Despite modern research enabling us to understand how our bodies work at an ever-increasing level of depth, our healthcare and medical systems struggle to mirror those findings and work at that deeper level. At BLI, we believe Foundational Health means looking not just at the root-cause of your symptom(s), but to look at the root cause of the root cause. Our services look at your symptoms, systems, and cells to create a comprehensive picture of your health, and more importantly to illuminate WHY and WHAT needs to happen to help you reach your optimal state.
BLI’s Foundational Health Services
Our Assessment and Program options serve as the starting point to create your BLI precision-medicine optimization plan, as well as to establish the baseline from which you can measure your progress towards reaching your human optimization goals.
Our core offering is known as Cellular Optimization & Regeneration or COR and includes an Assessment followed by the option to continue working with BLI by participating in an annual subscription Program. COR leverages the combined power of root-cause based foundational health management and the specificity of peptide therapy in tandem to address baseline health needs.
Looks at overall foundational health in order to evaluate your baseline health status and improve overall health in core domains including: hormones, nutrition, adrenals, cardiometabolic, neurocognition, and genomics/epigenetics.
Medically Managed Peptides
BLI also offers Foundational Health Consultations for those looking to get guidance or feedback from our expert providers:
Foundational Planning Consults
Planning Consultations are designed for new, first-time clients to BLI who are looking for education and guidance about options available and the direction our expert providers would recommend.
Planning Consults are not designed to diagnose or treat and no hormones or peptides will be prescribed/provided. Instead, our providers, using their extensive, leading edge knowledge of the latest diagnostic and treatment options, will work with the client to design a game plan with the best next steps to address a client’s specific concerns.
Foundational Health Consults
General Consultations are designed for existing clients or clients that have already had a Planning Consult to get additional guidance and education, review outside lab results, get a second opinion on an issue they are working with another physician on, have a follow-up consultation after pursuing recommended treatment options, or to get care in a domain outside of their current BLI Program (e.g. a Program client looking for Orthopedic care).
How do I know if I have a hormonal imbalance?
Hormones, including estrogens, androgens, and progesterone, which we all possess, are a critical piece of your overall health. Levels outside of optimal can lead to negative outcomes including disease.
As hormones are involved in most bodily processes, it can be difficult to diagnose an imbalance simply by listing off symptoms. Noticing “something is off” with no other reasonable explanation could be a valid reason to implore your physician to order hormone lab work.
We all have the same hormones, male and female alike. They come in varying dispersions, making it even more important to have a keen understanding of hormonal balance and metabolism. Having a keen understanding of your hormone lab results will aid in understanding if your hormone levels are inappropriate.
The symptoms that could indicate a change in your hormone levels are diverse and depend on the individual. Any noticeable, persistent change in how you feel should trigger you to take a closer look and discuss the changes with a physician. Hormonal imbalance can lead to sleep changes, metabolism change, and other symptoms that impact your overall health.
Unfortunately, outside of specific, triggering complaints to your primary care physician, hormone levels are rarely checked and almost never scrutinized closely enough. The first step in understanding if you have a hormonal imbalance is certainly requesting a comprehensive lab workup of your hormone levels.
How do you optimize your health?
Optimization is frequently defined as making something the best or getting the most efficient use of something. You can see how optimizing your health would certainly be beneficial.
Health and longevity go hand in hand. Thus, optimizing health is imperative to not only increasing your lifespan, but increasing your HEALTHSPAN, or the number of healthy years of your life spent doing what you love. Human optimization looks at overall foundational health in order to evaluate your baseline health status and improve overall health in core domains including: hormones, nutrition, adrenals, cardiometabolic, neurocognition, and genomics/epigenetics.
Understanding where you stand in these key areas and addressing deficiencies using the most advanced, efficient methods will allow you to optimize your health.
BLI’s Program leverages the combined power of root-cause based foundational health management and the specificity of peptide therapy in tandem to address baseline health needs. Health optimization requires an in-depth understanding of where you stand from a baseline perspective. Lab work and various other testing can tell you exactly where your body needs support for optimal health.
With a clear view of where you are, Boulder Longevity Institute can leverage its powerful knowledge by way of hormones, nutrients and medically managed peptides to support overall health. Additionally, you can focus on exercise, nutrition, and an appropriate circadian rhythm for a “DIY” optimization plan outside of the clinic.
The benefits of optimal health are obvious. Advances in medicine, like peptide science, are taking optimization to the next level and making it accessible and measurable.
Do you offer hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?
Yes, as part of our COR Program, you have access to bioidentical hormone replacement therapies (HRT), including testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and other key hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone. As we age, our body’s ability to produce critical hormones like testosterone, DHEA and estrogen significantly decreases. Unfortunately, many men and women reaching mid-life subscribe to a common myth that “hormone replacement therapy is dangerous.” When done safely using bioidentical (i.e. chemically identical) hormones and understanding your unique metabolic pathways, HRT not only helps to maintain the strength, attractiveness and vitality often thought to be luxuries of youth, but acts as a critical tool for combating aging-related disease.
How long does it take to balance hormones?
For those who aren’t feeling well, often hormonal imbalance is at the root of symptoms and the desire to rapidly get things back on track is understandable. Indeed, a certain level of impatience is reasonable.
However, optimizing hormones to get back sleep, libido, weight management and simply feeling well again depends on many factors including age, how far from optimal one’s levels are starting, diet, exercise and other health problems.
For instance a young person with simply a little low progesterone may feel better very quickly by adding a small nightly dose of bioidentical progesterone. On the other hand, finding optimal hormonal balance in somebody with multiple deficiencies and many health issues may take as long as 3 to 6 months to fine tune!
In general, We tell our clients to give a minimum of 3 months to reach a balance and feel the benefits, but it is often much faster.
In any case, taking the step to determine hormonal needs and seeking help in addressing those needs is the right direction. Working with experts like those at Boulder Longevity Institute can help you achieve balance over time with the ultimate goal of reaching optimal health.
At what age should I start worrying about hormone balance?
As science evolves and more discoveries are made, we are learning the importance of hormonal balance to overall health and longevity. Gone are the days of, “I’ll worry about that later,” when it comes to our health.
We now know that the decline in certain hormones can begin earlier in life. Melatonin declines can begin in the teenage years, DHEA (an anti-aging hormone) in the mid to late 20s, and growth hormone and testosterone can start to decline in our 20s.
Shifting the paradigm to consider longevity at a younger age is imperative to increasing our health spans. The process of aging indeed begins in the womb. An interesting study found that giving pregnant mothers antioxidants seemed to slow aging for the offspring as they entered adulthood.
The knowledge that we can intervene early gives us the power to begin addressing hormonal needs and balance appropriately before damage sets in. Simply put, NOW is the time to begin addressing your longevity – no matter what age.
Taking the step of making positive choices as early as possible – diet, exercise, sleep – can set you on a path for healthy aging. Seeking the help of experts at the Boulder Longevity Institute can help guide you in addressing the endocrine system for optimal health.
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Your Journey From Here
Stage 1: Assessment
BLI Assessments include your initial consult with your provider, a full panel of labs, and a follow-up lab review with your provider. Assessments are a one-time cost and usually are completed in 3-4 weeks.
1. Initial Consult with Your Provider
2. Labs Ordered & Shipped to You
3. Blood Drawn & Processed
4. Lab Review & Protocol Recommendation
What happens after your assessment?
Before you can receive any prescriptions (i.e. hormones, peptides) recommended by your provider, you must sign a formal program agreement, which will be sent electronically to your email.
This is necessary to cement the patient-provider relationship. You are under no obligation to continue on with a BLI program after your assessment. If you do move forward with BLI, you may move into whichever program type you want regardless of which assessment you completed.
Stage 2: Program
After your Assessment, you can continue on with a BLI Program. Programs offer access to your provider and care team, management and ordering of prescriptions, and access to our BLI Academy. Programs are run on the calendar year and prorated based on your start month. Payments can be made annually or monthly.
1. Receive Recommended Prescriptions
2. Check-In with Your Provider
3. Get Labs to Track Progress
4. Follow-Up & Review with Your Provider
Hear What We Had to Say to Audrey
Meet Audrey, 36, who is watching her mom deal with Dementia.
Audrey wants to improve her brain health so that she doesn’t end up like her mom.
Audrey’s visits with her mom are sometimes painful. Her mom doesn’t always recognize her, or she mistakenly thinks Audrey’s kids are Audrey or Audrey’s brother.
So now when Audrey forgets where she left her phone, she secretly panics. Is she starting to turn into her mom? She did some research, and was relieved to learn that there are steps that she can take now to avoid this same fate.
Listen to what advice Dr. Yurth would give Audrey, a healthy woman in her 30s, below:
Hear What We Had to Say to Donna
Meet Donna, a tired 54 year old, who wants to feel good again.
For the past few years, Donna is becoming more irritable due to her brain fog, lack of sleep, weight gain, and difficulty maintaining muscle mass.
Donna has a lot to deal with. She is taking care of aging parents as well as her teenage and young adult children. Plus trying to work. If only she could have the energy that she had in her 30s.
Donna’s stress level is high, even though she tries to eat a healthy diet, exercise, and watch her alcohol consumption. Her friends suggest she should just start taking supplements that they read about online, and come to terms with the fact that she is getting older.
Listen to what Dr. Yurth would tell Donna, a healthy 50+ year old, to get her back to feeling better.