Hormone Replacement for Women Can Lower Risk of Osteoporosis
As women enter their menopausal years, they are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis. Hormone replacement for women has been shown to strengthen bones and lower this risk.
As women approach and enter menopause, some of the physical signs of dropping hormones, such as hot flashes and night sweats, are rather obvious.
However, some of the other physical problems caused by loss of hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone, women may not feel right away, but they could be more serious.
One of these is a loss of bone density, which can lead to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a degenerative bone disease. Osteoporosis is more common in women than men.
It affects nearly 200 million people all around the world, both men and women. Osteoporosis is the cause of the weakening of bones that leads to fractures that are common among older folks.
Osteoporosis also makes these fractures difficult to heal, so osteoporosis fractures can be severely disabling to seniors.
The good news is that research has found that hormone replacement therapies can prevent and, in some cases, reverse bone loss caused by osteoporosis, which is the result of age-related hormone decline.
How Does Hormone Replacement Promote Healthier Bones in Women?
To understand how hormone replacement can prevent or treat osteoporosis, we must understand a little bit about how our bones grow.
The process of bones growing longer and stronger is known as “bone remodeling.” Bone remodeling is an ongoing process driven by two kinds of cells, osteoblasts –cells that form new bone, and osteoclasts -cells that resorb old bone.
The process is driven by hormones. Estrogen, the female sex hormone, is essential to bone health in women because it stimulates the activity of osteoblasts to produce bone. When estrogen levels drop during menopause, the osteoblasts aren’t able to produce new bone as effectively.
Estrogen replacement therapy is approved by the FDA as a treatment to prevent osteoporosis. Estrogen replacement is commonly prescribed to treat and conserve bone mass and prevent osteoporosis-related fractures in postmenopausal women.
However, estrogen replacement is not the only hormone therapy that can help prevent osteoporosis. Recent studies have found that testosterone and human growth hormone therapies can also help improve bone density and help lower the risk of osteoporosis in menopausal women.
A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism proved that the HGH helps reduce the risk of fractures and maintain bone mass within healthy levels among postmenopausal women who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis.
Furthermore, that study indicated the results of HGH treatment for osteoporosis were long-lasting, concluding, “A decade after the study began, the women who received the larger growth hormone dose still had higher bone mineral density levels than the participants who received the lower dose or the placebo.”
Hormone Replacement Is the Safest and Most Effective Treatment for Menopause
There has been a lot of controversy about the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Much of the myths and misconceptions about the safety of HRT for women have recently been debunked.
Recent studies have shown, for example, that there is no link between HRT and an increased risk of cancer or heart disease. And we now know that bioidentical hormone replacement for women can prevent serious conditions such as osteoporosis.
All women approaching or entering menopause need to understand that hormone replacement is still the safest and most effective treatment currently available for not only the onset of headaches but the other debilitating symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and night sweats.
Even if you are not experiencing any of those symptoms, if you are a woman between the ages of 35 and 55, HRT can have you looking and feeling younger!
And the many benefits of hormone replacement therapy for women do not stop there. Many women on HRT have found that HRT can increase libido, lessen vaginal dryness, and otherwise improve their sex lives!
What Every Woman Needs to Know Hormone Replacement Therapy and Menopause
Hormone replacement therapy is the most effective treatment option for relieving the typical symptoms of menopause. Estrogen replacement has been proven to minimize the most common and well-known symptoms of menopause, such as night sweats, hot flashes, and mood swings.
However, as women enter menopause, estrogen is not the only hormone level that drops. Menopausal women also experience a marked decline in testosterone and human growth hormone (HGH).
That is why our HRT programs for women may be combined with other hormone replacement treatments such as testosterone therapy and HGH therapy.
At NuLife Institute, we realize that not all women going through menopause will experience the same set of symptoms, nor do you have to be in menopause to benefit from HRT. We will tailor your hormone replacement program to your unique needs and lifestyle to maximize your benefits and optimize your results.
Our medical director, Dr. Luis Dominguez, has used his unique, customized approach to help thousands of patients reverse the clock on aging and enjoy a whole new lease on life.
Dr. Luis Dominguez has applied his inquisitive mind and passion for evidence-based Integrative Medicine to focus on utilizing a whole-body approach that provides life-changing results.
“I expected to have to deal with night sweats and hot flashes when I hit menopause, but I was stunned to found out my bone scans revealed my bones were getting dangerously fragile. Said that bioidentical hormone replacement could treat all of my menopause symptoms as well as treat my osteoporosis and prevent further bone loss.
Tammy B. Miami, FL
If you would like to learn a little bit more about the many life-changing benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, please contact us today by calling (305) 400-0005.