Bruce Thomas, M.D. – Virginia Bioidentical Hormone Doctor
Northern Virginia Bioidentical Hormone Doctor, Bruce Thomas, M.D. focuses on preventive medicine, utilizing Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, nutrition plans, and fitness programs to help women and men suffering from the symptoms of hormone imbalance, including weight gain, sexual dysfunction, declining energy levels, depression and stress. Dr. Thomas brings to his patients extensive experience and education, and is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is an active member of the fellowship in Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine. He is also a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M).
Dr. Thomas’ advanced treatment protocols using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy have allowed him to help men and women overcome the side effects and conditions related to imbalanced, dominant, or deficient hormones. Because hormones play a strong role in many of the body’s daily functions, hormonal imbalances can severely influence total health and wellness. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can safely and naturally restore optimal hormone balance and improve the overall quality of life.
Hormones Used in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy:
Pregnenolone is a hormone precursor that is involved in the nervous system, and it acts on GABA receptors in the brain to produce feelings of calmness. This hormone is manufactured from cholesterol in the mitochondria, and levels decline with age. Pregnenolone is also an essential precursor for many other hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can balance levels of pregnenolone and prevent symptoms of a deficiency, which may include memory loss, arthritis, depression, and intolerances to stress.
DHEA is a building block for estrogen and testosterone, and without it, the body cannot make vital hormones. This hormone is abundant during a person’s 20’s and 30’s; however, by the time a person reaches their 60’s, it is typically in short supply due to a decline in production as a natural part of the aging process. DHEA also has several metabolic functions in the human body, and a lack of this hormone can increase triglyceride levels, create insulin resistance, increase fat stores, and increase cholesterol. Balancing DHEA levels with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help men and women to reduce inflammation, metabolic syndrome, and deficiencies of other sex hormones.
Progesterone is the other primary female sex hormone, and it helps to balance estrogen in order to prevent estrogen dominance. If the progesterone to estrogen ratio is imbalanced, progesterone cannot balance the actions of estrogen, which can increase the risks of breast or uterine cancer, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids. Progesterone also helps to govern the menstrual cycle, and a lack of progesterone can cause infertility, amenorrhea, bloating, water retention, increased PMS symptoms, and anovulation. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can prevent estrogen dominance and reduce the symptoms of low progesterone.
Estrogen is one of the primary female sex hormones, and deficiencies cause many of the symptoms that are associated with menopause. Without adequate estrogen, women cannot maintain body temperature, sleep cycles, reproductive functions, and bone mass. Symptoms of am estrogen deficiency can include hot flashes, night sweats, irregular periods, insomnia, vaginal dryness, and osteoporosis. Balancing estrogen with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can reduce the symptoms of menopause and reduce the risk for osteoporosis.
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, and it is important for both men’s and women’s health. In men, it helps to form the secondary sex characteristics, and in both men and women, it helps to maintain muscle mass, bone density, energy, libido, and sexual performance. When testosterone becomes deficient, men and women can have reduced libido, feel lethargic, and experience muscle atrophy. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can restore testosterone to help women and men to increase libido, energy, and muscle tone.
Cortisol is known as the stress hormone, and it is one of the only hormones that increase with aging. The adrenal glands release cortisol in response to stress, and it is a steroidal hormone that counteracts internal inflammation caused from a stress response. Over time, the body can begin to convert sex hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone into cortisol in order to meet the body’s demands, which can ultimately lead to a sex hormone deficiency. Restoring cortisol with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can prevent joint pain, increased inflammation, allergic reactions, lower immune function, weight gain, poor sleep, and fatigue.
Insulin is a hormone that is secreted in the pancreas to balance blood sugar. People that eat large quantities of sugar can eventually burn out the cells that secrete insulin in the pancreas, which can lead to Type II Diabetes. A high sugar diet can also lead to insulin resistance, which occurs when the body gets so used to insulin being in the bloodstream that it stops recognizing it is present, rendering it unable to balance blood sugar. Insulin resistance can also lead to Type II Diabetes. Balancing insulin with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can prevent insulin resistance and reduce the risk for Type II Diabetes.
- Thyroid Hormone
Thyroid Hormone maintains numerous metabolic functions in the body, and without it, a person cannot metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, or fats. Often, thyroid problems can occur during menopause because the ovaries have thyroid receptors, and when estrogen and testosterone become deficient in the body, it can affect the thyroid gland. A lack of thyroid hormone leads to hypothyroidism, which can cause sudden weight gain, fatigue, hair loss, irregular periods, and intolerance to cold. An excessive amount of thyroid production can cause hyperthyroidism, which can lead to unexplained weight loss, tachycardia, insomnia, puffy eyes, moodiness, and constantly feeling warm. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can reduce the symptoms associated with deficient or excessive thyroid hormone production.
Bruce Thomas, M.D. provides Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs that address the symptoms and conditions associated with hormonal decline. He uses Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to optimize the body’s functions and boost overall levels of health and wellness. Thousands of Washington–Arlington–Alexandria DC–VA–MD–WV patients have been able to restore their health and achieve optimal hormone balance with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.