Scientific studies have shown cardiovascular benefits are among the advantages of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Recent research suggests HRT results in cardiovascular health benefits for men with low testosterone, as well as postmenopausal women of certain ages.
Low testosterone, which is common among men as they age, has been associated with poor health and higher risk of death. Among the many health problems linked to low testosterone are:
- High cholesterol
- High triglyceride levels
- Hardening of the arteries
- Obesity (in particular, a large waistline)
- Metabolic syndrome (a group of cardiovascular disease risk factors)
Hormone replacement therapy has been shown to improve cardiovascular risk factors, including those associated with metabolic syndrome, by:
- Lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol
- Improving triglyceride levels
- Increasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol
- Reducing body mass index (BMI)
Researchers in The Netherlands and Germany reported these findings in men treated for a year with testosterone replacement therapy. Those studied were not instructed to diet or exercise. And younger men achieved similar cardiovascular benefits as older men from testosterone replacement therapy.
There are, however, risks associated with testosterone replacement therapy. One potential cardiovascular side effect from prescribing testosterone in excess is an increase in red blood cells, which could increase heart attack and stroke risks. To avoid harmful side effects from testosterone replacement therapy and achieve optimal cardiovascular and other results, HRT should be closely monitored by a physician.
For women, studies looking at the cardiovascular advantages of hormone replacement therapy have had mixed results.
Recent research in Denmark, however, suggests younger women taking estrogen replacement therapy experience cardiovascular health benefits compared to women who are not on this type of HRT. Specifically, scientists studying women after 10 years of HRT have found that when the HRT is initiated in women early after menopause, women have lower risks of:
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
In early postmenopause, HRT offers these cardiovascular advantages without increasing women’s risks of stroke or breast cancer, according to the research.
Specific and simple blood tests can determine if you have low hormone levels and are a candidate for HRT. HRT has the potential to not only improve your quality of life but also the quality of your cardiovascular health. To achieve the advantages of hormone replacement therapy to your cardiovascular health and wellness and avoid harmful side effects, consult with your physician to determine the safest and most effective HRT approach.
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