Why women can't live without testosterone

Breast cancer is cited as women's primary health concern: One in nine women will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime. But there is an even bigger threat to women's health, one that is often overlooked, misdiagnosed, or thought of as a primarily male problem. Myocardial infarctions-heart attacks-kill one of every two women. That's more than all cancers combined!

When this information hit the news, the "experts" began treating heart disease in women with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). What they didn't realize is that standard HRT doesn't prevent heart attacksit can actually double your risk! Standard HRT for women is based entirely on the use of synthetic estrogen and progesterone. These man-made hormones are not the same as the ones that occur naturally in women's bodies. And in addition to increasing the risk of heart attack, there is also strong evidence that they increase the risk of breast cancer.

While all of the synthetic estrogen HRT experimentation was going on, researchers virtually ignored another hormone essential to good health in both women and men-testosterone.

Ample research now indicates that testosterone is perhaps the most overlooked hormone. While women need a smaller proportion of testosterone than men, it is just as important to female health as it is to male. Testosterone improves blood flow to the heart in both sexes, reducing the risk of heart attack. The benefits don't stop there.

Testosterone has anticoagulant properties, which protect against stroke. It also helps to regulate blood sugar, making it a potential treatment for diabetes. In addition, testosterone has been used effectively in treating osteoporosis and signs of aging.

And, as if all of this weren't enough, testosterone has also shown remarkable results in treating the most dreaded of female health concerns: breast cancer. In a study performed at the Baton Rouge Menopause Clinic, researchers treated 4,000 patients with a combination of estrogen and testosterone. Only one patient in every 1,000 was diagnosed with cancer by the end of the study: That's less than half the national average!

Testosterone won't keep you living forever, and it isn't a cure-all, but it may drastically improve the quality of your health. The first step is to have your levels tested. To find a doctor skilled in the use of natural hormones who can help you with testing and any necessary therapy, contact the American College for Advancement in Medicine online at www.acam.org.

One important note: Make sure your doctor does not use methyl-testosterone-it has been shown to be harmful to the liver.