4.1 Risks of Hormones - Not What You Think
3 Reasons Not To Fear Hormone Optimization
1. Most of the Negative, Frightening Information About Hormones Comes From The Women's Health Initiative Study
This large scale 2002 clinical trial involved tens of thousands of women from all over the world. The women in the study took conjugated estrogens from horse urine (a very messy form of estrogen) and medroxyprogesterone (like progesterone but different enough to cause many problems).
In contrast to the messy hormones given in the WHI, we now have boidentical estradiol and progesterone available. These hormones are exactly the same as the hormones your body once made, but no longer does. They are much cleaner and safer than the messy, dirty hormones used in the study.
Multiple studies have come out in the 15+ years since the Women's Health Initiative that show conclusively that bioidentical hormones are the safest hormones. Period.
Bioidentical progesterone has been shown to be protective against breast cancer in multiple clinical trials and population studies. Some studies show women taking progesterone have less breast cancer than women who take no hormones at all. The exact opposite is true in study after study where women took medroxyprogesterone. Women taking medroxyprogesterone have the highest rates of breast cancer, when compared to women taking other progesterone-like hormones.
2. The Right Hormones, Taken in the Right Way Reduce Your Risks
Optimal levels of estradiol and progesterone can reduce your risks, while reducing or eliminating menopause symptoms at the same time
3. Non-Optimal Hormone Levels Increase Risks for Serious Diseases
Optimal levels of estradiol and testosterone can prevent the gradual weakening of your bones that happens to millions of women after age 50. Osteoporosis is a major reason why women break bones and end up in long term care as they get older.
Optimal levels of estradiol and testosterone can prevent high cholesterol, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, and heart attacks. This has been shown to be especially true when hormones are give early in menopause, before arteries have had a chance to clog.
Non-Optimal hormones increase your risks for
- high cholesterol
- high blood pressure
- heart disease (the number one killer of women over 50)
- insulin resistance (pre-diabetes)
- many other long term diseases that affect millions of Americans over age 50
NOTE: Many physician groups have spoken out against using hormones to prevent these diseases. These physician organizations use the data from the Women's Health Initiative study to back up their idea that hormones are too risky to use to prevent disease.
The Journal of the American Medical Association specifically cites the WHI as a reason not to use hormones to prevent disease.
Worldlink Medical's community of practitioners are in agreement that this kind of thinking is not only stuck in the past, it's dangerous.
Denying the disease preventive benefits of bioidentical hormones to women over age 50, based on a study that did not use bioidentical hormones, will lead to the early deaths of millions of women in this country from preventable diseases.