Hormones in the News

  • Gluten intolerance linked to female hormone imbalances

    November 2011 -There is good news for women struggling with PMS, infertility and miscarriages. Gluten intolerance and related conditions are linked to more than 300 diseases and conditions – mostly commonly noted are those linked to an imbalance of female hormones.

  • Hormone replacement therapy deemed safe treatment for andropause

    November 2011 -Men, like women, suffer from a decline in hormones vital to their health and quality of life around midlife. By age 60, most men have lost enough testosterone to be considered “testosterone deficient.”Multiple options are available in the treatment of low testosterone. It is important to work with your physician to determine which option is best for you.

  • Risk of early-onset of menopause increased with hysterectomy

    November 2011 -Researchers have uncovered new evidence that the hormonal impact of a hysterectomy is far more significant than once realized. The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published the largest analysis of the hormonal impact of a hysterectomy in the December 2011 issue. Researchers concluded that women who undergo a hysterectomy experience menopause approximately two years earlier.

  • Obesity hormone linked to increased risk of osteoporosis in elderly

    November 2011 -A study completed at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden has revealed that the hormone, adiponectin, increases the risk of fractures and osteoporosis. The skeleton is home to a host of hormones that control the body’s blood glucose levels and regulate obesity through signals sent to the other organs. This pathway is linked to dangerous effects as a person ages.

  • Researchers uncover conclusive evidence that renin hormone causes high blood pressure

    November 2011 -Researchers have long believed that the hormone, renin, plays a role in controlling blood pressure. A recent study, however, has identified two microRNAs present in the kidney that regulate renin. Researchers explain that the discovery of these microRNAS is the first time there has been real evidence that renin is the cause of high blood pressure. This evidence also suggests which genes and microRNAs are involved in renin production.

  • Study unveils why race and ethnicity determine breast cancer and osteoporosis risk

    November 2011 -Researchers undertook the arduous task of determining who has higher estrogen levels – African American females or Caucasian females. Similar studies have been conducted, but results are often skewed due to the dynamic changes that occur within a menstrual cycle. Nonetheless, the 2011 study, published this month in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, has come to some accurate conclusions.

  • Self-treating with OTC thyroid supplements

    November 2011 -The Mayo Clinic recently completed a study that warrants warning consumers about the dangers of consuming over-the-counter thyroid supplements. The findings suggest that anyone taking these pills is putting their health at risk.The thyroid hormones, known as T3, or triiodothyronine, and T4, or thyroxine, are carefully regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

  • New research brings promise to turn breast cancer into hormone-therapy treatable state

    November 2011 -Certain breast cancers, known as hormone receptor-positive, are susceptible to dangerous tumor metastasis of receptor-negative cells when treated with anti-estrogen drugs. Researchers are excited about the recent discovery of a pathway to revert these receptor-negative cells into a state that can be treated with existing hormone therapies.

  • Estrogen proven to protect brain function in aging women

    November 2011 -Researchers have successfully proven that estrogen protects neurological function in menopausal women in animal studies. The research is promising, but the next step will have to be clinical trials to solidify the effectiveness in humans.In the animal studies, scientists uncovered estrogens ability to protect the brain from the onslaught of adverse disturbances.