Optimal hormone replacement creates hormonal stability, maintains balance with the breakdown and rebuilding of tissues in the body, relieves symptoms and improves overall health, giving women a better quality of life. This is not an all exhaustive list of the benefits, but we are going to take a few major systems in the body and discuss the benefit of BHRT on each of them. We have estrogen and progesterone receptors in all parts of the body.
Dr. Leon Speroff, Professor of Endocrinology and OB/GYN at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland Oregan stated in the opening talk at the 10th World Congress on Menopause in July 2002 that it is not wise to turn your back on the vast amount of biological and observational data that indicate primary protection against coronary heart disease.
The facts show that the old method of hormone replacement, oral horse estrogen combined with synthetic progestin caused harm. However, bioidentical replacement lowered heart disease and breast cancer. According to Dr. Kenna Stephenson’s research, women who have their hormone profiles tested and are afterward given bioidentical hormone replacement therapy have less depression, a decrease in fasting glucose levels and triglycerides, lower inflammation and lowered blood pressure.
Bioidentical progesterone does not block estrogen’s natural protective effect on the arteries (which is where heart disease begins) Bioidentical progesterone protects the cells that line the arteries and blood vessels. It also helps to increase good cholesterol.
BHRT of estrogen and progesterone protects against heart attacks and strokes, pre-diabetes and pre-hypertension. Bioidentical estrogen calms immune cell activity and has an anti-inflammatory effect having a positive effect on the body, improving osteo arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
Aging causes the brain to shrink, bioidentical progesterone acts like a brain filler and maintains brain volume and promotes better thinking ability. Natural estrogen prevents the breakdown of bone and progesterone promotes the re-building of bone. They work together to prevent osteoporosis. Even the flawed WHI study showed that women on estrogen only therapy had 40% fewer hip and spine fractures.
Women complain about excess weight that comes during perimenopause and menopause. Bioidentical hormone replacement of estrogen helps reduces body fat around the waist, redistribute weight and increases insulin and leptin sensitivity. Many women will lose weight with BHRT along with a low inflammatory diet and weight bearing exercises.
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