Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
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Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has long been a hot-button issue. Some people believe wholeheartedly in the benefits of this anti-aging treatment. Others feel that HRT can be detrimental to overall health and do far more harm than good. When it comes to anti-aging medicine, consulting with an expert in the field will provide the information you need and answer the questions you have about HRT and how it might positively or negatively affect your lifestyle.
What Is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Both women and men can undergo hormone replacement therapy. It is far more common for women to be prescribed a combination of hormones – including estrogen, progesterone, and combination therapy – to treat the undesirable side effects of menopause and replace the hormones the female body no longer produces.
However, men are also susceptible to decreased testosterone levels as they age. While testosterone is not typically absent completely, male patients with unusually low testosterone levels might discover that they can benefit from HRT.
Hormone replacement therapy is often credited with reducing or eliminating the unnerving and uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and even osteoporosis. The elimination of such annoyances can be so attractive that many women attempt to self-medicate with over-the-counter hormone gels, creams, or supplements. It is important to consult with and be monitored by an anti-aging HRT expert so you do not put yourself at risk of developing other health problems.
Weighing the Pros and Cons of HRT
Hormone replacement therapy can be confusing. Online research will give you plenty of information, but the most accurate details will come from your anti-aging medical team. If you have certain health conditions, HRT will not be recommended. Undesirable side effects of HRT could develop when taking the hormones. Women under HRT may experience symptoms like that of PMS, like bloating, headaches, nausea, mood changes, and so on.
Your personal medical history, age, and family medical history will all impact the type of HRT your doctor may or may not recommend for you. The type of therapy you receive, as well as the length of the treatment and the way in which the hormones are administered will affect how your body responses to this type of anti-aging treatment. Every woman will react uniquely to HRT.
It is natural to be wary of HRT, as you should be about any new form of medical treatment. However, when administered properly and for the right reasons, in carefully measured doses, and under the supervision of your anti-aging specialist, HRT’s benefits can outweigh its risks. Every patient’s risk factors, health history, and current state of health will be evaluated comprehensively before any HRT is prescribed.
A Healthy Lifestyle and Customized HRT
Plenty of people are in pursuit of the fountain of youth. Of course! Youth is coveted, beautiful, energetic, and full of life. It’s natural to seek medical treatments that can potentially improve your life and extend your lifespan. But what’s most important is finding products that suit your individual needs best.
HRT comes in several different forms, including a patch, ring, and cream. Typically, the lowest effective dosage is prescribed so that the patient receives the greatest benefit with the lowest risk. Also important to HRT treatment are the other ways patients take care of themselves.
Your diet, nutrition, level of exercise, management of chronic health conditions, and more can all contribute to the success or failure of HRT. Smart and guided choices make it possible for anyone pursuing anti-aging treatment to increase their chances of maximizing their state of health.
Even if your anti-aging specialist determines that HRT is not the best choice for your anti-aging treatment, all hope is not lost. Natural hormone supplements may still be an option. The endocrine system and the production of natural hormones can be improved with supplements like magnesium and coconut oil. Your anti-aging doctor knows best. Don’t be afraid to ask your specialist about all of the options at your disposal to improve your efforts of anti-aging.
Hormone replacement therapy can do great things for your quality of life. Contact us at the Longevity Health Institute in Rochester Hills, MI, to schedule your HRT appointment with Dr. James Lewerenz and our anti-aging team. Allow us to help you age gracefully.