Need to know: The great hormone balancing act by Beauty Editor Olivia Falcon
So summers finally shown up – I should have been feeling bright and breezy with my Bar-b-que fork in one hand and a garden hose in the other but despite knocking back Floradix, munching my way through high protein energy snacks, choosing box sets over boozy nights out and prancing round Holland Park at first light with the Bootcamp Brigade, the truth is these last few months, I’ve felt sluggish and slow.
and I suspect something might be up (or down in my case down with my hormone levels).
“These Bio-Identical Hormone Therapies are not just for women facing the menopause,” says Dr Sib. “The work our hormones do is subtle but when they fall out of balance the effects on your health can be anything but.” Hormones control every cellular function in our bodies; they have major effects on circulation, metabolism, blood sugar levels, mood, and libido. They keep our minds sharp, our bodies strong, our skin young and our blood vessels supple.After reviewing my tests, Dr. Sib finds my thyroid function is the low side of normal and he prescribes low dose novothyral to rebalance the deficit and DHEA, a compound that some studies claim can help regulate general hormone production keeping a healthy cascade through the body and even slow the ageing process. I like the sound of this and I also like Dr Sib’s mantra with dosing. “to start low and go slow”.
Within two weeks, I’m feeling sharper, less tired and even dare I say it even a bit lighter. “The majority of my patients begin to feel better within a few months although for some it’s just a couple of weeks, especially when it comes to sleep and energy levels,” says Dr. Sib, “Every patient has a different experience but the end result is the same – a healthier, happier and balanced life.”
My verdict? I’m not saying this is a miracle cure for everything but if you have unexplained mood swings, energy level drops, insomnia, fluid retention and yes even forgetfulness, go get your hormone levels checked it just might be the key to a sunnier, brighter you.
AN INITIAL CONSULTATION WITH DR SIBTHORPE COSTS £300 WITH FOLLOW UPS STARTING FROM £205 – £245