A Few Surprising Benefits of BHRT for Women Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
Have you been on the fence about undergoing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to alleviate some symptoms you have been experiencing? While regular exercise, a healthy diet, and less exposure to stress can definitely help rebalance your hormones, some women may need more of a boost to their levels of estrogen, progesterone, and other chemical substances in order to start feeling better more quickly. In this article, we will discuss a few of the many benefits BHRT can give women.
It Makes You Less Likely to Develop Cardiovascular Diseases
Over the years, the benefits of BHRT for preventing cardiovascular diseases has been highlighted by numerous studies, including one conducted by the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and the John H. Stroger, Jr., Hospital of Cook County, both located in Illinois, Chicago. As noted in the paper, women who received BHRT were 50 percent less likely to develop high concentrations of coronary artery calcium (CAC), a substance that serves as an early indicator of coronary heart disease.
It Helps Keep Your Bones Healthy and Prevents Osteoporosis
What many people many not know is that low progesterone levels could cause women to have less bone mass, which could lead to more serious conditions such as osteoporosis. In fact, the Michigan Bone Health and Metabolism Study cited in “Progesterone and Bone: Actions Promoting Bone Health in Women” discovered that perimenopausal women’s bone mineral content was three percent lower when compared to that of premenopausal women. To make matters worse, bone loss rose every year for perimenopausal women. Thankfully, the University of Arizona’s Department of Physiology and Nutritional Sciences conducted research that shows strength training, when paired with BHRT and calcium supplements, could help women significantly strengthen their bones.
It Keeps Your Mind Sharp
As women age, not only does the reproductive system start to produce less sex hormones, but other parts of the body may begin to degenerate. For instance, older women are more prone to forgetting important information and may have more trouble concentrating when executing tasks. However, there is some research that points to estrogen’s promising results when it comes to reversing memory loss. As stated in the book Hormone Use in Menopause & Male Andropause: A Choice for Women and Men, the University of Southern California conducted a study which showed that providing estrogen therapy to women with Alzherimer’s disease improved their cognitive performance compared to women who did not receive any form of BHRT.
In Short: BHRT Can Improve Your Overall Health
Whether you are in your thirties, fifties, or sixties, you have a lot to gain from investing in some BHRT. Not only can it reverse the symptoms of menopause and other hormone-related diseases, but it can also give you additional benefits, such as weight loss, younger-looking skin, and increased energy levels, among others. If you are still not sure about whether this treatment is right from you, consult an experienced physician as soon as possible to find out how it could help you improve your quality of life.
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