Saliva testing can easily test for imbalances in each of the major hormones that have an impact upon bone health-particularly, testosterone, DHEA, cortisol, estrogen and progesterone. Bone is a hormonally sensitive tissue that is affected by age-related decline in production of these hormones. Many studies show as they age, both men and women begin to lose bone as the androgens-testosterone and DHEA-s in particular-start to fall off. And when these hormones are low and cortisol is high, bone loss increases at an even more rapid pace. We know that too much stress raises cortisol output, interfering with calcium absorption and bone-building activity, while at the same time stepping up the activity of bone destroying cells. We also know that cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol intake and a lack of physical activity are associated with bone loss. In a typical case study, a 63 year-old woman, who had never taken hormones since her menopause at age 51, had a bone density scan which revealed osteoporosis in her hip and spine. Saliva testing identified an imbalance of androgens, as well as low estrogen and progesterone levels. Supplementing with natural hormones brought noticeable improvement, but to gain full relief, a program of stress reduction, optimal nutrition and weight-bearing exercise was introduced.
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