The North American Menopause Society Refreshes Views of Hormone Therapy
by D.C. Tworek, CPT, B.S. Human Nutrition
You may have heard about the unfortunate results that have instilled fear in many women, when it comes to hormone therapy. Well, recent developments continue to unfold as more and more experts and credible institutions side in favor of hormone therapy and the role it plays in the prevention of disease and relief from the symptoms of menopause. The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) released a 2012 position statement earlier this month, unveiling a surprising new stance on hormone therapy (HT). After twenty years of deterring women suffering from symptoms of menopause from treating with hormone therapy, NAMS is overturning their position and offering two thumbs up to physicians and patients.
This is good news for women frustrated by hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, low libido and a multitude of other symptoms that accompany this transition in life. And this good news for physicians, including the fellowship-trained bioidentical hormone experts of BodyLogicMD, who seek to offer their patients relief from symptoms of menopause and a higher quality of life. “This is a step in the right direction. Several meta-analyses have confirmed that HT – synthetic or bioidentical – aid menopausal women in not only the relief of symptoms, but in the prevention of disease, including breast cancer and heart disease. This shift in position by NAMS is a victory not only for menopausal women, but for truly preventive medicine,” comments Jen Landa, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD.
NAMS emphasizes that HT reduces the risk of disease and mortality. In fact, post-analysis studies of the WHI revealed that the risk of death is reduced by 30 percent in women younger than age 60 on HT, while in women over 70 on HT experience a slightly higher risk of death (an additional 16 deaths per 10,000 women.) “These findings mean that hormone therapy not only relieves symptoms of menopause, but offers women a healthier future. Women can make a more informed decision about their healthcare needs,” concludes Dr. Landa.