Heart DISEASE IN AMERICA
Heart Disease is a leading cause of death in women of all ages and especially in women over 50. Multiple medical studies have determined that a significant contributor to the development of heart disease in women over the age of 50 are due to hormonal deficiencies or a decline in them (commonly called Menopause). The good news today though is that those who have their hormones optimized to healthy physiological levels have a dramatic reduction in their risk of mortality from heart issues (roughly around 50-60%). Even with such strong evidence that hormonal optimization shows beneficial effects in improving heart health for menopausal women, hormone therapy doses are under-prescribed for what might be expected of treatment with such dramatic outcomes, and hence why it is so important to go and see the right doctor with the right experience.
HEART DISEASE AND TRADITIONAL MEDICINE
Traditional medicine still focuses on conventional therapies and old school protocols, such as the cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins. Statins are used to treat women and men. Unfortunately, despite its ubiquitous use, statins do not have solid medical literature evidence to support the claim that they are a safe yet effective heart disease protective treatment. A recent medical journal report indicated that “the beneficial effects of statins on cardiovascular disease are minuscule, and that their adverse effects are more common and potentially dangerous than is generally known.” There are multiple reports of adverse reactions to statins. They have the potential to cause the development of type 2 diabetes, severe muscle aches/pains, and seem to increase the risk of dementia due to the lack of adequate cholesterol which reduces the brain’s ability to heal and maintain itself. Statins may also cause liver damage and have been reported to cause erectile dysfunction, and multiple articles implicate statins in the risk of developing breast cancer. One study showed to increase the risk of breast cancer by a nearly whopping 300%.
Today, in the majority of medical practices, statins are one of the most prevalent prescribed, accepted, and recognized medications by patients ever before. It is almost the universal standard to prescribe these types of drugs.
HEART HEALTH AND BIOIDENTICAL HORMONES
So, is there a better solution to the problem of heart disease mortality in menopausal women? That is an absolute yes. Many studies today have shown that bio-identical hormone optimization therapy to be a rejuvenating, safe. Furthermore, it is an instrumental therapy program for reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and many other diseases. According to a 2007 study from “The New England Journal of Medicine” found that women who were given oral estradiol between the ages of 50 to 59, actually reversed coronary artery calcification and lowered the risk of significant adverse cardiac incidents. Estradiol has also been shown to be beneficial in reducing the risk of several diseases of aging and substantially improving the quality of life and physical intimacy. While this “New England Journal of Medicine” study is an incredible breakthrough and a statement that bio-identical hormone optimization therapy is here to stay (and will continue to grow in popularity), we want you to know that various other studies come to very similar conclusions.
In short, despite the widespread use of statins and how they have little medical literature evidence to back up the belief that they can reduce cardiac mortality in menopausal women, on the other hand, you have bio-identical estradiol therapy that has been shown in multiple studies to reduce coronary artery calcification and reduce the risk of cardiac death.
So to those women who are pessimistic or scared of approaching their health and wellness needs from another direction, like bio-identical hormone optimization therapy, we ask you to look at the research and dig deep into it and see it for yourself. Estradiol is safe and effective in reducing overall aging diseases, improving quality of life and increasing longevity. This should help you feel more at ease or comfortable, about giving personalized or age management medicine, an opportunity to change your life. If you have any questions, issues, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.