BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY–UNDERSTANDING HORMONE DEFICIENCY AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CURE
Problem—Aging, We all get older.
As we mature into puberty at 10 or 12 or 15 years old sex hormones rise. Think romance!
Between 18 to 30 years old our hormones are fairly constant in men and women. By age 30 hormones begin to curtail, in men it is a gradual decline in testosterone. In women the loss of hormones can be more dramatic and actually begin in their 20s.
Hormones are chemical substances that are produced in one part of the body, such as the testicles or ovaries, and are transported to another part of the body through the blood which stimulates an organ or group of cells to perform a certain function. Every cell in the body responds to these hormones.
Optimal (the best) function of the body depends on optimal hormonal function as we had in our youth. One can understand that when there is less hormonal output there must be a corresponding decline in function of the body. This is represented by a downward spiral known as old age. As we age hormones decrease. Without natural hormones we can expect to experience depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, dryness of the eyes, poor sleep, low self-esteem, thin lips, osteoporosis, facial hair, decrease in sexual interest, mood swings, body aches, bladder leakage, memory lapses, less energy, diabetes, lipid abnormalities, cardiovascular disease, restless leg syndrome, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and weight gain. There is an answer for each of these age-related conditions.
Conventional doctors are told to prescribe the lowest dose of hormones for the shortest period of time possible. This is to provide relief from hot flushes. This bizarre medical advice is a result of the Women’s Health Initiative. This would be reasonable advice if one was prescribing the dangerous hormones used in the WHI—Premarin and Provera. How can responsible medical investigators use the results of a study of CEE (conjugated equine estrogen) and MPA (medroxyprogesterone acetate)—Premarin and Provera—and apply this to natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)? It might be understandable if there was a study confirming that there were similar dangers to BHRT as to dangerous traditional hormones, but there is no such study to confirm any such dangers, just conjecture by Big Pharma to convince doctors to not switch from Premarin and Provera to BHRT.
For 40 years doctors were told to use synthetic hormones as these drugs provided protection against cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, uterine cancer, osteoporosis, and colon cancer. Part of the story doctors were told by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals for all those years was that Premarin and Provera were good for mental decline or cognitive impairment and dementia. In 2004 the results of another arm of the WHI was released—the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study. This proved that not only was Prempro—a combination of Premarin and Provera—not protective from mental decline but actually doubled the risk of dementia in women on these drugs. This increased incidence of dementia, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), or global cognitive function was evident within the first year of taking either Prempro or just Premarin. This group of women were started will past menopause—age 65 to 79—and still make dementia worse showing brain atrophy on MRI compared to older women who did not take these drugs. (Resnick SM, Espeland MA, Jaramillo SA, et al. Postmenopausal hormone therapy and regional brain volumes: the WHIMS-MRI Study. Neurology. 2009;72:135-142.) Women who have had one or both ovaries removed before natural menopause will have a 46 percent greater risk of cognitive impairment or dementia compared to women who still have their ovaries. The younger the women were at the time of oophorectomy the greater the risk for dementia as well as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, impaired sexual function and psychological well-being, and premature death from any cause. (Rocca WA, Bower JH, Maraganore DM, et al. Increased risk of cognitive impairment or dementia in women who underwent oophorectomy before menopause. Neurology: 2007;69:1074-1083.) (Rocca WA, Bower JH, Maraganore DM, et al. Increased risk of parkinsonism in women who underwent oophorectomy before menopause. Neurology 2007.) (Rocca WA, Grissardt BR, de Andrade M, Malkasian GD, Melton LJ, 3rd. Survival patterns after oophorectomy in premenopausal women: a population-based cohort study. Lancet Oncol. 2006;7:821-828.)
Most all these reasons to use synthetic artificial hormones were proven to be false. However, 1000s of studies confirm that BHRT does provide more than just relief of hot flushes and night sweats.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy provides protection against:
osteoporosis cardiovascular disease
Alzheimer’s disease high cholesterol
fibromyalgia memory decline
poor sleep anxiety
hot flushes night sweats
vaginal dryness decreased libido
mood swings urinary tract infections
increased skin wrinkling ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
arthritis restless leg syndrome
loss of self-esteem
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