To be 20 again.
We hear it from those who miss the days of being thin and having energy and high spirits.
But you’re not going to hear it from those like Judy Wilkins of Kaysville, who feels like she is living her youth all over again after starting a natural hormone replacement regimen.
“My doctor did blood tests and said my hormones are at normal levels. They were for a 60-year-old, but I felt just as crappy as every other 60-year-old,” she said. “I needed to optimize my hormones. (After taking natural hormones), the aging process has slowed dramatically. My body thinks it’s 30 years old. Hormones changed my life.”
Proponents like Jennifer Garcia, a natural hormone specialist with Enlighten Hormones in Bountiful, say that, unlike synthetic hormones, natural hormones — also called bioidenticals — have the same chemical structure as hormones the body makes.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy includes estrogen, testosterone and progesterone that come from plants, explains the website of another company, Preventative Medicine of Utah.
“Unlike synthetic hormones that are derived from animals or in test tubes and then modified by drug companies for patent protection and profit, BHRT is individualized, more natural and likely safer with fewer side effects,” according to the website.
But Dr. Timothy Graham, a medical doctor and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Utah, said bioidenticals can pose dangerous risks like heart problems, blood clots and stroke.