Anti-Aging Specialist

Javier Sosa, MD -  - Family Medicine

Woodlands Primary Healthcare

Javier Sosa, MD

Family Medicine & Integrative Medicine located in The Woodlands, TX

You may slow down aging with a balanced meal plan, regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight. But you can’t stop the natural hormonal and metabolic changes that occur as you get older. With the help of Javier Sosa, MD, at Woodlands Primary Healthcare, you can start an anti-aging regimen that restores nutrients and hormones, bringing your body back in balance and supporting its ability to fight aging. To schedule an appointment, call the office in The Woodlands, Texas, or use the online booking system.

Anti-Aging Q & A

How does hormone replacement therapy counteract aging?

As you get older, some hormones naturally decline, even if you’re in good health. In addition to estrogen and testosterone, hormones that drop over the years include:

  • Growth hormone
  • Melatonin
  • Calcitonin
  • Aldosterone
  • Insulin
  • Cortisol
  • Thyroid hormones

The decline in hormones may be a natural process, but that doesn’t mean low hormones are good for you. The opposite is true: You need balanced levels of hormones to stay healthy and well. Low hormones contribute to age-related problems such as memory loss, aging skin, heart disease, and osteoporosis.

No matter which hormone is low, women and men can reverse their symptoms, regain energy, and prevent chronic disease by restoring hormonal balance with hormone replacement therapy.

How do hormonal changes affect women as they age?

At menopause, your ovaries stop producing estrogen. While this has a profound impact on your reproductive system, estrogen also regulates tissues throughout your body.

When estrogen drops, you’re at risk for problems such as:

  • Vaginal dryness and thinning
  • Painful intercourse
  • Low sex drive
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Aging skin
  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain
  • Urinary incontinence

An imbalance of estrogen also negatively affects areas of your brain involved in learning, memory, and mood.

How do hormonal changes affect men as they get older?

Men can’t stop the slow decline of testosterone any more than women can avoid menopause. Starting around the age of 30, men’s testosterone levels decline by as much as 2% every year.

Low testosterone leads to symptoms such as:

  • Loss of sex drive
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Diminished muscle strength
  • Osteoporosis
  • Thinning body hair
  • Difficulty concentrating

Men can also develop hypogonadism as they get older, a condition that causes low testosterone when their testicles don’t produce enough hormones.

What should I know about age, vitamins, and IV therapy?

Woodlands Primary Care specializes in metabolic medicine, which focuses on the biochemical processes inside your body, the nutrients needed to maintain your metabolism, and the loss of energy and illness that can develop when you’re low in nutrients.

Your risk of having nutritional deficiencies increases as you get older. Your body doesn’t absorb some nutrients as well, and many retired adults don’t eat enough to support their body’s needs. Nutrient deficiencies ultimately lead to metabolic disorders and chronic disease.

Vitamins and intravenous (IV) vitamin therapy are offered to patients of all ages who need a therapeutic dose of nutrients. When vitamins and minerals are delivered through an IV, the full dose quickly travels through your bloodstream to cells throughout your body that needs the nutrient infusion.

If you want to restore optimal health and energy, call Woodlands Primary Healthcare or schedule an appointment online.