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Frequently Asked Questions

F.A.Q.

Weight-loss Programs

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone produced during pregnancy. It controls a woman’s metabolic functions and helps get direct nourishment to the baby.

This natural hormone forces your body to burn abnormal fat, not lean muscle tissue. Loss of lean body mass is an unfortunate side effect of many low-calorie diet plans and is unsafe. Burning fat, not muscle, is critical to long-term weight loss success.

Most participants in our program are not hungry in spite of the low-calorie diet and report plenty of energy and a generalized feeling of well-being while losing weight.

By combining the power of low-dose hCG with a specially designed low-calorie diet plan, our weight loss program makes it easier for your body to burn stored fat. Your body taps into abnormal fat deposits (shoulders, upper arms, stomach, hips, thighs and buttocks) to provide energy for your daily activities. In obese clients, these deposits are not usually accessible to the body for energy consumption. The body stubbornly clings to these abnormal fat reserves.

The small, daily dose of hCG used in our program releases 1,500 to 4,000 calories from fat stores per day into the bloodstream. The body senses this released energy and “feels full” as though it had just eaten those calories new. You can go about your day without feeling hungry and obsessing about the next time you can eat.

You may have read before that a 500 calorie a day diet is too low and eating so little will force the body into starvation mode, making it even harder to burn fat. Without the addition of hCG, this is true. But adding hCG to your daily weight loss regimen completely changes that.

Our weight loss program is only available through medically-supervised weight loss programs. The program requires a prescription and oversight of medical professionals to better ensure its safety and your weight loss success. Because the program utilizes a very low-calorie diet plan, it should only be undertaken with the support of our medically-supervised hCG protocol.

Results will vary. Studies have shown that people lost more weight with hCG than without it, all other things being equal.

Private individuals can obtain our weight loss program and its hCG-powered regimen only when it is prescribed by a licensed medical professional who will supervise its use.

Over the years, experience has taught us that using hCG to aid weight loss is both safe and effective. Many have used our diet strategies to achieve significant weight loss and improvement in overall health.

Many patients with serious health problems such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, are seeing an overall improvement in their conditions and some are even able to get off their long-term medications.

Yes. The beauty of hCG weight loss is that you are losing fat, not muscle like you do with most weight loss regimens. Because our program is medically-supervised, you have the added benefit of a medical professional to oversee your progress as you work toward your weight loss goal.

Yes. The goal of any healthy weight loss program should be to lose fat and maintain or boost muscle. Studies have shown that weight lost utilizing hCG comes directly from fat tissue rather than lean muscle.

The hCG diet has a long safety record and patients rarely report side effects. When hCG shots are used for fertility treatments, they have been known to cause side effects in some people. These include breast tenderness, headaches, leg cramps and edema. However, the much lower dose required for our hCG diet program usually eliminates those concerns.  The hCG diet may cause constipation due to taking in fewer calories, thus going less frequently. Gallbladder problems can be exacerbated due to the breakdown of the abnormal fat, which makes the gallbladder work harder.

Besides the accelerated weight loss and body re-shaping, many of our clients report these additional positive effects:

  • Better, deeper sleep
  • Lower cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Less insulin needed if diabetic
  • Higher energy levels
  • General sense of well-being
  • Less joint pain

Yes, hCG is safe for both men and women. It is naturally present in all human tissue, including that of men and non-pregnant women. Due to the elevated quantity in pregnant women, hCG gets its reputation as a pregnancy hormone.

The Broadway Clinic is an out-of-network provider for all major health insurance plans. We ask that you pay in full at time of service. We will submit a claim to your insurance company on your behalf and any reimbursement due will be sent directly to you by the insurance company. We are not providers for Medicare or Medicaid.

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

Women’s hormone levels tend to drop just prior to and during menopause. When this happens, women often lose their zest for life. It’s also common during this period for their bodies to become weaker, for their skin to sag, their thoughts to become “foggy,” plus at this time in their lives many women complain of feeling “on edge” and of their emotions becoming more erratic than was previously the case.  So, every aspect of a woman’s health—physical, mental and emotional—can be compromised when her hormone levels fall.

Testosterone plays a vital role in every man’s health. Yet, as he ages, his testosterone levels tend to lower. And a drop in testosterone can adversely affect every area of a man’s life and health.  Men with low testosterone levels often find themselves with little or no libido or energy and they tend to regularly suffer from fatigue and a loss of mental clarity. In addition, their muscle mass and bone density are likely to lessen, plus the health of their cardiovascular system and brain function can be compromised.

Bio-identical and synthetic hormones should not be considered the same or used interchangeably. They are entirely different. Synthetic hormones have a structure similar to but not exactly the same as a hormone produced by your body. However, the molecules of biological-identical hormones are the exact same in structure as hormones naturally found in the human body. As a result, synthetic hormones act differently and produce substantially different—often harmful—effects, while bio-identical hormones do not.

The length of time it takes to see results after receiving bio-identical hormone therapy can vary a bit from patient to patient. Some will notice a difference within 3 to 4 days. For others, it might take 10 to 14 days.

To determine if BHRT is an appropriate treatment for you, we’ll listen to you describe your symptoms and we’ll use laboratory results from blood studies (not saliva) to determine your hormone levels. Medical literature has shown blood studies to be more accurate to determine hormone levels than saliva studies.

Women: You may have decreased levels of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and/or thyroid if you suffer from depression, mood swings, fatigue, decreased libido, increased facial wrinkles, hot flashes, cold hands and feet, sagging skin and breasts, urogenital atrophy, loss of muscle tone or restless sleep. A significant drop in hormones is likely if you have had a total hysterectomy (removal of your uterus and ovaries) or have gone through menopause. You should also have your hormone levels evaluated if you are approaching menopause and experiencing irregular cycles. See our Female Hormone Replacement Questionnaire.

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Men: You should have your hormone levels checked if you have constant fatigue, difficulty concentrating, a decrease in muscular strength and tone, a decreased libido or an inability to maintain an erection, as any of these symptoms may be the result of decreased levels of testosterone. See our Male Hormone Replacement Questionnaire.

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Not at all, BHRT can be stopped at any time. If you decide to stop, your body will simply return to where it was before you began hormone therapy. Once menopause has started, your ovaries will no longer produce these hormones.

Not usually. Although the need for some medications may be reduced or disappear altogether.

No. Our practice is specialized and limited to hormone replacement and weight loss. However, we will be happy to communicate with your current physician should the need arise.

The Broadway Clinic is an out-of-network provider for all major health insurance plans. We ask that you pay in full at time of service. We will submit a claim to your insurance company on your behalf and any reimbursement due will be sent directly to you by the insurance company. We are not providers for Medicare or Medicaid.

Definitions

Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a major topic of research due to the beneficial effects hormonal supplementation has on overall health and well-being. BHRT uses the same chemical structure as hormones naturally made in the human body. Natural, or bio-identical, hormones are metabolized the same as our own hormones so there are no unpleasant side effects or harm to the body.  As we age, our bodies decrease hormone production. BHRT supplementation is used to offset this decrease. Sublingual troches, oral tablets and/or transdermal creams or gels are used for BHRT.

Estradiol is the primary estrogen hormone and it metabolizes into estriol and estrone. Estradiol is the most potent estrogen and provides beneficial effects associated with the estrogens. Estrogens are primarily secreted by the ovaries and help protect against many diseases such as heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and osteoporosis.  Estrogens are also useful in protecting against and treating vaginal atrophy and urinary incontinence.  Estrogen depletion presents with varying symptoms, including fatigue, depression, mood swings, decreased skin elasticity and urogenital atrophy that causes incontinence.

Progesterone, like estradiol, is secreted by the ovaries and is equally as important as estradiol in both perimenopausal and menopausal women. During perimenopause, estradiol levels surge up to 400 or 500 before dropping. This causes abdominal cramping, mood changes, headaches, difficulty sleeping and irregular periods.  Along with estradiol, progesterone protects against uterine and breast cancers, osteoporosis, fibrocystic disease, ovarian cysts and coronary artery disease. There are progesterone receptor sites in the uterus, breast, vagina, blood vessels and brain.

DHEA is an endocrine precursor for the synthesis of testosterone, estrone and estradiol and is produced in the adrenal glands. With age, levels of DHEA decrease at a constant rate each year, causing central obesity and insulin resistance present in type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. This hormone is vital in stimulating the immune system as well as decreasing cholesterol and body fat.  DHEA is also cardioprotective because it decreases tumor necrosis factor, which causes inflammation within the arteries, leading to atherosclerosis. Since DHEA is an endocrine precursor to other hormones, it works as a preventative treatment for heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.

Testosterone is produced in both men and women and serves to enhance mental health and clarity of thought.  This hormone, along with others, decreases with age, leading to depression, fatigue, and poor muscle tone or endurance.  In both men and women, testosterone works to improve lean muscle mass, bone density, libido, and sexual performance.  Studies have shown that supplementing testosterone produces significant results in lean muscle mass, muscle strength, reductions

The thyroid gland produces both T4 and T3 hormones. T4 converts into T3, which is the active hormone controlling energy levels and metabolism.  Symptoms of underactive thyroid (or low levels of T4 and T3) are weight gain, fatigue, hair loss or thinning, constipation, dry skin and difficulty concentrating.

Melatonin is an endogenous hormone that works to maintain our natural circadian rhythm, which determines our wake-and-sleep cycle.  As we age, production of this hormone decreases.

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