Slash your risk of TWO leading killers at ONCE
Ladies, there's a simple way to protect yourself from not just one but TWO of the nation's leading causes of death.
Your own doc knows about this treatment. He could even get it for you on your next visit.
But odds are, he won't even mention it!
New research reveals how simple hormone therapy in older women can help open up the arteries, clear out the junk, and keep them free of the nasty buildups that can cause them to harden and narrow.
It's better known as atherosclerosis, and it's the key cause of many heart attacks and about half of all strokes.
Atherosclerosis also leads to all three of the main forms of cardiovascular disease: coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease, and peripheral artery disease.
These are all words you never want to hear in a doctor's office or ER... and if you've ever had estrogen therapy, you might never hear them: Women treated with hormones are much more likely to have clear and healthy arteries.
In some cases, the differences are dramatic.
Older women who've had hormone therapy are 20 percent more likely to have a coronary calcium score of zero.
That's the best possible score, and it means you've got the lowest possible risk of a heart attack.
They're also 36 percent less likely to find themselves on the other end of the spectrum with a score of 399 or higher, which is the "high-risk" category.
But neither number is as impressive as the next one.
A lower risk of today's leading killer diseases means HIGHER odds of living longer. And if you have estrogen therapy, you're 30 percent less likely to die early.
Estrogen therapy was once so common that it was hard to find an older woman who hadn't been treated.
Then a study came out linking it to breast cancer -- and even though the overall evidence shows hormone therapy is perfectly safe when delivered responsibly, it's never quite shaken that reputation.
Don't let fear keep you away from this treatment.
Along with protecting your arteries, estrogen can help cut the risk of everything from mood problems to bone breaks.
In some cases, you may not even need actual hormone treatments, as some natural therapies can help get your body to produce more estrogen on its own.
If you're still falling short, the safest option is bioidentical hormones. Unlike Big Pharma's hormone drugs, these natural estrogens are custom-created by a compounding pharmacist to match what's in your body.
A mainstream doc probably won't offer them or even mention them, so seek the advice of an experienced holistic medical doctor.
I'll have more on the benefits of hormone therapy coming up in the May edition of my Health Revelations newsletter, so keep an eye on your mailbox.
If you're in the San Diego area, I can test your hormone levels here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine to see if estrogen therapy is right for you.
Not in Southern California? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.
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