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Bioidentical Hormones Cause Weight Gain Fork U with Dr. Terry Simpson

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About 15 years ago physician came to me telling me that she was opening a new venture, distributing plant-based bioidentical hormones, and surgically implanting those hormones as pellets. She wanted me to send her all of my patients who presented in menopause because "with bioidentical hormones they won't need weight loss surgery." She went on to say how every woman would be tested for their hormones and then a compounding pharmacy would make up the exact hormones to replace the ones the person was not producing enough of. This would, "almost reverse aging and cause weight loss." In fact, those bioidentical hormones cause weight gain.
Bioidentical hormones, from whatever source, cause weight gain, not weight loss (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23924704/ (reference)) . In spite of a number of "advertisement" from providers who wish to provide you with "compounded" bioidentical hormones that propose they will cause weight loss - they don't. This physician was not an Ob-Gyn, nor was she a board certified endocrinologist, in fact her specialty was about as far from treatment of complex menopausal hormone replacement or obesity as one could imagine.
The red flags for this clinic were (a) proposing weight loss (b) associating with a compound pharmacy (c) offering anti aging treatments (d) a provider that is not an expert in the field of endocrinology or gynecology.
Bioidentical hormones made by any compounding pharmacies do not meet rigorous FDA standards. In fact, compounded forms of bio-identical hormones are similar to supplements, and have the same issues that supplement industries have had that we have outlined https://www.yourdoctorsorders.com/2015/04/vitamins-supplements-lables-that-lie/ (previously).
Menopausal Hormone Replacement is Medicine, Compounded bioidentical hormones are ?
With every scam there is a separation of the chaff from the wheat. Here is the current evidence about hormones and changes that occur as women enter menopause. Accepted sources for this information include The Menopause Society as well as The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Women undergoing menopause they decrease their production of certain hormones. This can lead to severe symptoms of menopause that hormone replacement therapy can alleviate. Symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, sleep disturbances, joint aches and pains, mood changes, vaginal dryness. That is undisputed and the improvement in quality of life is why many seek hormone replacement therapy. There is also potential benefit to decreasing risk of cardiovascular disease, if started within ten years of symptoms and before the age of 60 years.
The major concern of hormone replacement therapy came from the https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/195120 (study) published in 2002, the Women’s Health Initiative, showing that hormone replacement, with the most commonly prescribed medicine, Prempro, led to an increase in heart attacks, strokes, deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism as well as breast cancer.
The concern among gynecologists led to a rapid decrease in the prescription of Prempro by nearly 70%. This also led to a decrease in the quality of life by women going through menopause. Some gynecologists and endocrinologists continued to prescribe hormone replacement therapy.
Compound Pharmacies Filling the Gap
Bioidentical hormones made by any compounding pharmacies do not meet rigorous FDA standards. In fact, compounded forms of bio-identical hormones are similar to supplements, and have the same issues that supplement industries have had that we have outlined https://www.yourdoctorsorders.com/2015/04/vitamins-supplements-lables-that-lie/ (previously).
To quote from the FDA "Compounded drugs are not FDA-approved. This means that FDA does not verify the safety or effectiveness of compounded drugs. Consumers and health professionals rely on the drug approval process for verification of safety, effectiveness, and quality....

About 15 years ago physician came to me telling me that she was opening a new venture, distributing plant-based bioidentical hormones, and surgically implanting those hormones as pellets. She wanted me to send her all of my patients who presented in menopause because "with bioidentical hormones they won't need weight loss surgery." She went on to say how every woman would be tested for their hormones and then a compounding pharmacy would make up the exact hormones to replace the ones the person was not producing enough of. This would, "almost reverse aging and cause weight loss." In fact, those bioidentical hormones cause weight gain.
Bioidentical hormones, from whatever source, cause weight gain, not weight loss (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23924704/ (reference)) . In spite of a number of "advertisement" from providers who wish to provide you with "compounded" bioidentical hormones that propose they will cause weight loss - they don't. This physician was not an Ob-Gyn, nor was she a board certified endocrinologist, in fact her specialty was about as far from treatment of complex menopausal hormone replacement or obesity as one could imagine.
The red flags for this clinic were (a) proposing weight loss (b) associating with a compound pharmacy (c) offering anti aging treatments (d) a provider that is not an expert in the field of endocrinology or gynecology.
Bioidentical hormones made by any compounding pharmacies do not meet rigorous FDA standards. In fact, compounded forms of bio-identical hormones are similar to supplements, and have the same issues that supplement industries have had that we have outlined https://www.yourdoctorsorders.com/2015/04/vitamins-supplements-lables-that-lie/ (previously).
Menopausal Hormone Replacement is Medicine, Compounded bioidentical hormones are ?
With every scam there is a separation of the chaff from the wheat. Here is the current evidence about hormones and changes that occur as women enter menopause. Accepted sources for this information include The Menopause Society as well as The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Women undergoing menopause they decrease their production of certain hormones. This can lead to severe symptoms of menopause that hormone replacement therapy can alleviate. Symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, sleep disturbances, joint aches and pains, mood changes, vaginal dryness. That is undisputed and the improvement in quality of life is why many seek hormone replacement therapy. There is also potential benefit to decreasing risk of cardiovascular disease, if started within ten years of symptoms and before the age of 60 years.
The major concern of hormone replacement therapy came from the https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/195120 (study) published in 2002, the Women’s Health Initiative, showing that hormone replacement, with the most commonly prescribed medicine, Prempro, led to an increase in heart attacks, strokes, deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism as well as breast cancer.
The concern among gynecologists led to a rapid decrease in the prescription of Prempro by nearly 70%. This also led to a decrease in the quality of life by women going through menopause. Some gynecologists and endocrinologists continued to prescribe hormone replacement therapy.
Compound Pharmacies Filling the Gap
Bioidentical hormones made by any compounding pharmacies do not meet rigorous FDA standards. In fact, compounded forms of bio-identical hormones are similar to supplements, and have the same issues that supplement industries have had that we have outlined https://www.yourdoctorsorders.com/2015/04/vitamins-supplements-lables-that-lie/ (previously).
To quote from the FDA "Compounded drugs are not FDA-approved. This means that FDA does not verify the safety or effectiveness of compounded drugs. Consumers and health professionals rely on the drug approval process for verification of safety, effectiveness, and quality....

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