Category: Hormone Replacement

31
Oct

Story at-a-glance

Between 2001 and 2011, estrogen replacement therapy in women aged 50-59 dropped 79 percent. New research suggests that estrogen avoidance may have led to the premature death of about 50,000 women in medical menopause
The study found that estrogen therapy for women in medical menopause was associated with “a decisive reduction in all-cause mortality,” primarily by reducing deadly heart attacks and deaths from breast cancer
Your risk-to-benefit ratio is likely related to a combination of factors: surgically-induced menopause vs. natural menopause vs. using HRT for preventive purposes; your age; using bioidentical vs. synthetic hormones; delivery method
If you’re in medical menopause, avoiding HRT due to fears about side effects could be a mistake. I recommend discussing your individual situation with a physician well-versed in bioidentical hormone replacement

HRT still makes sense for a lot of women.

“If you look at the science carefully enough, the two-to-five-year period that most women need HRT to get through this transition is relatively safe,” says Michelle Warren, MD, medical director of the Center for Menopause, Hormonal Disorders and Women’s Health at Columbia University. In the research, breast cancer risk didn’t rise until after five years of use. In other research, if women began taking HRT within ten years of entering menopause, their risk of heart disease was unaffected. Making a decision about therapy has gotten considerably easier.

If hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness, or other symptoms are making you miserable, HRT is a good choice
HRT

Women with milder symptoms may want to try other options before HRT. relief through working out regularly; avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods; using water-based vaginal lubricants; and regularly doing Kegel exercises. Low-dose antidepressants such as Prozac or Celexa can moderately reduce hot flashes and improve mood.

HRT remains the most effective treatment for severe menopause symptoms, says Warren: “It’s a shame to think women are out there suffering because they aren’t getting the help they need.”

From the issue of O, The Oprah Magazine

16
Jul

HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND WEIGHT LOSS CONNECTION EXPLAINED

The US weight loss market is a multi-billion dollar industry. The U.S. weight loss market is worth $60.5 billion as of 2013. This whopping figure is not surprising as it matches the obesity statistics in U.S. It’s been found that one in three Americans over the age of 20 is obese. As a result, diet regimens flood the market today and anyone keen on losing weight can find more than a handful they can try. But the real challenge here is finding a weight loss solution that really works.

HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY FOR WEIGHT LOSS

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is one of the many weight loss programs available for both men and women. While there is a common misconception that HRT causes weight gain, this has been debunked by health specialists who have explained that the increase in weight of women who are on HRT can be attributed to the body’s age-related metabolic decline and environmental factors. In fact, one study confirms that HRT does not only prevent weight gain, but also helps a person lose weight after three months of therapy.

HRT as a means to lose weight has gained enough traction to warrant the media’s attention. In one of Oprah show episodes, the queen of talk says “This is about your hormones being out of whack, and you don’t even know—we haven’t had the language to talk about it yet.” To put it simply, as people age, the hormones that keep the body functioning properly start to drop.

Hormones are chemical messengers that go about making sure that our bodies function properly—they are the instructions that give a clear outline how our bodies should work. When their numbers drop, the body fails or stops working properly. And one of the processes affected by hormones is the body’s ability to metabolize fat or process food intake. Dr. Natasha Turner, naturapathic doctor, says on Dr. Oz Show that hormones influence all the factors that affect weight including metabolism, appetite, cravings, and where the body stores fat. This means that diet and exercise may not be as effective when hormones are not balanced.

WHAT HORMONE THERAPY CAN DO FOR YOUR WEIGHT

It should be noted that HRT is not a wonder drug that will just cause you to shed off fat by just taking it. WebMD says that while studies have shown HRT to contribute to weight loss, experts in general don’t recommend exclusively taking HRT to achieve a healthy weight. This means that anyone who offers you an HRT product that offers weight loss benefits without work on your part is not being completely honest.

What makes hormone replacement therapy work much better than other weight loss regimens is that it works with your body—with the “materials” that’s already in you to begin with. HRT complements what is already there.

The great thing about the body is that it works on a simple cause-and-effect logic. For example, love handles can be an indicator of having high estrogen, low testosterone, low DHEA, high insulin, and high cortisol. So, when you think about it, weight loss is all about managing your hormones accompanied by a healthy diet and lifestyle to get the body working for you.

Hormone replacement therapy does exactly that. At its core, HRT is about proper body management and control. With HRT, you can balance and control the hormones that control how your body breaks down and processes fat. What makes this a safe weight loss solution—if taken properly—is that it only works with what is already in the body.

The key to getting the weight loss benefits of HRT is by having a proper evaluation done by a healthcare specialist. Get diagnosed for specific hormone deficiencies because HRT is not a one-size-fits-all solution; it should be customized based on the person’s needs.

Along with HRT, the person must also stick to a healthy diet and exercise regularly to attain and maintain a healthy weight. Certain vitamins and supplements may also be taken to help boost the body’s ability to burn fat.

30
May

LOW ENERGY OVER 50

Once you reach age 50 and over, you may notice that you feel different. You might be more tired, attempting to sleep longer, and lack the energy you once did. Insomnia is also more common when you age. This lack of energy is common among people after this age, though it might be due to a number of factors. While your energy levels do change as you get older, you can help boost your energy by creating positive sleeping habits, eating right, and exercising regularly. Here are some tips for improving your energy level if you are over 50.

Start Sleeping Better

The first tip for improving your energy level when you’re over 50 is by sleeping better. If you suffer from insomnia, trey developing a bedtime ritual. This gets your body and mind ready for bed each night, helping you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep. Think of relaxing activities you can do about an hour or so before you plan to go to sleep, such as reading a book, taking a bath or shower, or relaxing with a lavender-scented candle. Try to avoid listening to music or watching television when you fall asleep.

Eat a Healthier Diet

The foods you fuel your body with also make a big impact on how you feel throughout the day. According to the USDA Food Guide, your daily recommendations of the most important food groups change when you reach 50. They suggest up to 2 ½ cups of fruit, up to 3 cups of vegetables, and plenty of low-fat or fat-free milk, meat and beans for protein, and 5-10 ounces of whole grains. These should take up the majority of your meals and snacks each day, focusing on fresh and whole foods.

Get Regular Exercise

Exercise helps your energy level, especially when it becomes a habit. You don’t need to engage in strenuous workouts every day just to feel the effects. Walking or exercising for just 10-15 minutes a day is helpful, especially if you can get outdoors for your walk. When you walk outside, you are also getting fresh air and a good dose of vitamin D. This can be walking to the store, taking your dog for a walk, or simply strolling through your neighborhood.

Stretching Exercises

Another type of exercise to get into your daily routine is stretching exercises. Stretching your body causes healing, relaxation, and revitalization; it also leaves you feeling more energized. There are a lot of easy and gentle stretching exercises that provide you with great benefits each day. If you are feeling up to it, you can try taking a yoga class or doing it at home, though it is not necessary if you suffer from back or wrist pain, which can make yoga difficult. Simply stretching for 5-10 minutes a day makes a world of difference.

While you follow these easy tips for getting better energy when you are over 50, limit unhealthy habits like smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, and using recreational drugs. Take good care of your body and mind and you will notice how much better you feel.