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What Happens When Your Hormones Are Unbalanced Sep 15th, 2021

Our hormones are responsible for more functions in your body than you may realize. When any of these chemical messengers are out of whack, it can wreak havoc on your physical and mental health. At The Riegel Center, hormone specialist Christopher Riegel, MD, understands how bad you can feel when...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Sep 3rd, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Aging And Hormones May 10th, 2021

The elusive Fountain of Youth has been sought after for centuries. Its healing waters were thought to preserve life and halt the aging process. Beginning with the Greeks in the 5th century B.C., the Fountain of Youth has made its way through history. Many thought they had discovered it with Alexander...

Are Your Hormones Causing Brain Fog? Apr 26th, 2021

Have you ever been looking for your cell phone and then realized you are talking to your friend on it at that very moment? Have you walked into a room in your home and then can’t remember what you were searching for when you got there? You may think you...

Stress And Bioidentical Hormone Treatment Apr 22nd, 2021

If you are feeling the stress of work deadlines, family obligations, relationship challenges, or health troubles then you are not alone. April is National Stress Awareness month. Everyone feels stress from time to time, but all stress isn’t bad. As a matter of fact, having too little stress in your...

Moods And Hormones Mar 23rd, 2021

How many times have you heard an emotional woman say that they are “just feeling hormonal”? While it is true that hormones can affect everyone’s moods, it seems to be more significant in women. If you are having difficulty dealing with your moods, a hormonal imbalance may be one of...

Are Cravings Caused By A Hormonal Imbalance? (Hint: Yes!) Mar 15th, 2021

Food cravings come in many forms – from the historically odd pregnancy cravings (pickles and ice cream!) to late night snacks, and to chocolate (any time!). They are different than true hunger because cravings are an intense desire to eat a certain food. Cravings are often associated with a person’s...

Sleep Awareness Week Mar 8th, 2021

As hormone specialists, we stress the importance of balanced hormones for your overall health. What many people don’t realize is just how important your hormones are in your day-to-day life. Your hormones essentially affect everything that your body does throughout the day and night. Even the slightest change in one...

Heart Health In Women And Men Feb 26th, 2021

With February being American Heart Health month, it’s important we discuss the importance of heart health in women and men. When a woman is going through perimenopause and menopause, her body is experiencing many different changes in her hormone levels. These changes can play a critical role in her heart...

Night Sweats And Hot Flashes Feb 11th, 2021

If you are approaching menopause (perimenopause) or going through menopause then there is a good chance you are experiencing night sweats and hot flashes. These annoying reactions to your body’s hormonal changes can impact your energy level and sleep patterns. Some women barely experience symptoms while others experience severe debilitating...

Understanding Your Hormone Imbalance Jan 26th, 2021

A hormone is a chemical that delivers messages throughout your body through your bloodstream. They are sent to various tissues and organs in your body with signals that tell them what to do. Your hormones are a fundamental part of your body that help regulate your blood pressure, sex drive,...

Menopause: What It Is & What You Need To Know Jan 18th, 2021

Menopause is a natural process that women go through in their 40’s or 50’s. It is the natural decline in a woman’s reproductive organs and is the end of a woman’s menstrual cycles. The time before menopause is considered perimenopause. This is the time period leading up to menopause when...

Love And Your Hormones Jan 13th, 2021

As Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, there is more and more talk about sex, love and your hormones. What many don’t know is that they go hand-in-hand. At The Riegel Center our clients frequently ask why their love life isn’t what it used to be; whether it’s not feeling as...

How Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Can Help Men Dec 30th, 2020

Testosterone in men is the hormone needed for male sexual development and reproductive function. In addition to building muscle mass and maintaining healthy bone density levels. When men hit their 40s, their testosterone levels begin to decrease, and it usually drops a little bit each year after that. Andropause and...

Understanding Your Anxiety Dec 23rd, 2020

Increased heart rate, rapid breathing, constant worry, and sweating are all common symptoms of an anxiety disorder. According to ADAA, 40 million adults in the United States over the age of 18 suffer from anxiety disorders. It’s pretty common for people to notice an increase in their anxiety during stressful situations like...

Women And Hair Loss – What Your Hair Is Telling You About Your Hormones Dec 16th, 2020

Life stressors can make you feel like pulling your hair out –but the stress of losing your hair can’t be solved this way! Interestingly, one of the primary triggers of hair loss is stress. Your lifestyle, hormone changes, what you eat and genetic make-up are other triggers for hair loss....

Hormones And Holidays – Keep Yourself Balanced For A Happy New Year Dec 7th, 2020

Seasonal depression and holiday blues occur even during the best of times. With the additional stress of COVID-19, this holiday season may leave many women feeling more worn out. Juggling modified work and school schedules along with the unknown can make playing Santa extra challenging. Plus, engaging in the usual...

Heightened Mental Awareness With Bioiodentical Hormone Therapy Sep 8th, 2020

Have you ever heard someone say, “Oops, I’m having a senior moment,” as an excuse for being forgetful or making a silly mistake? Turns out, there’s a lot of truth to that comment! The fatigue and mood changes that accompany age-related hormonal changes can affect your mental alertness. Your hormones...

Boost Your Immune System Sep 3rd, 2020

With flu season just around the corner and other viruses going around, it’s important to keep an eye on your health and immune system. During such busy times of the year, it’s always a hassle when you get sick and have to take off work or take off from your...

Bone Strength And Hormones Jul 29th, 2020

Being told to “break a leg” may not always mean “good luck” – especially if a small cough or stepping off a small curb causes you to break a bone. Bones are living tissues that need to be constantly repaired due to daily activities. The process of renewal is called...

Sleep Pattern And Hormones Jul 27th, 2020

Sleep plays a very important in your overall physical and mental health. What’s even more important is good sleep. Often, we will fall asleep and end up tossing and turning most of the night and then wake up feeling restless and even more exhausted. It’s important to understand your sleep...

Increased Energy With Hormone Therapy Jul 13th, 2020

Feeling tired, drained, or exhausted on a daily basis? This might have something to do with your hormone levels. As we start to get older our hormones can begin to become unbalanced. When this happens, we start to experience feelings of sluggishness and fatigue and even loss of sleep. This...

Why Do I Have Low Libido? Jul 7th, 2020

The World Health Organization recognizes the importance of libido, or sex drive, as being a key indicator in your health and quality of life. Sex drive in both men and women is linked to androgen hormones, specifically testosterone. Men have much higher testosterone than women which is why their sex...

Weight Loss And Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Jun 29th, 2020

“If you just eat less and exercise more you will lose weight – it’s simple math.” How many times have you heard that and argued back that you ARE eating less and you ARE exercising more? While calorie intake contributes to weight loss, it turns out metabolism and hormones play...

Unusual Signs For Hormonal Imbalances May 5th, 2020

Random acne at 40, vaginal dryness, breast tenderness, constipation, heavy/painful periods, night sweats; these are just some of the unusual signs for hormonal imbalances in women. Hormonal imbalances can occur when there isn’t enough, or sometimes too much, of a hormone in your bloodstream. Hormones play an essential role in...

Virtual Hormone Therapy Apr 23rd, 2020

In a world where you can order almost anything on-line, The Riegel Center has made it so you can also order your hormones on-line with a virtual consultation with Dr. Riegel. The Riegel Center offers virtual hormone therapy so that you can receive your hormones from almost anywhere in the...

Hormones And Your Vision Mar 9th, 2020

Mood, weight, complexion and energy-levels are all at the mercy of your hormones during pregnancy, puberty, and menopause. However, did you know that your vision can be affected as well? If you’re a woman nearing or at the age of puberty or menopause, or happen to be pregnant, don’t be...

Hormonal Imbalance: How It Affects Your Health And Signs To Look For Nov 21st, 2019

It seems to happen quite often, but don’t worry – the shifting of your hormone levels is completely normal! During menopause, before and after periods, during a pregnancy – these are all completely reasonable times to feel like your hormones are out of whack. However, a hormonal imbalance is also...

Healthy Aging With Hormone Replacement Therapy Nov 21st, 2019

I have personal and professional reasons to learn as much as I can about aging healthy. My specialty is hormone replacement and age management medicine. Through my thirty years of middle of the night pages and delivering babies, I developed “delayed sleep latency onset” or my brain turned off REM sleep waiting...

“The Animal Juice” Nov 21st, 2019

One of my long term patients was in today. She encouraged me to write a post about a product I developed. Usually I don’t tell my patients about my Juvanesse unless they tell me they are having a problem. This patient told me “every woman needs to know.” So here...

Low Estradiol And Depression In Women Nov 21st, 2019

Here are some interesting things you may never have thought of. There were some puzzling things for me during my career as an OBGYN. They were curiosities for me. Research in recent years has revealed the answers. I wondered why there are three completely different times in a woman’s life...

What Is Human Growth Hormone? Nov 21st, 2019

For those of you who have heard about HGH, I want to set the record straight. For full disclosure, I make zero money from prescribing HGH and have zero financial interest in others using it. In my expert opinion, both prescribing and using HGH for over ten years, HGH is...

Human Growth Hormone Results By Dr. Riegel Nov 21st, 2019

My trek through the world of finding ways to age healthy and share those with my patients has had a few twists and turns. I was on Testosterone and Human Growth Hormone (HGH) from 2006 to 2014, when the FDA made HGH very difficult to get. Despite all adults having muscle wasting...

The Reason Marriages Fall Apart Nov 18th, 2019

I have watched as two generations of families have fallen apart, when the kids are in high school or college. I believe I have an answer why this occurs. Most people meet their spouses in high school, college or slightly after. Everything that happens is nature, hardwired into our cells....