What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormonal imbalances are a natural part of aging. Everyone experiences a reduction in the function of the gonads (ovaries and testes). For men, a drop in testosterone levels signals the early stages of what is called andropause, beginning as early as age 35. In women, a drop in estrogen and progesterone and testosterone levels begins several years before the actual onset of menopause, which occurs around age 50.
Even though these may be “normal” states of life, it does not mean the symptoms of deficiency have to be tolerated. Replacement of hormones through hormone replacement therapy has great value in not only health but vitality.
The Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy
There are several benefits to hormone replacement therapy, which include:
- Relieving the symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes, night sweats, poor sleep, vaginal dryness and pain during sex.
- Preventing bone loss. Research shows that hormone replacement therapy improves bone mineral density in the spine, hip and arm. In addition, HTR reduce the risk of fractures.
- Improved quality of life. Hormone replacement therapy has been known to improve sleep, muscle aches and pain, as well as improve mood.
- Reduction of heart disease and diabetes. Testosterone replacement therapy can help older men deficient in the hormone reduce their risks of heart disease and diabetes
- Health promotion. Evidence has proven that hormone therapy can prevent heart disease and cuts the risk of developing diabetes by 30%.
- Reduction in total cholesterol. Supplemental testosterone reduces total cholesterol
- Reduction in osteoporosis risk. Hormone replacement therapy leads to a reduction in osteoporosis in the spine and hip.
- Increased energy and stamina. Hormone replacement therapy can increase energy and stamina.
- Increased Sexual Performance. Hormone replacement therapy increases sexual desire, sexual drive and performance.
- Other benefits. Hormone replacement therapy has a protective effect against connective tissue loss and may even reverse this process. Studies have shown an improvement in cognition in women who started hormone replacement therapy in early menopause. There is a possible reduction in the long-term risk of Alzheimer’s disease and all-cause dementia in those women who take HRT