HTR May Help Post-menopausal Women Reduce Risk of Covid19

A growing body of evidence shows that hormone replacement therapy effectively helps women find better health as they age. The North American Menopause Society, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and The Endocrine Society, “take the position that most healthy, recently menopausal women can use hormone therapy for relief of their symptoms.” While some risk still exists for any medical treatment, HRT is considered very safe.

No matter how low the risk may generally be, we are at a unique time in humanity. Covid19 has changed the way one lives. We aren’t just worried about staying healthy while flying; we worry about staying healthy while buying groceries. So, while medical advancement can make our lives better, elective medical procedures now offer an entirely new risk vector. 

Is now a good time for women to start hormone replacement therapy? Well, a preprint study led by King’s College London suggests that post-menopausal women have a higher predictive rate of COVID-19 than other studied women. 

The above findings are in line with previous research that analyzed sex-stratified Covid19 data found males and post-menopausal women were at a higher risk of death and severe infection. Still, the biological underpinnings of this were less clear at the time.

Researchers now hypothesize that the greater risk for post-menopausal women and men is lower estrogen levels. Estrogen interacts with the immune system in various ways, influencing the number of immune cells produced by the body. Further studies of SARS-CoV & MERS suggest lower estriol & estradiol levels may explain why men are at a higher risk of acute infection at any age than women.

Additionally, menopause leads to a higher risk of co-morbidities for Covid19, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The increased risks for these conditions are due in part to the loss of estrogen’s protective effects. 

The King’s College London study found that hormone replacement therapy in post-menopausal women ages 50-65 is associated with a lower hospitalization rate from Covid19 but a slightly increased risk of contracting Covid19. The researchers advise HRT data be considered with caution due to the lack of information about HRT type, administration frequency, and treatment duration. 

Even with some missing information regarding treatment protocols, the HRT for data post-menopausal women shows the possibility of benefits that outweighs the risks. Besides the health advantages of a standard HRT protocol, the probability of reducing the severity of Covid19 can make hormone replacement therapy alluring. 

Logically speaking, some forms of HRT should present a lower risk of contracting Covid19 than others. For example, Using hormone pellets instead of oral, injectable, or transdermal options will reduce both hormone spikes and visits to your provider. With fewer doctors, visits should follow a decrease in the possibility of contracting Covid19. 

The decision for women to use HRT is ultimately between themselves and their doctors. Individual risk factors are varied, both regarding hormone therapy and the risk of contracting any disease. And many other options exist to help keep your immune system healthy to lower your risk for Covid19.

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Look Forever Young With Botox

In the past, we’ve talked about feeling younger with HRT, but now let’s talk about looking more youthful. Botox has gotten so popular that it is now a tent pole of cosmetics. 

Who doesn’t want to reduce the fine lines, wrinkles, and miscellaneous markers of aging? Botox is less expensive (with lower rates of complication) than other procedures such as face lifts. 

It’s not a great shock that men, women, boys, and girls, okay, not boys and girls research Botox to look younger longer.

The popularity stretches well past the de-aging. Being FDA approved means the efficacy and safety are well known. And a wide range of health issues, for example, migraines can be treated with Botulinum Toxin. As a cosmetic treatment, Botox is head and shoulders above most other outpatient nip and tuck like face lifts.

Why Botox?

It is NOT a surgical solution

Dermal fillers or minor surgery are able to reduce the wrinkles and maybe the right choice for some folks. But Botox is considered a less invasive and less painful solution that also still grants terrific results.

Botox is also fast! according to one Botox provider in Southlake, injections can be completed in only a couple of minutes. And the benefits will be visible within a day for most people, especially those looking to reduce wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, and forehead. 

Many spas and even some salons can now offer Botox treatment. However, it’s recommended that you find a skilled medical provider who offers other treatments the first time you get Botox. Why? Well, maybe something like Dermal Fillers, KYBELLA Treatment, Laser Therapy, or a PRP Facelift would be better for you. 

Also, while the risk is a very, very low medical procedure, this isn’t a haircut. Make sure you talk to someone who knows what they are doing, and not just someone who wants to sell something.

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Aging Like You Are 20

The fitness icon Jack LaLanne who held the world press up record, and marked his 70th birthday, by towing a flotilla of 70 rowboats for a mile-long swim is the definition of healthy aging. LaLanne worked out like a monster, never eating dessert, most of us lack not only the will power but the genetics to age like LaLanne. And thankfully we can live longer better lives now without having to be so blessed genetically and willing to suffer.

If you look at YouTube you’ll see chemists, and body builders discussing how celebrates back on pounds of lean mass, and stay forever young. The good news for most of us is that we don’t need to dive into exotic, or unsafe compounds. For a good many of Hollywood stars use bioidentical hormone replacement is helping them stay young.

For example The Rock, is probably not taking steroids and is instead using hormone pellet therapy.

Now sure most of us, will not work as hard as the rock, but most of us are just looking to maintain our health as we age. And avoid sacrificing too much of the things that make life fun. I want to live long enough to eat ice cream with my great-grandchildren not become Mr. Olympia.

Taking hormone replacement isn’t a magic bullet, but it can sure help you age more gracefully. And society is learning to accept that HRT can help us age better, and even live longer. Meet Joan Macdonald, a 72 year old woman, who with a little hard work, and according to IFBB Pro Greg Doucette some hormone replacement turned her health around.

We’ve known that HRT can help us live longer, and better for years. In 1997 a 12 year study was published suggesting that “millions of women could be missing out on up to three and a half years of life by failing to take advantage of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This has been echoed by studies in 2019.

The G8 Dementia Summit cannot just be about “Pharma-friendly communities”, but must be about people

The phrase is, of course, as meaningless as a ‘cure for cancer’, but equally trips off the tongue for corporate fundraising purposes. Like there are many different forms of cancer, like breast, ovary or bone, there are many different forms of dementia, like Alzheimer’s, frontotemporal or HIV.

It’s clear not everyone is going to be a winner from the G8 Dementia Summit promotional package. The write-ups of the dementia research strategy have included ‘the usual suspects’ from “Pharma-friendly communities”, with a token sop to research for wellbeing.

The G8 Dementia Summit is an extremely good way of promoting dementia as a worthy public health issue. Many passionate campaigners will indeed take to the stage to explain, often in very personal terms, why dementia is an incredibly important issue for them. It has become extraordinarily difficult not to know somebody who, in one way or another, is touched by dementia.

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