It was so yesterday that bioidentical hormone therapy was out. Ageology physicians are happy to share a recent article originally appearing in the Huffington Post called: Hormone Replacement Therapies are Hot Again.
They’re not only hot, they’re back: Estrogen supplements and hormone replacement therapies are returning to the arsenals of health professionals.
A little hormone therapy history lesson:
Hormone therapies fell out of favor in the wake of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study, launched in 1991, which looked at major health problems of older women, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis. Critics have since argued and pointed to the fact that the WHI study failed to distinguish between synthetic hormone therapy and natural hormone therapy.
Hormone therapies gaining acceptance as Boomer gen ages
Attitudes are shifting as more studies show hormone therapy pros outweigh the risks and the medical community as a whole becomes more educated.
Men and women both produce estrogen and testosterone, with gender differences in the normal range levels of each hormone. Today there is ample medical data demonstrating that men and women both suffer significant negative health effects without them, including possible
- sleep disturbances
- mood swings
- muscle and bone loss (osteoporosis),
- cardiovascular disease
- decline in brain function
- loss of sexual and overall vitality
The Huffington Post interviewed Dr. Peter Koshland, an adjunct professor of pharmacology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) who runs the Koshland Pharmacy in San Francisco. Koshland said pharmacists like himself can be a bridge between patients and doctors.
He is a member of the Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA), which work with doctors to discuss the science, the symptoms, the tests, the results, the interpretation of those results.
“I’d like to see the mainstream doctors get more on board with this, but I believe that in a decade or so, this will become absolute standard care. The evidence and the rational is so solid, and we will receive more and more of it,” he says. “What I hear most often from women under treatment is, ‘You gave me my life back.’ ”
Ageology physicians agree with Dr. Koshland; the evidence and the rational is so solid about hormone therapy, it is bound to become standard care. Chicago men and women now have a local source that is dedicated to educating the public on the benefits and risks associated with hormone therapy so they can make informed decisions.