by David Rothwell, MD
Estrogen remains very important. Check out this story on how avoiding estrogen therapy led to nearly 50,000 deaths.
Although exact number are impossible to come by at least with today’s technology and science, we know that estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) remains important as part of a larger hormone replacement therapy (HRT) plan. Balance of hormones in women has shown to be beneficial, not just for limited physical (i.e. hot flashes) or emotional (i.e. anxiety) issues. We are seeing more convincing evidence of the benefits of HRT extending into longevity and quality of life as women age.
Estrogen remains only a portion of the puzzle though. Balance of progesterone, DHEA, and testosterone contribute to wellness and vitality in women as well. There remains much misinformation out there about HRT, though. The study referenced in the article was inadequate so as to be able to extrapolate the conclusions many came to in the end. In addition, the media was unable to accurately parlay the meaning of the results to the general public. This led to much confusion and fear. And women avoiding HRT.
Finding the right source for treatment is very important. Professional health care providers with proper training and education in this field are your best bet to get the proper testing and balance. Some providers use HRT as a way to generate significant revenue and perform many additional tests with frequent follow up visits. Locate the provider that works for you. Not all HRT is the same.
David Rothwell, M.D.
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Oklahoma City, OK 73118