Joseph Mazzei, D.O. – Chandler Bioidentical Hormones
Chandler Arizona Bioidentical Hormones Expert, Joseph Mazzei, D.O. at Chandler BodyLogicMD practices (BHRT) Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy as part of a total wellness plan focused in functional medicine.
Dr. Mazzei has several years of experience providing Chandler and Maricopa County Arizona area residents a safe and natural solution to their hormone related ailments in the form of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
As a Chandler Arizona Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Dr. Mazzei’s mission is to use comprehensive treatment plans to augment his patients’ minds, bodies, and spirits and to empower them in their pursuit of optimal health.
Hormones Used In Bioidentical Hormone Therapy:
The term estrogen actually describes the functioning of estradiol, estriol, and estrone. Estrogen is primarily a female hormone produced in the ovaries, fat tissue, and adrenal glands. Men also create small amounts of estrogen in their testes. A lack of estrogen can lead to hot flashes, night sweats, thinning bones, fatigue, mood changes, sagging breasts, wrinkling skin, thinning or dull hair, and breakable nails. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy designed to treat estrogen imbalance has been shown to relieve symptoms of estrogen dominance and deficiency, and alleviate the symptoms of menopause.
Testosterone is primarily a male hormone, but it is also present in smaller amounts in women. Both genders experience the effects of too little testosterone, including weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, depression, and low sex drive. In addition, men with unbalanced testosterone levels may experience unwanted breast growth. Replacing deficient testosterone with bioidentical hormones continues to help thousands of men overcome andropause related symptoms such as sexual dysfunction, insufficient energy levels, and more.
Pregnenolone is a steroid hormone that is first synthesized by cholesterol and then created in the adrenal glands. Pregnenolone, along with the hormone DHEA, is responsible for creating testosterone and all other hormones in the body. Because it is made from the supporting tissues in the brain, pregnenolone activates neurological receptors that alternately stimulate and calm the brain. When this level of hormone is too low, people are likely to experience fatigue and problems with concentration and memory. Mood disturbances are also common, with depression and irritability being the most frequent complaints.
Although the technical name for this hormone is cortisol, some doctors and lay people refer to it as the stress hormone. The adrenal glands produce and secrete cortisol in response to stress, also known as the fight or flight response. Because many people today live highly stressful lives, they may have unbalanced levels of cortisol present in their bodies. Left unchecked, this can lead to Type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and weight gain. Balancing cortisol levels in the body with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can prevent a stress breakdown and leave patients feeling energized and well equipped to deal with anything life throws their way.
This hormone, which is secreted by the adrenal glands, is the foundation for both male and female sex hormones. These are also known as androgens and estrogens. When DHEA is out of balance, it can also affect the production of estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol. People with unbalanced DHEA often complain of aching of the joints, lowered sex drive, a decreased immune system, fatigue, depression, and loss of muscle mass. Using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to maintain optimal DHEA balance can help the body function efficiently and reduce the risk of DHEA related side effects.
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. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help the body detect and maintain proper insulin levels preventing many symptoms related to insulin resistance.
Without progesterone, women cannot have a menstrual period or maintain reproduction. Progesterone is the second primary female hormone, and it helps to balance the functions of estrogen and prevent estrogen dominance. Common symptoms of low progesterone include bloating, water retention, fatigue, mood changes, irregular periods, increased PMS symptoms, dysmenorrhea, weight gain, infertility, and amenorrhea. Maintaining proper progesterone balance with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is tried and proven method to regulate the progesterone hormones and prevent symptoms and conditions related with progesterone imbalance.
Dr. Joseph Mazzei’s Treatment Approach
Dr. Mazzei endeavors to rise above the shortcomings of conventional medicine and medicinal fads, and he focuses on the core elements of health and the connection between the body’s health and different mental states. Collaborating with patients while exploring their health concerns, Dr. Mazzei designs customized and comprehensive treatment programs to help patients regain optimal levels of health.
Educating patients to help them understand the factors involved in their health, Dr. Mazzei helps men and women understand the steps needed for them to restore their health. Focusing on functional and preventative medicine, Dr. Mazzei has refined his medical perspective and applies a comprehensive approach to healing in conjunction with strong medical research to support the foundational pillars of health. Dr. Mazzei utilizes his expertise in nutrition, Bioidentical Hormones, gastrointestinal function, immune function, and cellular health when designing customized treatment plans, and the incorporation of these elements help his patients improve their health and prevent disease. He also places great importance on a healthy mind-body connection. As an active member of the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine and with extensive training through a fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Mazzei’s extensive experience and work with evidence-based medicine has helped him to improve the lives of countless men and women.
- What Makes Functional Medicine Different?
When you have a specific health concern, the typical course of action is to visit a doctor for a prescription, testing, or advice. The doctor treats your symptoms and sends you on your way. This works well until the problem returns or you have new issues that concern you. If you have a chronic condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, you may feel it never gets better despite spending much of your time at doctor appointments and undergoing continual testing. This is neither the doctor’s fault nor yours. While you are doing what you can to improve your health, the doctor is treating one symptom at a time just as he or she was trained to do.
Functional medicine differs from traditional medicine in many ways, especially in its treatment approach. At BodyLogicMD of Chandler Arizona, Dr. Mazzei works closely with patients on a personal level, acting as a partner in your long-term goal of wellness. For people who are used to a disease model of medical care always treating symptoms as they arise and never addressing the root cause of the issue, this patient-centered approach can take some getting used to. Getting to know patients and understanding the underlying causes or contributing factors to all of their ailments is the way Dr. Mazzei is able to provide the most effective treatments to each patient every time.
- Why Acute Care Treatment is Quickly Becoming Outdated
Acute care, which is the diagnosis and treatment of short-term problems, such as a broken arm or a ruptured appendix, is ill equipped to handle issues related to aging and hormone imbalance. As a result, you’re unlikely to get the help you need to deal with your symptoms and feel your best. Even if your doctor does write you a prescription to help make you more comfortable during menopause or andropause, it usually isn’t enough to improve your quality of life. That is because the medication is the same for anyone who complains of similar symptoms. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy on the other hand, is effective because it only provides natural replacement hormones where your body actually needs them.
Just because you don’t have a diagnosable disease, it doesn’t mean that you are feeling the best that you can. Women may experience frequent mood swings, bloating, insomnia, and low energy due to having too much estrogen in relation to progesterone. Men who are low on testosterone may feel frustrated with an unfulfilling sex life and not have the career ambitions that they once had due to an unrelenting feeling of apathy. While most doctors will tell you they cannot do a lot to help you feel better, a functional medicine practitioner like Chandler Bioidentical Hormones Doctor, Joseph Mazzei, D.O. of BodyLogicMD of Chandler Arizona welcomes the challenge.
One of the tenets of patient-centered care is a doctor who truly listens to patients in order to understand their history, current lifestyle, genetic factors, and physiological makeup that effect how their hormones interact with one another. Dr. Mazzei is just as interested in your mind and spirit as he is in the dysfunctions of your body. Along with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Dr. Mazzei works with you to improve diet, encourage exercise, reduce stress, and implement other practices that improve well being while reducing symptoms commonly associated with aging.
- How Functional Medicine Providers Work with BHRT
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy differs from medication your regular doctor may prescribe for hormone related conditions in a few important ways. The compounds are created from plants, which means that they are natural and safe; also their bioidentical structure matches exactly the cellular and molecular structure of hormones already present in your body. In contrast, synthetic hormones are manufactured in a laboratory and often do not match the hormones they are designed to replenish. Men and women are able to benefit from Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy because the body favors natural replacement hormones over artificial ones.
- Learn More About Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormones
Chandler Arizona Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Joseph Mazzei, D.O. uses Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to treat numerous health conditions related to aging and hormonal decline, dominance, or imbalance. Some of the conditions that Dr. Mazzei uses Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to treat include:
Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome
Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome is often overlooked and misdiagnosed by traditional doctors. The adrenal glands in the body are responsible for producing hormones that help men and women manage stress from physical, social, and emotional triggers. It also helps the body to fight off infectious diseases. When a person experiences high levels of stress, the adrenal glands cannot keep up, and they literally become fatigued. Common symptoms of adrenal fatigue include cravings for salt and sugar, extreme tiredness, frequent infections and minor illnesses, rapid mood shifts, feeling depressed, lack of focus and concentration, and a low sex drive. Maintaining optimal hormone balance in the adrenal glands with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy has been shown to treat adrenal fatigue syndrome and promote healthy energy levels in men and women.
Symptoms of Andropause
As men approach middle age, testosterone levels begin to decline naturally. As testosterone declines, men often notice a reduction in libido, reduced muscle tone, weight gain, mood swings, fatigue, hair loss, and erectile dysfunction. Unfortunately, men often feel like they have lost their virility, which often results in self-consciousness and anxiety. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may prove helpful for men dealing with androgen imbalances. By supplementing testosterone, men can regain libido and improve muscle tone, which offers many mental and quality of life benefits.
Symptoms of Perimenopause
Hormone decline in women usually begins around the age of 35, and this initial phase of hormone decline is known as perimenopause. During this phase, estrogen and progesterone begin to decline, and women can experience symptoms that include fatigue, depression, acne, weight gain, mental fogginess, low libido, and irregular periods. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help women to slow down the process of hormone decline by replacing deficient hormones. It can help women to regulate their periods, have more energy, improve mental cognition, lose weight, and increase their sex drive.
Symptoms of Menopause
Menopause results in the decline of ovarian function in women. This reduces the body’s reserves of progesterone and estrogen, which are both essential for many areas of mental, sexual, and physical health. Some of the common symptoms women experience during menopause include mood swings, hot flashes, insomnia, depression, night sweats, vaginal dryness, anxiety, and the atrophy of vaginal and uterine tissues. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can be used to supplement the body with progesterone and estrogen, helping to reduce the symptoms of menopause and reducing the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
Insulin is a hormone that works to balance blood sugar in the body, attaching to cells and helping cells use sugar in the blood for important metabolic processes within the body. Individuals with pre-diabetes or diabetes often suffer from insulin resistance or a lack of insulin secretion. For many diabetics Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can be used to supplement the body with insulin to manage and treat this condition.
The thyroid gland is responsible for releasing hormones that control the efficiency and speed of the body’s metabolism. Hypothyroidism, which is often referred to as an underactive thyroid, often causes low blood pressure, cold sensitivity, goiter, weight gain, depression, thinning hair, and lethargy. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may be used to effectively treat thyroid problems, particularly hypothyroidism.
An excessive production of thyroid hormone is known as hyperthyroidism, and this condition can have adverse effects of the heart if it is not treated. In cases of hyperthyroidism, thyroid hormone speeds up the heart rate, which can lead to myocardial infarcts. Other symptoms of hyperthyroidism can include bulging eyes, excessive weight loss, muscle atrophy, nervousness, panic attacks, anxiety, and insomnia. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy has been shown to greatly reduce the effects of hypothyroidism and help the body to maintain optimal thyroid hormone balance.
Southeast Phoenix Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Joseph Mazzei, D.O. has used Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy plans to help many men and women overcome the signs and symptoms of aging and hormonal imbalance. Vast numbers of patients have been able to regain their health and vitality through the expert guidance of Chandler Arizona Bioidentical Hormones Expert, Joseph Mazzei, D.O.