Preventing Disease with Hormone Replacement Therapy: The Surprising Benefits You Need to Know About
As we age, our bodies undergo various changes. One of the most significant changes is the decline in hormone production. Hormones play a vital role in our daily lives. When hormone levels drop, it can lead to a range of unpleasant symptoms. These symptoms may include hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, fatigue or decreased energy, sleep issues, weight gain, difficulty losing weight, brain fog, low libido, and more. This is where hormone replacement therapy steps in.
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For years, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been used to alleviate these symptoms, and it has been proven to be an effective treatment for many women and men. But did you know that HRT can also help prevent diseases?
Read on to learn more about the benefits of hormone replacement therapy.
One of the primary benefits of HRT is that it can help prevent osteoporosis, a condition where bones become weak and brittle, increasing the risk of fractures. As women age, their bones naturally become weaker and more prone to fractures. However, HRT can help to slow down this process and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Studies have shown that HRT can increase bone growth per year, especially with both estrogen and testosterone therapy.
HRT can also help prevent heart disease, the leading cause of death in both men and women. Estrogen, one of the hormones in HRT, helps to improve cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation, and improve blood vessel function. This can lead to a lower risk of heart disease in men and women who take HRT.
In addition, HRT can help prevent colon cancer, a disease that affects both men and women. Studies have shown that HRT can reduce the risk of colon cancer by up to 40%.
Another benefit of HRT is that it can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that affects the brain and leads to memory loss and cognitive decline. Estrogen has been shown to protect brain cells and improve cognitive function, and taking HRT can help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
HRT can help prevent many other conditions aside from those listed here. It can help reduce the risk of vaginal atrophy, recurrent urinary tract infections, vaginal infections, dyspareunia, chronic pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, constipation issues, and more.
Hormone Replacement Therapy Options
There are different routes for HRT, including oral medications, topical creams, patches (estrogen only), and pellet therapy. Oral estrogen pills are not recommended due to the risk of blood clots, heart attack, and stroke. Other routes for estrogen therapy, such as patches, creams, or pellets, do not carry the blood clot risk. While creams and patches may work for some people, others may not get adequate amounts of hormones due to poor absorption through the skin. Some people also have skin irritation or sensitivity issues with the adhesive in patches. Oral medications, topical creams, and patches cause spikes in hormone levels throughout the day, whereas pellet therapy provides a steady dose for optimal benefits.
There are many options for HRT to choose from and your doctor can offer recommendations to fit your needs and preferences.
Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Right For You?
While HRT is not suitable for everyone, it can be an effective treatment for both men and women who are experiencing hormone imbalance symptoms and can also help prevent diseases. If you are considering HRT, it is essential to discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor to determine if it is the right treatment for you.
In conclusion, HRT can provide many benefits, including disease prevention. It can help prevent osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and more. If you are experiencing hormone imbalance symptoms or are at risk for these diseases, talk to your doctor about whether HRT is right for you.
It’s never too late to get started.
Get Started With Hormone Replacement Therapy
Want to talk to a healthcare provider and find out if HRT is right for you? Contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Lotze and his team. We offer both in person and virtual visit appointments, and treat both men and women for hormone imbalances.
If you’re ready to get started with Biote pellet therapy, call our office today! Here is what you can expect:
- – We give you an order for blood work to check your hormone levels
- – We send you paperwork to complete ahead of time
- – We schedule your first pellet insertion in our office (Texas Medical Center in Houston or The Woodlands)
We are here to help you live your best life!