Empowering Women’s Wellness with Cutting-Edge Insights

by | Sep 7, 2023

The field of women’s hormone health is continuously evolving, revealing intriguing insights into the complexities of hormonal fluctuations throughout a woman’s life. As functional anti-aging medicine takes center stage, focusing on striking and maintaining optimal endocrine balance during reproductive years and menopausal transition is significant.

Recent advances in evidence-based hormone therapies and Bioidentical Hormone replacement Therapy (BHRT) interventions offer promising solutions to restore balance effectively. From innovative medication formulations to precise timing and dosing protocols, personalized therapeutic strategies empower women to address symptoms and promote long-term well-being during perimenopause, menopause, and beyond.

Scientific Discoveries Unveiling New Perspectives

Well trained medicinal practitioners are vital in bridging the gap between cutting-edge research and practical hormone care, enabling them to deliver personalized and effective treatments. Staying updated with the latest evidence is paramount to providing individualized care that meets each patient’s needs.

Hormone Therapy and Cardiovascular Health

A recent study, “Association Between the Route of Administration and Formulation of Estrogen Therapy and Hypertension Risk in Postmenopausal Women,” explored the link between hormone replacement therapy’s delivery method and cardiovascular outcomes. The research, published in Hypertension1 on June 5, 2023, analyzed data from 112,240 women between 2008 and 2019. It revealed that women using estrogen-only pills had a 14% higher risk of hypertension than those using skin patches or creams. Oral estrogen posed a 19% higher threat than vaginal creams and suppositories.

Optimizing Menopause Management

The Canadian Medical Association Journal published “A Pragmatic Approach to the Management of Menopause” on May 15, 20232. This comprehensive research review recommends hormone replacement therapy as the first-line treatment for menopausal women without risk factors. Contrary to early concerns, mounting evidence suggests that menopausal hormone therapy can reduce coronary artery disease risk among younger menopausal patients, especially those starting therapy before age 60 or within ten years of menopause.

Hormone Therapy and Brain Health

In a study published in JAMA Neurology on April 3, 2023, researchers examined the impact of sex, age at menopause, and hormone replacement therapy on brain health3. Postmenopausal females, particularly those with elevated β-amyloid levels, showed higher tau levels—linked to Alzheimer’s disease—than age-matched males. Early initiation of hormone therapy around menopause onset provided optimal neuroprotective benefits, while delayed treatment led to increased Alzheimer’s disease markers in the brain.

Embracing Precision Endocrinology for Longevity

Endocrine health’s intricate role in overall well-being and longevity is undeniable. As breakthroughs in precision endocrinology continue, practitioners equipped with evidence-based, personalized strategies can significantly transform patients’ lives. By proactively addressing hormone imbalances, reducing risks, and easing symptoms, functional medicine clinicians have the potential to empower women to thrive throughout their lifespans.

BHRT Training Academy is an online institution of higher learning providing comprehensive training for practitioners including all Bioidentical Hormones and Delivery Methods, and other supporting training such as Weight Loss, Gut Health, Low Dose Naltrexone, Sexual Health and more. You can learn more at www.bhrttrainingacademy.com

1 Kalenga, C., Metcalfe, A., Robert, M., Nerenberg, K., MacRae, J. M., & Ahmed, S. B. (2023). Association between the route of administration and formulation of estrogen therapy and hypertension risk in Postmenopausal Women: A Prospective Population-Based Study. Hypertension, 80(7), 1463–1473. https://doi.org/10.1161/hypertensionaha.122.19938

2 Lega, I. C., Fine, A., Antoniades, M., & Jacobson, M. (2023). A pragmatic approach to the management of menopause. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 195(19), E677–E672. https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.221438

3 Coughlan, G., Betthauser, T. J., Boyle, R., Koscik, R. L., Klinger, H., Chibnik, L. B., Jonaitis, E. M., Yau, W. W., Wenzel, A., Christian, B. T., Gleason, C. E., Saelzler, U. G., Properzi, M. J., Schultz, A. P., Hanseeuw, B., Manson, J. E., Rentz, D. M., Johnson, K. A., Sperling, R. A., . . . Buckley, R. F. (2023). Association of age at menopause and hormone therapy use with TAU and Β-Amyloid positron emission tomography. JAMA Neurology, 80(5), 462. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamaneurol.2023.0455

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