the contrary in traditional medicine, you would have to see a rheumatologist for obscure autoimmune system, a gastrologist for gut issues and so on and so forth. This presents a multitude or problems. For one, each doctor is zero’d in on one part of the body they are trained to be so-called experts in. Thus, they fail to take into account if the gastrointestinal issues are merely a symptom of the main issue or root cause. What you have is a domino effect of failing to follow best practices. If you are suffering from acid-reflux, IBS or any sort of gut ailment, the Gastroenterologists might prescribe something like Prevacid. This medication has the potential to disrupt the balance of digestive juices in your gut. Thus creating the potential that can lead to further, more serious health problems. The protocol when you have a more serious condition calls for either more prescription drugs or even surgery which compromises your system forever.
When it comes to being an anti-aging clinic in Los Angeles, Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is the meat and potatoes of what we do. Depending on your goals, needs and ailments, a proper bioidentical hormone program can change your life. By optimizing your hormone levels, you can treat energy, fatigue, chronic pain and more.
If you desire to live a longer, healthier and more productive lifestyle, call the Southern California Center For Anti-Aging today at 424.247.4962.
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The latest diet craze has many women and men injecting themselves with a substance that suppresses the appetite. It is so effective doctors say you can lose up to one pound a day. But not everyone believes it’s safe. Inside her El Segundo home Karen Coran injects herself, plunging a needle into the folds of her stomach.
“You make sure that the syringe doesn’t have any bubbles in it… Inject the needle straight in,” dieter Karen Coran said while demonstrating how she prepares her injections.
She is not a drug addict or a diabetic — she is an extreme dieter.
“I’ve done Lindora, I’ve done Weight Watchers,” she said.
She tried almost everything. At 5 foot-3 inches and more than 250 pounds, she was considering lap band surgery.
“I was frustrated, because it seemed like my body, no matter what i did, wanted to hold on to the weight,” Coran said.
Then her doctor told her about the HCG Diet. HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a hormone used for fertility treatments. It’s found naturally in the bodies of pregnant women. Some doctors believe HCG tricks the body into pulling fat from the body while suppressing appetite.
Dr. Judi Goldstone weighs in on The HCG Diet Craze
“Have you ever seen anything that works this well?” I asked Dr. Judi Goldstone.
“There was so much patient demand. They were calling asking if i did it. I started researching it and I tried it. And I was just shocked by how phenomenal the results are,” Goldstone said.
She now has 20 patients on HCG. Most of them are women, but she says it works just as well for men.
Patients on the HCG diet are restricted to 500 to 800 calories a day. The diet is limited, consisting of plenty of protein with some fruits and vegetables.
“I’ll get tomatoes and strawberries, which are great this time of year,” Coran said.
Doctors say that many patients lose a half pound to a pound a day for the first six weeks. Because the caloric intake is so low, doctors actually urge their patients not to exercise.
“Is there ever a point where the patients are losing too much weight and too fast?” I asked the doctor.
“Yes. I’ve said no you have got to maintain your weight for the next week,” Goldstone said.
A typical lunch consists of three ounces of chicken, a few strawberries and a piece of lettuce.
Opponents say that eating like that of course dieters will lose weight. They warn it can be dangerous, causing vitamin deficiencies or other serious health problems.
“It’s risky to get injections of a substance one a week,” said Dr. Sharon Orrange, an internist at
The Doctors of USC, who specializes in women’s health. HCG first became popular as a diet drug in the U.S. in the 1970s. But recently it has exploded on the Internet. Dozens of websites advertise pharmaceutical or homeopathic HCG.
More About HCG
HCG is FDA approved for fertility treatment, but not for weight loss. To get it, you need a prescription from your doctor.
If you buy it without a prescription over the Internet, there is no way to determine what is really in the product.
“I think the FDA will perk up and I know they have in the last couple of weeks and start to really cut down on what’s sold on the Internet,” Orrange said.
Dr. Orrange recommended asking yourself the follow questions before starting any extreme diet.
Is it nutritionally adequate?
Has it been researched?
Is this diet sustainable?
Coran says that with the help of her doctor, she is starting her second phase of the diet.
“A diet is sort of a personal thing. What works for me may not work for you or somebody else,” Coran said. She hopes to lose another 30 pounds in the next few weeks.
“I’m not where I need to be yet, but I know I’m on the path and I know I can continue the journey and get to where i need to go,” she said.
The HCG Diet costs almost $400 for a six-week treatment and it is not covered under insurance since it is considered preventative health.
For More Information on the HCG Diet:
Judi Goldstone, MD
Southern California Center for Anti-Aging
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement
Medically Supervised Weight Loss
23823 Hawthorne Blvd.
Torrance, CA. 90505
(424) 247-4962 phone
(310) 375-1120 fax