Bionic Beat v7: Hormone Health

Bionic Beat v7: Hormone Health

May 3, 2024
Jared Pelo
Jared Pelo
Chief Medical Officer
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Bionic Beat v7: Hormone Health

The Bionic Beat v7: Hormone Health

Today’s issue talks about hormonal health for men and women and explains in part how we educate our members to help them decide if treatment is right for them. Unlike other places that offer only this treatment, we view hormonal health and treatment as one (very important) part of the holistic view of your health.  

First a quick company update, we’ve now expanded to Virginia and Utah!  

These are special places to me where I attended medical school and residency. If you know anyone in those states, send them our way!

Considering Testosterone for Women

Hormones play a vital role in our health and well-being, but they can also be a source of controversy and confusion. Testosterone and menopausal hormone therapy are two areas where there has been ongoing debate and evolving research. Today I want to bring some clarity to how we think about testosterone and hormone replacement therapy in menopause.  

Testosterone is often thought of as a "male" hormone, but it's also crucial for women's health. In women, testosterone influences muscle mass, metabolism, mental sharpness, libido, and estrogen production. Proper testosterone therapy, especially during perimenopause and menopause, may offer benefits such as improved genital and urinary tract health, enhanced desire, and better overall quality of life.  

However, the use of testosterone in women is still not widely accepted by regulators, and more research is needed to fully understand its safety and effectiveness.

Check out this video from one of our favorite female urologists Kelly Casperson.

Insights from TRAVERSE trial for men

For men, testosterone is a critical hormone for overall health, vitality, and quality of life. Adequate levels help maintain muscle mass, bone density, sex drive, energy, and mood. The recent TRAVERSE trial, the largest study of its kind, provides important insights into the safety of testosterone therapy for men, showing no increased risk of major cardiovascular events.  

Check out this video that explains the TRAVERSE trial findings in 10 minutes:

Mohit Khera, MD, Baylor School of Medicine summarizes the findings from this very important study

Read the paper: Cardiovascular Safety of Testosterone-Replacement Therapy

Recent analysis of WHI study

In recent days, there was a new analysis of the famous Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study. While it attempts to provide a more nuanced picture of the safety and benefits of menopausal hormone therapy, particularly for women in their 50s and early 60s experiencing significant symptoms, the analysis falls short in some respects.  

In my view, it continues to downplay the suffering of women and doesn't fully acknowledge the harm caused by the poorly analyzed findings that have persisted for the last 20 + years. However, it is a step in the right direction compared to the initial WHI findings from 2002.  

I really like this article that the NYT ran last year, we provided a gift link so you can read the whole thing.  

NYT article: Women have been mislead about menopause

New analysis: The Women’s Health Initiative Randomized Trials and Clinical Practice

A short video: Menopause on CBS This Morning

In summary, hormonal health is complex, and research is continually evolving. At Bionic Health, we are committed to providing you with the latest information, personalized guidance, and care to help you make informed decisions about your health. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

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