Female hormones and cholesterol: the unsuspected allies of women's health

Female hormones and cholesterol: the unsuspected allies of women's health

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What if, contrary to popular belief, female hormones and cholesterol were not enemies, but rather essential allies for good health, especially at the dawn of aging? A pioneer in hormone therapy in human health and a leader in the field, Dr.re Sylvie Demers has a lot to say about access to hormone therapy for women and on the divided opinions of the medical world on this subject. She presents her own observations, discoveries and updates on compelling scientific facts in her new book, Female Hormones and Cholesterol . 

Dr. Sylvie Demers is a pioneer in hormone therapy in human health and, through her remarkable commitment, she has succeeded in making female hormones a real social issue. 

She puts forward a benevolent approach to aging and to women. “Information is not easy to find and there are pitfalls everywhere. There are all sorts of opposing currents and for women, getting good information is very difficult. Really,” she commented in a telephone interview.

She had written her book Feminine Hormones precisely because she found that there weren't a lot of good information for women.

“I don't write from what other writers have said. It's really from what there is in science, and what I observe. I found that there were always mixed messages. It was said that hormone therapy was good and not good at the same time. »

Training the medical staff

She wanted to know if there were any women she shouldn't prescribe hormones to. 

“I started reading, reading, reading . I realized that there were lots of prejudices, myths, things that were said that had no scientific basis. And that women were always scared. The more I read about it, the more it jumps out at me. »

In his opinion, there is still a lot of ignorance in the medical community about hormones. “A lot of doctors don't prescribe it because they're not comfortable with it. They will turn more to antidepressants, ”she observes. Which doesn't solve the problem anymore. “That's why there are a lot of women who suffer, who take a lot of types of medication. It's sad…it's shocking. »

Dr. Sylvie Demers has trained approximately 200 doctors in hormone therapy. 

“In a few weeks, I am stopping the clinic to train doctors, because I have hundreds of requests for training doctors and nurses pending. And that's thanks to Loto-Méno: I know that there are a lot of doctors who want to be trained. It's extraordinary !

New research

So there is some progress.

“We are beginning, in Quebec, to recognize that it is better, bio-identical hormones. But that's quite recent. Until recently, I was fighting and being told, no, no, it hasn't been shown to be more effective. And dosing is perceived as nonsense. So we see that many, many things have been done… but there is still a lot to do. I stay positive. »

Relentlessly pursuing her research, she pushed the reflection even further in her new book and looked at a fundamental aspect of preventive medicine: cardiovascular disease. 

< p>She investigated whether taking estrogen during menopause really increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and whether cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) significantly decrease these risks. 

Her book reveals that , contrary to deeply held beliefs in learned societies, female hormones and cholesterol may be allies to good health, especially on the cusp of aging. 

The DreSylvie Demers has been a clinical family physician and researcher for 25 years, a biologist and a doctor of experimental medicine (human molecular genetics).

She is the author of scientific articles and books Feminine Hormones – Rethink Your Health< strong>and The Vitamin D Myth – Restoring the Truth About Hormones.

< strong>She is a leading authority in female, male and transgender hormone therapy. 

EXTRACT

Furthermore, and this point affects me a lot, we often refuse to prescribe female hormone therapy to a very large number of women, mistakenly believing that estrogen at menopause increases cardiovascular risk. These women are prevented from taking advantage of the preventive side of hormone therapy. In this book, I will discuss the many negative consequences of low female hormone levels on cardiovascular health. »