Benefits of BHRT (Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy)
Male health is plagued by many conditions, some of which are triggered or stimulated by hormone imbalances. For example, mental health issues, heart disease, and prostate function are all influenced by hormone activity. Men who are at risk of developing (or are already suffering from) such conditions can benefit greatly from BHRT.
Mental wellness is closely tied to hormone activity. As levels of testosterone and other hormones decline in men, so too does their mood, memory, and liveliness. One study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism investigated the effects of testosterone on neurological function. Those who had higher levels of free testosterone presented better scores on a variety of neurological tests that assessed memory and visuospatial function. Increased testosterone levels may be achievable through BHRT. Other studies have found that depression and mood disorders may also be improved through BHRT. Research clearly suggests that improving hormone levels may help men limit neurological degradation and better protect mental function.
Cardiovascular disease is perhaps the greatest threat to men’s health. Studies show that maintaining appropriate hormone balance may play a critical role in keeping the heart functioning at its best. Using data from the population-based Rotterdam Study it was found that nonsmoking participants with the highest testosterone levels had a 60% less risk of atherosclerosis. Part of the reason for this may be that optimizing hormone levels, specifically testosterone, is associated with reducing LDL or bad cholesterol, increasing HDL or good cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, regulating heart rhythm, decreasing body fat, reducing triglyceride levels, and improving oxygen uptake. Each of these factors reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and improve longevity.
Prostate health is a major concern for men over the age of 40. In recent years the occurrence of prostate conditions has increased. The greater prevalence of prostate problems may be associated with the widespread decline of hormones among men.
Prostate enlargement or BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) is a common male health issue. It is estimated that more than 40 percent of American men over the age of 50 will suffer from benign prostate disease such as prostate enlargement. Depending on the severity of the enlargement and the location, various symptoms may develop including:
- Difficulty starting urination
- Ejaculation difficulties
- Feeling as though the bladder has not emptied completely
- Frequent urination
- Recurrent urinary tract infections
- Unexpected or sudden need to urinate
- Waking during the night to urinate
- Weak urine stream
Prostate cancer is also a major concern. Research shows that most men who live past the age of 65 will develop prostate cancer. This specific form of cancer is slow growing and is more often seen in elderly individuals. However, it can develop in younger men, in which case the cancer is typically more aggressive.
The prostate relies on a variety of hormones that may be supplemented through BHRT. The three most important hormones regarding proper prostate health are estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone. Maintaining proper values of these hormones via BHRT can significantly reduce the risk of developing issues such as BPH and prostate cancer.
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