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Anti Aging with HRT

Aging seems to creep up on us out of nowhere. There comes a certain age when we all start to feel old. Many people look for ways to make themselves look younger and more attractive. In the search for the anti aging cure people come across Hormone Replacement Therapy. This anti aging method is one of the top choices to look younger and feel younger as well, but is it safe, is it effective? These are questions that should interest us all.

pillsHormone Replacement Therapy is different for men and women. When a woman is seeking this treatment her levels of progesterone and estrogen are replenished. These are the female hormones that seem to decrease with age. This treatment was originally used to relieve symptoms of menopause and to treat younger women who had early menopause. The symptoms that were being treated include hot flashes, dryness in the vaginal area, night sweats, and signs of osteoporosis. While these symptoms were being treated, the women noticed improvements in both the way they looked and felt, so they often wanted to continue taking HRT because of the anti aging effects.

In men, Hormone Replacement Therapy is used to give them additional testosterone that they may be losing. Testosterone is the male hormone and it also decreases as a male ages. It is said to help them keep on feeling like “a real man” and also to strengthen their muscle mass, increase the density of the bones and replenish hematocrit levels.

HRT is particularly popular with women, partly because it relieves menopausal symptoms which can be distressing, and partly because so many women are in a never ending quest to look and feel young once again. Many women reported feeling improvement in their mood, improved concentration levels, improve memory, and have even gotten their sexual desires back. However, it can have side effects.

This anti aging therapy can also help the skin look younger. It does this by helping to increase the elasticity of the skin. This gets lost over the years once the collagen levels start to decrease, and skin becomes wrinkled and dry. That’s why younger people barely need to look after their skin, while older skin care is real important to a person’s appearance. In women who have hormone replacement therapy, the skin and the muscles both tend to become firmer and more youthful looking.

Both Human Growth Hormone and Dehydroepiandrosterone also known as DHEA are used to fight the signs of aging. These are another form of hormone replacement therapy.

Human growth hormone (HGH), also known as somatotropin or somatropin, is a peptide hormone that stimulates growth, cell reproduction and regeneration in humans. We all have HGH but the levels of it drop off as we grow older. Children have massive amounts, to stimulate all the growth that they need to do. Adults need less but it’s still important to have some, because our cells are dying off and need to be replaced continually.

However, growth hormone can have significant side effects. So, while it’s not illegal, it is not generally prescribed except in cases where a person is deficient in it, i.e. has less than the amount they need.

The effects of HRT will vary from person to person. Not everyone is the same and the results may be different. Note also that HRT can be risky.

HRT Side Effects and Risks

HRT is not risk free. Just like any other anti aging procedure there are some risks associated with this treatment. Some health experts do not recommend HRT for anti aging purposes. There have been some side effects and studies are still being conducted to detect for other side effects.

Testosterone treatments may put a man at an increased risk for developing prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease. Hormone replacement therapy for women may carry an increased risk of breast cancer, although studies are contradictory on this point. The exact ingredients of the treatment can make a difference.

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Other reported side effects for women include breast tenderness, cramps in the legs, headaches, nausea, weight gain, irregular bleeding, and bloating. There are also some more serious risks associated with this therapy that include an increased chance of having a stroke, dementia, and a number of cardiovascular diseases. These results are from studies that have been conducted both in the United Kingdom and the United States. Both trials had to be stopped because they appeared to be increasing the patients’ risk for getting these serious and often life-threatening diseases.

Despite the known risks of Hormone Replacement Therapy many people are still choosing this anti aging treatment as their desire to look young outweighs the fear of side effects. Some even accused the researchers of falsifying this information and exaggerating the HRT side effects. They state that the benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy are not being discussed.

Other studies have shown that Hormone Replacement Therapy can still be effective in reducing the effects of aging. The studies are aimed to prove that when used careful and as directed the hormones can prevent the signs and symptoms of aging. They can also be used to treat premature aging and similar disorders especially in women, where HRT can ease symptoms of menopause and help delay a threatened early menopause.

It remains to be seen if Hormone Replacement Therapy will officially be accepted by the medical community as an effective anti aging treatment. There are many other anti aging products on the market that have been shown to be safe and effective. Many of these products have fewer side effects then Hormone Replacement Therapy. These other anti aging treatments include anti wrinkle creams and gels, intensive creams that are used at night, eye creams and gels, serums, and even sunscreen to prevent and reduce the signs of aging. There are many more anti aging products on the market as well.

Nevertheless, many people are not concerned with HRT side effects and proclaim themselves very happy with the anti aging properties of hormone replacement therapy.