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Is there an effective hormone replacement therapy for alpha thalassemia?

Is there an effective hormone replacement therapy for alpha thalassemia?

No: There is no hormone therapy for Alpha thalassemia. Transfusions are the only effective treatment, and are given if a person's anemia is severe enough. For the mildly anemic, no treatment is needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Bryan Treacy
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Hormone Replacement Therapy (Definition)

Usually done to provide the hormones that would be deficient upon surgical removal or inactivity or malfunction of a hormone producing gland or organ. The endocrinologist is the medical specialist that specializes amongst other things , in doing just that. Insulin/glucagon-pancreas, thyroid hormone-thyroid, ovaries, testicles, hypothalamus, ...Read more


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Is biochemical hormone replacement therapy effective?

Is biochemical hormone replacement therapy effective?

Bioidenticals: Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (bhrt) has gained popularity as a strategy for keeping hormones balanced beyond the body's ability to supply us. Bioidentical hormones are different from synthetic hormones because they are derived from sources such as soy and yams, that are naturally occurring. These hormones have the same chemical structure as the hormones produces by our bodies. ...Read more

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I'm 42 and started to feel like i don't have a lot of energy or a sex drive and i've gained weight. Will hormone replacement therapy help?

I'm 42 and started to feel like i don't have a lot of energy or a sex drive and i've gained weight. Will hormone replacement therapy help?

Which hormones : The symptoms you describe are very nonspecific. Hormone replacement only helps those who are hormone deficient. In the presence of a described deficiency of thyroid hormone, replacement is very helpful. Replacement of estrogen and Progesterone in the peri menopausal is more controversial due to ongoing risk of clots and cancers. Rarer hormone deficiencies require an endocrine evaluation. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me about natural hormone replacement therapy?

Can anyone tell me about natural hormone replacement therapy?

Bioidenticals: Bioidentical hormone replacement is the proper term for use of hormones that are like those you make in your body. Your hormone levels should be checked prior to starting therapy, so appropriate dosing is used, & follow up levels to be sure you are achieving desirable levels & ratios. Bhrt preserves muscle & bone, brain, heart, skin, & eye health. Subject too big for this paragraph-see specialist. ...Read more

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Any problems in women over 60 who resume hormone replacement therapy?

Yes: The risks and benefits of such therapy must be evaluated on a case by case basis by an experienced physician. Hormone replacement is a general term and may include a number of hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, hgh, dhea, pregnenolone, oxytocin, melatonin, thyroid, cortisol. The key is effective and safe treatment. This requires ongoing medically supervised treatment. ...Read more

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How long can I safely stay on hormone replacement therapy? I am 56 and have been on for 2 years.

How long can I safely stay on hormone replacement therapy?  I am 56 and have been on for 2 years.

5 years: We believe that it you stop the hormone replacement after 5 years you can avoid most of the long term adverse side effects of hormone replacement therapy. As always if you are able to come off the hormones earlier that would be even better. We really only recommend hormone replacement to treat severe menopausal symptoms. ...Read more

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Where in Biloxi Mississippi can I get hormone replacement therapy I am a man?

Where in Biloxi Mississippi can I get hormone replacement therapy I am a man?

Consult: Your local county ( parish ) health department or medical society for a referral. ...Read more

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Are women using hormone replacement therapy at risk for other health conditions?

Are women using hormone replacement therapy at risk for other health conditions?

Yes: The estrogen hormone increases the risk of deep vein clots, a dangerous condition, to about twice the baseline rate. It also increases the risk of cancer of the uterus unless combined with a Progesterone hormone. This combination protects the uterus but somewhat increases the risk of breast cancer, an effect not seen with estrogen alone. Hormone replacement also increases the risk of bleeding. ...Read more

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Can hormone replacement therapy help with anxiety and depression?

Can hormone replacement therapy help with anxiety and depression?

Anxiety/depression: Forget hormones for now - please see a Psychologist about your concerns. You don't mention your gender but I assume you are a woman! In that case you should also see a Gynecologist as well. ...Read more

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Want to stay masculine. Should I buy online testosterone patches (hormone replacement therapy)?

Want to stay masculine. Should I buy online testosterone patches (hormone replacement therapy)?

Online testosterone: Male androgen replacement for documented hypogonadism should always be prescribed and managed by a knowlegeable and licensed physician. Doing anything other than that is foolish, illegal, and down right dangerous. ...Read more

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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more


Dr. Austina Cho
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Hemoglobin H Disease (Definition)

Hemoglobin H disease (alpha thalassemia) is a blood disease where one of the molecules that helps carry oxygen in the blood cell is missing. This causes a ...Read more