This is part two of the truth about hormones. We examine some of the common myths and half-truths about hormones and breast cancer, prostate cancer, testosterone, bioidentical hormones for men and women.

Some common myths and truths about hormones.

Myth: Testosterone causes prostate cancer.

Truth: No study in the past 50 years has demonstrated that treating men with testosterone increases the risk of prostate cancer.

Myth: Hormone therapy causes breast cancer.

Truth: Micronized (bioidentical) progesterone has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer and natural estradiol has not been shown to cause breast cancer and may even reduce the risk of breast cancer.

However, the synthetic combination drug Prempro, containing a synthetic estrogen (Premarin) and a synthetic progestin (Provera) has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer and stroke.

Myth: Testosterone is for Men not Women.

Truth: Women, like men, can lose sex drive, lean muscle, and energy as they age. Testosterone helps both men and women with libido, energy, mood stabilization, brain function, bone strength and fat loss. Birth control pills can lower testosterone as can stress and aging.

Myth: If a woman takes testosterone, she will grow a beard and her voice will deepen.

Truth: These effects can happen if a woman is overdosed and if her female hormones are out of balance. Make sure your physician is qualified in hormone replacement, preferably bioidentical hormone therapy to prevent these potential side effects.

Myth: Diseases and disabilities are a natural part of aging.

Truth: Most chronic diseases are preventable and hormone replacement therapy, combined with healthy eating and exercise, greatly reduce the risks.

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This post is part of a 4 part article:

Disclaimer: There is no single scholarly article that supports the information in this blog.  Nevertheless, the information is gleaned from reputable sources and personal experience and is believed to be completely factual.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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