Oct 092009

Both men and women approaching their forties begin to experience symptoms of low testosterone. In men, it is called hypogonadism. This can occur because of genetic conditions, exposure to toxins and chemotherapy, and testicular damage or infection. In women, low testosterone often happens when she experiences menopause.

People with low testosterone might experience low energy or fatigue, and increase in irritability or depression, and a decrease in sexual function and sex drive. If low testosterone levels go untreated and last a long time, it can cause a decrease in bone density which increases the risk of osteoporosis. People may also lose muscle mass and gain fat around their abdomen.

Because the symptoms of low testosterone are often subtle, and similar to those caused by other medical conditions, it often goes untreated, with only 1 in 20 men (and even less in women) with the condition receiving treatment.

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Aug 172009

An anti-aging physician from BodyLogicMD in Chicago named Dr. Mazzei, practices Bioidentical hormone therapy on both men and women. Although this is a very controversial therapy, he still believes it is effective for anti-aging. Along with women going through menopause, he also helps men going through andropause. He realized this was a problem in men when he started experiencing symptoms himself.
This is a good article for both men and women to read. It provides more information for both men and women experiencing meno-/andro- pause. Check out the whole article and continue to look into the anti-aging therapies and the doctors that provide them before you decide to use a bioidentical hormone therapy.

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Aug 132009

Although there haven’t been enough long term studies done on bioidentical hormones, they still seem to be safer than synthetic hormones. Bioidentical hormones are good for relieving menopausal symptoms but according to the article, “Bioidentical Hormones: A User’s Guide. Used the right way, they could be somewhat safer than conventional hormone therapy,” there are some guidelines you should follow while using this therapy. The five guidelines they provide are to use a small dosage in short period of time, only use FDA-approved products, don’t do the saliva testing, use progesterone in pill form, and be cautious of compounded products. Of these five guidelines, two of which contradict research I have done on this subject. They say to not do the saliva test; however I have heard that it is more accurate than by blood because the hormone levels in blood fluctuate too much. They also say to be careful of compounded products because they might be too potent for the individual’s hormone levels. However I have read the exact opposite; that it is better to use a compounding pharmacy because the product will be produced to fit the patient’s diagnosis and needs.


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Aug 062009

Natural hormones versus synthetics provide more-complete correction of symptoms with fewer side effects. The hormones that most medical providers prescribe are synthetic products manufactured in a lab. These formulations are chemically based compounds that are not identical to that produced by the human body. The synthetic hormones can cause many very strong side effects because of their harshness in nature. Synthetic hormones are known to last too long in the body. The most popular synthetic estrogen is a drug called Premarin, and it is made from the urine of pregnant horses (PREgnant MARe’s urINe). Premarin was approved by the FDA over 50 years ago, when requirements were far less stringent than even now.  There are many unknown ingredients in Premarin which are unstudied, untested, and unnatural in human tissue.

The synthetic progestins used in HRT are broken up in the liver after going through the digestive system.  The liver changes these into three other metabolites.  The benefits that women need from real natural progesterone that balance and eliminate these toxic estrogens are not available, because these progestins do not work the way human identical progesterone does. Synthetic hormones can be taken orally, applied via a cream or by a suppository. According to the FDA, for some women, hormone therapy may increase the chances of blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer and gall bladder disease. For women who have not had their uteruses removed, estrogen increases their chance of getting endometrial cancer. Adding progestin, however, lowers this risk.

Bioidentical hormones, or natural hormones, replace what women’s ovaries stop producing after menopause with a duplicated hormone molecule. Synthetic does not necessarily mean artificial. Synthroid and Estrace are “synthetic” in that they have been made in the laboratory rather than within a biological organism, but they are “natural” in that they’re the exact molecules made by the thyroid and ovary, respectively.

Natural hormones are hormones in their purest form-bioidentical in molecular structure to those made by the human body. “Natural” human forms of ovarian hormones are the building blocks found in wild yams and soybeans. The laboratory converts these plant compounds into chemical molecules identical to those made in the human body for 17-beta estradiol, progesterone, or testosterone, which can then be fashioned into standardized tablets, patches, creams, gels and injectables for prescription. Thus, scientists able to synthesize a natural, bioidentical compound to replace what women’s bodies no longer makes. Another example is the “natural” estrogen-type compounds (genistein and others) found in soy and red clover and many other plants. These are “natural” substances, since they come from biological plant sources. These compounds are unnatural for women’s bodies, however, since human bodies don’t make these same compounds and don’t have the enzymes to change the genistein or clover isoflavones into 17-beta estradiol.

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