Over the last 50 years, research in the fields of endocrinology and immunology have improved our knowledge of how we age. Communication between the nervous, endocrine and immune systems makes it possible for us to adapt and survive in our environment, and hormones are the messengers between these symptoms.
Hormones are molecules that are released into the blood stream and exert biochemical effects on receptor sites to regulate our body’s temperature, reproduction, growth, aging and immune functions. As messengers of the central nervous system, hormones instruct our internal organs on how to function.
Unfortunately, both men and women experience a drop in these life-sustaining hormones as they age. Specific hormone receptor sites in the cells tend to change with age and become less sensitive and more resistant to hormone stimulation. This can result in a decrease in cellular function, cellular repair, protein synthesis, and cell reproduction.