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Hemochromatosis Essay

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Hormone Replacement Therapy is a topic followed closely in my family. A few years ago, my wife had to have a hysterectomy done. That basically put her into what is called medical menopause. Of course right away they put her on Premarin, a synthetic made from… well we don’t need to get into that. Shortly after the procedure we found out that she could no longer take the Premarin because she was diagnosed with a blood condition. This condition is putting enough strain on her life so the hormone pill was stopped. Since the synthetic treatment was harming her, we started looking into other forms of hormone replacement. While there are many drug treatments out there, most of them were ...view middle of the document...

That said, BHRT, or Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, is the replacement of hormones that are declining or absent due to either natural causes, such as aging, or surgical menopause (hysterectomy). The BHRT uses hormones most commonly extracted from plants, mainly wild yam, or soy plants. Either treatment can be administered in a number of ways, including pills, creams, and gels. The main goal of BHRT is to bring back your body’s hormonal balance, not just the lost estrogen.
There are benefits to be found with conventional HRT. These benefits include: controlling menopause symptoms, preventing heart disease, and preventing some hard-to-detect female cancers. One thing to also keep in mind that the benefits are the result of short term HRT, not long term. Ideally the candidate for HRT is a younger, recently menopausal woman who isn’t at risk for heart disease, strokes, or blood clots. Older women who are several years past menopause or women who have had breast, uterine, or ovarian cancer are not considered good candidates for HRT.
Those who choose BHRT can look forward to many benefits from the treatment. Simply stated a Bioidentical hormone exactly replicates the human female hormone. This means that the body will accept and use Bioidentical hormones more effectively than their synthetic counterparts. Most doctors recommend a topical application versus a pill for the benefit of bypassing the liver. Liver absorption of any medications has long been a concern among medical professionals because of other possible long-term health complications. Other benefits include: an increase in short term memory, increase in lean muscle growth, lowers hemoglobin, improves insulin production, reduces or eliminates hot flashes, improved cholesterol levels, reduced risk of endometrial and breast cancer, reduced risk of depression, improved sleep, better moods, better concentration, improved libido, improved skin elasticity, improved blood flow, accelerated fat burning for increased weight loss, increased energy, protection against fibrocystic breasts, plus fewer to no side effects compared with synthetic hormones. There are other benefits when comparing BHRT to conventional HRT these are the most pertinent.
HRT may cause side effects. This is because synthetic hormones are not completely recognized by the body. Therefore, the synthetics have the potential to build up in cells, potentially leading to a number of different diseases or other health complications. The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), a group under the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducted a study on long-term usage of a common hormone replacement pill, Prempo that was cut short in 2002. The study comprised of 16,608 postmenopausal women, was scheduled to run until 2005. However, in 2002 due to findings that alarmed the medical community, it was quickly terminated because they determined that the risk to using Prempo and other similar drugs far outweighed any...

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