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October 12-14, 2012
Marriott Tampa Waterside
Tampa, FL
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Atlanta, GA
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Module I: A Metabolic, Anti-Aging and Functional Approach to Endocrinology

Upon completion of this module, the participants will:

  • Recognize the hormonal changes that women and men manifest with aging
  • Discuss the functions of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA in the body
  • Know the structure of the sex hormones and their metabolism
  • Understand the intricate web that the hormones are in the body
  • Discuss the risks and benefits of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, pregnenolone and melatonin
  • Know the symptoms of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA loss
  • Learn the symptoms of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA excess
  • Understand the differences between synthetic and bio-identical hormones
  • Review the literature on synthetic, bio-identical hormone replacement
  • Understand the adrenal system and its affects on other sex hormones and hormone replacement
  • Initiate or suggest hormone replacement treatment
  • Understand reasons bio-identical hormone replacement should be considered
  • Monitor treatment, adjust dosages, alleviate side effects of BHRT
  • Recognize the clinical manifestations of hypothyroidism
  • Know the factors that cause decreased production of T4, affect 5'diodinase production, cause an inability to convert T4 to T3, and causes associated with decreased T3 or increased reverse T3
  • Learn factors that increase the conversion of T4 to T3
  • Understand the crucial role that iodine has in the function of the thyroid gland
  • Prescribe or suggest treatment for hormone replacement including compounded thyroid medications
  • Review of the key signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue
  • Know the physical examination findings present in adrenal fatigue
  • Learn the laboratory test that aid in the diagnosis of adrenal fatigue
  • Discuss the Women's Health Initiative findings and its clinical implications
  • Understand the limitations of serum testing for steroid hormone levels and FSH
  • Understand the importance of measuring tissue level of hormones, in diagnosing hormonal imbalances and in monitoring bio-identical hormone replacement
  • Understand the impact of stress on the body
  • Understand the physiology of the stress response
  • Learn what tests best measures the physiologic response to stress
  • Understand how to identify and treat adrenal dysfunction
  • Understand how stress effects the cardiovascular system, insulin resistance, immune dysfunction, neurotransmitter balance, hormone balance, and thyroid function
  • Review information on safe and effective therapies to correct adrenal dysfunction
  • Discuss innovative testing that identifies thyroid dysfunction when TSH is normal
  • Differentiate between progesterone and synthetic progestins relating to structure, pharmacologic actions and risks
  • Explain the literature concerning the risk of breast cancer as it relates to differences in progesterone and synthetic progestins
  • Explain research and clinical studies suggesting that progesterone therapy protects against breast cancer
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of testing hormone levels in different body fluids
  • Discuss the methodology of scientific support for, and the differences in saliva, urine and blood testing of hormones
  • Present scientific and clinical studies that suggest conventional venipuncture serum testing underestimates tissue uptake of sex-steroids delivered topically
  • Be familiar with the basis of steroid synthesis
  • Understand the urine monitoring of hormone levels and metabolites. Specific algorithms will be shared to facilitate ease of use in clinical practice
  • Know the hormonal changes that occur with aging in males
  • Know the cardiovascular, cognitive, bone, sexual, and emotional effects of hormone depletion and hormone restoration in males
  • Learn to monitor and restore optimal hormone levels in males
  • Discuss the differences between compounding and manufacturing medications
  • Review the various licensure needs to compound medications
  • Discuss the various patient care areas that involve specialized compounding
  • Review various medication dosage forms that can be compounded
  • Discuss the various types of equipment needed in compounding
  • Learn how to evaluate a patient for iodine deficiency
  • Review the roles iodine plays in the body
  • Discover how to treat iodine deficiency
  • Recognize the symptoms of PMS
  • Study treatment modalities for PMS
  • Learn the criterion required to make the diagnosis of PCOS
  • Learn conventional and metabolic treatments for PCOS
  • Learn the different bases that hormones can be placed in along with their advantages and disadvantages