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November is American Diabetes Month

Diabetes: A Preventable Epidemic?

The Role of Hormone Testing NewsletterThe statistics of diabetes tell a staggering story of a diabolical condition that rarely kills in and of itself, yet it is a leading cause of death worldwide—and its prevalence is growing at an alarming rate.

Approximately 1.9 million Americans over the age of 20 were newly diagnosed with diabetes in 2010, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to classify it as an epidemic. Even more troubling are the reports that show an acceleration of diabetes diagnoses among younger age groups, which will lead to an even greater prevalence of this disease.

Healthcare professionals at all levels are working toward reversing this trend, primarily through education about diabetes, how it develops, and its repercussions if not managed. They have hope that, in many cases, diabetes can be prevented or reversed.

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The Hormones of Relationship
By Carol Petersen, RPH, CNP - Women's International Pharmacy
Mature Couple Smiling

After reading his classic and still best-selling book Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus many years ago, I was looking forward to hearing Dr. John Gray speak at a recent meeting to add to my understanding of the many ways that men and women are different.

I had already learned about (and seen first-hand) how men need their “cave time” and women need men to listen and not try to fix everything. In his first book, Dr. Gray focused on the “what” of our differences; in his most recent book Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice he delves into “why” those differences occur.

As Dr. Gray so deftly and humorously explains, not only do we need a balance of hormones for managing PMS, post-partum depression, menopause and andropause, but hormone balance also has a great deal to do with our relationships. Healthy, loving relationships require a healthy balance of hormones!

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From WHI to KEEPS: Finally Some Good News for Perimenopausal Women
By Carol Petersen, RPH, CNP - Women's International Pharmacy

Mature Couple SmilingThe much heralded (and widely criticized) Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) was the largest study involving women’s health to date. It investigated differences between the two most frequently prescribed hormone therapies at that time: Premarin®, composed of conjugated equine estrogens, and Prempro®, a combination of Premarin and the progestin medroxyprogesterone—none of which are bioidentical to the hormones produced by the human body.

To much alarm by the media, the WHI study was halted after increased incidences of breast cancer and heart disease among participants. As a result, many people came to view all hormone therapies as suspect, leaving perimenopausal women with few other options for symptom relief.

Fortunately, a group of researchers at the Kronos Longevity Research Institute recognized an opportunity to improve on the WHI study and, in partnership with the National Institute on Aging at the National Institute of Health, initiated KEEPS, the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study.

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Diabetes & Testosterone
Written by Kathy Lynch, PharmD - Women's International Pharmacy

    Pharmacist Corner

A testosterone deficiency has long been suspected in people with diabetes. A recent study concluded that males with sexual performance issues and/or abdominal obesity and metabolic diseases should be tested for low testosterone and treated accordingly.

A literature review examined the effects of testosterone therapy on patients with metabolic syndrome and found that they exhibited decreased fasting blood sugar, waist measurement, and triglyceride levels. In addition, insulin-dependent diabetic women with no menstrual cycle were found to have significantly lower levels of testosterone than cycling diabetic and non-diabetic women.

Diabetic men and women may want to have their testosterone level evaluated in light of the above findings.

References

  • “Testosterone Deficiency in Men: Systematic Review and Standard Operating Procedures for Diagnosis and Treatment” by Buvat J, Maggi M, Guay A, Torres LO; The Journal of Sex Medicine; 2012 Sept 12 (Epub ahead of print).

  • “Testosterone and metabolic syndrome: a meta-analysis study” by Corona G, Monami M, Rastrelli G, et al.; The Journal of Sex Medicine; 2011 Jan; 8 (1):272-83.

  • “Serum sex hormone concentrations in insulin dependent diabetic women with and without amenorrhoea” by Djursing H, Hagen C, Nyboe Andersen A, Svenstrup B, Bennett P, Molsted Pedersen L.; Clinical Endocrinology (Oxf); 1985 Aug:23 (2):147-54.

Sincerely,

 

Staff at Women's International Pharmacy

 www.womensinternational.com 

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In This Issue
Diabetes: A Preventable Epidemic?
The Hormones
of Relationship
From WHI to KEEPS: Good News for Perimenopausal Women
Diabetes & Testosterone

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