BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Not all hormones act in the same deleterious way in the body as the combined HRT drugs tested in a study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
That study showed that combined hormone replacement therapy using Premarin and Provera leads to increased incidences of breast cancer and deaths among post menopausal women.
This is hardly news to gynecologists, however, many of whom long ago switched to natural hormones, according to the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (www.Worldhealth.net).
Natural hormones generally have been shown to be harmless, yet effective in treating post menopausal symptoms, said the Academy, which is concerned that news of this study might create an emotional reaction against all HRT. That would deprive millions of women the benefit of natural hormones.
The combined HRT drugs used in this latest study are a horse of a different color from naturally derived hormones used by gynecologists such as Dr. Alicia Stanton. The synthetic hormones used in the latest study come not from horse sense, but horse urine.
"Because of the deleterious effects of Premarin and Provera, I stopped prescribing it in 2002 and have been prescribing bioidentical estradiol and progesterone since then and I'm confident my patients do not have an increased risk of breast cancer if the hormones remained balanced."
According to Dr. Stanton and many other doctors, your body's own natural hormones, when properly balanced, allow the body to function at its optimal level. They also reduce such symptoms from hormone imbalance as hot flashes, night sweats, difficulty sleeping, mood changes, weight gain, low libido and bloating.
For the majority of women who have not been on Premarin and Provera, this study holds no meaning, said Dr. Stanton, and might just frighten some women into believing that all hormones should avoided when the natural ones can be significantly helpful.
The hormones on which claims are based in the study published in JAMA on increased risks of breast cancer and HRT are inherently carcinogenic and non-human as well as artificial, said breast cancer and HRT expert Dr. Khalid Mahmud.
CONTACT: For interviews with Drs. Stanton or Mahmud, contact Kim Morgan 561-750-9800 x233 or Allyson McCormick, x227 at TransMedia Group (www.transmediagroup.com).
SOURCE American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine