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 Hormones Are Fundamental ABy Dr. Donna Becker
patient told me his primary care doctor said to him, “Why are you going to see Donna Becker?
She’s just going to give you hormones”. Laughing, I replied, “Without hormones, nothing else really matters!” But, as a matter of fact, several patients of that doctor had self-referred to me, and I did more for them than adjust hormones. One man, after 5 years of antidepressants, said no one had offered to look at his testosterone. His T was below 200. Of course, I did correct that deficiency, but I also referred him to a caring, wise cardiologist to adjust his hypertension medications. High homocysteine in the brain has been linked to depression, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s. Homocysteine >7 can be corrected by methyl-B12, methyl folate, and other B vitamins.
I order on most patients a comprehensive blood test, paid for by insurance, which quantifies an omega 6 to omega 3 ratio. Think of it as the inflammation ratio, with desired being around 4. Omega 3s are found in fish, olive oil, and garlic. Omega 6 are found in vegetable oils, fast food items, and meat. A patient who came to me complaining of low energy, chronic pain, and arthritis had an astonishing ratio of 38. Major diet change of a moderate-to low carb., Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, salmon, & non starchy vegetables plus high dose Omega 3 fish oil, will improve that ratio.
Then, of course, I still get women patients who tell me their PMD or gynecologist admonishes them about “why are you still taking hormones at your age?” We all (should) know that estradiol is essential for the aging brain:
“Hormone therapy associated
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   with improved cognition: New study demonstrates benefits of extended estrogen exposure and longer-term hormone therapy in battling cognitive decline”.
ScienceDaily. 16 October 2019.< releases/2019/10/19106074752.htm>.
No, hormone replacement therapy is not for everyone. Some studies have cautioned there maybe an increased risk of breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers, as well as blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks. Whether you do-or do not-restore with hormones, we can all be at risk for these diseases. Other studies have shown great benefits of hormone therapy.
Dr. Donna Becker in practice for over 30 years with a focus on hormone replacement for the past 15 years. Free 15 min. consult: 210-545-5224
Dr Donna Becker
Specializes in anti-aging & health maintenance medicine.
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Focus of Treatments:
• Hormone restoration to healthy young adults levels
• Thyroid issues
• Hot Flashes/ Night Sweats
• Moodiness, “Emotionality”
• Loss of Libido
• Brain Fog
• Insomnia
• Bone Loss
• Vitamin Deficiencies
• Blood levels guide treatment
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