A new study, just published, once again debunks the 2002 Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study that alleged a link between an increased risk of breast cancer and hormone replacement therapy.
I see too many women suffering needlessly, going through the harsh symptoms of menopause, when I know they can be helped with HRT. Yet, they avoid it, mostly out of unfounded fears. Most of these fears surround the largely flawed WHI study that indicated that some women could develop an increased risk of breast cancer from HRT.
There has been a lot of controversy, especially in recent years, regarding the accuracy of the information presented in the WHI study. Now, one of the lead researchers on the original study, Professor Robert D. Langer, has come forward in a paper published in Climacteric, the Journal of the International Menopause Society, stating that he believes that some of the researchers “hijacked” the data, and erroneously reported that the trial was cut short because of fear of “women developing breast cancer and heart attacks from the hormonal treatment.”
Dr. Langer went on to state in the paper, that phycians who use the results of the WHI to recommend or not recommend HRT to their patients, “are frequently wrong” or use “facts that are incorrectly applied,” and that they “largely ignore,” contrasting findings since WHI, which suggest that HRT can prevent coronary heart disease in certain women, and also reduce the breast cancer risk overall.
As I have said many times, and this new paper agrees, women should not avoid HRT out of misguided fears of perceived risks.
The same can be said of men who needlessly suffer with lack of energy, erectile dysfunction, and other debilitating symptoms of low testosterone, also known as “Low-T,” only because they do not have the facts to make an informed choice about HRT.
Myths and Misconceptions About Hormone Replacement
Besides the many flaws which even some of the researches themselves are now pointing out about the 2002 WHI trials, those decades old studies all involved the use of synthetic hormones. HRT is better and safer today, thanks to the use of bioidentical hormones. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, uses hormones that are identical on a molecular level to the ones made by your own endocrine glands.
In addition, the ways we evaluate your hormone levels have become much more sophisticated over the years. With complete blood panels at our disposal, we can get a much clearer picture of your hormone levels and interactions. This way, we are able to customize your HRT therapy to your particular needs and lifestyle.
This kind of custom approach allows us to prescribe HRT more carefully and effectively, which further reduces any potential risks.
For women, BHRT is the most effective therapy currently available to treat the most severe symptoms of menopause. Women with debilitating night sweats and hot flashes have reported as much as 90% improvement in symptoms within a few weeks of starting BHRT.
HRT for women also can reduce mood swings, strengthen bones, and improves sexual wellness issues.
HRT for Men
Gone are the days when we thought of HRT as only beneficial to women. Men may not go through menopause, but they can and do suffer from Low Testosterone, also known as “Low-T.”
A man’s testosterone production peaks in his 20s. It begins to drop-off after 35. By the time most men are between the ages of 45 and 55, they could be experiencing the symptoms of Low-T. The most common signs of Low-T are: fatigue, weight gain, lack of vitality, and sexual health issues, including erectile dysfunction.
Like women, I see male patients who can benefit from BHRT; in this case, testosterone replacement therapy, and often growth hormone therapy as well. Just like there is with women, there has been a lot of misinformation reported about the risks of testosterone replacement.
Numerous recent studies have reported that THERE IS NO LINK, between testosterone replacement and an increased risk of cancer or heart disease. In fact, there have been studies that indicate that testosterone replacement therapy may even decrease a man’s risk of heart attack or stroke!
Men who believe they may be suffering from low-T, should not be put off seeking a qualified testosterone replacement doctor over unfounded fear of risks.
Testosterone replacement is generally safe for most men, and it can:
- Improve strength and vitality
- Help you lose weight, particularly belly fat
- Improve your sexual performance
- Improve your concentration and mental acuity
If you are a man, or a woman considering HRT, it all comes down to making an informed decision. That starts with seeing an HRT professional. Why not call our offices today, or request an appointment by clicking here.