The Vital Role of Hormone Therapy in Managing Disease
Our healthcare system is facing unprecedented challenges with the recent pandemic of coronavirus and ensuing SARS Cov2, or COVID-19, and it is vital healthcare providers keep their patients active and healthy so as to not over burden a vulnerable system.
As an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner researching and practicing advanced endocrinology concepts over the past 12 years, I have recognized an overarching theme: hormones are active and play a vital role in every single body system. The far-reaching impact of restoring hormone homeostasis on health-related quality of life is an often-misunderstood phenomenon in both the healthcare and lay communities. With the additional burden of stress these uncertain times adds to an already encumbered psyche, classifying hormone therapies as inessential will have dire consequences.
Hormones aren’t just for hot flashes and ED
A myth our healthcare providers must often unravel is the concept that hormone therapy (HT) for women is used simply to abate hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and other nasty symptoms of hormone fluctuations; and testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in men is primarily to assist in sexual function. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, these “side effects” of HT and TRT are what we call a bonus.
Hormones play a vital role in all body systems.
Androgen receptors are found in virtually every tissue in both women and men from the brain, breast, heart and bones, indicating the role they play in normal tissue homeostasis as well as pathologies such as breast cancer, osteoporosis, neuro-psychological and neuro-cognitive decline as well as cardiovascular and a plethora of other disease processes.
In addition to improving overall sense of well-being, energy levels, libido and quality of life (QOL), HT has been shown to prevent osteoporosis, reduce cardiovascular disease risk, reduce hypertension, increase muscle mass, increase muscle strength, increase bone density, reduce visceral fat, reduce total cholesterol levels, induce glucose homeostasis, increase metabolism, manage PMS, reduce severity and frequency of migraine headaches, improve cognition, improve memory, prevent Alzheimer’s disease, and improve Parkinson’s symptoms, thus having a positive impact on health related QOL
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