Yes, you read that right! If you are a women living with fears about taking bio-identical estrogen replacement therapy …listen up! In fact, you men need to listen up,too!! This news impacts your wife or partner or maybe even your mom. These recent and significant studies validate the benefits of bio-identical hormone therapy – and describe the tragic toll that reaction to the famous WHI study has taken on women’s health.
The Real Impact of Estrogen Avoidance for the Past 10 Years
- A very beneficial (overall) risk-to-benefit ratio when using hormone therapy.
- A protective effect for heart disease, strokes along with a reduction in mortality.
- Decreased breast cancer rates with estrogen and bio-identical progesterone use.
- Reduced risk of fractures
- Improved skin tone
- Improved cognitive function
- and more!
Benefits of Progesterone
Accumulating data suggests that regimens using bio-identical progesterone, appear to pose no increased risk, and may even decrease the risk of breast cancer. In addition, various reports have also suggested an increased rate of osteoporotic fractures since WHI, likely due to reduced use of postmenopausal Hormone therapy( HT)
In the 10 years since WHI, nearly a generation of women have been denied HT, missing a critical window of opportunity for preventing heart disease, stroke, dementia and even breast cancer. This has resulted in needless suffering, broken bones and death for an estimated 50,000 women…all this from the faulty interpretation of a single, flawed study!
Doc and I hope these studies increase awareness and foster a conversation in the media so all women can get the facts they need to help their bodies to thrive. We feel it’s important to look past the media headlines and continually examine the medical literature from a variety of sources, so your therapy decisions are based upon the “big picture”.
These findings are not a surprise to us…we have been endorsing and learning about the many benefits of bio-identical hormone therapy for years at functional medicine conferences for years!
Find out if bio-identical hormone therapy is right for you by contacting Dr Peters this week for a complementary phone consultation at 310-373-7830.
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