Hormone Replacement Therapy And Osteoporosis

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Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which is the use of synthetic estrogen (Premarin, Ogen, etc.) after menopause, is routinely prescribed as a treatment or given as a preventive measure for osteoporosis. This is because it is believed that one of the effects of estrogen is to deposit calcium into bone.

Naturally, women's bodies decrease hormone production after a certain age. To compensate for this, the adrenal glands increase their hormone production of estrogen and progesterone in the correct amount and proportion. It is this balance that actually causes calcium to deposit in bone. While a two to four percent bone loss is normal after menopause, the cause of the disease osteoporosis, which is more bone loss than is considered normal for the age, is found in bio­chemistry.

Acids & Osteoporosis

Calcium becomes leached out of bone when the blood and/or the surrounding tissues and organs are overloaded with acids. Excess acids come from toxins that permeate our environment in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat, as well as incomplete digestion of foods and liver or kidney damage. Also, a diet high in meat and dairy products produces an acidic environment in the body.

To help offset the damage that would be done to the organs and tissues, the body makes available calcium by taking it from the bone as a neutralizer to these excess acids. A diet higher in alkaline-ash foods (such as fruits and vegetables), an effective detoxification program, weight-bearing exercise, healthy adrenal glands and the appropriate calcium supplement is a healthy answer to osteoporosis.

Since HRT is known to increase the risk of breast cancer, it is much wiser to avoid osteoporosis effectively and naturally. If you are interested in doing this, give us a call at (727) 789-4020.

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