In October 2004, the United States Surgeon General issued the first-ever report on bone health. The report warned that by 2020, half of all American citizens older than 50 years will be at risk for fractures from osteoporosis and low bone mass if no immediate action is taken by individuals at risk, doctors, health systems and policy makers.
Excerpt from 2004 Surgeon General Report:
Like other chronic diseases that disproportionately affect the elderly, the prevalence of bone disease and fractures is projected to increase markedly as the population ages. If these predictions come true, bone disease and fractures will have a tremendous negative impact on the future well-being of Americans. But as this report makes clear, they need not come true: by working together we can change the picture of aging in America. Osteoporosis, fractures, and other chronic diseases no longer should be thought of as an inevitable part of growing old. By focusing on prevention and lifestyle changes, including physical activity and nutrition, as well as early diagnosis and appropriate treatment, Americans can avoid much of the damaging impact of bone disease and other chronic diseases.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a great option to consider in order to prevent osteoporosis. The estrogen in BHRT is the ingredient that helps strengthen the bones. Over time, the body gradually stops producing estrogen during menopause – which will lead to bone loss and a possibility of osteoporosis and broken bones (fractures). By taking estrogen, a woman can help slow bone loss and can even regain bone density because estrogen works with the body’s bone-building cells to stimulate bone formation and slow the process of bone loss.

There has been some controversy over hormone replacement therapy as a treatment for osteoporosis due to a variety of negative side effects and cardiovascular and cancer risks. However, a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reveals that low dose hormone replacement therapy, when used in conjunction with calcium and vitamin D supplements, can improve bone density in postmenopausal women as effectively as a standard doses of hormone replacement but with fewer side effects and risks.

The results of the study revealed that after three and a half years, the women treated with low dose hormone replacement therapy with calcium and vitamin D supplements increased their spinal bone density by 3.5% to 5.3%. The researchers also noted significant increases in total body and forearm bone densities in the women who were on a low dose hormone replacements.

The purpose of hormone replacement therapy is to “replace” female hormones that the ovaries stop producing at menopause. Besides helping to prevent osteoporosis, HRT has been shown to prevent or improve a variety of other conditions including: menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, genital dryness, skin sagging, sleep disturbance, depression and more!
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is the most natural, effective way to resolve the hormone fluctuations caused by aging and the external environment around us. Derived from natural ingredients, bioidentical hormone therapy medications are designed to perfectly replicate the chemicals in your body that regulate hormone function allowing for better control of hormone symptoms. Avoid the risks that come with synthetic hormones you find online, or other products promising unrealistic results, and go with the natural relief from hormonal symptoms that only Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of hormone imbalance or osteoporosis, you may be a candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy! Call Pensacola Wellness Solutions today at (850) 791-6010 or schedule your appointment!


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