Why do men need estrogen to be healthy?
As we age heart attacks are a more real probability for many of us. Especially since we are now learning so much about the way that women experience heart attacks that we did not know until recently.
One of the pieces of knowledge that we have recently discovered is that the estrogen balance in women is of particular importance in determining the risk of cardiovascular disease. Historically estrogen was given a bad rap for increasing the risk of heart attack and breast cancer in women! What they have found is that IF estrogen is given to women non-orally it actually decreases the risk of both breast cancer and heart attacks.
Men also need a level of estrogen to be healthy. As we age our testosterone reduces and our estrogen increases. The type of estrogen we get or make is the bad type: estrone. It is made in fat and it makes more fat. It is because of estrone that women have increased risks of breast cancer if they are obese.
Men over 50 who are making less testosterone and have low free testosterone they are making more estrone than they need. So they have to be given an enzyme called Arimidex. This helps keep testosterone levels high and it reduces or blocks the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. Arimidex is an aromatase inhibitor. By making this adjustment in women or men who have breast cancer it reduces the manufacture of estrogen in fat tissues. Doctors have to think in terms of balancing estrogen with Arimidex because they have to watch both heart disease issues or possibilities and breast cancer issues. It is a question of balancing risks and making healthy choices. There is a good type of estrogen called estradiol and a bad one called estrone. What doctors attempt to do is to suppress estrone and still provide estradiol.
Part of the challenge for hormone specialists like Dr. Kathy Maupin is to get other doctors, in particular cardiologists to accept this understanding of the balance of risks between heart disease and breast cancer and trying to restore our hormone balances to those of our younger years. She is making progress with this one cardiologist at a time.
In order to establish the balance between the two types of estrogen, Dr. Maupin provides an Arimidex pill that we can take to reduce estrone production and maintain estriol. When this is given appropriately, it is a very safe drug to take and will help you be able to resist heart problems and to avoid breast cancer.
Please listen to this week’s podcast and learn the things you need to know to help keep you healthy and vibrant as you age.
This Health cast was written and presented by Dr. Kathy Maupin, M.D., Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Expert and Author, with Brett Newcomb, MA., LPC., Family Counselor, Presenter and Author. www.BioBalanceHealth.com.