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Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine in Austin, TX

Endocrinology is the branch of medicine dealing with the endocrine glands and hormones. Functional endocrinology identifies and treats changes in the endocrine system not in a disease state. Functional endocrinology uses diet, nutrition, lifestyle and other non-invasive therapies to manage metabolic conditions. The goal is to optimize physiology to restore health and function.

Functional endocrinology’s approach and tools therefore, differ from general or medical endocrinology. General endocrinology uses pharmaceuticals or hormones to replace, suppress or support the endocrine system. This approach is often appropriate for disease patterns or genetic disorders.

People that suffer from functional endocrinology disorders are often left untreated, or perhaps, over treated in the traditional health care system since there is no pathology. For example, “menopausal syndrome” is a collection of symptoms, but not a disease.

Common problems successfully treated by functional endocrinology include PMS, infertility, Peri-menopausal and menopausal symptoms, gastrointestinal problems such as IBS or indigestion, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and depression or mood swings and irritability, difficulty losing weight, and generalized aches and pains including fibromyalgia. Many of these problems affect men as well as woman but the symptoms might be different. For example, when a man’s hormones are not in balance common problems are high blood pressure and cholesterol, weight gain around the middle and depression. According to Dr. Datis Kharrazian, noted functional endocrinologist, this is the most unrecognized health disorder in males today.

The root of many functional endocrinology problems often lies in physiological reactions to stress. Stressors can be mental or emotional, chemical, including diet, lifestyle and pharmaceutical, or physical. Ignoring or minimizing the effects of stress is a common as the manifestations. According to the World Health Organization, stress is the leading cause of degenerative disease in developed countries. In the US, stress related complaints account for 60% to 90 % of primary care physician visits.

Functional endocrinology can help you manage the physiological effects of stress better. If you want to take charge of your health and life, or simply feel better, functional endocrinology may have answers for you.