Tampa Bioidentical Doctor – Michael Austin, D.O.
Tampa Bioidentical Doctor, Michael Austin, D.O. at Affinity Wellness and Aesthetic Center is an anti-aging and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy specialist that looks at the big picture when treating patients. Taking a functional medicine approach, Michael Austin, D.O. is trained to find the source of a patient’s health concern, and he feels that virtually every complex, chronic disease is preceded by long-term disturbances in functionality. Most of these disturbances can be addressed, while some can be completely restored to optimum function, and others can be substantially improved. Successfully treating hundreds of patients with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy throughout his 29-year medical career, Michael Austin, D.O. offers solutions that lead to long lasting results.
Tampa Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Doctor, Michael Austin, D.O. at Affinity Wellness and Aesthetic Center practices Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy as part of a total wellness plan focused in functional medicine. Michael Austin, D.O. has close to three decades of experience providing Hillsborough County and Tampa, Florida area residents a safe and natural solution to their hormone related ailments in the form of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Take charge of your wellness and learn more about how a custom tailored Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy offered by Michael Austin, D.O. at Affinity Wellness and Aesthetic Center in Tampa, Florida can provide you with the relief you need.
What Makes Functional Medicine Different?
When you have a specific health concern, the typical course of action is to visit a doctor for a prescription, testing, or advice. The doctor treats your symptoms and sends you on your way. This works well until the problem returns or you have new issues that concern you. If you have a chronic condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, you may feel it never gets better despite spending much of your time at doctor appointments and undergoing continual testing. This is neither the doctor’s fault nor yours. While you are doing what you can to improve your health, the doctor is treating one symptom at a time just as he or she was trained to do.
Functional medicine differs from traditional medicine in many ways, especially in its treatment approach. At Affinity Wellness and Aesthetic Center, Michael Austin, D.O. for example, works closely with patients on a personal level, acting as a partner in your long-term goal of wellness. For people who are used to a disease model of medical care always treating symptoms as they arise and never addressing the root cause of the issue, this patient-centered approach can take some getting used to. Getting to know patients and understanding the underlying causes or contributing factors to all of their ailments is the way Michael Austin, D.O. is able to provide the most effective treatments to each patient every time.
Why Acute Care Treatment is Quickly Becoming Outdated
Acute care, which is the diagnosis and treatment of short-term problems such as a broken arm or a ruptured appendix, is ill equipped to handle issues related to aging and hormone imbalance. As a result, you’re unlikely to get the help you need to deal with your symptoms and feel your best. Even if your doctor does write you a prescription to help make you more comfortable during menopause or andropause, it usually isn’t enough to improve your quality of life. That is because the medication is the same for anyone who complains of similar symptoms. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), on the other hand, is effective because it only provides natural replacement hormones where your body actually needs them.
BHRT is an Important Part of Functional, Patient-Centered Care
Just because you don’t have a diagnosable disease, it doesn’t mean that you are feeling the best that you can. Women may experience frequent mood swings, bloating, insomnia, and low energy due to having too much estrogen in relation to progesterone. Men who are low on testosterone may feel frustrated with an unfulfilling sex life and not have the career ambitions that they once had due to an unrelenting feeling of apathy. While most doctors will tell you there isn’t a lot they can do to help you feel better, a functional medicine practitioner like Michael Austin, D.O. of Affinity Wellness and Aesthetic Center welcomes the challenge.
One of the tenets of patient-centered care is a doctor who truly listens to their patients in order to understand their history, current lifestyle, genetic factors, and physiological makeup that effect how their hormones interact with one another. Michael Austin, D.O. is just as interested in your mind and spirit as he is in the dysfunctions of your body. Along with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Michael Austin, D.O. works with you to improve your diet, encourage exercise, reduce stress, and other practices that improve your wellbeing while reducing symptoms commonly associated with aging.
How Functional Medicine Providers Work with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy differs from medication your regular doctor may prescribe for hormone related conditions in a few important ways. The compounds are created from plants, which means that they are natural and safe, also their Bioidentical structure matches exactly the cellular and molecular structure of hormones already present in your body. In contrast, synthetic hormones are manufactured in a laboratory and often do not match the hormones they are designed to replenish. Men and Women are able to benefit from Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy because the body favors natural replacement hormones over artificial ones. This results in a natural treatment solution without fear of side effects, as well as a faster and more effective result.
After you begin Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy with Michael Austin, D.O., he continues to monitor you to ensure that you are seeing the improvements you expect. If not, he welcomes your input since he recognizes that you alone are the expert on your own body.
Getting Started With Bioidentical Hormone Replacement
All hormone levels must be in balance in order for optimal levels of health to be achieved, and Michael Austin, D.O. performs testing on all essential hormone levels in order to determine imbalances. After assessing hormone levels, medical history, personal health goals, and lifestyle, Michael Austin, D.O. will develop an individualized treatment plan, incorporating Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, nutrition, and supplements.
Delivering Bioidentical Hormones in the form of creams, Michael Austin, D.O. will prescribe the patient’s preferred method of administration. After beginning a customized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program, patients will receive continued support. One month after starting Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Michael Austin, D.O. will follow up with patients to make sure that they are on the right track. He will recheck hormone levels in 3 months and adjust them as needed. Once hormone levels are stabilized, levels can be rechecked every 6-12 months.
To learn more about individualized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs, contact Tampa Bioidentical Doctor, Michael Austin, D.O. at Affinity Wellness and Aesthetic Center today to schedule a free consultation!