Dr. Dov Rand, M.D. is a specialist in age management medicine and operates a private practice in West Orange, New Jersey. His office is called Healthy Aging Medical Center where they focus on age management treatments by concentrating on hormone levels, diet, supplements and exercise programs for their patients.
In a recent video (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwPsUcAXXCGDOcMT2enerww), Dr. Dov Rand explained what bioidentical hormones are and the difference between bioidentical and synthetic hormones. Here’s a summary of what he taught us.
Bioidentical hormones are hormone that are compounded in a specialty pharmacy known as a compound pharmacy. They come from natural sources such as soy or yams and our plant derived and have a molecular structure identical to the hormones humans have in their bodies as Dr. Dov described. This is what is so unique and special about the hormones because the human bodies recognizes it as belonging to itself and not a foreign substance.
Now synthetic hormones are molecularly altered and are not chemically identical to the ones in the human body and often do not come from natural sources and therefore are not natural for our bodies emphasized by Dr. Dov. Because the molecular structure has been altered it can create some of the problems caused by synthetic hormones.
The Big Pharma industry can patent and sell the synthetic hormones because they are not natural products whereas bioidentical hormones are natural and do not require a patent because you cannot patent what occurs naturally and since the bioidentical hormones are plant derived sources they do not require patent and you cannot patent them. Making bioidentical hormones and synthetic hormones very different with synthetic hormones obviously being created with a big intention to profit.
Synthetic hormones are not safe and studies have linked problems to them while bioidentical hormones are natural, safe and effective.
Dr. Dov Rand explains that as we age our hormones go through a seesaw effect when our levels of bad hormone levels go up and good hormone levels go down. Two of the bad hormone levels that rise with aging are insulin and cortisol while the good hormones that begin to decline with aging are estrogen, DHEA, thyroid, progesterone, testosterone and HGH.