As the aging population continues to grow, lowering the burden of age-related diseases becomes increasingly important in geriatric care. Hormone replacement therapy and optimization strategies can improve the health and quality of life of aging people.
Hormone supplementation with estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, growth hormone, and thyroid hormone can potentially prevent or reverse various symptoms and conditions associated with old age, including frailty, osteoporosis, loss of libido, fatigue, weight gain, depression, and heart disease.
Compounding pharmacy has made significant contributions to the field of hormone replacement therapy and bioidentical hormones. American Integrative Pharmacy provides advanced solutions in this area to patients in Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Southern California areas, and nationwide.
Options in Hormone Formulations
Over the next 10 years, the global population of women older than the age of 50 will exceed 1.1 billion. Physicians are now faced with an exploding number of aging women who want to maintain or improve their health. These women should be provided with the best solutions to address post-menopausal symptoms and other age-related concerns.
The patient and the physician should carefully consider whether the benefits of using synthetic hormone replacement are worth the risks that have been identified. The physician should educate the patient about the available options in hormone formulations to address menopausal and post-menopausal symptoms.
Patients should be encouraged to make informed choices in hormone therapies that are tailored to their unique needs. According to the US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations, if a patient chooses HRT, she should use the smallest effective dose for the shortest possible time. The patient should also stay updated with new developments in hormone therapy to gain maximum benefits from the latest solutions.
Based on the extensive literature available in the area of hormone replacement therapies and clinical experiences in treating thousands of women, some of the experts are of the opinion that aging women need not be deprived of hormone treatments based on the findings of the WHI.
Several scientific studies as well as practical clinical experience show on an ongoing basis, the safety and effectiveness of bioidentical hormones, including supplemental therapies involving testosterone. These therapies have show improvement of overall well-being, elimination of menopause and post-menopause symptoms, and even prevention of chronic diseases such as osteoporosis, hyperlipidemia, clotting disorders, and atherosclerosis.
It is necessary to have more clinical studies to assess and further clarify the important differences between bioidentical and synthetic hormones. However, many researchers feel reluctant to undertake these studies because of the results of the WHI and various other study results on synthetic hormones.
Experts recommend that studies should be undertaken to evaluate the effects of bioidentical hormones and testosterone versus placebo. Until such studies are completed and the results are conclusively established, the experts also recommend individual physicians to update their knowledge continuously in this area and work accordingly with their patients.
AIP provides comprehensive compounding pharmacy services, including online prescription refills, to patients in Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Southern California areas and nationwide.
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