Everyone is familiar with the benefits of hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to help relieve menopausal and andropause symptoms, such as hot flashes, low libido, poor sleep, irritability, and others. However, not too many people know or understand the long-term benefits bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can have.
Conventional, also known as synthetic, hormone replacement has been shown in research to increase risk of cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, dementia, and stroke. On the other hand, physiologic or bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT) may have a more positive outcome. In one 3-year study, BHRT, used transdermally, assisted in reducing inflammatory markers, such as CRP, decreased blood clotting factors, and improved quality of life.
Low testosterone has been correlated with coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, increased risk of developing type II diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Studies have shown that testosterone replacement can decrease inflammation, lower total cholesterol, and improve insulin resistance.
Similar to testosterone, appropriate estradiol replacement can also improve HDL and help decrease total cholesterol. In addition to this, estradiol also helps maintain bone structure, helps maintain memory, and assists in the absorption of essential nutrients, such as calcium, magnesium, and zinc.
Progesterone replacement is often not recommended conventionally after a hysterectomy. The line of thought is that its sole function is to help maintain a pregnancy, which is no longer needed at a certain point in a woman’s lifespan, and since there is no longer a uterus, estrogen alone is not a risk. On the contrary, natural progesterone replacement is needed to help balance estrogen. Its other beneficial effects include reducing rates of high blood pressure, acting as a natural antidepressant, stimulating the production of new bone, and enhancing the action of thyroid hormones.
Because of the many potential benefits of BHRT listed above, you can see why it is also known as anti-aging medicine. BHRT is not just used solely to minimize the symptoms of menopause, but when it is used long-term, it can extend your life and optimize vitality.