The human body is certainly a piece of machinery which is very complex, fascinating and very effective. Man has been attempting over the years to discover the constituent components that make the body work the way it does. Needless to say, there are many different and very important components discovered by medical scientists over the years; one example of these components is hormones. navigate here
What Hormones Are They?
Hormones have been identified as chemical messengers that are secreted directly into the bloodstream by endocrine glands in the body for forward transportation to a particular organ of the body where it controls the operation of such an organ. From this concept, we can conclude that if and when, for whatever reason, these hormones struggle to do their job, the body experiences some sort of dysfunction and this creates problems in the body.
Hormone deficiency, over hormone production or even a total lack of hormone production can occur. There are certain challenges that come with every case. We want to concentrate on Hormone Replacement Therapy ( HRT) with a special emphasis on Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), having laid this history.
Since this article is meant for the average reader with little or no previous medical background, we will need to explain the difference between HRT and BHRT which is clearly the “B” that stands for Bioidentical.
HRT stands simply for Hormone Replacement Therapy. According to Wikipedia, “Hormone replacement therapy refers to any form of hormone therapy in which the patient receives hormones during medical treatment, either to supplement a lack of naturally occurring hormones or to replace other hormones with naturally occurring hormones.” With Bioidentical Hormone Replacement, the supplementary hormones used are those with the same molecule as those used.
To summarize the above, we can safely say that the difference between HRT and BHRT is that in one case, the supplemental hormone used doesn’t have the same molecular structure as those produced in and by the body while in the other case (BHRT), the supplemental hormone used has the same molecular structure as those produced in and by the body.
Is the difference noted above significant? Hey! It definitely is. Before BHRT was introduced HRT was the only available treatment. Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) conducted a study, which was published in 2002. About 16,000 postmenopausal women have been involved in this study, and below are some of the findings:
* Non-bioidal estrogen combination with progestin significantly increased the risk of breast cancer and heart attack
* Use of non-bioidal oestrogen increases stroke risk.
* The use of non-bioid hormones in HRT increased the risk of invasive breast cancer by 25 per cent.
This is by no means a complete statement of the findings. These are just a few bullet points that should give us an idea of what the difference between HRT and BHRT is all about.
You don’t have to be a medical practitioner to assume that the body is more receptive to hormones that have the same chemical structure as those that are naturally produced, as opposed to hormones that have a completely different molecular structure. It is almost like having a blood transfusion and using plasma from another party than the recipient’s. Despite all the good intentions, as can be seen from the report above, the result could be disastrous.