Hormone News

BodyLogicMD Applauds as Oprah Strives to Put Thyroid – and Life – in Balance

January 2009 On Thursday, January 15th, Oprah Winfrey will “start the con versation on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy” in an episode titled “Bioidentical Hormones Part 1” as part of her month long “Best Life Series.” First Suzanne Somers, now Oprah. Bioidentical hormones are going main stream. It wasn’t that long ago, very few people, even those in the […]

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In Men with ED, Statins Linked to Hypogonadism

According to an article recently published on HealthDay.com, cholesterol isn’t the only thing men are lowering with the use of statin drugs. Studies suggest that men who use statin drugs to lower cholesterol are at an increased risk of developing hypogonadism – a condition typified by the gonads inability to produce adequate quantities of the male […]

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The Estrogen Dilemma

Hormone therapy, specifically Estrogen therapy, was recently researched by Cynthia Gorney in the NY Times in an article, published under the title: “The Estrogen Dilemma.” Gorney discusses her quest to find out the truth about bioidentical hormone therapy. Her conclusion: The benefits of hormone therapy outweigh any risk that might exist. Presently, there is no evidence that […]

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Lung Cancer Increase in Women Tied to Genes, Estrogen

Researchers believe that estrogen may play a role in the development of lung cancer in non-smoking women, as well as smokers. In addition, studies suggest that the body’s inability to metabolize estrogen may also lead to breast and colorectal cancers. Similar findings were evidenced in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) – a long-term study for […]

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Are Organic Foods Really Healthier For You?

The USDA does not make any claims that organic foods are healthier or better than non-organic foods. Vail bioidentical hormones expert Dr. Heidi Archer says “Organic foods are definitely better for you as they are not full of the toxins and hormones that are present in processed foods.” So what exactly does “organic” mean? Organic […]

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Boost Your Love Hormone Levels… Naturally

It’s common for hormonal imbalances such as menopause and andropause (the male menopause) to decrease libido in women and men; however, scientists recently discovered that waning testosterone and estrogen levels aren’t the only culprits. It turns out that a new hormone has taken the stage and it’s called oxytocin. Appropriately nicknamed “the love hormone”, oxytocin […]

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4 Diseases Doctors Get Wrong

It’s not uncommon for doctors to read our symptoms and make an incorrect diagnosis. In a recent article by published by WebMD, one of the most misdiagnosed diseases is hypothyroidism. Houston bioidentical hormonesexpert Dr. Wade Huey has seen many patients who were misdiagnosed by their primary care physician, oftentimes because they’re unfamiliar with hormonal imbalance. You […]

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Weighty Issues in Women during Menopause

Menopause is a term that describes the hormonal imbalances experienced by women entering their post-reproductive years. The early stages of menopause, oftentimes referred to as perimenopause, usually take place between the ages of 35 and 40. Although menopause symptoms vary greatly and affect each woman differently, weight gain is a common fear among women. So […]

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Irregular Period? It Could Be More than Just Stress

In recent years, we’ve seen more and more women diagnosed with premature menopause. West Chicago bioidentical hormones expert, Dr. Michelle Shultz believes that environmental toxins, specifically those containing synthetic estrogens are largely to blame for this occurrence. A recent article published by National Public Radio (NPR) told the story of a recently married woman in her 30’s, […]

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New study confirms HRT helps ward off colon cancer

According to an article recently published on Reuters.com, new studies have once again reinforced the benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Back in 2002, millions of women stopped using synthetic HRT drugs, because the synthetic hormones were linked to a variety of health challenges in post-menopausal women, including stroke, heart disease and breast cancer. In addition […]

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What Lack of Sleep Does to your Mind

A recent article published on WebMD.com discussed the various impacts that lack of sleep can have on the mind. Adults who get less than 6 hours of sleep risk memory problems, chronic fatigue and a multitude of other cognitive issues. People don’t often recognize just how important sleep is to their overall health. Sleep is not a […]

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Could the Pill Lower a Woman’s Sex Drive?

There are many pills, but when someone says “THE pill” – there’s little doubt which one they’re referring to. There’s been a lot of talk lately, regarding some of the sexual side effects associated with the use of hormonal contraception, such as birth control pills. According to Businessweek, studies published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggest that […]

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Primary Ovarian Insufficiency, Not “Premature Menopause”

There’s been a lot of talk lately as to why women in their 20’s are prematurely experiencing symptoms commonly associated with menopause. Although the cause is still up for debate, one thing that’s certain is that the problem is only getting worse. An article recently publishedby USA Todaytold the story of a Los Angeles woman […]

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Study: Low Sex Drive, Ladies? It Might Be Your Pill

It seems highly implausible that after 50 years of putting women on birth control, no one bothered to investigate the long-term effects that they would have on a woman’s libido. According to an article published on Time.com, a recent study supports the argument that birth control may actually lower women’s libido and in some cases […]

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ATS: Dietary Fat, Sex Hormones Affect Airway Inflammation

Health Day News recently released information regarding the relationship between estrogen and bronchodilaton. Studies suggest that a high fat intake can increase airway inflammation and suppress bronchodilator response in people with asthma; however scientists believe that a concentration of estrogens may actually help facilitate bronchodilation. It was concluded, that because concentrations of estrogen can activate […]

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The Role of Nutrition on Women’s Hormones

In an article published by ConnectTriStates.com, author Rajah Maples discusses the impact nutrition has on a women’s hormones. Everyone knows we should be eating healthy but there is more to it than just knowing what foods to avoid – knowing what foods you should be eating is just as important. The foods you eat really […]

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Get fit in your 40’s and 50’s

The Savannah Morning News recently published an article discussing menopause weight gain and offered some tips to help middle-aged women keep the lose weight and keep the weight off during menopause. As women age, estrogen levels decline and testosterone levels increase. When this change occurs, women oftentimes begin noticing symptoms commonly associated with hormonal imbalance, […]

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Menopause Status and Attitudes in Turkish Midlife Female Population: An Epidemiological Study

In a survey conducted from January 1, 2008 to March 31, 2008, researchers studied a random sample of 1551 women from ages 40-65 in Western Turkey to describe menopausal symptoms, and to assess the women’s attitudes towards some climacteric issues. The questionnaire included questions pertaining to the women’s sociodemographic characteristics, women’s menopausal status, some statements about […]

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Stress, Cortisol and Artery Health Studied

According to the Daily Mail, stress increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes because people who become stressed are more likely to suffer from hardened arteries. A study was conducted by Dr. Mark Hamer and his colleagues at the University College London. The researchers gathered a sample of 514 participants who were from the […]

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Low Sex Drive in Women

What is low sex drive? In medical terms, it is a low or absent desire for sexual intimacy that causes personal distress. Women’s sex drive may fluctuate over the years, due to major life changes or relationship status; however, there are many other factors that contribute to low sex drive in women during various points of their […]

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Endocrine Changes May Modify the Secretion of Sex Hormones and Alter Aspects of Women’s Sexual Function

As we age, our endocrine system changes, as do many things in our bodies. With these changes, endocrine disorders may directly or indirectly modify the female sexual functions by altering the secretion of sex hormones or by impacting vascular, neurogenic (nervous system), or psychologic factors. A two year study was conducted to review the impact of the […]

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Women’s Health- Balance Hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

On May 21, 2010, The Doctors T.V. show was all about women’s hormonal health. Hormone specialist Dr. Prudence Hall made it clear that women’s health, personality and happiness were all linked to their hormone levels; when a woman’s hormones are not balanced depression, weight gain, anxiety, sleeplessness and low libido will ensue. Women experiencing symptoms of a […]

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Sex and the City 2 Meets Bioidentical Hormones

These days, even Sex and the City 2 is addressing the hot topic of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. If you’ve seen Sex and the City, you know that Samantha couldn’t possibly deal with a low-sex drive. Kim Cattrall’s character will do anything to “trick her body into thinking it is younger” and she does this with […]

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Prenatal Exposure to Estrogen Containing Chemicals Increases Risk of Breast Cancer in Offspring

According to an article published by Health Day News, the chemicals that women are exposed to while pregnant could increase the chances of the child developing breast cancer, later on in life. This was evidenced by a recent study that assessed the effects of BPA (bisphenol-A) and DES (diethylstilbestrol) on the offspring of the pregnant […]

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“Sex and the City 2” Cougar Deals With Menopause

The benefits of bioidentical hormone therapy have been touted by celebrity health gurus such as Oprah, Robin McGraw, Dr. Oz and of course thebioidentical hormones poster girl, Suzanne Somers – and now even Hollywood is getting in on the action. In the new “Sex and the City” sequel, sex-crazed Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is fighting an uphill […]

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Bioidentical Hormones for Menopausal Symptoms

A recent article published by the Los Angeles Times discussed the risks and benefits associated with the use of bioidentical hormones to treat symptoms of menopause. The symptoms that women experience during menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, low libido and vaginal dryness, are oftentimes the result of waning levels of the hormones estrogen […]

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Menopause, for men

According to an article recently published on Mid-Day News, the male menopause, also known as andropause, is not a myth after all. Women have a good idea of what they can expect when menopause comes a-knockin?, but men on the other hand are in the dark on the issue. Andropause is a term used to describe […]

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The Idea of Male Menopause Questioned

Recently BBC News questioned if male menopause was nothing more than a myth and what they discovered was that many doctors were torn on the issue, as to whether or not men have their own cross to bear when it comes to menopause. While some doctors blame symptoms such as depression and low sex-drive on hormone levels, […]

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Menopause and Hot Flashes

More than two-thirds of North American women suffer from hot flashes during perimenopause and almost in all women during menopause. Hot flashes can range in severity and duration for woman going through menopause with some experiencing symptoms for only a short period of time and others experiencing them for the better part of their life. While it […]

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Male Menopause! Signs, Symptoms and What You Can Do About It.

It was only recently that it was discovered that men go through a menopause of their own, oftentimes referred to as andropause. According to the article, men experience a similar type of “menopause” as the production of testosterone diminishes. Low testosterone causes fatigue, muscle weakness, loss of muscle mass, depression, and erectile dysfunction. In addition, men […]

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Bioidentical Hormones: Safer for Hot Flashes than HRT?

An article recently published by U.S. News asked the million dollar question: Are bioidentical hormones safer than synthetic HRT drugs, like Premarin and Prempro. Unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are customized by quality compounding pharmacies, to be molecularly identical to the hormones that the body produces naturally. Many women are turning to bioidentical hormone therapy as a […]

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Stress Less to Lose Weight

If you’re not losing the weight you would like, your anxiety levels might be to blame. An article recently published on News.com discussed the link between stress and weight gain, stating that casual stress every now and again is normal, but living in a constant state of anxiety can have a damaging effect on your health, […]

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Managing Male Menopause with Testosterone

An article published on CBS4 Miami, discussed male menopause and how testosterone therapy could help. It is common for men over the age of 40 to experience low levels of testosterone, but not uncommon for doctors to misdiagnose their symptoms. Are you gaining weight, feeling tired and losing your sex-drive? You might actually be suffering from low […]

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Hormone patch may be safer for women

Recent studies suggest that women who use estrogen patches to remedy symptoms of menopause have a lower risk of stroke than women who take estrogen orally. In fact, women who used estrogen patches did not have any higher risk of stoke than women who didn’t use hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The study was published in […]

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Low levels of testosterone in men linked to fractures, depression, diabetes and heart disease

An article published by NY Daily News discussed the link between low testosterone – Low T – and health challenges, such as fractures, depression, diabetes and heart disease. According to the article, low testosterone is an issue for approximately 15 million American men, most of whom remain unaware and oftentimes go untreated. Testosterone is the hormone that inhibits sexual […]

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Higher Testosterone Tied to Heart Trouble in Older Men

According to an article published by Health Day, studies suggest that men with high levels of testosterone have a higher risk of heart disease and heart attack. In a recent study conducted by the US National Institute of Health, men over the age of 65 were studied to determine the link between heart disease and hormones. The […]

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Bioidentical Hormones According to Chris Woolston of the LA Times

Founder of TrueMedMD, Dr. Jeffrey Dach recently responded to medical journalist Chris Woolston’s article, which weighed the pros and cons of bioidentical hormone therapy. Over the years, millions of women have turned to hormone therapy to find relief from symptoms of menopause. However, during the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) studies, it was discovered that synthetic […]

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Predicting the start of menopause

An article published by Lawrence Journal-World begs the question: If you knew when you were going to go through menopause, would you plan accordingly? Well scientists have discovered a simple blood test that can predict when a woman will enter the change of life, known as menopause. Researchers drew blood samples from 266 women between the ages 20 […]

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Intense Diet and Exercise May Lessen Symptoms in Menopausal Women

A recent study at the University of California at San Francisco revealed an interesting reality involving menopause and exercise. They say that losing weight may help modestly reduce hot flashes. Hot flashes are common in menopausal women and include symptoms like sweatiness, redness in the face and a warm sensation throughout the body. The research suggests that […]

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The Real Deal on Perimenopause

Perimenopause is an umbrella term that describes the period before a woman enters menopause, and the long list of symptoms that occur during this transitional time. Medically speaking, perimenopause is typified by waning levels of the hormones progesterone and estrogen. Perimenopause or “early menopause” affects each woman differently, with severity ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms […]

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Will you have your mother’s menopause?

When most women think of menopause, they oftentimes recall the symptoms that their mothers complained about during their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s – hot flashes, sleepless nights, turbulent mood swings, stubborn weight gain and bone-crushing fatigue. However, according to menopause expert Christiane Northrup, M.D., your mother’s menopause isn’t necessarily predictive of what you’ll experience. Northrup says […]

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Middle-aged? Tired? Not interested in sex? Hey, Mister? you might be in ?male menopause?

According to an article recently published in the Palm Beach Post, male menopause is not a myth after all. It turns out that men a have a biological time clock too. Unlike menopause, testosterone production in men doesn’t necessarily “turn off,” but instead gradually declines with age. The slow decrease in the male sex hormone known as testosterone […]

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Are Men Experiencing Male Menopause?

Many physicians are now saying that women aren’t the only ones who experience a gradual decline in sex hormones and that the majority of the symptoms men are burdened with as they age are oftentimes the result ofandropause – the male menopause. Symptoms of andropause are similar to the issues faced by women during menopause – […]

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Study: More U.S. girls starting puberty early

The prevalence of precocious puberty has doubled over the past decade. While there are several theories surrounding the underlying causes of precocious puberty, studies have suggested that the early onset of puberty is likely the result of a combination of environmental and lifestyle factors. In fact scientists say that a child’s experiences during infancy and […]

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Hormone Therapy to Stave Off Alzheimer’s disease?

California’s first lady Maria Shriver recently issued a new report in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s association and it’s official: Alzheimer’s is a woman’s disease. It’s estimated that two-thirds of all Alzheimer’s sufferers are women. While it’s still not clear as to why the disease is more prevalent among women, doctors and scientists agree that more than likely, […]

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Hypothyroidism Screening of Adults Could Improve Lives

Many middle-aged people may be living with undiagnosed hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, when screening and treatment could improve their quality of life, according to a recent study from the United Kingdom. These findings were published by Emax Health and the study found that bringing thyroid hormone levels back to a healthy range could improve many symptoms, especially […]

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Suzanne Somers: ?I Feel Sexiest When I Am Healthy?

A recent article published in the Palm Beach Post discussed Suzanne Somers? latest book, Sexy Forever: How to Fight Fat After Forty. The 64-year-old actress and critically acclaimed celebrity health advocate attributes her youthful glow and slim figure to a balanced lifestyle, bioidentical hormones and her patented non-surgical facial toning system, the FaceMaster®. According to the Palm Beach Post, after […]

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Study ties hot flashes to lower breast cancer risk

Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle recently reported a link between hot flashes and a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. According to the report, women suffering from hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause are less likely to develop breast cancer in their lifetime. In fact, their risk is slashed by up to 50 […]

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With Hormone Therapy, Starting Later May Be Less Risky

A new U.K. study called the Million Women Study analyzed data from over one million participants and determined that the timing of hormone therapy has a “substantial” effect on a women’s risk of developing breast cancer. The findings were published in the January 28th issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and support many of […]

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Men’s Lives Enhanced with Testosterone

Whether you want to call it manopause, male menopause or a midlife crisis,andropause is a clear and present condition, faced by millions of American men each year. Andropause is defined as being the period in a man’s life when hormone levels, namely testosterone, begin to decline. The decline is much more gradual than what women experience […]

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Weight Loss May Help Menopausal Hot Flashes

Hot flashes, also known as hot flushes, are a common symptom of menopause. Hot flashes typically consist of a warm sensation in the face, usually accompanied by sweating and redness, and can last for five or more years. Numerous studies suggest that a higher body mass index (BMI) — a measurement of height and weight […]

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Erectile Dysfunction? What Might Be Causing Your Declining Libido

According to a recent article published by the Huffington Post, erectile dysfunction (ED) is not a natural part of aging. It’s possible for men to enjoy a vibrant sex life well into their 50’s, 60’s and beyond. ED is actually a vascular disorder that can also be an early sign of heart disease. In fact, one of the […]

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Study: Many Pesticides Block Male Hormones

February, 2011 – Did you know that what you eat may affect your hormones? It’s true, especially when you’re young. A recent study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives looked how pesticides used on fruits and vegetables may disrupt hormones in young men and babies. This study, performed in the United Kingdom and conducted by researchers from […]

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Does Genius Have A Hormonal Component?

March, 2011 – Scientists have spent a great deal of time and research money on investigating the pathways of mental deficiencies, but what about the opposite? What causes someone to be gifted or genius? According to University of Alberta researcher Marty Mrazik, the answer may be hormones. Specifically, Mrazik credits high levels of testosterone exposure while […]

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Study: Most Plastic Products Trigger Estrogen Effect

March, 2011 – A few years ago, the bisphenol A (BPA) content in plastic came under scrutiny when studies revealed that the chemical, which acts like an estrogen in the human body, can contaminate foods and beverages in plastic containers. Many plastic manufacturers responded by reformulating their plastics to remove the problem chemical. Now, a new […]

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Hormone Replacement Not Likely to Cause Weight Gain

March, 2011 – According to a recent article published in the Los Angeles Times, hormone replacement therapy is less likely to cause weight gain than contraceptive hormones. On the contrary, scientists believe that an extra boost of estrogen may in fact promote weight loss in women duringmenopause. Birth control regimens are notorious for causing unwanted weight gain, […]

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Cortisol May Help Reduce Some Phobias

March 2011 – If you’re living with a phobia, a hormone may be the key to helping you overcome your fears, according to researchers from University of Basel, Switzerland. In a small-scale study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the scientists studied the effects of the cortisol on patients being treated […]

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Thyroid Affects Color Vision

March 2011 – Researchers say that the thyroid hormone may play a crucial role in our ability to see color. Studies in mice have shown that thyroid hormone also plays an important role in the development of the eye and particularly the cone visual cells. The studies were conducted by researchers at the Max Planck Institute […]

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Short Course of Hormone Therapy Boosts Prostate Cancer Survival

April 2011 – According to a recent article published by Businessweek, men who undergo androgen-deprivation therapy are 50 percent less likely to die from prostate cancer than men who don’t. Androgen-deprivation therapy is a type of male hormone therapy that reduces levels of testosterone – the male hormone that accelerates the growth of prostate cancer cells. Dr. David Lamb and his […]

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Toxins in Baby Food Might Affect Hormones

April 2011 – Does your baby’s food contain potentially harmful hormones? According to a recent Italian study, it might. Researchers at the University of Pisa tested 185 samples of infant formula and 44 samples of meat-based baby food and found that as much as 28% contained fungal hormones, or mycoestrogens. These hormones have been linked to […]

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Horrible Hormones! How to Deal

April 2011 – Dr. Nancy Snyderman shared her expertise on hormones and your health on the Today Show recently. She explained that hormones are produced by various glands throughout your body, including your pituitary gland, thyroid gland, adrenal gland, pancreas and testicles or ovaries. All human beings possess these hormones, which help to maintain and regulate […]

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Estrogen Lowers Breast Cancer, Heart Attack Risk in Some Women

April 2011 – Many women experiencing symptoms of menopause orperimenopause wonder if hormone replacement therapy is right for them. There’s a great deal of confusion surrounding the risks and benefits of hormone therapy. Ever since the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) studies in the early 90’s, women have been told to stay away from hormone therapy because it can increase […]

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Elderly Sleep Problems May Be Tied to Hormones

April 2011 – Ever notice that older people tend to go to bed and wake up earlier? According to researchers from the University of Zurich, Switzerland,hormones are to blame for these sleep problems. Sleep patterns are governed by the body’s circadian cycles and that rhythm is present in every cell in our bodies. In a study published […]

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Low Testosterone Increases Risk of Death in Some Men

April 2011 – British Researchers at the University of Sheffield say that low levels of the male hormone testosterone could significantly increase the risk of premature death in men with type 2 diabetes. Their findings were presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Endocrinology and have prompted several follow-up studies. Researchers examined 587 men who have […]

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Facebook Triggers Same Hormone As Cuddling

April 2011 – Scientists recently made a hormonal breakthrough in the growing world of social media. Studies revealed that when users engage with one another on Facebook, levels of oxytocin increase. Oxytocin is a chemical that has been dubbed the “cuddle hormone” because of its role in the mediation of emotional experiences – especially those associated […]

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Early menopause ‘on the increase’

April 2011 – Many people have noted an increase in women undergoing early menopause – or menopause before age 40 – in recent years. A review published in The Obstetrician & Gynecologist confirms this phenomenon and reveals why it’s happening. This review of previously published studies links in increase of earlymenopause with improved survival rates of childhood cancers. According […]

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The Hormone Debate: Regular Milk or Organic?

May 2011 – There’s a big debate going on as to whether or not regular, non-organic milk is bad for you. Most dairy farmers treat their milk cows with hormones, notably recombinant bovine somatotropin hormone (rBST), to yield more milk production. The problem is that chemicals such as rBST have been linked to an increase in […]

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Thyroid Drug Linked to Fracture Risk in Elderly

May 2011 – Elderly people using medications to treat underactive thyroid may be putting their bone health at risk, according to a review of research gathered by scientists at Toronto’s Women’s College Research Institute. This review revealed that, among people aged 70 or older, those who took the drug levothyroxine (used to treat hypothyroidism) at the highest […]

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Hormone Is Said to Cut Risk of Premature Birth

May 2011 – According to the NY Times, premature birth is the most the common cause of death among newborns. It’s estimated that 12.9 million babies are born prematurely each year. Approximately one-third of all premature births in the U.S. are induced by doctors through Caesarean section (C-section). However the remaining two-thirds of these births are spontaneous […]

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Children of Bipolar Parents Have Highly Reactive Stress Hormone

May 2011 – Could the mental health of your parents affect how you respond to stress? According to a study published in the journal Psychological Medicine, it could. This study, led by researchers from Concordia University, compared the stress response in children of bipolar parents to that in children whose parents did not have the disorder. The […]

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Can Hormone Therapy or the Pill Prevent Brain Aneurysms?

May 2011 – Cerebral aneurysms are more common in women than men and experts now believe that this is due in part to lower levels of female hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, after menopause. What’s more, brain aneurysms are more common after the age of 40 – the median age for women entering menopause. Researchers believe that […]

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Expert talks about the very real option of hormone therapy

May 2011 – According to a recent article published in the Los Angeles Times, hormone therapy may not be as dangerous as we’ve been told in the past. After the famed Women’s Health Initiative studies were prematurely discontinued, hormone therapy usage declined by 80 percent. The findings revealed that women who used a combination of estrogen and progestin increased […]

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Antidepressant may not cut hot flashes after all

June 2011 – A recent study has thrown a wrench in the idea that antidepressants may be a viable solution for menopause symptoms, particularly hot flashes. A previous study, focusing on the women’s self-described symptoms, had found that the antidepressant Lexapro may ease hot flashes in menopausal women. However, when researchers from Wayne State University used technology to […]

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What a Chore: Housework Is Bad for Both Sexes

June 2011 – Household chores are stressful, but men and women are affected differently, say Los Angeles researchers. A study recently published in the Journal of Family Psychology evaluated how housework and stress are related in 30 couples with 8 to 10 year-old children. The study used cortisol levels to measure stress. Researchers discovered that women’s cortisol levels are lowest […]

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Mindfulness Program Helps Reduce Bother of Hot Flashes

June 2011 – Hot flashes can be extremely distressing, but what if there were a way for you to handle the hot flashes you have with less of an effect on your life? According to a study recently published in the medical journalMenopause, mindfulness-based stress reduction may be what you’re looking for. The study evaluated 110 women […]

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Hormone levels predict individual menopause age

June 2011 – Have you ever wished you could know when you would go through menopause? A recent Dutch study may have taken the first steps toward making that a possibility. The researchers monitored the Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) in 257 women over eleven years. The study revealed that, by evaluating AMH in correlation with a woman’s […]

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Celiac disease linked to earlier menopause

June 2011 – Recent studies led by researchers at the University of Naples, Italy have linked celiac disease to an early occurrence of menopause in some women. Celiac disease is a medical condition that can have damaging effects on the lining of the small intestine and make it difficult for the body to absorb nutrients that are essential […]

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Man flu really does exist

June 2011 – According to many women, they persevere through colds while the men are bedridden at the first little sniffle. But could there actually be science behind the anecdote? According to Australian researchers from the University of Queensland, there may be. In a study published in the medical journal Respiratory Research, the scientists evaluated the immune […]

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Gluten and Menopause: What’s the connection?

June 2011 – If you’re living with untreated celiac disease, you may go throughmenopause at a younger age, according to a recent study published in the journal Menopause. The study, led by researchers from the University of Naples, Italy, evaluated about 100 postmenopausal women. The women were divided into three groups: one that had been diagnosed with celiac disease […]

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1 in 4 post-menopausal women face tooth loss

July 2011 – Could tooth loss be yet another symptom of menopause– According to a recent study published in the medical journal Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, it may be. Researchers studied over 1,000 post-menopausal women and revealed that as many as one in four may be at risk of tooth loss in a five-year period – and […]

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‘1 in 20 women’ hit by early menopause

July 2011 – Early menopause occurs more frequently than previous believed, reports a recent study by researchers from the Imperial College London. In this, among the most comprehensive studies on the subject, nearly 5,000 women born in 1958 were followed throughout their lives and asked about their menopause and quality of life. The researchers found that that as […]

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Mystery of menopause before 40

July 2011 – Doctors are beginning to realize that premature menopause – menopause that occurs prior to the age of 40 – is much more common than previously believed. For years, the average age of menopause has been 51. However in recent years, many women have been experiencing symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings […]

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Thyroid: Does It Determine The Colors You See?

July 2011 – Do your thyroid hormones affect your color vision? According to a new study by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany, and the Universities of Frankfurt and Vienna, they might. The researchers found that low levels of thyroid hormones, as occur withhypothyroidism, resulted in changes in the cones […]

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How Testosterone Protects Against Inflammation

August 2011 – The medical community has long known that women are more susceptible than men to a variety of allergies and inflammatory conditions, and researchers from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany may have discovered why: hormones. According to the study, which was published in the scientific journal FASEB Journal, testosterone affects the immune response, helping to […]

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Prolonged estrogen deprivation ‘impacts on stroke protection’

August 2011 – If you have had low estrogen levels for a long time, you may have an increased risk of stroke even after you bring your estrogen levels back up, explains a new study from the Georgia Health Sciences University. Scientists have long known that proper estrogen levels can prevent strokes. This study, however, reveals […]

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Manopause: Can aging men finally blame hormones too?

August 2011 – More and more men are coming to realize that the changes that they experience as they get older are in fact due to underlying hormonal imbalances. These hormonal imbalances are the result of a condition known as andropause or “male menopause.” This hormonal decline is much different than the drastic loss of hormones that women […]

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Adrenal Fatigue: Are We Burning Ourselves Out?

August 2011 – Adrenal fatigue is becoming ubiquitous in today’s fast paced society. We’re always on the move and we rarely give our bodies time to recuperate from the daily grind. Now medical experts are saying that our “go-getter” mentality may be putting our overall health in jeopardy. According to the article, more and more patients are […]

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UCLA estrogen study provides insight into the metabolic syndrome

September 2011 – Could estrogen regulators play a part in the development of metabolic syndrome? They can, according to a recent study by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Researchers evaluated the effects of removing estrogen regulator alpha in female mice and discovered that the loss of this protein alone was enough to increase the accumulation […]

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Being Heavier May Mean Fewer Hot Flashes for Women Over 60

September 2011 – Does your body weight have any effect on the frequency of your hot flashes? It does if you’re over 60, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The researchers evaluated the body fat percentage, waist circumference and body mass index (BMI) of 52 women while tracking […]

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More evidence hormone patch is safer than pills

September 2011 – A new study suggests that skin patches may be a safer alternative to orally administered hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs. The study, funded by Navartis Pharmaceuticals and conducted by Analysis Group, Inc., found that women who used the patch were one-third less likely to develop blood clots in the legs or lungs than women who […]

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Surprising reasons for hair loss

September 2011 – While hair loss is oftentimes thought of as a problem that only men have to deal with, many women also suffer from conditions that can cause hair loss and thinning of the hair. Hair loss can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, diet, stress, lifestyle and even hair care products. Still one […]

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strogen treatment may help reverse severe pulmonary hypertension

September 2011 – It’s been said that estrogen is good for your cardiovascular health, and a recent study reinforces this fact. Researchers from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA have discovered that estrogen therapy helps to reverse severe pulmonary hypertension — and this benefit continues even after the therapy is stopped. Pulmonary hypertension describes an increasing […]

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Changing Hormones Not Just Driving Early Puberty — They’re Giving Women Skull Lesions

September 2011 – Women today are confronted by seemingly endless sources of estrogen from a very early age. Scientists have already linked this increased estrogen exposure to early puberty in girls and several other health issues. Now, a new study has found yet another concern: this time, estrogen is affecting your bones. Researchers from Tel Aviv […]

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Soy protein ‘could reduce coronary heart disease in menopausal women’

October 2011 – Is soy good for menopausal women, or not? While recent studies have debunked the idea that the components in this plant may relieve menopausal symptoms, a recent study from the University of Southern California has unearthed a new benefit of soy consumption in menopausal women. The study, published in the November 2011 issue […]

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British research backs ‘male menopause’ cure

October 2011 – Afraid that using testosterone to treat andropause might increase your risk of prostate cancer? Fear no more, say researchers from the Institute of Urology at University College Hospital in London. While many doctors had been avoiding the use of testosterone therapy — and leaving millions of men to suffer with the symptoms of “male menopause” […]

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Study finds polycystic ovary patients at greatest risk for pregnancy complications

October 2011 – If you are considering pregnancy and are among the 15 percent of women of reproductive age afflicted by PCOS, you may want to consider the risks to your health and the health of your unborn child. Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is an elusive condition, baffling doctors due to a lack of defined […]

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Low testosterone may be an indicator for cardiovascular disease risk, study finds

October 2011 – Low levels of testosterone have often been associated with early mortality, but never with a specific disease state. Earlier this month, theJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism discovered that low levels of testosterone are linked to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, but surprisingly, not any other disease. Currently, this does not mean that […]

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Too little estrogen found to be a contributing factor to obesity

October 2011 – Hormone replacement therapy may be good for more than protecting women from menopause. A recent study published in the October 5 issue of Cell Metabolism unveiled results that suggest estrogen regulates energy expenditure, appetite and body weight. This is the first study to show that sex hormones play a critical role in these metabolic pathways. […]

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Hopeful new development in hormone-based treatment for obesity

October 2011 – An imaging study published in Cell Metabolism this month suggests that two hormones found in the digestive tract may be effective for treating obesity. Researchers observed the effects of a dosage of hormones, peptide YY and glucagon-like peptide 1, on the brain after a fast. The images revealed that these hormones act on the appetite-control […]

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Hormonal adaptations make weight loss maintenance challenging

October 2011 – Scientists have discovered that battle to lose weight and keep it off is often hindered by hormones. A recent study published in theNew England Journal of Medicine this week reveals that six hormones that play a role in regulating appetite are increased following weight loss. The study, which was conducted in Australia, observed 50 overweight […]

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Estrogen proven to protect brain function in aging women

November 2011 – Researchers have successfully proven that estrogen protects neurological function in menopausal women in animal studies. The research is promising, but the next step will have to be clinical trials to solidify the effectiveness in humans. In the animal studies, scientists uncovered estrogens ability to protect the brain from the onslaught of adverse disturbances, […]

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New research brings promise to turn breast cancer into hormone-therapy treatable state

November 2011 – Certain breast cancers, known as hormone receptor-positive, are susceptible to dangerous tumor metastasis of receptor-negative cells when treated with anti-estrogen drugs. Researchers are excited about the recent discovery of a pathway to revert these receptor-negative cells into a state that can be treated with hormone replacement therapy. Essentially, scientists have discovered how to blockade the […]

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Self-treating with OTC thyroid supplements

November 2011 – The Mayo Clinic recently completed a study that warrants warning consumers about the dangers of consuming over-the-counter thyroid supplements for thyroid disorders, such as hypothyroidism. The findings suggest that anyone taking these pills is putting their health at risk. The thyroid hormones, known as T3, or triiodothyronine, and T4, or thyroxine, are carefully regulated […]

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Study unveils why race and ethnicity determine breast cancer and osteoporosis risk

November 2011 – Researchers undertook the arduous task of determining who has higher estrogen levels – African American females or Caucasian females. Similar studies have been conducted, but results are often skewed due to the dynamic changes that occur within a menstrual cycle. Nonetheless, the 2011 study, published this month in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology […]

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Researchers uncover conclusive evidence that renin hormone causes high blood pressure

November 2011 – Researchers have long believed that the hormone, renin, plays a role in controlling blood pressure. A recent study, however, has identified two microRNAs present in the kidney that regulate renin. Researchers explain that the discovery of these microRNAS is the first time there has been real evidence that renin is the cause of […]

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Obesity hormone linked to increased risk of osteoporosis in elderly

November 2011 – A study completed at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden has revealed that the hormone, adiponectin, increases the risk of fractures and osteoporosis. The skeleton is home to a host of hormones that control the body’s blood glucose levels and regulate obesity through signals sent to the other organs. This pathway is linked […]

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Risk of early-onset of menopause increased with hysterectomy

November 2011 – Researchers have uncovered new evidence that the hormonal impact of a hysterectomy is far more significant than once realized. The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published the largest analysis of the hormonal impact of a hysterectomy in the December 2011 issue. According to the study, of the 406 women aged 30 to 47 years who […]

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Doctors agree, hormone replacement therapy is safe treatment for menopause symptoms

November 2011 – If you are like 22 million other American women over the age of 50, you may be seeking relief from the heat in the midst of winter. There has been an outburst of frustration from many women who do not understand why modern medicine can clone sheep, but cannot seem to find a […]

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Hormone replacement therapy deemed safe treatment for andropause

November 2011 – Men, like women, suffer from a decline in hormones vital to their health and quality of life around midlife. By age 60, most men have lost enough testosterone to be considered “testosterone deficient.” In the past, physicians were hesitant to treat this condition with hormone therapy thanks to a 1942 study that revealed elevated serum […]

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Gluten intolerance linked to female hormone imbalances

November 2011 – There is good news for women struggling with PMS, infertility and miscarriages. Gluten intolerance and related conditions are linked to more than 300 diseases and conditions – mostly commonly noted are those linked to an imbalance of female hormones. Glucose intolerance can lead to excesses and deficiencies of hormones the adrenal hormones, such […]

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