Hi, my name’s NBH. I’m the director of education and research at NBH Lifetime Health. I’d like to talk to you a little bit about the myths of hormone replacement therapy. If you read the newspapers, you would think that if you take hormone replacement therapy, you’re going to die of either heart disease or breast cancer.
The truth is just the opposite. If you take bio-identical or natural hormones, it is true that if you take synthetic hormones then you do increase your risk of breast cancer, and possibly stroke and heart disease. However, the problem with this is, this is totally different from the natural hormones.
For example, if you take natural progesterone, you will decrease your risk of breast cancer and in some cases, eliminate it totally! If you take natural estradiol along with progesterone, you’re going to decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as 80 to 85%! Estrogen has been shown over the years to be very protective of heart disease. So the real key is take natural bio-identical hormones and not the synthetic hormones.