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Skip the Tie; Give Dads Peace of Mind

It’s easy for physicians and other health care providers whose practices include hormonal testing and treatment with bioidentical hormones (BHRT) to overlook close to half the population of candidates for BHRT. . . the men! Fortunately, over the past decade we’ve been seeing a significant increase in awareness and media coverage regarding men’s hormones. Unfortunately, not all of this coverage is unbiased or positive.

Late last year there were two headline-making articles published that linked testosterone replacement therapy to an increase in cardiovascular disease. At the time we pointed out several flaws in the study designs, and many experts in the field have echoed that sentiment .

Perhaps more significant than underlining the poor science of a FEW studies, is to highlight the most recent of MANY that have found significant benefit to cardiovascular risk factors including improving obesity, metabolic syndrome and erectile dysfunction:

  • A study published this month followed 261 patients over a 5 year period and found that testosterone replacement significantly improved body weight, waist circumference and BMI and lowered LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting glucose levels HbA1c and blood pressure – all indicative of improved cardiovascular risk.

  • A recently published literature review found that “data in contemporary literature suggests that testosterone therapy reduces cardiovascular risk and fears promoted by recent studies should be re-evaluated ” and that a large prospective controlled clinical trial would be recommended, but expensive due to the large numbers of participants and extensive duration required of the study.

  • Another review of cardiac health in older men as it relates to testosterone deficiency and replacement found that “a policy of taking little or no action for these men based on concerns of increased cardiovascular and cancer risk associated with physiological replacement would seem illogical. ”

This Father's Day remember the men in your practices (and in your lives) and help them understand the importance of maintaining optimal testosterone levels for their cardiovascular health, and the importance of evaluating the details of studies that may make headlines. For more information on the many study flaws of last year’s headline making articles, visit the Labrix website for our “Testosterone Studies Warrant Closer Look” handout.

References:

  • Morgentaler A. Testosterone, cardiovascular risk, and hormonophobia. J Sex Med. 2014 Jun;11(6):1362-6.
  • Yassin DJ, Doros G, Hammerer PG, Yassin AA. Long-term testosterone treatment in elderly men with hypogonadism and erectile dysfunction reduces obesity parameters and improves metabolic syndrome and health-related quality of life. J Sex Med. 2014 Jun;11(6):1567-76.
  • Traish AM. Outcomes of testosterone therapy in men with testosterone deficiency (TD): Part II. Steroids. 2014 May 24.
  • Hackett G, Kirby M, Sinclair AJ. Testosterone deficiency, cardiac health and older men. Int J Endocrinol. 2014: 2014


REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Labrix West Coast Core Training has been approved for 6 hours of general CE credit (Oregon) for Naturopathic Physicians.

Labrix Founder and Medical Director Dr. Jay Mead, CEO and Associate Medical Director Dr. Erin Lommen, and Staff Physicians Dr. Robyn Kutka, Dr. Lylen Ferris, and Dr. Sara Wood present the fundamentals of hormone balancing, broken down into simple core concepts and related in a single day of engaging presentations and discussions. This event is designed for the provider who is new to the field of hormone balancing or is looking to brush up on the basics.

Join us for this 8-hour training and leave with the tools and knowledge necessary to:

  • Identify patients who would benefit from hormone balancing
  • Understand the roles of major sex and adrenal hormones in men and women
  • Appreciate the relationships between the various hormones and the entire endocrine system
  • Recognize the role that sex and adrenal hormones play in several prominent disease processes
  • Treat hormone imbalances with nutritional supplements, botanical medicines and BHRT

This event will be held on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower.

Labrix has secured a room block at the rate of $179/night. Click here to reserve your room.

If you are serious about adding this powerful tool into your practice, register to attend and secure your seat.

Registration is $150 and following successful completion of the course, you will receive a $100 credit on your testing account. Register anyone else in your practice (with a clinical degree) and you'll automatically receive $25 off their registration.

Sign Up Now For This CE Approved Live Webinar Event

Labrix is proud to sponsor the upcoming live webinar on Friday, July 18th from 7:30-8:30am PST:
“Progesterone- A Powerful Hormone for Women and Men.” Dr. Gina Nick Cushman, NMD, PhD will present the webinar via FreeCe.com and will discuss utilizing an integrative approach to hormone balance and the prevention and treatment of many of the diseases of aging with the use of bioidentical progesterone.


Dr. Gina Nick Cushman, NMD, PhD

Dr. Gina Nick Cushman, NMD, PhD is a California and Hawaii licensed practicing physician who has treated thousands of patients using BHRT, and trained healthcare professionals worldwide on this emerging treatment modality.

Click here to learn more about this webinar presentation.