Women who are close to menopause face few dangers from hormone-replacement therapy—and the benefits may outweigh the risks for those who are suffering from severe symptoms. So says a June 4 article in the Wall Street Journal.
Wall Street Journal columnist Melinda Beck penned an article entitled, “Hormone Use Benefits May Trump Risks; Age Matters.“
In it, she interviews the likes of Harvard epidemiologist JoAnn Manson, Robert Langer, a former Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) investigator at the University of California, San Diego and now medical director of Jackson Hole Center for Preventive Medicine in Wyoming, and Rowan Chlebowski, a medical oncologist and WHI investigator.
Hormone Therapy Risk vs. Reward
Beck’s article outlines the latest research about when women should consider taking hormone therapy and addresses issues like hot flashes, breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and embolism, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
The overarching takeaway is that bioidentical hormone therapy benefits may outweigh the risks. Dr. Paul Savage, CEO of Ageology, agrees: “This is the position we have taken and preached about for 10 years now.”
Savage makes several key points:
- There has always been data that show the benefits outweigh the risks of hormone therapy.
- The 2008 EPIC study shows that natural hormones are far superior to synthetic hormones.
- The key to reaping the benefits and reducing the risk of hormone therapy is to get your hormone levels checked and, when needed, use natural bioidentical hormone therapy
The Therapeutic Window
Savage says it’s important to note that there is a “therapeutic window for women.” In other words, women early into hormone imbalances will benefit the most from hormone therapy.
“This is because the lack of hormones—estrogens and testosterone—cause physical changes over time, some of which cannot be easily remedied even with the use of hormone therapy,” Savage explains.
Prevention is Key
Early detection of hormone imbalances and early treatment with natural hormone therapy is the best method for preventing heart disease, mental decline, and bone and muscle loss, Savage says.
He concludes: “Treatment of these conditions once they appear, usually years after hormone imbalance has occurred, is not as good as treating hormone imbalances in order to delay or prevent the onset of these life-threatening conditions.
For more information on how you can find out if bioidentical hormone therapy is right for you, contact an age management Ageology physician.