Achieving Optimal Hormonal Wellness with Dr. Lacayo

November 14, 2014

Cecilia Lacayo, MD has been practicing medicine in the Delray Beach-Boca Raton area for over 20 years and serves as the Wellness Physician for The Wellness & Hormone Centers of America™. While going through a very difficult time with weight gain and perimenopausal symptoms, she followed a traditional medical treatment path. Her symptoms did not improve. Her passion for self-healing led her to extensive studies in Functional Medicine, a systems-oriented approach that addresses underlying causes of disease. She discovered an entire world of synergistic modalities that complemented her traditional medical training. Once she restored balance in her own life she was determined to share this approach with her patients.

Dr. Lacayo blends the scientific approaches of traditional medicine with the scientific use of natural elements, backed by clinical research and proven with clinical trials. Her goal is to restore vitality and optimal healthy living in all stages of life.

In 2011, Dr. Lacayo obtained the title of Advance Fellow of the American Board of Anti-Aging, Functional and Regenerative Medicine (A4M). She is the founder and medical director of Boca Raton Weight and Wellness Institute. Salonpas spoke with Dr. Lacayo about her work in alternative medicine and with women struggling with menopausal issues:

What was the catalyst for you to practice alternative medicine after being a traditional MD?

While enduring a very difficult period with weight gain and menopausal symptoms, my attempts to achieve wellness through traditional medicine proved futile. My passion for self-healing propelled me to an intensive study of Functional Medicine, where I discovered an array of synergistic modalities that complemented my traditional medical training and enabled me to regain balance in my life. With my wellness restored, I was determined to share my new-found approach with my clients.

What is functional medicine?

Functional Medicine is a 21st century, science-based approach to patient-centered care. It is not about what the disease is, but rather why the person has the disease. The goal of the Functional Medicine practitioner is to bring the body back into balance so that it can heal itself. To that end, functional medicine looks at the whole person, and embraces the reality of each person’s unique biochemistry. The Functional Medicine practitioner assesses how genetics, history, individual physiology, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices have worked together to trigger the causes of symptoms.

What role do hormones play in weight gain with peri-menopausal and menopausal women?

Dr. L standing arms folded 2013Although we know weight gain is a multi-factorial problem, sex hormone imbalance can play a major role in the addition of unwanted fat. Low estrogen levels may slow down metabolism as well as contribute to food cravings, whereas low testosterone levels can cause fatigue, accumulation of fat around the abdomen and weight gain.

What type of assessment do you recommend for women who are having menopausal symptoms?

When a woman is experiencing menopause it is important for her to discuss her symptoms with her physician. Together they can assess how these changes are affecting her daily life, how her daily life is affecting her ability to balance these changes, and to determine what treatment, if any, is needed. Although many women endure menopause needing no treatment, those women whose symptoms interfere with their ability to enjoy life can benefit from treatments ranging from dietary changes to bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. The advantage of a functional medicine evaluation is the practitioner is looking for ways to normalize and optimize the body’s own mechanisms, recognizing that each individual’s bio-chemistry is unique. Women are not left to age gracefully, but can look forward to aging with vitality!

How important is exercise to women in the 40’s, 50’s and beyond?

For the maturing woman, the benefits of exercise far outweigh the energy expended. Exercise helps a woman lose unwanted fat weight and improves muscle strength, body posture, balance and coordination, and slows the rate of joint degeneration. Aside from the visible physical benefits, exercise also improves one’s memory, immune system, quality of sleep, mood, mental alertness, self-esteem and enhances one’s sexual desire, performance and satisfaction.

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