Part 1: Breast Cancer and Hormone Therapy
“Five minutes of communication can save your life and years’ worth of pain and suffering.” — Robert True, MD
Seems like everyone’s an expert these days regarding your hormones. From your doctors, your hairdresser, or your fitness instructor, conflicting views just mess-up your mind and contribute to a lot of myths and misunderstandings about hormone therapy. Even doctors in different fields or the same fields can’t seem to agree on what’s best for you. (more…)
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is the mother of all hormones. In other words, the body produces DHEA (from cholesterol, by the way) and the from DHEA it produces the sex hormones of estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone; plus the mineralocorticol steroids of glucocorticosterol and mineralocorticosterol.
Anti-aging experts have always recommended high levels of DHEA should be present in the blood for multiple reasons. DHEA can act on a lot of different pathways in the body to make it healthier. But let’s just look at cardiovascular disease and DHEA levels, and death rates to make things simple.
A study performed in Sweden in in 2010 put the importance of having high DHEA levels for prevention of cardiovascular disease and all-cause of death into perspective. They evaluated 2644 elderly men, ages 69 to 81 years in Sweden. They wanted to see if the age-related decline in DHEA levels was really important for general and vascular aging and was there an association between the two.
After a mean follow-up of 4.5 years, they saw 328 deaths. They split the men up into 4 groups according to the range of their DHEA levels, called quartiles. Those who had the lowest DHEA levels were in the 1st quartile, and the levels increased for 2nd ,3rd , and 4th quartiles.
The results were quite remarkable. Those who had the lowest levels of DHEA had shorter survival: they had a 54% increase in all-cause of death (mortality), a 61% increase in deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD), and a 67% increase in deaths due to ischemic heart disease.
This correlation was even more important when they compared the mortality of the younger men versus the older men. The mortality prediction among older men was 30% increased mortality if the DHEA levels were low. But in the younger men, the prediction of death was 264% greater in the 1st quartile compared to the other quartiles. (more…)
Suzanne Summers and Dr. True at Harvard
Suzanne Summers spoke last month at the Harvard Club of Boston with Dr. Robert L. True and others attending the meeting. She fielded questions from the audience in the photos. Suzanne is an advocate for improving one’s health through use of bioidentical hormone therapy, maintaining a good weight, and doing alternative health improving actions such as taking certain healthy supplements and having a good social and sexual life. (more…)
This June, Dr. True spoke at the Harvard Club in Boston about his practice and his passion to help people become healthier through the concepts of TrueMD Wellness. Improve your health through his three basic concepts: True Hormones, True Weight-Loss, and True Wellness Concepts. (more…)
Do you know what your Vitamin D level is? It’s important for your health. Many studies have shown significant health benefits to your body if you have a higher level of Vitamin D. We recommend you maintain a serum level of greater than 50 ngm/l of Vitamin D3 in your blood. Heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancers are less when you do this. (more…)
We know that Vitamin D plays a role in improving your health through many pathways. But one little known benefit of Vitamin D is that it may help you to keep your thinking hat on as you get older. If one analyzes Vitamin D levels compared to cognition, those with higher levels do better. (more…)
Hormone therapy has been shown by many studies to be very beneficial for improving a woman’s and a man’s sexual performance, libido, and satisfaction. In my practice, I have many women who complain, that they have concerns about sex or libido, i.e. a decrease in sexual desire. Many have very low levels of sex hormones. Without hormones, sex goes out the door and is noticeably decreased most of the time. (more…)
Most people come to my office complaining that they just can’t seem to lose their extra weight. Most have tried reducing the amount of foods they eat but end up starving themselves and, even worse, they didn’t lose any weight. Some are frustrated because they are exercising every day but the weight just won’t come off. I call it, they just can’t get off that weight-loss plateau. (more…)
There is much confusion about hormone therapy in the media and a lot of this comes from the definitions that have been used and what exactly do these terms mean. BHRT is short for Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and HRT is short for Hormone Replacement Therapy. Their definitions and the connotations of their meanings vary, so I would like to describe these to clear the air. (more…)