How Balanced Hormones Lead To Healthy Aging

Episode 548 40m


Hormones are like a symphony, with each one acting as a specialized instrument to keep our bodies in tune. But as we age, those instruments start to get a little rusty. Small changes over time create a variety of imbalances, until one day we wake up realizing we’re flat and out of tune. This leads to things like menopausal symptoms in women, hair loss and belly fat in men, thyroid dysfunction, bone loss, and so much more. That’s why it’s never too early, or too late, to start optimizing hormonal balance.

Today we’re featuring an episode of the Longevity Roadmap docu-series that takes a deep dive into hormones and how they play a critical role in how well, or poorly, we age. I was joined by two of my colleagues from The UltraWellness Center, Dr. Elizabeth Boham and Dr. Todd LePine. The symptoms of hormonal imbalance cover a wide spectrum, as one issue often leads to another.

In this episode, we break down how sex hormones change with age in both men and women and the Functional Medicine approach to correcting imbalances in those areas. We also get into the important topic of bone and muscle loss. This is the main reason people end up in nursing homes—a loss of functionality and strength—and with the right steps, it’s actually a very preventable part of aging. We share why exercise is so important, especially strength training, as well as why high-quality protein is critical for staying strong with each passing year. While hormone replacement therapy can work for the right person at the right dose at the right time, it’s not our first line of action. We’ll share our favorite natural strategies for balancing hormones and talk about when it’s time to try other measures. With the right steps, you can reverse your biological clock and live younger, longer.


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Topics Covered

  • The role of hormone in the body


  • The prevalence of hormonal imbalance


  • The importance of maintaining good muscle mass


  • The need for increased amounts of protein as we age


  • Nutrients for strong bone density


  • Nutrients to support adrenal function, stress hormones, and thyroid


  • Hypothyroidism and accessing thyroid health


  • Optimzing health in menopause and andropause


  • High estrogen and low testosterone in men


  • Supporting the body through perimenopause


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Dr. Mark Hyman: Now, as we age, our hormones change and they get out of balance, leading to faster aging. Sex hormones go down, stress hormones go up, growth hormones go down, thyroid problems increase, and insulin goes up, all leading to a steady [00:00:30] decline in energy, function, and vitality. And it happens slowly, almost imperceptibly so we barely notice. And one day we wake up just feeling older. Things that should go up, go down, and things that should go down, go up. These hormones are all connected in a finely choreographed dynamic dance. And when they're in balance, you feel young and strong and healthy. And when they're out of balance, you feel tired, weak, and old. [00:01:00] And while it's common for these imbalances to occur,..

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Ep. 548 - How Balanced Hormones Lead To Healthy Aging