Hormones are molecules produced by certain glands within the body that are transported via the bloodstream to modify the activity of organ systems, organs, tissues, and cells elsewhere in the body. By doing so, hormones regulate many important aspects of our physiology and behavior – development, digestion, growth, excretion, lactation, mood, movement, reproduction, respiration, sensation, sleep, and stress. Hormones affect cells by binding to specific cellular receptors, which leads to the increase or decrease in synthesis of various important cellular proteins, both structural as well as metabolic. It is well understood that hormone levels decline with age. In the past, it was thought that the aging process caused the low hormonal levels. We now understand that it is the low hormone levels that in many ways lead to aging. To optimize your overall health, Dr. Varveris will determine your baseline hormone levels, focusing primarily on energy-related hormones (cortisol, insulin, and thyroid hormone), sex-related hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone) and growth hormone. After doing so, he will develop a plan to get your hormone levels back into natural balance, greatly enhancing your overall health and vitality. Please recognize that good hormonal balance is also very important to help you maintain appropriate lean muscle mass as well as healthy skin tone and texture in the years and decades to come.