Hormone Solutions #12 Update December 2013
Hormones, particularly the bio-identical hormones oestradiol, testosterone and progesterone are once again back in favour with the media, medical research, patients and physicians.
At the International Congress of Andrology held earlier this year in Melbourne world renowned researchers and clinicians presented paper after paper demonstrating that testosterone in the low-normal range has a direct correlation with obesity, diabetes-type 2, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and depression in men.
Read more Testosterone use in women continues to expand beyond the domain of low libido. Research on the role of testosterone in depression, IVF poor responders, dry eye syndrome and brain function (verbal learning and memory) all support the important multi-purpose role testosterone plays in hormonal health and balance. We are proud to be involved in much of this ground-breaking work.
There has been a checkered history of hormone use in both men and women over the decades - HRT in women started in the late 60's and was touted as the fountain of youth to stave off the ravages of aging. History showed us that the doses used then were up to one thousand times higher than what was needed to be clinically effective. The same applied to the use of the oral contraceptive Pill - the consequence was increased rates of uterine cancers. Body-builders and drug-cheating athletes do not enhance the image of hormone use; however today experts in the field are very aware of the potential side effects of excessive hormone use. Medical guidelines for prescribing are very focused on the minimal effective dose and the careful monitoring of patients over the longer term of use. Education of doctors and patients is the key to better hormone prescribing and use. Late in 2012 I was invited to give a lecture at a conference in Malaysia on Testosterone and Sex. It was recorded and as part of the Hormone Solutions education program it is now available for general viewing - see below.
As the year draws to a close I would like to wish you and your family a relaxing Christmas break and healthy 2014.
As always if you have any hormone questions feel free to contact me directly via email at
CEO / Medical Director / Pharmacist