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Do You Have Irregular Hormone Levels?

Another medical diagnosis for similar symptoms to thyroid disease is hormone deficiency. Dr. Angela DeRosa, internal medicine doctor for DeRosa Medical in Scottsdale, says as women age, they become more at risk for irregular hormone levels; this includes both estrogen and testosterone. She adds that hormone deficiencies begin earlier than many women think, with the majority of women developing testosterone deficiency in their 30s followed by estrogen deficiency in their 40s.

Symptoms for estrogen deficiency:

  • Unstable emotions — moody, anxious and irritable
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Memory fogginess
  • In some cases, heart palpitations

Symptoms for testosterone deficiency:

  • Low libido
  • Unstable emotions — irritable, depressed, anxious and, in some cases, panic
  • Forgetfulness
  • Low energy
  • Poor response and recovery from exercise
  • Weight-gain in the hips and stomach

Treatment

DeRosa says natural treatments for both estrogen and testosterone deficiency include maintaining a healthy lifestyle — working out, eating properly and limiting alcohol intake.
DeRosa and Dr. Alan Christianson of Integrative Health in Scottsdale agree that if deficiencies in both testosterone and estrogen are prominent, bio-identical hormone replacement generates the best results. DeRosa says these are the safe hormones that are not passed through the body orally and do not cause harmful side effects.

DeRosa says hormone pellets are the best supplemental treatment for both estrogen and testosterone replacement because they do not pass through the liver as with oral supplements; instead, they continually release hormones your body can regulate.

For more information about hormone pellets, visit derosamedical.com.

DeRosa Medical
9377 E. Bell Rd., 361, Scottsdale
(480) 619-4097

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2013

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Top 5 Health Screenings Every Woman Should Have

Preventative health screenings are important but there is conflicting information about who needs them, when the right time is to get screened and how often certain tests should be done. May is National Women’s Health Month so it’s time to set the record straight and take health matters into your own hands.

“Preventative health screenings are crucial but often confusing for my female patients,” said Dr. Angela DeRosa, president and chief managing officer of DeRosa Medical, P.C., a private women’s heath medical practice in Scottsdale and Sedona. “Routine tests are our best defense for early diagnosis of disease and in-turn higher successful treatment rates if something is detected. Women need to make their health a priority and National Women’s Health month is a great time to do that.”

Dr. DeRosa suggests these Top 5 health screenings for her patients:

1. Heart disease is the number one killer of women throughout the world, six-times more likely to cause death than breast cancer. Based on these statistics, women over the age of 50 should have an electrocardiogram (EKG) yearly.

2. Skin cancer screenings must be conducted every year no matter what your age. The American Cancer Society anticipates Arizona will have 1,650 new cases of melanoma in 2012.

3. Pap smears should be done annually between the ages of 21 and 30 and then every 3 years in patients older than 30, providing they are in a monogamous relationship and have a history of normal pap smears.

4. Starting at age 40, mammograms need to be performed every other year and annually after age 50.

5. A colonoscopy should be performed at age 50 to screen for colon cancer. After a baseline is established, follow up tests should be done every 5-10 years.

“You can never be too careful when it comes to your health,” added DeRosa. “Just this year I discovered a melanoma on a patient’s stomach during a routine skin cancer exam. She had been told by another physician that it was nothing to worry about.”

May 13-19, 2012 also marks the 10th annual National Women’s Health Week designed to empower women of all ages to take control of their own health needs through health screenings, being active, eating right and prioritizing mental well-being.