The hormone you WON’T be tested for
It’s a job so simple… so basic… and almost impossible to mess up. Yet doctors botch this critical part of the gig nearly every single day!
It happens so often that I shouldn’t be amazed anymore.
Yet here I am, stunned to see the latest evidence of just how badly they get hormone testing wrong. The new study shows how women are paying a HUGE price for that incompetence: heart disease… heart failure… and stroke.
Those are three of today’s top causes of death.
And doctors are MISSING them because they don’t know how to test for hormones!
Here’s what they get wrong: When they test for hormones (which isn’t often enough), they don’t run a complete panel.
They look at only one small part of the picture.
They test men for male hormones and women for female hormones… despite the fact that everyone has both.
Of course, men have more testosterone, while women have more estrogen. That’s just how we’re designed.
But guys also have some estrogen, and women have a little testosterone.
We all NEED both, which is why I prefer to speak of hormone “balance” rather than hormone “levels.”
When you fall out of balance, you face big risks, as the new study so clearly shows. It finds that when the ratio in women shifts too far toward testosterone, the odds of heart problems jump.
For every unit increase of testosterone in that ratio, the risk of coronary heart disease absolutely skyrockets, rising by 45 percent.
That’s a single unit, mind you.
Two units means the risk almost doubles!
The overall risk of cardiovascular disease leaps by 19 percent for every unit increase in male hormones.
That’s still not all.
I’ve saved the worst for last: When the ratio falls out of whack, ladies, you could also face heart failure, a condition so deadly that half of the people who have it die within just five years.
And for every single unit increase in testosterone compared to estrogen – which could happen as your “female” sex hormones plummet during and after menopause — your chances of facing heart failure jump by almost a third.
That might sound like bad news.
But I’m an optimist. This is GOOD news. It shows the importance of not only testing for hormones… but testing for ALL hormones.
And if you haven’t had your own levels checked yet, it’s time to get started.
If you’re out of balance, there are some fairly easy ways to bring your hormones back into line and cut these and other risks, starting with complete testing under the care of a skilled holistic medical doctor.
If you’re in the San Diego area, make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.
Not in the area? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.
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